Psychology Residency Program (NMHC-PRP)

Thank you for your interest in Nebraska Mental Health Center’s Psychology Residency Program (NMHC-PRP). The NMHC-PRP provides residents the opportunity to assume a comfortable, yet challenging degree of responsibility for carrying out major professional psychological functions while maintaining a high level of supervisory support, professional role modeling, mentorship, guidelines for ethical practice and awareness of administrative structures.

Program Structure

The residency program is designed to be offered as either a one-year or a two-year residency experience. Throughout the program each resident will benefit from a planned, programmed sequence of supervised training experiences.

The first year serves as the post-doctoral year required by most states for licensure. Each resident is evaluated as to their experience, training and level of competency in clinical services, with training activities then tailored to meet each resident’s needs. As each resident becomes more competent and knowledgeable, more opportunity and independence is sequentially given and residents initiate, under supervision, more complex cases.

The second year of the program will prepare the resident in greater depth in the areas of psychological assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy, psychotherapy supervision, consultation/liaison, clinical team management, and mental health administration. The second year serves to meet the licensure requirements in some states and is of benefit regarding board certification. The second year offers increased opportunity for residents to:

  • provide supervision and training to interns and other behavioral health professionals,
  • deliver consultation to outside groups /meetings/professional trainings,
  • participate in mental health administration
  • provide a variety of forensic services and neuropsychological/rehabilitation services.
  • Training activities are designed to encourage excellence by ensuring that residents are guided and supported with supervision (both scheduled and just-in-time availability), mentoring, and a developmentally informed sequence of relevant training experiences. Residents are exposed to a wide range of experiences on a weekly basis rather than participating in specialized rotations. Training is tailored to the skills and competencies demonstrated by the resident at the beginning of the residency and his/her increased knowledge and skills throughout the year.


    The mission of the Nebraska Mental Health Center (NMHC), the sponsoring agency, is to strive for excellence in meeting the dynamic behavioral health needs, in terms of assessment, diagnosis and treatment, of a diverse society while keeping abreast of the latest scientific discoveries in the field of psychology.

    The overall aim of the NMHC-Psychology Residency Program (NMHC-PRP) is to provide an open and research informed learning environment in which to train competent, ethical and reflective psychologists who have acquired the awareness, knowledge and skills fundamental to the practice of professional psychology. There is particular emphasis on developing the resident’s ability to develop clinically relevant and standardized assessment batteries, empirically informed diagnosis, and evidenced based treatment methodology. The NMHC-PRP values diversity and believes that psychologists must be sensitive and responsive to cultural and ethnic diversity with training experiences that enhance the residents’ abilities to understand and work with people of different cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences.

    Training Model and Philosophy

    Residents integrate theoretical, clinical, and professional issues in psychology into the service delivery model of Nebraska Mental Health Centers. A developmental apprentice-practitioner model provides the guiding framework for the transition from student to professional by capitalizing on prior strengths, experience, and expertise while supporting the attainment, expansion, and implementation of conceptual, professional, and pragmatic skills. Additionally, to ensure the transition to autonomous practicing professional, specific supervision and training goals have been set in each of the relevant areas including group supervision, case consultation, professional development, and didactic activities.

    Clinical /Training Director of Residency Program

    The NMHC clinical director, Dr. Leland Zlomke, serves as the Clinical/Training Director and is responsible for the integrity and quality of the psychology residency program. Dr. Zlomke is responsible for coordinating and directing all activities of the residency program and resources, including selection of residents, resident supervision, monitoring and the evaluation of program goals and activities, documentation and maintenance of resident records. He is a Nebraska licensed psychologist since 1987. He has 25-plus years of experience in the provision of psychological services both within in-patient and out-patient settings. He has provided leadership to psychological departments in several facilities and has been a supervisor and director of APA approved and APPIC listed internships in professional psychology. He has served as the training director the NMHC residency program over the past 3 years and has been a supervisor of resident training in several facilities for over 15 years. His specialties include behavioral psychology, child/family, developmental disabilities and forensic psychology. Dr. Zlomke is a registrant in the National Register of Health Care Providers, is a member of the Nebraska Psychological Association and is a recognized clinical provider by the Nebraska Probation Services System and is an approved provider of behavioral health services by the Nebraska Department of Education for School Services and as an examiner for the Federal Social Security Disability Determination Division.

    In addition to Dr. Zlomke, two (2) additional Nebraska licensed psychologists offer expertise in specific program focus areas and serve as additional program supervisors, carrying the clinical responsibility for cases being supervised. These psychologists are significantly involved in NMHC-PRP by assisting with the monitoring the progression of each resident toward training goals, determining appropriate policies and procedures, and in the recruitment and selection of future residents.

    Basic Requirements

    NMHC-PRP requires applicants to have completed all professional doctoral degree requirements from an APA or APA-equivalent doctoral program and an APA or APPIC-member psychology internship.

    Nebraska Mental Health Centers, the sponsoring agency for the NMHC-PRP, is an Equal Opportunity Employer and thus, is committed to ensuring a range of diversity among the psychology training classes and strives to select candidates representing different kinds of programs and theoretical orientations, geographic areas, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, and life experiences.

    Prior to beginning the residency, residents are assisted by the NMHC Human Resources Office to obtain licensure (i.e., minimally provisional licensed psychologist) required by the State of Nebraska to meet the requirements of their professional activities and professional needs of the agency/ All residents are expected to attend the program full-time and reach completion in 24 months for the advanced clinical program. Additional requirement is to be independently licensed (i.e., licensed psychologist) within the first 16 months of residency.

    NMHC-PRP requires a 40–50 hour work week for a total of approximately 2000 + hours each year, including 1,000 or more hours (50% of resident’s time) of direct face-to-face clinical service hours each year. Approximately 25 hours of each week are spent in direct face-to-face service delivery.


    Upon acceptance for NMHC-PRP, applicants need to complete the process for becoming a provisional licensed psychologist in Nebraska. Selection is based upon quality of the application and level of fit between applicant’s interests and level of fit between applicant’s interest and NMHC-PRP goals and objectives. NMHC-PRP abides by all rules and regulations set forth by APPIC in regard to application for residency as well as the entire conduct of the program.

    Interested applicants should email Lee Zlomke, Ph.D. at,.

    Applications are reviewed as they are received, with positions remaining open until filled by qualified applicants.

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