Clinical Psychology Clinics
Community Psychological Service
Psychological Service (CPS) was established in 1977 to provide
clinical and research training for psychology doctoral students. CPS
by Dr. Robert Harris, a member of the clinical program faculty. CPS
is a community-oriented facility that offers a wide range of clinical
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
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
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
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