Internship positions available: 2
Residency/Job positions available: 2
University Health is an academic medical center providing accessible, state-of-the-art quality healthcare to our community regardless of the ability to pay. University Health delivers “Academic Medicine for All.”
About Our Site
University Health is an academic medical center serving individuals with a vast range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, regardless of their ability to pay. The University Health System includes the largest behavioral health program in the area, two acute care hospitals, and multiple primary care clinics.
University Health Behavioral Health is a leader in the treatment of mental health and provides a comprehensive array of mental health services. As an academic medical center, University Health is committed to training the next leaders in healthcare. University Health Behavioral Health provides training opportunities for psychology practicum students, doctoral interns, and post-doctoral residents, as well as trainees in disciplines of psychiatry, social work, counseling, and others.
University Health is known for having the Brightest Minds and Biggest Hearts in Kansas City. This is where academic experts and compassionate care come together.
At University Health Behavioral Health, we offer a unique combined doctoral training experience. Through three rotations, interns will gain experience working with children and adults in outpatient clinic settings, as well as adults 18+ in the acute psychiatric care setting. These three rotations are located within 5-10 minutes of each other in downtown Kansas City. Interns will engage in a year-long rotation within the inpatient setting. Each intern will spend their initial six months in either a child or adult outpatient clinic, switching in the middle of the internship to finish their last six months in the opposite clinic.
Interns will be able to gain experience providing individual therapy, group therapy, testing, and collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. Clinical modalities and specific evidenced based treatments vary in each rotation, but generally training opportunities will include provision of individual therapy, group therapy, and psychological assessment. Additionally, interns will provide a range of clinical intervention services and will gain experience with treatment planning, crisis intervention, outcome measurement, and consultation with other professionals.
During the internship year, all interns will complete at least 10 psychological evaluations. Inpatient evaluations typically involve a combination of a brief clinical interview and selection of measures that include the MMPI-3, MCMI-IV, WASI-II, BCSE, M-FAST, and TOMM. Outpatient clinics routinely utilize standardized outcome measures and some outpatient testing opportunities might be available at times.
Interns will also participate in group supervision through the interdisciplinary treatment teams on the inpatient units along with an additional hour with a third licensed psychologist at one of the outpatient settings.
Interns typically work a Monday – Friday schedule from 8:00 to 5:00 pm. No weekend work, on-call, or holiday work is required. Typical inpatient workdays will include attending multidisciplinary treatment team meetings, gathering patient outcome data, providing group therapy, providing brief individual therapy, and completing psychological assessments. Outpatient workdays will generally include supervision, providing individual therapy, and providing group therapy when available. Each week will include multiple hours of group supervision in some form, a minimum of two hours of individual supervision, and a minimum of two hours of journal review.
Interns have a dedicated inpatient workstation which includes a shared phone-line, individual computer, and a large window with a view of one of the building’s many courtyards. The Psychology Department maintains various tests utilized in an acute mental health setting, which are generally maintained in the interns’ training office, where interns can read the manuals, practice with the instruments, and easily access them when needed.
Interns will also have a dedicated office space on their outpatient days to see patients and complete medical record entries. All interns have access to programs such as Microsoft Office, Internet browsers, an electronic records systems provided by Cerner (PowerChart / eCare), online test scoring, and other online training tools. The shared network G: drive can be accessed from all University Health computers and contains group curriculum materials, individual interventions, report templates, multicultural articles, and other educational resources on various relevant topics. Each intern also has a personal H: Drive they can use for online storage.
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.
University Health Behavioral Health System is comprised of the following locations:
- University Health Behavioral Health Acute Care: The inpatient unit is located downtown and housed inside the building for the Center for Behavioral Medicine, where UH operates two 25-bed inpatient units.
- University Health Behavioral Health- Crossroads: This outpatient center provides mental health services to citizens in the downtown Kansas City Crossroads neighborhood. It provides a broad range of clinical services for children, adolescents, and adults.
It should be noted that the University Health office locations are approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes away from Springfield, Missouri. Due to the distance, interns at this location will be provided with some travel reimbursement considerations for any required training in Springfield.
Possible Internship Placements:
- Lakewood Counseling Service: This outpatient center opened in 2006 to provide mental health and substance abuse services to citizens of Eastern Jackson County. It provides a broad range of clinical services for children, adolescents, and adults.
APPIC Training Experiences
Example treatment modalities (as listed by APPIC):
University Health is the largest and most comprehensive health safety-net provider serving Jackson County and Kansas City, Missouri. The service area comprises the urban core of Kansas City, along with the suburban and rural communities that surround the Kansas City metro area.
University Health serves a number of special populations which include those with low socioeconomic status, individuals who are unhoused, incarcerated individuals, and overall populations at-risk due to social and economic disadvantage.
The racial composition of University Health Sciences District service area includes two primary categories: White and African American. These two categories comprise 90.06% of the customers within the Health Sciences District area. Racially, the University Health Sciences District service area reflects the greater Jackson County, Missouri racial mix, with 67.31% White, 22.75% African American, 8.95% Hispanic, 2.06 % Asian, 0.46% Native American/Alaskan Native, 0.29% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 4.0% reporting some other race, and 3.13% reporting multiple races. The socio-economic data reflects the University Health Sciences District service area has a large number of people in poverty status.
University Health strives to maintain a diverse workforce. University Health strives to set a community example through taking a leadership role in diversity and inclusion, which includes partnering with other organizations in supporting the Trans Health Inclusion conference and other educational and networking opportunities. UH has developed both a Leader’s Diversity and Inclusion Council as well as an Executive Diversity and Inclusion council. There is both a behavioral health and corporate diversity committee, and University Health hospitals account for two of the 14 Missouri locations that have obtained the LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Index Leader designation.
Site Training Director
Ashlee Jones, Psy.D.
Dr. Jones works primarily with children, adolescents, and families as an outpatient psychologist at University Health, Crossroads Counseling in Kansas City, Missouri where she provides evidence-based treatments. She is a licensed psychologist and health service provider in the state of Missouri. She has extensive experience providing individual therapy, family therapy and psychological assessment. She provides psychological testing specifically with diagnostic clarification for Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has participated in ECHO Autism, ECHO Autism Center Engagement and ECHO Rubi. She has extensive experience providing didactic presentations on Autism, therapy with children, and psychological testing. Furthermore, Dr. Jones has provided supervision of masters-level and doctoral-level interns. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, APA Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) and APA Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology).
Eric Shult, Ph.D.
Dr. Eric Shult received his doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Memphis and his undergraduate degree from Humboldt State University. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Missouri. After completing his postdoctoral residency at University Health in 2013, Dr. Shut became a psychologist at University Health Inpatient Units. He has extensive experience treating chronic mood, anxiety, and personality issues in both outpatient and inpatient settings. He has extensive experience providing didactic presentations on multiculturalism and suicide prevention and is an adjunct instructor at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. Furthermore, Dr. Shult has extensive experience training and providing supervision of masters-level and doctoral-level interns.
Jennifer Keller, Psy.D.
Dr. Keller obtained training in various settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospital, community mental health center, university counseling center, learning diagnostic clinic, multicultural center, and hospice. She works primarily with children and adolescents, though she provides some specific services for the adult population. Dr. Keller was previously employed at the University of Tennessee Martin both as a staff psychologist and later as the clinical coordinator of counseling services. Dr. Keller was also formerly the preadolescent program director at Royal Oaks Hospital, where she provided and supervised clinical services on the preadolescent unit. Dr. Keller was previously an adjunct professor at Forest Institute of Professional Psychology and Missouri Valley College, and she is currently an adjunct professor at Avila University. Dr. Keller is the Section Chief for Psychology at University Health and an outpatient psychologist at UH Lakewood Counseling Service in Lee’s Summit, Missouri where she provides evidence based treatments. She is a licensed psychologist and health service provider in the state of Missouri. She has retired her license in Tennessee. Dr. Keller is a registrant with the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, APA Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology), APA Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), and the Missouri Psychological Association. Dr. Keller currently sits on the board for the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association.
Abbey Gripka, Ph.D.
Dr. Gripka is a Missouri and Kansas licensed psychologist at University Health Crossroads Counseling in Kansas City, Missouri. She is the primary supervising psychologist for the adult outpatient internship rotation. She completed her doctoral training at The University of Kansas in counseling psychology. Dr. Gripka has extensive training and expertise in assessment and treatment of PTSD and trauma-related concerns, having completed internship and post-doctoral training with emphasis on PTSD and trauma. Dr. Gripka currently provides outpatient individual and group psychotherapy for treatment of various mental health diagnoses, with emphasis on trauma-informed and evidence-based interventions. Additionally, through The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Athletics Department, Dr. Gripka provides consultative services to coaches and mental health treatment to student athletes. She supervises several masters and doctoral level practicum students, and also teaches a course of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with adjunct in-session supervision to Psychiatry Residents at University Health.
Life in Kansas City, MO
The Kansas City metropolitan area offers a wide range of activities and attractions to ensure there are plenty of ways to unwind during time away from training.
Kansas City offers multiple professional and semi-professional sporting events throughout the year, including baseball, ice hockey, football, soccer, college basketball, and auto racing. Be here to watch the 2015 World Series Champions in action.
Museums and the Arts
Kansas City has a variety of activities related to music, the performing arts, and visual art, including the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the 18th and Vine Jazz District, Crossroads Art District, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and multiple indoor and outdoor concert centers.
Shopping and Entertainment
The Kansas City area provides several excellent shopping locations, including the Country Club Plaza and Legends Outlets. It also offers a variety of nightlife options, including the Power & Light District, Westport District, and multiple casinos. There are also multiple locations for family fun, including amusement and water parks, the Kansas City Zoo, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, and the Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium.
Annual Pay, Benefits, and Support
Annual Pay for the 2023-2024 Training Year: $31,200
Benefits provided at this site include:
- 14 days of PTO (vacation /holidays/sick leave)
- 24 hours of Professional Development
- Health and dental insurance
- The majority of medical services provided by Truman Medical Centers are completely free to employees if using the employee insurance
- Disability insurance
- Optional vision insurance
- Prescription benefits
- Robust wellness program
- TMC’s on-site wellness center in the Health Sciences District costs $35 per year.
- Flexible spending plan
- Retirement (403b)
- TMC matches 50% of contributions up to 8% of the employee’s pay
- Bereavement leave
- Employee Assistance Program
- Corporate discount plans
- Professional liability insurance (for those not already covered)
Truman Medical Centers observes the following 8 holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Friday after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Day
It should be noted that the Truman Medical Centers internship location is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes away from Springfield, Missouri where interns must travel to quarterly in-person didactics. Due to the distance, interns will be provided with lodging at a Springfield hotel and will be provided with mileage reimbursement. Interns should make prior arrangements for any childcare or petcare needs during this time each quarter.
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.
Prior to onboarding, all intern applicants will have the following background checks provided by TMC:
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services – Employee Disqualification List
- US Department of Health and Human Services List of Excluded Individuals/Entities
- Criminal background check with the local jurisdictions as well as the Missouri Highway Patrol
- Local County, State, and Multi-State Criminal/Sex Offender check
- Social Security Number Tracer
- Government Services Administration Excluded Parties Listing System
- Review for outstanding warrants
- Family Care Safety Registry
Interns must also pass an initial employment drug screen and verify the following occupational health requirements:
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Flu Shot
- 2-Step TB Test
All TMC employees, including interns, are bound by the company’s policy against tobacco and vaping use, which includes time when not at work.
Intern Selection Process
University Health reviews applications in a series of steps to determine which applicants are to be offered interviews. Applications are reviewed for initial evidence of goodness-of-fit for both inpatient and outpatient settings, assessment experience, commitment to empirically-supported treatments, and other factors that might contribute to a successful year for the intern and quality of care for patients. Interviews consist of answering applicant questions, orienting applicants to the demands of the acute and outpatient settings, and asking a series of standard questions pertaining to supervision, treatment, assessment, ethics, and diversity. Applicants are graded in each area for the content of their responses and demonstration of critical thinking. Successful interviews are generally marked by displays of good clinical rationale, quality risk analysis, and commitment to assessment and intervention methods most supported by research for the setting. Qualities that thrive in the high demands of the combination setting include dependability, professional mindset, honesty, and flexibility.
Interviews will be held virtually via Zoom. Interview length is an typically 45-60 minutes. Interviews will be scheduled as needed. Applicants will submit date availability and preference for interview time and then will be assigned a specific interview time within the preferred date. Flexibility will be given regarding times and dates as needed. Applicants will meet with the three site supervisors who will provide overview of each site rotation. Standard interview questions will be asked and then the applicant will have some time to ask site specific questions.
University Health follows CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety protocols. Currently, all employees must be vaccinated for COVID-19 and attest to being symptom free when badging to enter any University Health building. Masks must be worn at all times according to the PPE matrix, with elevated levels being required for patient contact, which includes protective eyewear and level III masks. All testing materials and group rooms are disinfected after each use. Due to the nature of the setting, all interns will provide in-person care while on the inpatient units. During outpatient rotations, interns will provide services via a combination of in-person and telehealth depending upon a variety of patient and payor factors, although all telehealth services will be provided on-site (i.e. no University Health interns work from home).
Policies are made at the corporate level and generally maintained in accordance with CDC guidance and local health policies when possible. Changes are made as the COVID-19 situation waxes and wanes.
Central Region Sites
- Burrell Behavioral Health Center
- Clark Community Mental Health Center
- Compass Health
- Royal Oaks Hospital
- University Health (Previously Truman Medical Centers)