192521 (Grant Funded – Compass Health IHC – Wentzville)
192523 (Grant Funded – Compass Health IHC – Columbia)
192524 (Grant Funded – Compass Health IHC – Nevada/Butler)

Intern Positions: 5

About These Rotations

The ABOUT Missouri project is a Primary Care Psychology Training & Workforce Solution for Missouri. This initiative by the National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) has goals to increase: Access to Behavioral Health services that are Original and occur in Underserved communities by Trainees in Missouri. The overall goal of this project is to establish a viable long-term and sustainable behavioral health workforce solution for rural/underserved counties in Missouri via doctoral psychology internships. This project is a continuation of the original ABOUT Indiana grant, both of which are funded by the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (BHWET). The Project establishes sustainable training placements of doctoral psychology interns in underserved primary care settings. This Project will place ten (10) new full-time doctoral psychology interns each year of the grant, serving 40 participants during the entire project period. These interns will be placed full-time at primary and experiential partner sites where they will integrate with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals while providing behavioral health services. The integrated care training experiences offered at the partnering agencies include FQHCs and medical centers that provide training and experience in integrated care for many fields including psychology, psychiatry, and social work.

ABOUT Missouri builds on a robust APA-Accredited internship consortium Project, which is administered by NPTC, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit entity that specializes in rural and underserved workforce development for doctoral psychology interns. The Project adopts the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) model of Rapid Cycle Quality Improvement (RCQI) and utilizes monthly, quarterly, and yearly data to improve all aspects of the Project. This Project will be carried out by NPTC in conjunction with two primary partners that function as Community Care Behavioral Health Organizations (CCBHO) in rural Missouri counties and additional experiential partners such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and medical clinics.

Compass Health is operating as one of the two primary partners of this project and operates its own Federally Qualified Health Centers where IHC interns will provide services. These integrated health care interns will provide services in one of three IHC tracks (based on office location) and each will specialize in working as part of a team including physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, nurses, social workers, and community health workers. The emphasis will be not on merely practicing psychology within the same clinic, but in helping the team treat the whole person, addressing the behavioral interventions that can augment medical care. The emphasis will be on short-term assessment and therapy, crisis intervention, and psychoeducation. In addition to the weekly virtual didactic training that other interns receive, these interns will have an extra day per month of training specific to integrated health care.

Interns as a part of the IHC Grant-Funded experience will also be sent to a regional integrated health care conference free of charge. More information about the conference and this experience will be provided closer to the event.

Due to the requirements of the HRSA grant, any intern applicants for the IHC-Grant Funded positions must be citizens of the United States, a noncitizen national of the United States, or a foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to participate. Please note that this requirement only applies to the Grant-Funded positions and not the traditional positions available at each of our sites. If you have any questions about eligibility for the program please contact Katherine Dixon at

Training Opportunities
192521 - Grant Funded - Compass Health IHC - Wentzville

There are two internship positions designated for the Wentzville IHC track. Interns in this track will spend all their time at the office in Wentzville, engaging in primarily integrated health care service provision. Regular interaction with primary care, dental, nursing, and psychiatric staff is expected as well as additional didactics related specifically to integrated health training. At this location, interns engage in therapy as well as psychological assessment. Triage experience may also be available. Interns are provided with their own office space complete with computer and access to the internet and printer. Each location is equipped with the testing and training materials necessary to complete the requirements of their training year.

Primary experiences at this site include:

Behavioral Health Consulting (BHC) work
Outpatient Therapy (Individual, Couples, Family)
Psychological assessment

An average of 15-20 intervention hours per week is expected and a minimum of ten psychological evaluations are completed during the training year. Services provided range from brief individual, marital, or family counseling dealing with issues such as depression and anxiety to long-term care and support for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances. Psychology interns at Compass Health sites utilize both hands-on training as well as web-based training programs. The agency offers a full training library of web-based programs for the interns and staff to access as they are able based on their licenses/interests.

For more information about services provided at this location, see the following link:


192523 - Grant Funded - Compass Health IHC - Columbia

There are two internship positions designated for the Columbia Worley IHC track. Primary training experiences will focus on providing integrated health care at this location. Regular interaction with primary care, dental, nursing, and other behavioral health care providers is expected. Services may also include individual intervention and psychological assessment at the office location. Additional training will be provided in integrated health service provision, as well, to further intern skills in this needed specialty area.

192524 - Grant Funded - Compass Health IHC - Nevada/Butler

There is one internship position designated for the Nevada / Butler IHC track. Primary experiences will include a focus on integrated care and provision of psychological services across the lifespan. Psychological assessment will also be available. This rotation will be a joint placement, with the intern placed part-time in the Nevada, MO office and part-time in the Butler, MO office. This is likely to be a 3 day/2 day split, but details will be finalized prior to the start of the internship year. As the placement is an IHC Grant position, the focus will be on providing integrated psychological health care. Regular interaction will occur between the intern and providers in other disciplines, including psychiatry and primary care for children and adults.

Rotation Schedule

Interns at all Compass Health tracks will generally work a Monday – Friday schedule from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. No weekend work or after-hours on-call is required. Intern schedules will vary based on intern interest and need.





Placement Locations

Wentzville Track – Both interns at this location will spend all their time in the office at the Wentzville office listed below.

Columbia TrackBoth interns at this location will spend all their time in the office at the Columbia Worley office listed below. Please note: This is a different office location than listed in the traditional Compass Health track.

Nevada / Butler TrackThe intern matched to this joint placement will spend 3 days per week in one office and 2 days per week in the other, with specifics to be decided closer to the internship start date.

Wentzville is located only 40 minutes west of St. Louis, Missouri, which offers many opportunities for entertainment and activities. However, it should be noted that Wentzville is approximately 3.5 hours from Springfield, Missouri, and Columbia is also approximately 3 hours from Springfield, Missouri, where interns must travel to quarterly in-person didactics (plus orientation). Due to the distance, interns at all locations will be provided up to $175 in travel reimbursement considerations for each of these trainings.

Life In...
192521 - Wentzville, MO

Population estimates as of 2018 suggest there are more than 41,000 residents in the suburb of Wentzville, located in St. Charles County. It was the fastest growing city in Missouri between the years of 2000 and 2010, and is likely on track to meet that mark again.

Travel/Weather: While the weather is similar to our other locations, the traffic will depend heavily on where you are coming from. Coming in from the west, driving into Wentzville is pretty stress free! If you’re coming from the St. Louis area, you’ll see more traffic as it’s a more popular route. However, many of our staff in this office live in St. Louis and commute with no problem.

Places to Eat: Whatever your taste, Wentzville is sure to have it! If you’re looking for pizza, bar food, breakfast, or a diner, Wentzville has it all. Highly rated restaurants include Mod Pizza, The Tattooed Dog, 54th Street Grill & Bar, Sunny Street Café, Bandanas BBQ, and Sakura Hibachi & Sushi.

Things to Do: Wentzville is a busy place with a lot to do! Located 40 minutes from downtown St. Louis, you have quick and easy access to the Gateway Arch, Forest Park, the Art and History Museums, the St. Louis Zoo, the Muny, and the St. Louis Science Center. St. Louis is also home to the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues, and St. Charles County hosts the River City Rascals and The River City Rage, an indoor arena football team. Wentzville also hosts the annual St. Charles County Fair and St. Louis Renaissance Festival, as well as the Wentzville Days Fair and Music Festival. Get more details at

192523 - Columbia, MO

Columbia is a town of about 110,000 (plus the MU student population). It is about a 30 min drive to Jefferson City (the state capital) and a 2 hour drive to either St. Louis or Kansas City, conveniently located off of Interstate 70.

Travel/Weather: You can get from one side of town to another in anywhere from 15-25 min depending on traffic, and public transit is available in the form of bus routes. Columbia is home to the Columbia Regional Airport, which is served by American Airlines and United Airlines. Columbia typically experiences hot and humid summers followed by short Autumn weather and into a snowy winter. In the spring and fall there are ample opportunities around town to stay active and entertained.

Places to Eat: Columbia is home to multiple local restaurants where you can sit on a patio with friends or enjoy watching a game inside. Popular restaurants around town include Las Margaritas, D’Rowes, Flat Branch, and Harpos just to name a few.

Things to Do: In the cooler months Columbia hosts a 3-day music festival, “Roots N Blues”, and a bicycle/music festival called Pedaler’s Jamboree. Columbia boasts multiple parks and recreation activities for kids, including the MKT Trail, a 10-mile walking/biking path connecting several of the city’s parks and trailheads to the Katy Trail State Park. Columbia also hosts the four-day True/False Film Festival annually, and The University of Missouri hosts a variety of educational and cultural events and workshops throughout the year. Columbia is also home to a lively Arts District and several local breweries. Columbia has also hosted the Missouri Psychological Association annual conference in recent years.

192524 - Nevada / Butler, MO

Living in rural, Central Missouri can provide a slower pace and cost effective life style. The University of Central Missouri is located in Warrensburg and State Fair Community College in Sedalia. Walmart and various grocery stores can be located in all three towns as well as health care, fitness and community centers, and a variety of restaurants with a local taste and chains. Agriculture and manufacturing is a large economical focal point for this portion of Missouri.

Butler, MO is a city of approximately 4,000 people located approximately 50 miles south of Kansas City, MO on Route 71-Interstate 49. Weather includes all 4 seasons, with average lows below freezing in January, snow December through February, and highs of 90 degrees in July. Restaurants unique to Butler include El Charro, Flaming Lantern, Koehn Bakery, New China Buffet, and The Alley Tavern. In Windsor, you can visit Judy’s Kitchen, Wagon Wheel Cafe, Sidetrack Cafe, and the Pickled Possum. There are also many activity options in Butler, including the Butler Aquatic Center, Poplar Heights Farm with hiking trails, Battle of Island Mound Historic Site, and 9 local parks with a variety of playgrounds and hiking opportunities.

Nevada, MO is located 90 miles south of Kansas City and 95 miles northwest of Springfield. Weather similarly goes through all four seasons in Nevada. The Lake of the Ozarks area is less than 2 hours away, or you can take advantage of golf courses, area lakes, or historical attractions. See a show at the Fox Playhouse, or enjoy the local Aquatic Center. Recommended local restaurants include Buzz’s BBQ & Steakhouse, Iguana Azul Mexican Restaurant, White Grill, 54 Cafe, Belle Rose Bistro & Floral, and Gobbler’s Roost!