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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 positions), Advanced Doctoral-Level Practicums, Social Work Internships and Post-Doctoral Residencies (2 positions).


 

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. 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; anti-oppression work, 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, Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselors 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 use treatment, eating disorders, behavioral health, couple's therapy, psychological assessment, outreach and consultation, suicide prevention, and equity and inclusion work.

Supervision

Interns receive 2 hours of individual supervision weekly by a Licensed staff Psychologist, 1.5 hours group supervision weekly for Assessment cases, 1 hour of weekly group supervision of supervision, 1 hour of weekly 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 values 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

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 chaney.cook@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, collegiate recovery, 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 & longer-term 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 is strongly committed to values of equity, social justice, anti-racism, and anti-oppression. Practicum students will attend a bi-weekly power & privilege seminar to examine, reflect, and learn about structures of oppression and how they show up in the therapy room, as well as be challenged to push themselves to provide an equitable, social justice-oriented therapy experience to our students.

Training Program

The HCC offers a wide variety of training experiences for Advanced Level Practicum student, as we call Graduate Student Trainees (GSTs), including individual, couples, group and crisis counseling. Additionally, all trainees at the HCC have the opportunity to work with senior staff 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. GSTs receive one and one-half hours of group supervision each week, led by two licensed senior staff psychologists. 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. All trainees attend weekly rotating seminars on a variety of clinical topics, power and privilege, and psychopharmacology. 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 allowed to attend.

Duties

All GSTs work up to 20 hours per week throughout the academic year, including the majority of the 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 and long-term individual and couples 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 500 total practicum hours for the training year

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 which typically starts the third week of August and runs through the Friday before classes start (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm) as we will be coordinating orientation with other HCC staff trainings those weeks. Expected attendance for this practicum begins immediately following orientation week/first week of classes.
  • Previous experience with outreach/consultation, group counseling, and equity & anti-oppression work is preferred.

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.

Post-Doctoral Residency

Description

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. 

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.

Contact

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