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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.