The Heart of America Psychology Training Consortium (HAPTC), a pre-doctoral psychology internship, is a collaborative consortium consisting of psychological service centers throughout the Midwest focused on provision of services in rural health care. HAPTC was founded in 2003 through a collaboration of The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute and Royal Oaks Hospital to create new internship positions in underserved areas. Over the past ten years HAPTC has trained and prepared over 100 interns and residents – all in a rural context.
HAPTC is an innovative internship program that provides psychology interns the opportunity to take substantial responsibility for fulfilling major professional and psychological functions in the context of appropriate supervisory support and professional role modeling.
HAPTC also partners with various organizations including academic programs, community agencies, private hospitals, and independent practitioners to provide a sequential, cumulative, and graded training environment. The objective of the internship is to prepare entry-level practitioners to function effectively in a variety of mental health settings and to provide services to a variety of populations in rural health care.
HAPTC has recently become partially affiliated with William James College in order to better provide these training opportunities and fulfill each program’s mission statements.
In 2013, HAPTC split into two separate regions, the Central Region, consisting of sites located in Missouri and Arkansas; and the Great Lakes Region, consisting of sites in Indiana. The Central Region is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the America Psychological Association for seven years and the Great Lakes Region has been granted accreditation on contingency status. More information regarding our accreditation status is available here. For more information about the Central Region of HAPTC go here. For more information about the Great Lakes Region of HAPTC go here.
The executive training staff of HAPTC include
- President/CEO , Adam Andreassen, Psy.D.
- Regional Assistant Training Directors, Angela King, Psy.D. (Central Region) and James Noll, Ph.D. (Great Lakes Region).
- Director of Accreditation and Compliance, Katherine Dixon, M.A.
- Directors of Diversity Enhancement, Karen Shipley, Psy.D. (Central Region) and Aimee Dershowitz, Psy.D. (Great Lakes Region).
The Central Region of HAPTC is comprised of sites in Missouri and Arkansas, and the Great Lakes Region is comprised of sites in Indiana. The Executive Training Office for HAPTC is located in the Central Region in Springfield, Missouri. For more information about the staff for each site, visit Meet our Staff.
Our Mission at the Heart of America Psychology Training Consortium is
“Training Tomorrow’s Psychologist in the Discipline and Practice of Psychology in Rural Health Care Settings”
For more information about the Central Region of HAPTC and application information for the 2016-2017 training year, see the Central Internship Brochure.
For more information about the Great Lakes Region of HAPTC and application information for the 2016-2017 training year, see the Great Lakes Internship Brochure.