Training Opportunities

Clinical Director’s Orientation and Welcome: This set of slides and video is to be used with all new employees as a small part of the orientation to programs and service and staff membership at CMHC, Inc., and as a refresher for staff at annual workshops. It includes such things as specific review of our Behavioral Healthcare Policies and Procedures . A training residency is a post academic supervised training experience with an identified senior faculty, individual supervisors, clinical rotations that must be mastered as assigned to move on throught the residency and to achieve a “do pass” evaluation and prepare for the discipline and field of healthcare independent practice and full licensure/certification. CMHC, Inc. has residency rotations in child and adolescent, substance abuse outpatient and day treatment, serious mental illness, corrections and traffic offender programs, intake and diagnoses, families and systems, neuropsychology, Medical Psychology and psychopharmacology, case management and assertive community treatment, hospital consultation, forensics, and general psychotherapy areas of practice. All residents will also have extensive supervision and experience related to accreditation of programs, documentation and electronic healthcare records use, billing and reimbursement procedures, quality assurance, licensure and rules and regulations and legal aspects of practice, professional ethics and professionalism, team treatment, and theories of counseling and psychotherapy and the scientific literature and bases of practice.

Our training programs have trained over 15 doctors of psychology, over a dozen certified substance abuse counselors (many of whom are working in state of Missouri substance abuse programs across the area), a large number of marital and family therapists, several nurse practitioners, over two dozen professional counselors, over a dozen social workers, and several nurses over the years.  We have helped staff facilities on the I-49 Corridor from Kansas City to Joplin and into the Clinton and Springfield areas.  Our agency has been a major contributor to the quality of care, and workforce development (and we are a HRSA approved training agency with an approved HRSA fellow on staff and numbers of HRSA graduates) in Missouri.

CMHC, Inc. is not a place where people just looking for “sign off on time in practice” is masquerading for “A Clinical and Professional Residency”! Residents are “students under supervision who have a willingness, and commitment to learning, professional advancement, acceptance of training and supervision, and who want to become competent, ethical, professional, and effective healthcare professionals! Some residents, who do well in these endeavors will be invited to stay at CMHC, Inc. as staff or future faculty! Not all students pass their residency, but we have a high rate of successful residents, and most go on to brilliant and meaningful healthcare careers and stay in touch with their mentors and programs.

Career ladder combined employment and training programs for early career professionals:  We often help Bachelor’s in Social Sciences or Education (BS) level people do their steps toward a professional substance abuse counselor certification, and/or mid-level (master’s) license as a professional counselor or social worker.  In general, here’s what happens:  1. At the BS level we help you affiliate and file with the state substance abuse board (step 1) for residency or 2 year training program status under training and supervision of approved supervisors and training programs.  2. we help you get your required and pre-requsite  (prior to starting a BS level two year residency) volunteer hours in the field (several hundred hours, some of which you may already have in BS level practica-we evaluate).  3. Once you start your 2 year BS and Substance Abuse counselor training program to prepare and qualify to take the state exam many residents simultaneously work on their Master’s degree and we provide internship for your masters while working and earning some income.  4.  During your masters program (and that may be online if accredited) we provide training, required supervision and practicums pre-masters.  5. At the end of your masters and upon passing your national examination and obtaining provisional licensure we provide your we supply an approved supervisor and two year Provisionally Licensed (PLPC) residency for the full license without supervision Licensed Professional Counselor.

Training Faculty: Jerry Morris, PsyD,MsPharm, MBA, ABMP, ABPP, NCSP, CCM, Roger Wise, PsyD, Amie Cooper, PsyD, PhD, ABMP, Amie Bradley, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, Melissa Brundige, CRADAC, Kate Hogsett, MS, PLPC, CRADAC, Catie Platt, MS, LPC.

Medical Psychology Post Doctoral Residency: Medical Psychology Residency (1)!

Practitioner Burnout: This set of slides and training allows staff to access in-service on the types of things that create practitioner burnout and lower agency quality of care, practitioner overall health and enjoyment of their profession, and gives specific tools to prevent burnout syndrome . Please be patient when downloading! These are large files and will take 5 minutes in some cases to load.

Behavioral Management of Aggressive Patients (Training for Medical Psychologists an Clinical Psychologists working in setting where they must lead nurses and teams with difficult patients): Members and Diplomates may use these slides to train their staff, provide hospital and primary care center workshops and continuing education for staff, and to orient new staff to behavioral management techniques. Click Here

Suicide Assessment and Prevention Training: This set of slides and video is used to orient and train all staff, including all new staff in the assessment of suicide potential and in handling suicidal patients

Assertive Community Treatment Training: These slides and presentation familurizes the practitioner and staff with Assertive Community Treatment model, techniques, and philosophy. This is one of the scientifically validated treatments recogniced in the Affordable Care Act and by the federal Government. It is the basis of part of the MO CSTAR day treatment programs. Click Here:

HRSA: CMHC, Inc. provides placements for healthcare professionals seeking HRSA ( student loan repayment placements. Our Nevada, Butler, and Harrisonville sites are ranked above a 15 and are generally funded in the first annual round.

We provide the following psychology training programs: 1. Pre-doctoral internships in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, 2. Post-doctoral residencies in family psychology, addictions psychology, neuropsychology, medical psychology and psychopharmacology preceptorships, and general clinical and counseling psychology. Contact Dr. Morris, email: for application information.

We provide master’s level LCSW and LPC and LMFT post graduate residencies for provisionally licensed mid-level professionals wanting specialized rural clincal residency training. Contact the Director of Social Work, Chuck Owings, MSW, LCSW at 417-667-8352 for information about application.

We provide two year training residencies in Substance Abuse Counseling for qualification as a certified substance abuse counselor. For information on admission contact Chuck Owings, MSW, LCSW at 417-667-8352.

We provide preceptorships for psychiatric nurse practitioners.

Our Medical Psychology and Psychopharmacology preceptorship meets the guidelines for psychologists seeking board certification by the American Board of Medical Psychology  or the American Board of Behavioral Healthcare Practice. Doctors of psychology must have completed a training program (certificate or graduate degree program) in psychopharmacology and have advanced training and experience in medical psychology, behavioral healthcare, health psychology, or hospital and facility based clinical or counseling psychology as a prerequisite for entry into our program. The resident will be supervised by a board certified Medical Psychologist and board certified Behavioral Heathcare Practitioner who is also a holder of the APA Proficiency in Addictions. The program is a combination of Skype individual and group supervision of cases and program participation in the residents practice and through internet face-to-face supervision approved by many states, scheduled site visits where the resident engages with multidisciplinary staff of psychologists, social workers, physicians, and nurses and substance abuse counselors to evaluate and treatment plan comprehensive treatment plans including psychological and neuropsychological testing and assessment, psychotherapy and technique selection, medication selection and monitoring, and linkages and referrals in hospital, primary care, and CMHC settings. Study materials including monographs, selected articles, slides and online presentations are provided. Admission to the program is free for Academy of Medical Psychology ( ), and The National Practitoner Association  members. Others will have negociated supervision fees. For application for admission, contact Dr. Jerry Morris at

Family Therapy Counseling and Family Psychology Residency (2 year): In this two year residency,  that must be completed post masters or post doctorate, the resident will do family therapy using the major systems techniques in a variety of populations.  The resident will also do integrated approaches (such as Bowinenian and Behavioral) that use both family and individual therapy combinations.  The resident will participate in individual and group supervision with board certified family psychologists and AAMFT supervisors qualifying them for specialty credentials at the end of the residency.  The program includes in person and online didactic and theoretical and technique training, and participation in a National Certified Healthcare System.  Admission requires near completion or completion of a masters program or doctorate in counseling, social work, marital and family counseling, or psychology or medicine.

Substance Abuse Counseling Residency (2 years):  In this residency, admission is for recovering people who wish to train as certified counselors and for those near completion or completion of a masters program or doctorate in counseling, social work, marital and family counseling, or psychology or medicine.  This two year program requires filing with the state board of substance abuse counselors as a resident/trainee and approval of a training program under an approved supervisor and in a program that prepares the counselor to pass the state or national certification examination.  Rotations through the 12 core functions and related training and experience are required.  Both, monograph and diadactic and online training modules and individual and group supervision are components of the program.

Psychiatric Nursing Residency:  LPNs and RNs wanting to develop a career in psychiatric nursing need two years of experience in psychiatric nursing under the supervision of psychiatric RNs and physicians and psychologists.  This standard is used by many state and federal programs and contracts.  Our program provides such a residency and supervision and provides nurses with chronic multiple diagnoses and co-occuring disorders assessment, nursing case management, multi-disciplinary team treatment, medication monitoring, and somatic therapies intervention experience and training under supervision.  The program has individual and group supervision and training, monograph and didactic and online CE modules, and experience with multiple mental health and substance abuse rotations.

Primary Therapist Orientation and Competencies: This program represents a set of slides, notes, and standards that are the required orientation and annual update for all Primary Therapists at the agency. Each new clinical staff member will go through this training module during their orientation with HR, and the program will be reviewed annually at a staff meeting (refresher). Click Here to download the program.

Approved CSTAR and Dual Diagnosis Curriculum: This section includes CMHC, Inc., Curriculum Committee approved manuals and materials. Clinicians and support staff of CMHC, Inc. may use, download, and include in scanned in documentation all and parts of these materials (with affixed times of interventions, patient and staff signatures, and summary of results to comply with documentation requirements when scanned into the EHR). In this section you will be able to click on materials that will help staff provide state of the art, high quality, and scientifically validated care. All staff are required to be familure with this material. The first package is the material on Cognitive and Motivational Interviewing Techniques for Adolescents and their families Click here! The second staff curriculum package has to do with Brief and Scientifically Validated Treatments for Substance Abusers-Click here! The third curriculum package has to do with Anger Management-Click Here! The fourth module is Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioids and Alcoholism-Click Here! The next package (fifth) is Managing Pain with Addicts-Click Here! The seventh approved package is Managing Family Aspects of Disease-Click Here! The eighth package is the Matrix Counselor’s Manual. The entire Matrix Program curriculum is approved for this program. Therefore, any SAMSHA publication for the Matrix Program may be used by staff-Click Here! The 9th package is the Patients Handbook-Stimulant Disorders-Click Here! The 10th package is Click Here!

Related, and approved Slide Presentations:

  1. Alcohol and Recovery – Click Here!
  2. Family Recovery – Click Here!
  3. Marijuana Recovery – Click Here!
  4. Methamphedamines and Coccaine – Click Here!
  5. Opiates and Club Drugs – Click Here!

Here are some approved You Tube Educational Programs:

  1. Alcohol and Your Brain Click Here
  2. Alcohol and the Liver Click Here
  3. Alcohol and Depression Click Here
  4. Stop Drinking Guide-Withdrawals Click Here
  5. DTs Click Here
  6. Medication Assisted Treatment Click Here
  7. Families in Recovery Part I and II Click Here
  8. Families in Recovery Part III Click Here
  9. Families in Recovery Part 4 Click Here
  10. Families in Recovery Part 5 Click Here
  11. Families in Recovery Part 6 Click Here
  12. Families in Recovery Part 7 Click Here
  13. Families in Recovery Part 8 Click Here
  14. Families in Recovery Long-term Support Click Here

EHR approved Screening Instruments for CSTAR: Aims Scale for patients taking neuroleptics/major tranquilizers/antipsychotics Click Here! Beers Criterion material Click Here! Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale Click Here! Approved and SBIRT Approved Substance Abuse Screening Scale Click Here! Children’s Orientation and Patient’s Rights Form for Child Admissions Click Here! Opiate addiction test. Click Here! SBIRT Question card Click Here!