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Health & Counseling Center

Counseling Services

Graduate/Post Graduate Training Programs

The DU Health and Counseling Center offers graduate-level and post-graduate 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 Doctoral Internships (4), Advanced Doctoral-Level Practicums, Social Work Internships and Post-Doctoral Residencies (2).


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). While students from GSPP are given preference, we accept applications from national candidates as part of the APPIC matching process.

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 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 well-being 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.


Interns receive 2 hours of individual supervision weekly by a Licensed staff Psychologist, 1.5 hours group supervision weekly for Assessment cases, 1 hour each week group supervision of supervision, 1 hour each week for supervision of group therapy. Additionally, they receive weekly supervision from their group therapy senior staff and/or postdoctoral resident co-leader (supervised by the group counseling coordinator).

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 supervisees 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 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 Chaney Cook, Psy.D, Associate Director of Counseling Services/Training Director, if you have additional questions about our training program at

Advanced Level Practicum


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. 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 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.


All GSTs work up to 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


  • 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

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

Chaney Cook, PsyD, Associate Director of Counseling Services. Interests: depression, anxiety, personality disorders and self-mutilating behaviors. She uses clients' strengths and a collaborative approach to determine the best course of treatment. Dr. Cook also enjoyed providing clinical supervision to trainees and new professionals seeking mental health licensure.

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


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.


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 Chaney Cook, Psy.D., 303-871-4282,

Post-Doctoral Residency


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

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

The postdoctoral resident provides direct counseling/psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and outreach/prevention services to DU students, faculty, and staff. Supervision responsibilities may include co-leading group supervision for doctoral-level practicum students, supervising doctoral interns and doctoral-level practicum students in groups that are co-lead together, and potentially assessment supervision. The resident also (co)leads groups and conducts workshops as needed. This position assists with the development and implementation of multicultural/equity & inclusion initiatives.

This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position with medical insurance. The postdoctoral resident reports to the coordinator of postdoctoral training and is supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist. This position is responsible for participating in occasional after-hours outreach and crisis support services. Postdoctoral residents also serve in the backup to crisis services rotation with senior staff.


To submit your application, please check the University of Denver job website or email for more information.