Interview with Dr. Tenea Lowman
192520 – Traditional Track
192521 – Royal Oaks & Compass Health Dual Track
Internship positions available: 4
Dual Track positions available: 3
Residency positions available: 5
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About Our Site
Royal Oaks is a 54-bed acute care inpatient facility located in Windsor, MO which treats individuals aged 3-65+. Windsor is a centrally located rural, Midwestern community of approximately 3,000 residents with a largely agricultural economy and several large Mennonite and Amish communities. Royal Oaks Hospital provides outpatient psychiatry services and acute inpatient care. The inpatient units are kept full the majority of the time due to the revolving door process in place for admits and discharges. The most commonly seen diagnoses at the hospital include Major Depressive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, Adjustment Disorder, Substance Use, Personality Disorders, Psychosis, and Bipolar Disorder.
Royal Oaks proudly works with other mental health professionals to ensure that the most appropriate care is available and provided to each patient. Royal Oaks is licensed by the Missouri Department of Health, accredited by the Joint Commission, and is certified by CMS for the participation in Medicare and Medicaid programs. Royal Oaks is an approved facility for multiple insurance panels and provider networks.
Royal Oaks Hospital has three rotations available for match:
- Full-Time Royal Oaks Hospital Rotation (Match# 192519)
- Dual Track Royal Oaks Hospital / Compass Health – Butler or Warrensburg (Match # 192520)
Royal Oaks Hospital is located in Windsor, Missouri Dual track interns would split their time between Windsor, Missouri and the Compass Health office in Butler or Warrensburg, Missouri. Training experiences for the Dual track at both locations will be similar to full-time interns except that they will be working both inpatient and outpatient. For more information about the Dual Track, experience go here.
Due to regulations for Royal Oaks Hospital, incoming interns may be required to attend a 5-6 day orientation prior to their internship start date. The first two days of the orientation is comprised of a general introduction to the organization, customer care, and Information Technology information (such as the Essential Learning training throughout the year). One day will be spent on CALM training (restraint and seclusion), another day on NIMS training (disaster training for emergencies or evacuation), and a day covering the Stop and Think program (evidence-based program for working on the pre-adolescent unit). This orientation typically occurs in June each year and matched interns will be provided with orientation information once the dates are scheduled. Interns are reimbursed at least $250 for travel costs for attending this orientation, however, cost reimbursement above and beyond $250 are subject to site approval. Questions about this requirement can be addressed to Katherine Dixon at email@example.com.
It should be noted that Windsor, Missouri (location of Royal Oaks Hospital) is 2 hours from Springfield, Missouri, where interns must travel to quarterly in-person didactics (plus orientation). Due to the distance, interns at this location will be provided up to $175 in travel reimbursement considerations for each of these trainings.
There are four inpatient rotations at Royal Oaks:
- Adult and Substance Use
A caseload of four to six patients will be carried on each rotation as well as conducting five to ten clinical groups per week, family therapy, and treatment team. Once a month weekend work will occur on all rotations. The Monday before or after weekend work will be given off to the scheduled intern. Testing will occur on all rotations with the possible exception of the pre-adolescent rotation. A minimum of ten to thirty psychological evaluations will be completed during the training year. During some rotations, interns will participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team led by an Attending Psychiatrist. Other members of the treatment team include psychologists, registered nurses, licensed professional counselors, clinical social workers, expressive therapists, educators, utilization review staff and a clinical case manager. Interns not only present case conceptualizations but will also convey findings of psychological testing.
Interns 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 will provide lectures to Royal Oaks and Compass Health staff.
Interns can also apply for the dual track between Royal Oaks and Compass Health, Butler or Warrensburg. There are three positions for the dual track. Interns in these positions will divide their time at Royal Oaks and Compass Health’s Butler or Warrensburg offices. Training experiences at both locations will be similar to full-time interns except that they will be working both inpatient and outpatient. For more information about the Dual Track experience go here.
Interns at Royal Oaks Hospital will typically work an 8:30 am – 5:00 pm schedule each week except that once each month, interns will provide serves Friday evening and Saturday and/or Sundays. On this weekend, interns will work from 5:00 – 8:00 pm Friday and all day on Saturday and/or Sunday. On these weeks, interns will be given the Monday before or after the weekend off in exchange for working.
Interns will also rotate units every three months of internship, though the schedule remains the same for each. In general, interns on all rotations will carry a caseload of four to six patients as well as conducting five to ten clinical groups per week, family therapy, treatment team, and assessment referrals.
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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
The most commonly seen diagnoses/supervised experiences that interns can expect to be working with at this location include, but are not limited to, Major Depressive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, Adjustment Disorder, Substance Use, Personality Disorders, Psychosis, and Bipolar Disorder.
Royal Oaks Hospital is located in Windsor, Missouri which is a rural farm town with a population of 2,785 individuals. Those living in the area are primarily Caucasian and there is an Amish community. Kansas City is one and a half hours north-west and Whiteman AFB is about 20 miles away.
Being located in a rural area, the location of the hospital is often a barrier for patients. Also, many families cannot afford to attend family sessions. The most commonly seen diagnoses at this location include mood disorders, thought disorders, substance use disorders, ADHD, parent/child relational issues, trauma, and various personality disorders. At times, Royal Oaks will provides services to individuals from ethnic and religious groups that are not part of the majority for the Central Missouri area.
In addition to the NPTC Virtual Open House, Royal Oaks with Compass Health will be hosting two of their own Virtual Open House events. Contact Dr. Melissa Webb (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about these events:
Tuesday October 26st 11:00am – 12:30 pm (Central Time)
Tuesday January 11th 12:00pm – 1:30 pm (Central Time)
Site Training Director
Tenea Lowman, Psy.D.
Dr. Lowman received her master’s and doctorate degrees from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency at Royal Oaks Hospital in Windsor, Missouri. She has experience in residential and acute care inpatient settings with children and adolescents, adult acute care inpatient, community mental health, private practice, and hospice care. Dr. Lowman is currently the Deputy Chief Clinical Officer of Clinical service as well as the adult program director. At Royal Oaks Hospital, she provides and supervises clinical services on the adult unit. As training director, Dr. Lowman supervises the training and development of psychological interns, residents, and trainees. Her clinical interest is group therapy. She has been adjunct faculty at the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute and was a board member for Child Safe of Central Missouri from 2016 to 2019. Dr. Lowman is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Missouri.
Lisa Brown, Psy.D.
Dr. Brown received her doctorate degree in 2003 from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri. She completed her internship and post-doctoral residency at Royal Oaks Hospital with a focus in Psychological Testing. She became licensed to practice Psychology in Missouri in 2004 and currently works as a therapist on the adolescent inpatient psychiatry unit. She also currently teaches Ethics as well as Marriage and Family Therapy in the Masters in Counseling program at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri. Dr. Brown’s Theoretical Orientation is Psychodynamic and her research interests include trauma.
Life in Windsor, MO
Living in rural, Central Missouri can provide a slower pace and cost effective life style. Interns typically reside in Clinton, Warrensburg, or Sedalia MO. All three towns are within 30 minutes of Windsor. The University of Central Missouri is located in Warrensburg and State Fair Community College in Sedalia. Walmart and varies 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.
Windsor, MO, located in Henry County, has a population of 3,000 and is 90 miles southeast of Kansas City, 90 miles southwest of Columbia, MO and 100 miles north of Springfield, MO. A portion of the Katy Trail runs through Windsor so it is common to view cyclists riding from one side of Missouri to the other. It is not uncommon to view the Stealth fly over Windsor as it is housed as Whiteman Airforce base 15 miles away from Windsor.
Annual Pay, Benefits, and Support
Annual Pay for the 2023-2024 Training Year: $35,000
Benefits provided at this site include:
- 112 hours of PTO (vacation / sick leave)
- 24 hours of Professional Development
- Discounted health insurance
- Vision insurance
- Dental insurance
- 401(k) with 4% employer match
- Cafeteria Plans for medical and/or dependent care
- Intern-funded life insurance
- Intern-funded short-term disability
- Employee Assistance Program (free short-term counseling for intern/family)
- Professional liability insurance (for those not already covered)
- Licensure Assistance program
- Mileage reimbursement
Royal Oaks Hospital observes the following 10 holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
- 2 Personal Holidays
Royal Oaks Hospital has support staff on-site available to assist the interns. They also utilize both hands-on training as well as web-based training programs. Their web-based training program offers a full training library for our staff to access as they are able based on their licenses/interests. They also offer a wide range of psychological assessment and scoring materials.
Due to the distance required to travel to Didactic training each month, Royal Oaks Hospital provides travel reimbursement and mileage for intern travel expenses during quarterly in-person didactics.
Please note that available benefits and observed holidays are subject to change. Matched interns will receive full benefit orientations at their site which will go over all benefit information for the training year. More information about the Support and Benefits offered in each of our regions can be found here.
Royal Oaks Hospital does conduct background checks on interns prior to orientation. The following document provides the full, detailed hiring policy for the Compass Health network:
Note these key factors that could cause the site to release an intern from match:
- Positive drug screen.
- Unsatisfactory background check where actions and/or crimes which prohibit patient/client contact pursuant to state law and regulations of accrediting entities.
- Found to be convicted of, guilty of, pleaded guilty to or nolo contendere to any of the following crimes:
- Physical abuse of Class I Neglect of a patient, resident, or client
- Furnishing unfit food to patients, residents, or clients
- Is listed on the DMH disqualification registry
- Is listed on the employee disqualification list of the Department of Health and Senior Services or Department of Social Services
- Failure of a specified professional to report suspected abuse or neglect of a patient
- Found to be convicted of, guilty of, pleaded guilty to or nolo contendere to any of the listed felonies in the following website: http://dmh.mo.gov/about/employeedisqualification/
- Found guilty or pleaded guilty to a violation of Driving While Intoxicated or Driving with Excessive Blood Alcohol Content and who is found by the court to be an aggravated (3 or more) or chronic (4 or more) violator.
- Found to be guilty of any felony drug offense.
Please note that a criminal background check that reveals an intern’s past alcohol or drug-related crimes does not automatically release an intern from match. If otherwise qualified, if two (2) years have passed since the intern was convicted or found guilty and they are not currently on probation or parole, the intern is still eligible to be matched.
Interns with Royal Oaks Hospital will be required to verify immunization to MMR, Varicella (Chicken Pox Vaccine), and Hepatitis B during the onboarding process. Interns will also be required to receive the annual influenza vaccine unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. Starting October 2021, all employees (including interns) will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine unless granted an approved accommodation. New employees must receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination prior to the 1st day of Orientation and receive their second dose (unless they received a one dose vaccination) within the first 30 days of hire. Reasonable accommodations for vaccine requirements are allowed.
Intern Selection Process
The Training Director, Supervisors, current interns, and Postdoctoral Residents review all interested applicants. The selection committee initially looks for individuals with a Master’s degree and eliminates applicants based on the following criteria:
- History of legal complications
- Personal academic probation
- Released from a prior internship site
- Inappropriate disclosure made in applicant material (i.e. sexual experiences of self or others)
Those who appear to be an appropriate fit in the hospital setting will be invited for an interview. The selection committee is likely to rank those interviewees who appear to be well rounded as an individual not just as a soon-to-be psychologist. Applicants who have good self-care, who are interested in professional development and skill set, and who can work independently as well with an interdisciplinary team are preferred.
Royal Oaks Hospital follows CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safetly protocols. At this time all employees are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status or location within the building. Employees are also asked to maintain social distancing, unvaccinated employees are assessed for COVID-19 symptoms at the start of each work day. Additional cleaning measures and use of UV lights is still being implemented across the site. All patients are tested for COVID-19 on admission and there is an isolation unit for patients who test positive for COVID-19 while there. COVID-19 testing and vaccines are available to all employees. Due to the inpatient nature of the facility, all services at this site are provided in-person with no availability for work from home or telehealth. As of October 2021, all employees (including interns) will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine unless granted an approved accommodation.
These policies and proceedures are reviewed and updated on an as-needed basis based on CDC guidelines and number of positive cases in the state.
Central Region Sites
- Burrell Behavioral Health Center
- Clark Community Mental Health Center
- Compass Health
- Royal Oaks Hospital
- University Health (Previously Truman Medical Centers)