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The Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families

For Psy. D. Students

duties of psy.d. externs

Psy.D. students will provide diagnostic and therapeutic services for parents and children at the RCSDF. In collaboration with MSW and law students, the Psy.D. students will gain experience conducting intake assessments, making service recommendations, conducting support groups, conducing individual counseling for adults and children, screening families for domestic violence, conducing family counseling, and providing co-parenting consultation and counseling. Psy.D students will also provide psychological testing services when requested specifically from families.

weekly schedule

Psy.D. students will be expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week. This will include one hour of individual supervision, 2 hours of group case consultation/supervision, 2 hours of didactic training, 1 hour of case note writing, and 4-10 hours of direct clinical intervention.

orientation and training

RCSDF Psy.D. externs must be available to attend two weeks of training in August prior to starting the field placement in September. Orientation will include an introduction to the RCSDF services, as well as an introduction to family law. Training will also include a 40-hour mediation certification program.

How to apply

Students applying for this position must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have successfully completed their first year curriculum from the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Students must also be willing to attend orientation/training, which will include 40 hours of intensive mediation training.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and a resume. These documents can be sent to:

Kirk Thoreson, Psy.D. Supervisor for the Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families.

Please feel free to contact Kirk with any questions.