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.

Nebraska Mental Health Centers is a member of APPIC. Applicants can expect that the NMHC-PRP meets APPIC membership standards. APPIC Membership insures the postdoctoral applicant that the APPIC member site has met a certain level of quality and training standards, such as having due process procedures in place, and providing adequate and qualified supervision. APPIC Member sites are required to provide an organized sequence of training experiences that meet or exceeds membership criteria for APPIC.

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. Additionally, residents are given the opportunity to assume increased responsibility at one of the satellite offices, serving as an on-site mentor to clinical staff, exploring outreach opportunities within the community, or assisting in the development of new services/programs within the community.

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.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of Nebraska Mental Health Centers (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 health service psychology.

    The overall aim of the NMHC-Psychology Residency Program (NMHC-PRP) is to provide residents with advanced skills and competencies at a more integrated and complex level of training than that achieved at the end of the internship training year. This aim is accomplished by providing 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 health service psychology. There is particular emphasis on developing the residents’ ability to further 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.

    Director of Residency Program

    The Clinical Director of NMHC, Dr. Leland Zlomke, serves as the Director of NMHC-PRP and is responsible for coordinating and directing all activities of the residency program and resources, including resident supervision, evaluation of program goals and activities, and documentation and maintenance of resident records.

    In addition to Dr. Zlomke, three (3) additional licensed psychologists participate in the training committee processes, such as monitoring the progression of each resident toward training goals, determining appropriate policies and procedures, and in the recruitment and selection of future residents.

    Accreditation Status

    The NMHC-PRP is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. (APA).

    *Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

    Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association

    750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

    Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org

    Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

    Basic Requirements

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

    Nebraska Mental Health Centers, the sponsoring agency for the NMHC-PRP, resides 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. Additional requirement for residents completing the two-year program 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 + clinical hours each year. Residents are required to have 75% of their total time involved in direct patient service delivery including direct patient therapy, testing, patient reports and documentation, and consultation, with 1,000 or more of these hours direct patient contact hours. The remaining 25% of time is spent in formal supervision, seminars, research, and administrative activities.

    Residents are required to attend all supervisions, trainings, and professional development seminars that are provided by NMH-PRP, complete in a timely fashion psychological testing and assessment, comply with NMHC-PRP and NMHC policies and procedures, provide all clinical services, including accurate and comprehensive clinical record for their patients, and maintain professional behaviors within APA ethical guidelines.

    Residents successfully completing the program are required to obtain a minimum of 2000 hours each year, including 1,000 or more of these hours direct patient contact hours each year and have completed all clinical patient reports and documentation. Additionally, NMHC-PRP requires residents to receive a rating of 3 or above on all competencies on the final evaluation to successfully complete the program.

    Application

    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 lzlomke@nmhc-clinics.com,.

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

    Nebraska Mental Health Centers Psychology Residency Program Handbook

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