Missouri State University President Clif Smart speaks about a collaboration between Burrell and Missouri State University to begin a Psychology Doctorate program during a press conference at the Burrell Administrative Campus on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022.
Missouri State University and Burrell Behavioral Health are partnering to bring a Doctor of Psychology program to Springfield by next year.
Burrell President and CEO C.J. Davis and Missouri State President Clif Smart signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday at the Burrell Administrative Center.
Burrell will contribute $500,000 over the next few years to help establish the program and will provide training support for PsyD students at Missouri State.
The Doctor of Psychology program will fill a gap in psychology education opportunities in Springfield.
Previously, the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield offered a PsyD program, but that institute closed its doors in 2015.
For students, the PsyD program will be completed over five years. Four years will be spent working in the local community with a final year at an internship cycle, said Mark Smith, dean of the Missouri State McQueary College of Health and Human Services.
“This is truly an integrated process,” Smith said. “Students who enter the program will come to Burrell for any of their internships, opportunities and practicums. (Missouri State) faculty will work at Burrell. Burrell employees will be part of the teaching responsibilities and instruction at Missouri State.”
Mark Smith, the dean of the McQueary College of Health and Human Services at Missouri State University, speaks about a collaboration between Burrell and Missouri State University to begin a Psychology Doctorate program during a press conference at the Burrell Administrative Campus on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022.
This new educational program will also provide more mental health services for the community.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Burrell has experienced a 15 percent increase in use of services per year and a 25 percent increase in calls to the Behavioral Crisis Center, according to Davis. At a national level, 60 percent of the 3,000 community mental health centers across the country have a waiting list.
“With a nationwide workforce shortage and ongoing mental health crisis made worse by COVID-19, there has never been a greater need for psychologists,” Davis said in a news release. “This program will provide …….