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Cultural Diversity Seminar

Program Evaluation Seminar

DBT Seminar

Ethics Seminar

Rorschach Seminar


All interns attend various weekly training activities that include a mixture of didactic presentations, group discussions, and hospital wide conferences. Didactic material is often presented by staff and postdoctoral residents in order to cover issues such as professional ethics, assessment procedures, cultural diversity, and psychotherapy. These classes are designed to provide advanced level discourse about topics relevant to clinical practice and professional development. Evaluation by the interns is required, and this information is used in program planning for the following year. Additionally, interns will also have practice in supervising a practicum student throughout the training year and will be provided with a seminar specifically for supervision issues.Seminars in the past have included:

This seminar will focus on the development of fundamental competencies in assessment including diagnostic interviewing, mental status examination, collaboration with referring clinicians in formulation of referral questions, selection of appropriate assessment methods and instruments, administration and scoring of assessment measures, interpretation and integration of assessment results, writing useful reports, and presenting assessment findings and recommendations to clients and families, the referring clinician, and to the multidisciplinary team.

This didactic seminar is focused on the maintenance of cultural sensitivity as it applies to the practice of psychology. Goals are for trainees to increase their knowledge, or maintain competency, regarding diverse populations represented in the Kansas City urban area, and for them to identify how this knowledge is applicable to working in a large, diverse organization. The seminar will discuss how to apply this knowledge to the effective assessment and treatment of patients in our community, and increase self-awareness in regards to personal bias. Local community resources for each cultural group represented will be incorporated in the form of guest speakers.

Interns will be assigned readings from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook are expected to apply the knowledge gained in the Program Evaluation didactic by completing a program evaluation of a hospital program.

This seminar is focused on the development of beginning-level knowledge regarding Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Trainees will learn about the assumptions and guiding principles that underlie DBT theory; the philosophy of DBT and the impact it has on the treatment model of the hospital; and the structure of the comprehensive DBT Model, including the utility of group, individual, coaching, and team consultation. Evaluation will consist of application of DBT theory to a clinical case.

This didactic seminar provides an overview of the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of conduct. Multiple readings will be assigned and discussed during this seminar. Other activities consist of case presentations of ethical issues and application of ethical principles to example situations.

This seminar is an introduction to the Rorschach Inkblot Test, the various uses of the test, scoring, interpretation, and application. The objectives of this seminar are to increase the trainees’ knowledge regarding the Rorschach Inkblot Test and the importance of its use in a clinical setting. Additionally, trainees’ will be taught the psychodynamic approach to scoring and interpretation.

Additional Training Activities


Grand Rounds

Journal Club

Case Conference

Interns participate in teaching psychology classes to UMKC medical students. Topics include personality disorders, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and dialectical-behavior therapy. Classes are 1-2 hours long and are held approximately once per month, each for a different group of medical students. Interns are part of a rotation of trainees and can expect to teach or co-teach a class every 1-2 months. Interns can volunteer to participate in other teaching opportunities, such as crisis intervention training for police.

Features lectures about topics pertinent to the treatment, study, and history of mental health by staff and guest lecturers from across the nation every Thursday at 8:00am.

Psychology interns and faculty present a synopsis and critical analysis of selected journal articles. This occurs on the first Tuesday of the month at 12noon. Each intern presents one time during the training period.

Members of the psychiatry and psychology training programs present individual treatment cases. This case conference is hospital-wide and is attended by all hospital staff and trainees and occurs on the second, fourth and fifth Thursday of the month at 12noon. Each intern presents one time during the training year.

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  1. Deliver a broad range of clinical interventions rooted in theory and science

  2. Provide interventions with respect for, and awareness of, individual differences

  3. Evaluate treatment progress and modify interventions as indicated

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To develop competence of interns to practice as entry level psychologists in the delivery of clinical interventions.


  1. Select from and administer multiple methods and means of evaluation in ways that are responsive to, and respectful of, diverse individuals and contexts

  2. Interpret, integrate, and conceptualize assessment results to accurately address the referral question

  3. Utilize case formulation for diagnosis and treatment recommendations

  4. Communicate results in written and verbal form clearly, constructively, and accurately in a conceptually appropriate manner

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To develop competence of interns to practice as entry level psychologists in the areas of psychological assessment, diagnosis, and communication of psychopathology.


  1. Demonstrate behavior that reflects values and ethics consistent with standards of professional psychology

  2. Function in the role of consultant as member of a multidisciplinary team

  3. Participate in decision-making and administration of professional procedures

  4. Function autonomously

  5. Provide effective clinical supervision

  6. Organize and present didactic/case material

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To develop competence of interns to practice as entry level psychologists in the areas of professional conduct and decision-making.

All interns will receive a minimum of two hours of one to one supervision per week with staff psychologists. One to one supervision will include one hour with the major rotation supervisor and one hour with the minor rotation supervisor. Supervision will focus on individual case management, case conceptualization, and professional growth. Supervision may include audio- and/or videotape critiques. Supervisory assignments will vary according to rotation.

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Interns will receive two hours of group supervision per week with a staff psychologist. Trainees are expected to present conceptualizations and videotape of the supervision in which they are engaged with a supervisee. Interns are selected to present during specific time periods. Use of the visual aid and verbal conceptualization allow the intern, the didactic leader, and the cohort to observe the growth and competency level of the intern in their role as a supervisor.

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Each intern will choose a mentor to guide and help consolidate their training experiences while developing a professional identity. Each intern will likely have their mentor as a clinical supervisor for part of the year, and interns will regularly meet with their mentor throughout the entire training experience.

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