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Health & Counseling Center

Graduate Student Trainee (GST)

There are 4 positions available for the 2013-2014 academic year.


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.


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).


  • 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


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 Jacaranda Palmateer, Psy.D. 303-871-4298,