Community Psychological Service
The Community Psychological Service (CPS) was established in 1977 to provide clinical and research training for psychology doctoral students. CPS is directed by Dr. Robert Harris, a member of the clinical program faculty. CPS is a community-oriented facility that offers a wide range of clinical services to the public and consultation to outside agencies. CPS provides students an opportunity to work with clients of varying ages, social classes, ethnic groups, diagnoses, and levels of severity of illness.
Students receive training within the structure of the clinical team, which includes a member of the clinical faculty and a cross section of students from beginning and advanced levels of training. Teams meet regularly for discussion of ongoing cases. Individual supervision is also provided on some teams. In the context of providing professional service to clients and agencies, the team discusses theoretical and research issues related to clients and their social functioning in addition to specific treatment planning. The medium of the clinical supervision team encourages collaborative learning among students.
Each student in CPS is assigned responsibilities commensurate with their experience and training. Beginning students may be engaged in co-therapy with a more advanced student; advanced students have full responsibility for individual, group, couples, and/or family therapy. Advanced students on the team gain experience in the supervision of beginning students.
Each year, one or more advanced clinical students obtain their paid clerkship experience at CPS. Clerkship students receive advanced training in psychodiagnostic assessment in fulfillment of contracts with local mental health centers, school systems, and state agencies. In addition, clerkship students participate in and learn valuable skills in clinic administration.
Weinman Children's Advocacy Center
The Weinman Children's Advocacy Center, located on the UM-St. Louis campus, is one of two sites for the Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis. The mission of the agency is to address the many needs of children and families who are impacted by child abuse. Investigative, medical assessment, and therapy services are provided. Community outreach, education, and prevention are stressed as well.
Opportunities are available in the center for training in child and family assessment and interventions. Students' clinical experiences will take place within the context of a multidisciplinary environment. Students may also participate in program evaluation at the center.
Center for Trauma Recovery
The Center for Trauma Recovery provides training and research opportunities for the treatment of trauma survivors. Students may receive training through the center's workshops in cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure, and stress inoculation. In addition, the monthly colloquium series at the center is open to all clinical students. Several federally funded studies are currently ongoing at the center that focus on the assessment and treatment of trauma-related problems. A small number of clinical psychology graduate students receive research assistantships through research studies being conducted at the center. The number of assistantships varies as a function of research grant funding levels.
The Trauma Clinic, part of the Center for Trauma Recovery, is a community-oriented facility offering therapy for trauma survivors. Advanced clinical students may conduct trauma therapy under the supervision of one of the center's licensed clinical psychologists. Such clinical work supplements the training provided in the Community Psychological Service.