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Counseling Services at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) has been serving students for over fifty years. Training of doctoral level psychologists and master's-level counselors has been a central part of the Counseling Services for more than thirty-five years. UMKC's mission is to be a model urban research university characterized by signature graduate and professional programs, a dynamic undergraduate population, a highly diverse student body, and active engagement with its city and region. The training of psychologists in an APA-accredited internship supports the University's dedication to the development of professionals.

Interns have regularly commented on the personal, collegial quality of the training experience here. They have expressed appreciation for the variety of learning opportunities and the diversity of clients' concerns. Interns have also shared that they enjoy working with all of the staff members, each of whom are active in the training program and who represent a broad base of interest and expertise areas.  We truly value our role as trainers of future psychologists and appreciate your interest in our program.


The University of Missouri-Kansas City is one of four campuses of the University of Missouri system. It is located in the cultural heart of Kansas City, a metropolitan area of some 1.5 million people. UMKC is Kansas City's leading source of advanced graduate and professional study. It has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Ten percent of the students live on campus. UMKC consists of 11 divisions: Arts and Sciences, Biological Sciences, Business Management, Conservatory of Music, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Pharmacy. UMKC's 85-acre main campus is surrounded by parks, tennis and golf clubs, fine restaurants and shopping. Nearby is the Linda Hall Library of Science and Technology, one of the largest and most prestigious libraries of its kind; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, which is among the seven leading art galleries in the United States; Midwest Research Institute and several other educational institutions; and the unique Country Club Plaza with its inspirational architecture, fountains and fine shopping.

Counseling Services is a component of the UMKC Counseling, Health, Testing and Disability (CHTD).  Under the executive direction of Dr. Arnold Abels, the mission of the CHTD is to provide high quality, comprehensive psychological, health, testing and disability services to support the personal and academic potential of individuals and programs in a diverse campus community. These comprehensive services work in collaboration to serve UMKC students, staff, faculty and the Kansas City community.

Counseling Services offers a broad range of therapeutic and personal development services to the students, faculty, and staff of this urban university. Counseling Services' mission is to foster the psychological well-being, personal development, and educational potential of our diverse student, faculty, staff, and campus community.  We are committed to supporting students' development of social, emotional, academic and life-planning skills, as well as the health and well-being of the university community.  Thus, while Counseling Services provides therapeutic assistance for personal and interpersonal issues and concerns, many efforts focus on enhancing personal health and effectiveness through preventive and developmental outreach and consultative activities.

Counseling Services Staff

All members of our professional staff are active participants in the doctoral training program.  See the People page for an introduction to each staff member.


UMKC Counseling Services is offering two doctoral internship positions for 2017-2018. The internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution. All inquiries, correspondence, and application materials for doctoral training experiences should be directed to:

Arnold Abels, Ph.D.
UMKC Counseling Services
4825 Troost, Suite 206
Kansas City, MO 64110

Direct Line: 816- 235-1218*
Front Desk: 816-235-1635*
Fax: 816-235-6350

* Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may call Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966 (TTY)


Inquiries regarding the accreditation of this program can be directed to:

American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation Office of Consultation and Accreditation
750 1st Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Phone: 202-336-5979
TDD/TTY 202-336-6123





Doctoral internship training contact:

Arnold Abels, Ph.D.
UMKC Counseling Services
4825 Troost, Suite 206
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816-235-1218
Fax: 816-235-6350

Doctoral Internship Information

About Us

Activities and Training

Weekly Schedule

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Past Interns