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Graduate Training Programs Overview

The DU Health and Counseling Center offers world-class graduate-level training in the art and science of mental health in order to produce professional mental health providers who effectively enhance the lives of individuals, groups, and communities. Opportunities include APA Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internships, Advanced Level Practicums, Social Work Internships and Post-Doctoral Fellowships.


 

APA Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship

Doctoral Internship in Psychology

University of Denver (DU) Health & Counseling Services (HCC) is a part of the University Of Denver Graduate School Of Professional Psychology's (GSPP) Internship Consortium which is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Thus, we only accept applications from candidates who are students of GSPP. We offer a one year intensive psychology internship and accept four interns per year.

The HCC offers unique training experiences. In addition to the traditional services offered by a university counseling center, all interns training at DU will have opportunities to work with clients in the Employee Assistance Program, the College of Law, and the Women's College. Core activities include: individual, couples, and group counseling; crisis intervention/emergency services; prevention/consultation/outreach/ organizational development; assessment/psychological testing; training/supervision; applied research/quality assurance; and psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

Additionally, the Health & Counseling Center is an integrated health center so interns participate in regularly scheduled integrated health meetings with staff medical providers to discuss & coordinate the overall care and wellbeing of our clients. The counseling staff includes various disciplines including psychiatry & Licensed Clinical Social Workers which help to broaden & foster holistic perspectives towards provision of services.

The goal of the HCC is to provide interns with a strong generalist training, with a range of experiences that contribute to the development of a repertoire of well integrated skills applicable to a variety of professional contexts. All interns have requirements in psychotherapy, psychological assessment, crisis intervention, outreach/prevention/consultation, and supervision. In addition, interns, with guidance from their supervisor, may select one minor emphasis area to focus on during the internship year. Example emphasis areas include, but are not limited to: substance abuse, eating disorders, behavioral health, couple's therapy, psychological assessment, outreach and consultation, suicide prevention, and multiculturalism.

Supervision

Interns receive 2 hours of individual supervision weekly by a Licensed staff Psychologist, 1.5 hours group supervision weekly for Assessment cases, 1.5 hours each week group supervision of supervision, and meet bi-weekly for clinical group supervision of cases with the training director. Additionally, they receive weekly supervision from their group therapy senior staff co-leader.

Our staff is committed to and highly value training future Psychologists and although we have a variety of clinical theoretical perspectives an overarching value of our training is rooted in interpersonal process and development of each intern. We respect the limits that supervisee's set with regard to exploration of how interpersonal processes may impact therapy but we highly value when interns choose to explore and reflect on what interpersonal factors & history may be impacting their work with clients and clinical issues.

Application

Application for internship at our site is handled through the APPIC National Match. Please follow this link for application process & instructions.

Internship Specifics (i.e.; Clinical load, seminars and duties) can be accessed by clicking on the following link: University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology's Internship Consortium.

QUESTIONS: Please contact Carolee Nimmer, PhD, Assistant Director of Counseling Services/Training Director, if you have additional questions about our training program at carolee.nimmer @hcc.du.edu.

Advanced Level Practicum

Description

The University of Denver Health and Counseling Center (HCC) is a fully integrated interdisciplinary center with medical, mental health, health promotion, and gender violence education and support services working collaboratively within the same clinic. Approximately 8% to 10% of the 12,000 students at DU present to the HCC each year for counseling with problems ranging from transitional developmental stressors to severe psychopathology. The student population is composed of 5,500 undergraduates, 6,500 graduate students (including Law students), and includes about 22% ethnic minority and international students. The HCC also provides services to approximately 5% of DU faulty and staff through the Employee Assistance Program each year. Counseling services provided include brief individual counseling, couples counseling, group counseling, behavioral health consultation, daytime and after-hours crisis counseling, psychological assessment and campus-wide outreach on various topics. The HCC is strongly committed to multiculturalism.

Training Program

The HCC offers a wide variety of training experiences, including individual, couples, group and crisis counseling. Additionally, all trainees at the HCC have the opportunity to work with clients through the Employee Assistance Program and to provide campus-wide outreach. The HCC is an APA accredited internship for four pre-doctoral interns from the DU Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP). The training philosophy emphasizes the practitioner-scholar model, a generalist focus, a developmental approach, and a commitment to use direct observation in training including videotaping. All trainees are encouraged to utilize their own theoretical approach to conceptualization and intervention. There is an emphasis, however, on relational approaches to psychotherapy. Graduate student trainees (GSTs) receive one and one-half hours of group supervision each week, led by a licensed senior staff psychologist. They also receive one hour each week of individual supervision provided by a pre-doctoral intern, all of whom are supervised by a licensed senior staff psychologist. GSTs attend crisis team meetings one-half hour/week and carry the after-hours pager on a rotational basis with pre-doctoral interns. All trainees attend weekly rotating seminars on group psychotherapy, outreach, multicultural counseling competence, and psychopharmacology. GSTs must attend weekly staff meetings. The HCC also holds weekly interdisciplinary team meetings, allowing counseling, psychiatry, and medical staff to collaborate on treatment planning with shared clients/patients. GSTs are strongly encouraged to attend.

Duties

All GSTs work 20 hours per week throughout the academic year, including DU winter break, as our counseling center serves many individuals who are on-campus year round. (The University, including the HCC, is closed the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day. GSTs may be given permission to take the week prior to this off.) GSTs are also given permission to take DU spring break off. Clinical duties include providing brief (maximum 10 sessions) individual and couples counseling. Each GST is able to choose one client to whom they provide longer-term (10+ sessions) counseling. Additional duties include group counseling, campus-wide outreach, consultation, crisis intervention, participation in supervision, training seminars and staff meetings, and timely completion of all paperwork. The position requires a minimum of 8 clinical hours per week and a total of 20 hours per week. This results in a minimum of 600 total practicum hours for the training year. All trainees provide emergency coverage (carry a pager after hours and on weekends/other holidays one week every 8 weeks).

Requirements

  • Minimum one year supervised clinical experience providing individual outpatient therapy to adults.
  • If you are selected, you will be required to be available for orientation the entire week of August 20, 2012 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) as we will be coordinating orientation with other HCC staff trainings those weeks. Expected attendance for this practicum begins immediately following orientation week.
  • Attendance is required throughout the year on Tuesday mornings from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for staff meetings, group supervision, emergency team, and psychopharmacological supervision.
  • Previous experience with outreach/consultation, group counseling, and inclusive excellence is preferred.

Professional Staff

Kirsten Ging, PsyD, Staff Counselor. Interests: GLBTIQ identity development, multiculturalism and diversity, family of origin and relationship issues, couples therapy, cognitive and personality assessment, grief and loss.

Tawny Hiatt, PhD, Staff Counselor. Interests: Complex trauma, supervision and training, interpersonal process and emotion focused therapy, LGBTQ identity/issues/couples, multicultural and social justice issues, family of origin problems, adjustment & identity concerns, sexual concerns/problems, emotion regulation problems, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

Marjorie Lavin, MD, Psychiatrist. Interests: Teaching, training, supervision, crisis work, short-term therapies, group therapies, psychotropic medication evaluation and treatment.

Jacaranda Palmateer, PsyD, Director of Counseling Services. Interests: trauma/sexual assault, women's issues, assessment-personality and ADHD/learning disabilities, grief counseling, couples therapy, adjustment, GLBT issues, training/supervision, multicultural issues, feminist psychology, environmental/outdoor psychology

Supervision

GSTs receive one and one-half hours per week of group supervision. Individual supervision will be provided by a pre-doctoral psychology intern; all interns receive weekly supervision of their supervision by a senior staff psychologist. One half hour of Emergency Team supervision will be provided weekly by a licensed psychologist. One half hour of psychopharmacology supervision is provided weekly by the psychiatrist. One additional hour of seminars/supervision is provided by a licensed psychologist.

Compensation

While the Health and Counseling Center highly values the services the GSTs provide each year, we are currently unable to offer any monetary compensation for the training experience at the HCC.

Application/Interview Process

Contact Jacaranda Palmateer, Psy.D. 303-871-4298, jacaranda.palmateer@hcc.du.edu.

Social Work Internship

Summary

The MSW Intern provides direct clinical services to students and staff around general mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and eating disorders. In addition, the MSW Intern will provide educational outreach to students in areas such as stress management, substance abuse issues, or other specialized areas. The MSW internship is an unpaid, non-benefited position of approximately 22 hours per week supervised by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provides direct clinical services including individual, couples, and group psychotherapy to DU students and staff around general counseling issues.
  • Provides crisis intervention services via both our daytime crisis system (Counselor of the Day and Crisis Time coverage) and our after hours on-call system.
  • Participates in individual and group supervision
  • Participates in a Professional Issues Seminar
  • Provides outreach and prevention as required for the DU HCC around issues that impact student achievement.
  • Maintains client records in a timely manner and according to Counseling Center procedures.
  • Works collaboratively with various departments within Student Life
  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for this position.

Percentages

  • Direct clinical service (psychotherapy/counseling): 60 %
  • Training and Supervision: 20%
  • Crisis intervention: 10%
  • Administration: (including; meetings, charting intakes, progress notes, termination summaries; handling telephone calls, snail mail, email): 10%

Contact

For more information, contact Ross Artwohl, LCSW at 303-871-4120 or ross.artwohl@hcc.du.edu.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The postdoctoral fellow is a year-long position that begins in August of each academic year. This position works within an integrated care model including:

  • primary care
  • mental health
  • Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE)
  • Health Promotion in the Health and Counseling Center

The postdoctoral fellow provides direct counseling/psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and outreach/prevention services to DU students, faculty, and staff. Supervision responsibilities include co-leading group supervision for dotoral-level practicum students, and the fellow also leads groups and conducts workshop as needed. This position assists with the development and implementation of multicultural initiatives.

This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position with medical insurance. The postdoctoral fellow reports to the Assistant Director/Training Director and is supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist. This position is responsible for participating in occasional after-hours outreach and crisis support services.

To submit your application, please check the University of Denver job website or email jacaranda.palmateer@hcc.du.edu for more information.