Frequently Asked Questions

How are interns selected?

Intern applications are reviewed by internship faculty and rated using a number of site-specific criteria, including: 1) goodness-of-fit with training interests and training opportunities provided at Fulton State Hospital, 2) relevance of prior clinical training experiences, 3) academic progress, 4) intern interests in serious mental illness, personality disorders, long-term mental health care, and forensic populations, 5) commitment to empirically supported treatment practices, and 6) accomplishments and achievements which coincide with the rehabilitation and recovery goals of Fulton State Hospital. Intern candidates who best fit these criteria are invited for on-site visits so that they may make informed decisions regarding their selection of a suitable training site.

What is a typical work week like for an intern?

Interns generally work 40-50 hours per week, 8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. This estimate includes all major and minor rotations, meetings, and didactics. The internship faculty value balance, and support participation in interests and activities outside of work.

Are interns expected to work on the weekends?

No, interns are never on-call at night or on the weekends. Work is not taken home for confidentiality purposes and is not necessary since there is enough time during the work day to complete your work. Interns involved in the New Outlook Program will receive pagers for the purposes of making coaching calls. It is possible that these will occur on the weekend. However, more specific information about this process and establishing boundaries will be discussed with the New Outlook supervisor at the outset of receiving pagers.

Does FSH have any post-doctoral opportunities? Are there post-docs there now?

There is currently one postdoctoral psychology resident on staff at Fulton State Hospital and an additional two postdoctoral residents beginning in the fall of 2013. These positions, while often available, are subject to funding demands of the facility and the Department of Mental Health and may not be available on a regular basis. However, many former interns were able to secure post-doctoral funding, and several current faculty members completed their post-doctoral training hours on site.

How are major rotations selected? Do I have to select all my rotations at the beginning of the year?

The FSH internship program offers a variety of clinical rotations and our program emphasizes obtaining a broad experience and the generalist approach. It is recommended that interns specify their areas of interest during their post-doctoral training year. While at FSH, the interns will complete two, six-month major and two, six-month minor rotations, selected at the beginning of the internship year following an orientation to each potential rotation experience.

What benefits are included? Are spouses and children included?

Medical benefits are included for the intern. Dental and vision benefits are available for an extra, yet nominal fee. Family members can also be added for an extra, nominal fee. You also are entitled to 12 paid state holidays and 21 vacation days during the training year.

What is the cost of living in Central Missouri?

Living in Fulton is very affordable! Many interns also choose to live in Columbia, Missouri, which is about 30 miles west of Fulton. Columbia, Missouri has consistently been ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. and is home of the University of Missouri-Columbia Tigers. M…I…Z…Z…O…U! For more information, please visit the websites listed below.

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Can I do research while on internship?

Yes! The Program Evaluation rotation offers interns the opportunity to participate in a number of on-going research studies. Interns will work conjointly with various Internship Training Committee members and other FSH staff on a number of research-oriented tasks. Also, interns working on projects will have the opportunity to assist with and be named author on various published manuscripts, abstracts, and articles.

If I have more questions, how can I contact someone?

Please feel free to contact Ericia Kempker, Psy.D., Internship Training Director, either by email at ericia.kempker@dmh.mo.gov or by phone at 573-592-2305.

What FSH fax number should I use in case it is needed?

Information or correspondence to FSH regarding the internship can be faxed to Sherry Sumpter at 573-592-2330.