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Psychology/Counseling Practicum Program

Trainees maintain a constant presence at University Health Behavioral Health. Trainees will be supervised by licensed psychologists, and training can be tailored to each individual's professional goals and path toward licensure.

Site options vary each academic year based on supervisor availability, space and other factors. Contact the Training Director, Ashlee Jones, PsyD, at ashlee.jones@uhkc.org to inquire about rotation availability.

Practicum Details

Practicum experiences at University Health Behavioral Health have a preferred commitment for one academic year. The number of days on-site and training/clinical interests will be discussed with an individual supervisor.

Applicants are considered without regard of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status protected by law. Gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status is protected by law.

Practicum Rotation Options

Outpatient

Crossroads Counseling is an outpatient clinic comprised of Child/Adolescent and Adult services. Core clinical and training experiences will include provision of initial psychosocial assessments, short-term individual psychotherapy, collaboration with staff from interdisciplinary teams, and outcome measurement.

Primary supervisors have obtained the Telepsychology Competencies Credential and trainees will have the opportunity to be trained in the best practices of telehealth.

Service delivery could include a mix of in-person and/or telehealth, although trainee must remain on-site even for telehealth sessions.

Additional clinical and training opportunities will vary based on supervisor as well as trainee’s professional interests and availability on-site.

Training opportunities may include:

  • Initial psychosocial assessments
  • Short-term individual psychotherapy
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration and consultation
  • Outcome measurement
  • Group therapy

The patient population includes children and adults with a vast range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, and mental health diagnoses.

Inpatient

Behavioral Health Acute Care is an adult inpatient psychiatric unit located in downtown Kansas City in the Health Sciences District. Patient population includes adults 18 years of age and older with a vast range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, and mental diagnoses.

Training opportunities may include:

  • Brief individual therapy
  • Assessment
  • Group therapy
  • Interdisciplinary treatment team meetings

Integrated

University Health Lakewood Medical Center

The University Health Primary Care Bess Truman Family Medicine Center is home of the UMKC Family Medicine Residency Program. This training site offers education and experience in integrative behavioral medicine, the consultation/liaison model, and working as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team.

Trainees will work as a comprehensive treatment team member with family medicine physicians, pharmacists, social workers, and nursing staff. Training will focus on the development of brief intervention skills, chronic disease management through behavioral modifications, and interprofessional communication and consultation. Inpatient consults are occasionally completed in the ICU, general Medical/Surgical floors as well as Labor and Delivery.

Training opportunities may include:

  • Brief intervention
  • Behavior modification for disease management
  • Interprofessional consultation

Intermediate and advanced practicum students with background or strong interest in integrated behavioral health preferred.

University Health Truman Medical Center

The University Health Infectious Disease (HIV Services) and LGBTQ Specialty Clinic is located in the Health Sciences District. This practicum is a unique opportunity to gain experience working within a combined integrated behavioral health and traditional therapy model, the consultation/liaison model, and as a part of two separate interdisciplinary medical teams.

Trainees will work as a comprehensive treatment team member with physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, case managers and peer educators.

Intermediate and advanced practicum students with a strong passion for advocacy and ally-ship, and ability to be assertive are preferred.

Both the HIV and LGBTQ populations face enormous stigma in the healthcare field. An ideal applicant will need an understanding the minority stress and the social determinants of health theories and how they apply to marginalized populations.

How to apply: Interested students can submit curriculum vitae (CV) and a letter of interest detailing the practicum rotation desired to the Training Director, Ashlee Jones, PsyD: ashlee.jones@uhkc.org.