CMHC, Inc. Training Programs:

Capstone Training Experiences which integrate and expand years of academic preparation. Our training programs emphasize practice preparation for the rural culture and rural specialty areas. Consequently, a strong generalist orientation with extensive family therapy skills constitute core components of our programs. CMHC, Inc. trains psychology interns and post doctoral residencies, provides Nurse Practitioner Clinical Placements, provides two year substance abuse counselor training residencies, provides two year marital and family therapist and professional counselor residencies, and provides specific corporate stress management and organizational consultation programs and employee development and EAP programs.

See Training section in our Healthcare Policies and Procedures (Watch the video here). 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 through 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.

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.

CMHC, Inc. and the three facilities (including Cass Co Psychological Services) are not a private practice but a Healthcare Corporation that is nationally accredited by CARF.  As such, it is like a Hospital, a Medical Practice that is corporate owned and operated, or other corporations.  Our facilities are recognized by SAMSHA, and other bodies listing healthcare and specialty facilities.  Unlike a private practice there are specific bylaws and policies and procedures, a board of directors and department and program directors with specific duties, utilization review and quality assurance supervision and audits, annual audits, clinical privileging and HR department, and other corporate requirements.  A trainee must be selected, privileged as a resident/intern/trainee and have assigned and qualified clinical supervision and program and educational rotations.  A private practice is a much more variable and non-accredited structure with often loosely affiliated and regulated practitioners that are often independent, not accountable to a formal board, and not supervised by healthcare accrediting bodies.  A group practice is different than a private practice and is often somewhere between a private practice and a healthcare facility.

Training Faculty:

To contact us:  Nevada – 417-667-8352, Harrisonville – 816-380-4010.

Training Faculty & Residency Training and Supervision:  Jerry Morris, PsyD, MsPharm, MBA, ABMP, ABPP, NCSP, CCM,  Roger Wise, PsyD, Kate Hogsett, MS, CRADACII, PLPC.  Jobs for licensed or provisionally licensed counselors, psychologists, social workers, marital and family therapists include a base salary, productivity incentives, insurance financial support, individual and group supervision, text books and research data base support, and board certified and state credentialed supervisors acceptable to licensure boards.  CMHC, Inc. does a Post-doctoral Medical Psychology residency program (see: Training Programs).

Many or our faculty and clinical staff are approved provisional licensure and specialty supervisors.  Dr. Morris is an approved professional counselor for the MO state licensure board, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor for provisionally licensed Marital and Family Therapists accepted by the MO state  licensing board, a Mo Substance Abuse Counselor’s Board approved substance abuse counselor supervisor and holds a national certification in addiction treatment from APA, a qualified post doctoral supervisor in psychology and several specialties where he holds national boards.  Kate Hogsett, MS, LPC, MADACII is a state of MO licensing board provisionally licensed professional counselor supervisor, and she is a Mo Substance Abuse Counselor’s Board approved substance abuse counselor supervisor.  Dr. Cathy Blacklock holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, is a MADACII,  and is a Mo Substance Abuse Counselor’s Board approved substance abuse counselor supervisor.  Alexandra (Allie) Swinney, BS, CRADC,  CSTAR Director CMHC, Inc.:  Allie is the CSTAR  program director and has 10 years of experience in substance abuse.  She is a MCB qualified substance abuse counselor supervisor and Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CRADC). She is in the final semester of her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Kansas and graduates in May of 2022   Chuck Owings, MSW, LCSW is a senior clinician in social work and faculty/clinical staff and is a state licensure committee approved and qualified supervisor for provisionally licensed social workers.  Our training program offers well paid residencies, a full clinical library with research capacity online, online in-house staff only CE programs, free supervision for full-time residents, and negotiated supervision fees at a discounted rate for half-time residents.   We are now accepting applications for residencies in the disciplines of social work, professional counseling, marital and family therapy, psychology, and substance abuse counseling.  Apply for a paid residency with approved supervision and clinical privileging as a resident in your discipline by contacting Nate Gulliford, MBA, EdS, Assistant CMHC, Inc. Administrator at and by sending a resume, letter stating your special training needs and interests, and any other materials that you think will enhance your application.  For fully licensed at the independent level behavioral health clinicians who would like a specialty residence toward certification in Marital and Family Therapy, Substance Abuse Treatment, Medical Psychology, Family Psychology, or Neuropsychology contact Dr. Morris at .

Medical Psychology Training Residency:  The specialty of Medical Psychology is one of the most extensive training and competency based expert status in the clinical psychology area.  It requires a license as a psychologist, approved coursework in basic medical sciences, and pharmacology and psychopharmacology, and in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological, substance use, and psychological and life-style aspects of the development and treatment of many chronic physical diseases.  Medical Psychologists are therefore much more than psychopharmacologists (although we and several psychological societies recognize psychopharmacology as a proficiency, and those skills and competencies are a sub set of the Board Certified Medical Psychologist’s training, competency, and practice).  Our training residency includes hospital privileges and rotations, community mental health center rotations, substance abuse center rotations, and primary care and healthcare home and disease management rotations in a multi-disciplinary symmetrical team based treatment approach where many of the Treatment Team Leaders are psychologists.  We qualify for HRSA student loan forgivance, and HRSA Scholars program for post doctoral residents and one of our supervisors is Board Certified Medical Psychologist and directing our residency, and is a past HRSA officer and HRSA funded mentor.  Click Here  Medical Psychology Residency (1) to see our program flyer!

Rural Clinical Psychology Training Program: The psychology-training program offers both a pre doctoral internship in rural clinical psychology (with training tracks in family psychology, neuropsychology, hospital psychology, child and adolescent psychology, SMI, addictions, geropsychology, and forensic psychology), and a postdoctoral residency in rural clinical psychology. In the spring of 2003, our faculty reviewed our involvement with APPIC and decided to resign from our association with them citing the belief that we can enhance the quality or our program and conserve precious program resources by being freed from tethering to interventions and actions which are not helpful to students and faculty in the pursuit of excellence, and that we can attract a higher quality of intern by non-lottery selection processes. That decision has proven correct and our faculty think we have since improved the quality of applicants, feel no pressure to pass applicants who do not meet our standards, and can have realistic appraisal of our supervisors, programs, and applicants. We have invested the budget that was consumed by APPIC membership fees, correspondence negotiations, and procedure to the purchase of materials for our growing professional library. We are happy with our decision to have no direct or indirect affiliation or involvement with the APPIC organization, and any inadvertent reference to APPIC in this Web site is an error of proofing and construction. Jerry Morris, Psy.D., MBA, MS(Pharm), ABPP, NCSP, NBCC, CCM and nationally approved Supervisor AAMFT, certified by the APA National College of Psychology: Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Abuse, a member of the National Academy of Practice, and author of books, chapters, and scientific and professional articles is the Training Director. Dr. Morris indicated that CMHC, Inc. will continue it’s tradition of providing the highest quality rural clinical psychology training internships and post doctoral residencies and assisting psychologists in adapting to the changing market place. He indicated that our program will continue to look toward affiliation with other training accreditation bodies which have clinician rather than academician orientations. He noted that NAPPP ( is the national association for psychology practitioners and that they are currently developing training guidelines and training program credentialing and that CMHC, Inc. will affiliate with them when these systems are completed. Dr. Roger Wise is a clinical psychologist and licensed social worker and holds a master’s degree in divinity. He is faculty in the rural psychology training program and has served as a committee member for the Missouri Psychological Association and as the President of the Southwest Missouri Psychological Association. Dr. Amie Cooper and Dr. Roger Wise are clinical psychologists and supervisors.

Applicants to the psychology internship and postdoctoral residency are accepted and should include three letters of reference, a professional resume, an official college and graduate transcript, a writing sample, and a letter stating the student’s theoretical and technique preferences and future goals in psychology and healthcare. The psychology programs require that the applicant attach a letter summarizing their professional goals and interest. Also, the applicant should provide letters of reference, a summary of professional and social service work experience, and annotate any licenses, certifications, or special skills. The psychology program accepts applications from clinical, counseling, child, health, school, rehabilitation, & family psychology programs. Regional accreditation of the applicant’s school is required.

Our program is rigorous. Students should expect to participate in 25 to 30 hours of therapeutic activity and 10 to 15 hours of supervision, education, and assignments. Students who don’t complete all assignments will not graduate from our program. Trainees are required to participate in a variety of rotations. Additional areas of interest can result in arranged rotations (neuropsychology, geropsychology, forensic, child abuse & neglect, learning disabilities and school psychology, etc.). Several rotations occur simultaneously. Students have ample opportunity to join one of the faculty sponsored research clusters for dissertation work, research, and program evaluation experience. Postdoctoral residents are required to complete a research or major written work during their residency.

Recent interns have been from: The University of Missouri Kansas City, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Brown University, Argosy University, Avila College, Kansas University, Friends University, and other regional and national professional schools and university training programs. While we prefer professional school and practitioner-scholar students, the faculty seeks interns and residents who are dedicated to health care delivery careers, and rates the trainee’s personality attributes, commitment to practitioner goals, and clinical experience as the most important variables in selecting a trainee. In that sense, we are more interested in the characteristics of the individual over which psychology training was learned than which school the student came from, APA or other accreditations, or grade point average. Experience in life as a leader, individual who enjoys involvement with others, and as a team player and in collaboration are helpful to the student competing for our training positions

Individuals seeking admissions to the psychology training programs may contact Dr. Morris (Training Director) at or Dr. Wise may be reached for questions by telephone at 417-667-8352.

Rural Clinical Social Work Training Program:

The Clinical Social Work training program offers social work trainee’s an 8 month block practica and general practica , and we accept certain doctoral social work students from nationally known training programs. The clinical social work program includes extensive supervision in psychotherapy, case management, addictions treatment, treatment of children and adolescents, geriatric social work, and multidisciplinary team treatment and collaborative care.

Rural Marital & Family Training Program:

CMHC, Inc. provides a two-year Marital and Family Therapy training residency for post masters or doctorate students with marital and family coursework and background seeking further specialized training and/or AAMFT certification, or licensure as a MFT. CMHC, Inc. MFT faculty has two AAMFT Approved Supervisors and two senior level supervisors-in-training who teach didactics, provide individual and group supervision, and design and assist in student research. Graduates of our residency include MFTs, physicians, psychologists, social workers, and professional counselors now licensed and practicing. Click here to view specifics about the MFT training program. Dr. Morris is board certified in Family Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and is a licensed marital and family therapist and licensed psychologist and professional counselor. Dr. Wise is a licensed psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, an ordained minister with a masters degree in Divinity, Dr. Amie Cooper, is a licensed clinical psychologist.

Rural Substance Abuse Counselor Training Program:

The Substance Abuse Counselor training residency is a two-year program, which trains individuals for certification as a substance abuse counselor. Program faculty include Jerry Morris, Psy.D., MsPharm, M.B.A., ABPP, ABMP a holder of the American Psychological Association, National College of Psychology Certification in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Abuse. The program trains the counselor in the 12 core areas of substance abuse counseling and meets the requirements for certification in Missouri. Extensive training in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, and the scientific literature concerning addictions and addiction treatment is included in our program. Admission requirements include at least a high-school diploma and an interest in the behavioral sciences or the individual must be a recovering person with at least two years of sobriety. Three letters of reference must be included in the application and forwarded to Dr. Jerry Morris Training Directors. For information on admission to this program, contact Dr. Jerry Morris at 417-667-8352, or email at

Rural Professional Counseling Residency:

The Rural Counselor training residency is a two-year program, which trains individuals for licensure or certification as a professional mental health counselor. Residents must possess a master’s degree in counseling, three excellent letters of recommendation, and demonstrate an interest in depth work in family counseling and substance abuse counseling which are core training components in our program. Click here for specific information about our training residency. Training faculty includes Dr. Jerry Morris, Board Certified Professional Counsleor and Dr. Roger Wise, psychologist and social worker.

Training Faculty: Jerry Morris, PsyD,MsPharm, MBA, ABMP, ABPP, NCSP, CCM, Roger Wise, PsyD, and Amie Bradley, MSW, LCSW.  Jobs for licensed or provisionally licensed counselors, psychologists, social workers, marital and family therapists include a base salary, productivity incentives, insurance financial support, individual and group supervision, text books and research data base support, and board certified and state credentialed supervisors acceptable to licensure boards.

HRSA and the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program:

The HRSA program and NHSC practitioners and providers join Primary Care Centers and health care systems to serve under-served, rural, and impoverished populations and patients and allows systems to train quality practitioners who seek to care for these populations. CMHC, Inc. is an approved HRSA Site at Nevada, Butler, Adrian, and Harrisonville, MO and has an application in for our affiliated primary care center in Adrian MO. HRSA scholars and practitioners qualify for two years in service (with renewal options) in approved sites with attendant repayment or support for student loans. In this way, under-served areas get improved health care services, and practitioners fill a need and become trained in serving special populations. HRSA providers at CMHC, Inc. will have salaries adjusted and equalized with the Government Occupational Handbook Median annual salary for their discipline, and they have their malpractice insurance paid. They must work a minimum of 40 hours per week on site at one of the company’s approved HRSA sites (unless on a half-time contract), and may have some weekend or evening service schedules, and depending on their discipline emergency coverage schedules. Attendance at multi-disciplinary team meetings, group and individual supervision, didactic training, and specific training and programatic assignments should be expected. Some travel of up to 30 miles between sites may be necessary since we are a very rural area. You should be expected to interact with psychologists, physicians, nurses, social workers, professional counselors, substance abuse counselors, marital and family therapists, and other health care professionals.

See HRSA Program Slides Here

Approved Day Treatment Curriculum:

Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Therapy manuals that are approved by the CMHC curriculum committee can be accessed here. These manuals and included exercises and workbook materials may be used by therapists and their support staff in our programs. DBTAsolescentrathus-forms for adolescent specialty manual!