Intern Positions: 1
About This Rotation
The intern at this site will split their time between Compass Health sites in Union and Owensville, Missouri. Primary experiences include traditional outpatient therapy with individuals across the lifespan and families, psychological assessments, and couples therapy when available.
Once matched, the intern and primary supervisors/Training Director will discuss rotation assignments based on need and preference. An average of 20 intervention hours per week is expected and a minimum of ten psychological evaluations are completed during the training year. Not all interns decide to participate in the same learning experiences or supervision opportunities. 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. 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 for the interns to complete the requirements of their training year.
Primary experiences at this site include:
- Outpatient Therapy (Individual, Couples, Family, Group)
- Crisis Management (as applicable)
- Staffing and integration meetings
- Psychological assessment with children, adolescents, and adults covering a wide range of referral questions
Additional training opportunities that may be available include:
- Engagement in the Assertive Community Treatment for Transitional Aged Youth (ACT-TAY) program that provides services to clients ages 16-25 with severe mental health needs, such as psychosis and co-occurring diagnoses.
- Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
- Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) work where the intern provides consultation to primary care providers and brief interventions for clients (20-30 minute sessions); and the focus is behavioral management and lifestyle changes. Motivational interviewing and health psychology are used frequently with this population.
Interns with Compass Health 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. Interns at this location will split their time between Union and Owensville offices, with specific office days TBD. This schedule will vary based on intern interest and need.
|8:00 AM||Co-Therapy||Individual Therapy||Paperwork||Individual Therapy||Didactics|
|9:00 AM||Report Writing||Paperwork||Journal Review||Individual Therapy||Didactics|
|10:00 AM||Individual Supervision (Owensville)||Psychological Assessment||Journal Review||Paperwork||Didactics|
|11:00 AM||Individual Therapy||Psychological Assessment||Group Supervision||Co-Therapy||Didactics|
|1:00 PM||Psychological Assessment||Individual Supervision (Union)||Individual Therapy||Individual Therapy||BHC Rotation|
|2:00 PM||Psychological Assessment||Report Writing||Individual Therapy||Individual Therapy||BHC Rotation|
|3:00 PM||Report Writing||Group Therapy||Group Therapy||Integration Meeting||BHC Rotation|
|4:00 PM||Additional Supervision||Report Writing||Group Therapy||Additional Supervision||BHC Rotation|
Please note that not every experience is identical and site schedules are a general guideline. Interns may be required to make themselves available at other times as needed. What is provided above is an example of what the work week might look like for an intern at this site.
APPIC Training Experiences
Most commonly seen diagnoses at this office location include ADHD, major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, various personality disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, a variety of psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders.
Most Compass Health clients are Caucasian, chronically mentally ill, and/or lower SES. Some locations closer to larger cities also serve a diverse range of ethnic groups, with higher levels of education and SES. Compass health clients often manage barriers such as transportation, cost, and childcare. Typically, our areas served do not have public transportation, and thus the cost of a vehicle and gasoline, as well as car insurance, can cause difficulty. In addition, many of our clients do not have access to affordable childcare, which is also a barrier to them receiving treatment. We serve clients across the lifespan with respect to therapy and assessment. The following table shows a breakdown of some patient demographics at the Rolla Compass Health office within the last year, though this does not include client populations from external sites such as schools or FQHCs:
While we won’t know your exact supervisor assignments until the internship starts, these are examples of some of the individuals you may work with over the course of your year at the site.
Sarah Lea, Ph.D.
*Primary Supervisor in Union, MO
Dr. Lea earned her doctoral degree in Psychology in 2018 at Oklahoma State University. She completed her internship and post-doctoral residency at Compass Health Network in Rolla, MO. She has training and experience in a variety of settings, including community mental health, residential treatment, academic medical centers, schools, college counseling centers, and FQHC. Dr. Lea has specialty training in child psychology and has co-authored 11 peer-reviewed publications focused on cognitive deficits associated with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. In addition, Dr. Lea is a certified PCIT therapist, co-leads adult and adolescent DBT groups, and has specialty training in psychological assessment across the lifespan. She also has experience and interest in teaching, training, and disseminating academic research to staff and students. Dr. Lea’s theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioral/behavioral.
Bonny Thacker, Psy.D.
Dr. Thacker has been a Licensed Psychologist in Missouri since 2015. She received a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in 2011. Dr. Thacker has experience at a forensic state hospital, sexual predator treatment program, inpatient acute mental health hospital, and community mental health.
Life in Union
Union is a city of just over 10,000 people located approximately 50 miles southwest of St. Louis. A 40 minute drive on Highway 50 takes you to the office in Owensville, a smaller town of under 3,000 that acts as the business hub for several surrounding towns.
Travel/Weather: Union is nicely sized, and less than an hour’s drive from St. Louis. The weather varies widely, as lows hit below freezing in January with snow, and highs hit 90 degrees in July with a lot of humidity. You’ll get to experience all four seasons in Missouri!
Places to Eat: Union has a variety of food options, including American, Italian, Asian, and Mexican cuisines, and of course Imo’s Pizza! Owensville gives you many unique choices, like White Mule Winery, Snowensville Diner, Hummingbird Kitchen, a distillery, bakery, and more! Remember you’re also driving distance to St. Louis and all it has to offer, as well.
Things to Do: There are tons of activities going on in the area! Downtown you can take in a Cardinals game or visit the St. Louis Zoo for free. Visit Six Flags Amusement Park, Purina Farms, Meramec Caverns, or Missouri Wine Country. Union itself features 122 acres of parkland, a Splash ‘N Swimplex, and Golf Club. You can also visit Shaw Nature Reserve, Missouri Katy Trail, or the Historic Riverfront in Washington. Owensville also has a waterpark open each summer and a golf course.
Central Region Sites
- Burrell Behavioral Health Center
- Clark Community Mental Health Center
- Compass Health
- Family Psychological Center
- Royal Oaks Hospital
- Truman Medical Centers