192525 – University Health Child Track

Internship positions available: 1


About this Rotation

The Child and Adolescent position will be located within an outpatient behavioral health clinic serving of Kansas City metro area and outlying areas, including the southeast suburbs, and housing both Adult and Child treatment teams. We see a diverse range of patients from varying socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The Child & Adolescent team is a cohesive unit comprised of psychologists, qualified mental health providers (Masters-level social work, counseling), psychiatrists, and psychiatry residents. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide a high level of clinical care, and to implement evidence-based practices whenever possible. Current modalities include but are not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)-based skills, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) techniques, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Love & Logic parenting techniques. Common presenting concerns treated include: Anxiety, depression, PTSD, panic symptoms, OCD, behavioral difficulties, ADHD, DMDD, ASD, Borderline personality traits, grief & loss issues, and adjustment disorders.

Training Opportunities

Interns will be able to gain experience providing individual therapy, group therapy, and collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. 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. Outpatient clinics routinely utilize standardized outcome measures and some outpatient testing opportunities might be available at times. Interns will also participate in group supervision with a third licensed psychologist at one of the outpatient settings.


Rotation Schedule

Interns typically work a Monday – Friday schedule from 8:00 to 5:00 pm. No weekend work, on-call, or holiday work is required. 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 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.

Placement Locations

The Child Track for University Health Behavioral Health System is comprised of the following locations:

  • 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.
  • 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.

It should be noted that the University Health office locations are approximately 2 – 2.5 hours away from  quarterly in-person didactic training (including orientation) in Springfield, Columbia, and Jefferson City, Missouri. Due to the distance, interns at this location will be provided with some travel reimbursement considerations for any required training to these events.

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APPIC Training Experiences

Treatment Modalities


Supervised Experiences

Common presenting concerns treated include: Anxiety, depression, PTSD, panic symptoms, OCD, behavioral difficulties, ADHD, DMDD, ASD, Borderline personality traits, grief & loss issues, and adjustment disorders.

Patient Populations




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.

Our Supervisors

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).

Primary Supervisors

Jennifer Osborne Ph.D.

Dr. Osborne is a Missouri licensed psychologist at University Health – Crossroads Counseling in Kansas City, MO. She is a Clinical Psychologist Supervisor and Team Leader for the adult clinic and has been with University Health since 2011. Dr. Osborne completed her doctoral training in the Counseling Psychology program at Fordham University in New York. She has extensive training and expertise in assessment and treatment of PTSD and trauma-related concerns. Dr. Osborne currently provides outpatient psychotherapy for treatment of a variety of mental health diagnoses. She has experience supervising and training masters and doctoral-level interns and supervises licensed staff in the department. She holds a faculty appointment in the UMKC Department of Psychiatry and is involved in training third- and fourth-year psychiatry residents.

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.