Pre-Doctoral Internship at MSU Denver APA-Approved Note that we are not accepting applications for the 2013-14 training year. Our program will have the APA-Approved, Inactive status for that year.
Counseling Center Mission Statement:
The Counseling Center provides assistance to students in the accomplishment of tasks that are essential to their personal and educational development. The Center’s programming is designed to facilitate students’ retention and graduation by providing quality, time-effective, services through individual, couples, and group counseling; outreach services; individual, organizational, and departmental consultation, crisis intervention, internship training, and research. Counseling Center staff are involved in community building, prevention, and education, and thus collaborate and consult with other departments in order to improve the interrelationships of all areas of this urban college. To this end, the Center promotes the understanding and integration of multicultural issues in all services and programs. The Center is dedicated to building a college community that permits all of its members to grow and to be successful in an environment of equity, respect, and inclusion.
Student Services Mission:
The Counseling Center is a part of the Division of Student Services. The Student Services Division fully embraces the mission of Metro State College of Denver. We define our contribution to that mission as follows: The role of the Division of Student Services is to contribute to the academic, personal, and social development of lifelong learners by providing a rich variety of services and activities that aid in their retention and success. The services provided by the Division facilitate access to institutional resources which are an integral part of a full and successful college life.
We also have adopted the following value statements:
- We strive to foster a campus community that values and promotes the open and free exchange of ideas, responsible and ethical behavior, lifelong critical thinking skills, and respect for and inclusion of ALL people.
- We value being responsive to the needs of all students through high quality programs and excellence in services resulting in a sense of belonging.
- We believe in a work environment for the college that encourages collaboration, innovation, professional enrichment, and a balanced lifestyle.
The Division includes Student Life Programs, Student Academic Success Programs, Enrollment Services Programs, Wellness, Access, and Tri-Institutional Programs.
The Training Program at the Counseling Center is designed to offer pre-doctoral interns a 2000-hour,intensive supervised experience functioning as mental health professionals in a college counseling setting. It is our goal to train interns to become skilled, ethical, independent mental health professionals who are capable of functioning competently in a variety of settings, including a college or university. Interns are supervised by licensed psychologists. A host of experiences are provided for interns and graduate students.
The Training Program is accredited by the American Psychological Asociation. The Commission on Accreditation can be accessed at:
Practicum Training 2013-2014
Duties of Psychology Practicum Trainee: Each Psychology Practicum Trainee is expected to divide her/his time among the following (responsibilities will vary): 1) individual psychotherapy, 2) co-facilitation of a group(s), 3) outreach programs, and 4) intakes/screenings. Attendance at Staff and Psychiatric Consultation meetings is strongly encouraged. Meetings are held on Thursday mornings from 9:00-10:00. Attendance at weekly Professional Development meetings is strongly encouraged. The day/time of these meetings is TBD.
Start/End Dates: The practicum position runs from Tuesday, August 20, 2013 through Friday, May 16, 2014. The center is closed December 24, 2013 through January 1, 2014. It reopens again on January 2, 2014.
Supervisors: Each Psychology Trainee will be supervised by a licensed Senior Staff Psychologist.
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, interpersonal, object-relations, psychodynamic, and systems. The Counseling Center staff is multidisciplinary and is trained in either clinical or counseling psychology. We have under contract three psychiatrists, through the campus health center, for clinical consultation.
Supervision format: A minimum of one hour weekly of individual, plus weekly in-service presentations and case discussions. The Counseling Center staff practices a collegial, open-door policy for additional supervision as needed.
Ratio of hours (supervision to clinical hours): One hour supervision for approximately five clinical hours.
Number of psychology practicum trainees: Two positions are available beginning in the fall semester 2013,
Time commitment: 15-20 hours per week, including Professional Development meetings (time TBD).
Psychology practicum trainee qualifications needed: Completion of 2 years in a Counseling or Clinical Psychology graduate program and good academic standing in respective training programs; 2 years counseling experience; good assessment and treatment skills; experience in providing psychotherapy; interest in group therapy; interest in participation in outreach programs; knowledge and insight regarding multicultural therapy issues and experiences with diverse client population. Personal qualities include reliability, good interpersonal skills, and professionalism.
Application Deadline for Fall 2013 start date: Thursday, February 28, 2013 by 3 p.m.
To Apply: Send Curriculum Vitae, three letters of reference, and an unofficial copy of graduate transcripts via email to:
Michael Malmon, PhD—Practicum Coordinator (303-556-3132)