Community Psychological Service

Residency Goals and Objectives


The goals of the fellowship programs are to provide advanced clinical training in psychological assessment and psychotherapy. The postdoctoral fellowship program is designed to help trainees prepare for professional careers and independent practice as clinical psychologists. Postdoctoral Fellows are encouraged to complete examination requirements for psychology licensure during the fellowship year. It is our view that upon completion of the fellowship, trainees should be prepared to function as autonomous and licensed professional psychologists who can competently provide an array of psychological services. The fellowship program fulfills the post-doctoral supervision requirement for psychology licensure in the state of Missouri. 

Training experiences are designed to facilitate the development of a broad knowledge base and advanced competencies in the following areas:

1) Diagnosis and assessment

2) Psychotherapeutic intervention

3) Appreciation of individual differences and cultural diversity

4) Professional conduct, ethics and legal issues

Upon completion of the postdoctoral fellowship trainees should be able to:

1) Demonstrate proficiency in psychological assessment skills, including selection of appropriate tests and measures, clinical interview, test administration, scoring and interpretation, report writing, providing feedback, and making appropriate referrals.

2) Demonstrate advanced skills in providing psychotherapy, including the ability to conceptualize cases from a range of theoretical perspectives, provide evidence-based therapies, formulate and carry out treatment plans, assess and manage risk, maintain current and accurate records, and liaise with insurance companies and referring providers. 

3) Demonstrate knowledge, awareness and skills pertaining to individual difference and cultural diversity. These include issues impacting the trainee, his/her clients, and the local culture in which the trainee practices. The trainee should be able to identify gaps in knowledge and seek out further information and consultation when indicated. 

4) Demonstrate the professional, ethical and legal practice of psychology. This includes demonstrating professional conduct and appearance, maintaining proper boundaries with clients, identifying and addressing ethical and legal concerns and conflicts of interest, and referring clients when clinically appropriate.