Primary Care Mental Health Integration Predoctoral Internship

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Organization Type: 
Program Type: 
Education Level: 
Postgraduate (e.g., residency, fellowship)
Educational Elements: 
Independent Study
Experiential including clinical contact with patients
Program Description: 

Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran's Hospital is a core site for the Predoctoral Internship offered by the Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium.  This internship provides a fast-paced environment where psychology services are co-located and integrated within primary care. Trainees in Primary Care - Mental Health Integration will gain experience with a number of co-morbid psychological and medical conditions. Psychology interns are a vital part of the primary care team and provide consultation to primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, care coordinators, licensed practical nurses, dieticians, and social workers.

Services provided by the program include individual functional assessments for a variety of mental health conditions presented in primary care, staff development/education, group therapy/classes, and brief interventions (2-6 sessions) with a focus on motivational enhancement, treatment adherence, stress management, and increasing healthy behaviors/decreasing risky behaviors. This training experience is recommended for individuals interested in gaining experience with integrated care and working with a variety of co-morbid health conditions. Psychology interns who successfully complete this training will be well prepared for a postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology or position as a psychologist in a primary care outpatient setting.

Program Results: 

This program is part of the Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium which has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The last self-study and site visit was completed in 2012. The psychology internship program is accredited until the next site visit in 2019.

Targeted Professions
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Advocacy for patient-centered integrated care
Cultural sensitivity and competence in culturally appropriate practice
Development of effective, caring relationships with patients
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Comprehensive Care Competencies: 
Assessment of biopsychosocial needs across the lifespan
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Care coordination for comprehensive care of patient & family in the community
Health information technology, including e-communications with patients & other providers
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Assessment of patient outcomes
Evidence-based practice
Quality improvement methods, including assessment of patient-experience for use in practice-based improvement efforts
Accessible Care Competencies: 
Promotion of appropriate access to care (e.g., group appointments, open scheduling)
Last updated July 21, 2014

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.


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