Community Psychological Service

Residency Overview

The Community Psychological Service (CPS) is a not-for-profit outpatient mental health clinic established at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1977. CPS is the primary practicum training site for graduate students in the APA-approved Doctoral Training Program in Clinical Psychology at UM-St. Louis. The threefold mission of CPS is to offer its graduate students, pre-doctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows opportunities for clinical training, professional service provision and applied research.

Located in North St. Louis County, CPS serves Metropolitan St. Louis and its surrounding areas. CPS clinicians provide affordable psychological services through Medicaid and a sliding-scale fee basis for clients from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Lower income individuals without health insurance make up the bulk of CPS referrals.

CPS clinicians perform psychological assessments for children and adolescent clients through the Children’s Service Fund (CSF) grant. They also conduct evaluations for private clients, local schools, and state agencies on a contractual basis. These include the Special School District of St. Louis County, the State of Missouri on behalf of clients of the Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The Missouri Board of Probation and Parole, group homes, mental health centers, and local charter schools also refer clients for evaluation.

Postdoctoral Fellows at CPS will have the opportunity to refine their diagnostic skills and enhance competencies in interviewing, test administration and interpretation by way of conducting a wide variety of assessments. Opportunities for cognitive and personality (objective and projective) assessment are available. Comprehensive personality evaluations of adults and children with severe emotional disturbances, forensic parenting competency assessments, violence/risk assessments, and evaluations of learning and attentional disorders in children and adults are common. Opportunities to conduct school-based evaluations also may be available. Postdoctoral Fellows also provide outpatient therapy services to CPS clients. Opportunities to provide individual, couple, family and group therapy are available.

Postdoctoral Fellows will receive 2 hours of individual supervision each week and participate in clinical group supervision. Furthermore, numerous opportunities are present for more informal supervision experiences, such as peer consultation with staff psychologists and assessment case conferences. Fellows also participate in didactic training experiences at UM-St. Louis including weekly didactic seminars and the colloquia series offered by the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, the Center for Trauma Recovery and Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis.

We offer four (4) full-time, salaried postdoctoral fellowship positions. The residency program is a 12-month commitment, beginning the first week of September. Fellows are expected to work a minimum of 40 hours per week to complete the training program. The residency program fulfills the post-doctoral training requirements for psychology licensure in Missouri.

A typical workweek for a postdoctoral fellow includes the following:

 The Community Psychological Service/University of Missouri-St. Louis Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).