Program Information: Department of Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1963
Program Type: Internship
Site: Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo
Department: Department of Psychology
Address: Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo
1600 West 24th Street
Pueblo, Colorado 81003
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO
Distance from Major City: 80 miles south of Denver, Colorado
Phone: 719-546-4552x
Fax: 719-546-4484
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since: 2006
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Peggy Hicks EdD
Chief Psychologist: David Hickel Ph.D.
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 44
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/31/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 42552
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 10 Holidays per year
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site This HSP internship provides supervised experiential training in the delivery of evidence-based treatment interventions, psych-legal evaluations, and clinical research to a culturally and clinically diverse patient population in a secure forensic inpatient state hospital. Our training year is divided into three four-month rotations with one required rotation on the Social Learning Program. This nationally recognized program is based in Social Learning Theory and serves seriously mental ill patients at our facility. Other four-month rotations which are primarily scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays, include Neuropsychology, Forensic Assessment, Adolescent Behavior Treatment Unit and Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Unit (both DBT-based programs), and the Sexual Treatment and Evaluation Program. Minor year-long rotations include General Assessment, Individual Therapy, Trauma Treatment, and Research. Individual and group supervision and seminars typically occur on Wednesdays. Interns’ days are filled with clinical activities such as milieu therapy, long and short-term individual psychotherapy sessions, scheduled psychoeducational and treatment groups, staff meetings, and multidisciplinary team meetings. Under supervision, interns provide baseline psychological testing, cognitive evaluations/neuropsychological screenings, and objective and projective personality assessments. Rotations include individual and group treatment, clinical supervision in specialized assessment protocols, and integrated report writing including violence risk assessments, psychosexual risk assessment, neuropsychological evaluations, and adult and juvenile competency to proceed to court examinations. In addition, our interns receive block training activities, regularly scheduled seminars developed specifically for interns, clinical supervision, state mandated behavioral health and mandatory hospital training modules, and subject specific departmental and hospital professional development training activities. In addition to their assigned supervisors, interns have many opportunities to consult with and seek targeted supervision from members of the Department of Psychology as well as psychiatrists, mid-level providers, and ancillary service providers such as occupational therapists, nursing staff, social workers and transition specialists, trauma-informed clinicians, and Peer-Support Specialists.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/15/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/06/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/08/2020
Interview process description:

Our interview process is designed to establish “goodness of fit” between intern applicants and our internship program.  Staff psychologists review APPIC applications for course work and academic performance, settings and hours of practicum experiences, training and supervision in psychological assessments, general and technical writing skills, experience providing evidence based treatment in forensic settings, and evidence of interest in providing public mental health services to those diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Based on information gleaned from the review of packets, approximately forty (40) applicants are invited for individual onsite interviews. Phone and Skype interviews are not offered. All applicants will be notified of their interview status by email. Those selected for interviews will be asked to contact the Director of Internship Training or designee by email or phone to arrange an interview date. Applicants will receive email confirmation of the interview date, with an interview schedule, directions to the facility, and relevant local information. All interviews will be scheduled on Wednesday January the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and the 29th of 2020. A panel of three (3) staff psychologists will interview each applicant and the interview will last approximately 50 minutes with approximately 10 minutes for questions. Interviews are structured and each member of the interview team rates the applicant’s responses and overall “goodness of fit” with the program. In addition to panel interviews, all interviewees scheduled for the aforementioned dates are expected to be present during an informal lunch designed to provide opportunities for questions and social interaction with staff psychologists. Current interns lead tours of the campus and provide input into determination of “goodness of fit” for our program. 


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: CMHIP welcomed our first intern in the fall of 2004. Since that time we have trained 45 interns from 24 doctoral training programs. The list of training programs includes University of the Rockies (formally known as Colorado School of Professional Psychology); Palo Alto University (formally known as Pacific Graduate School of Psychology- Palo Alto); Capella University- Minneapolis; Chicago School of Professional Psychology Chicago; Illinois School of Professional Psychology- Schaumburg; Alliant International University- Fresno, Los Angles, and San Diego; Forest Institute of Professional Psychology; Pacific University; CUNY-Queens College; Argosy University- Dallas, Phoenix, and Orange County; University of Indianapolis; Georgia Southern University; Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology; Eastern Kentucky University; Florida Institute of Technology; University of Denver; Hawaii School of Professional Psychology, Texas Tech University, West Virginia University, and Colorado State University-Fort Collins.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 501
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 151
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 2
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement: N/A
Other Requirements: N/A
Program Description

A forensic teaching hospital, CMHIP provides broad based training in the treatment of patients with complex mental health diagnoses and co-occurring medical issues. Interns provide psych-legal evaluations and evidence-based treatment to a diverse patient population committed to CMHIP by Colorado's courts under criminal codes related to the treatment of the psychiatrically ill. A supervision rich environment, CMHIP employs over 40 full-time licensed psychologists. Our internship aims to train ethical practitioners that demonstrate competence in evidence-based theory and practice, assessment, clinical research, clinical supervision, and consultation in a multidisciplinary training environment. Our intent is to foster development of a professional identity that reflects values, attitudes, and behaviors consistent with best practices in the field of psychology. We are dedicated to building practitioners that demonstrate cultural awareness, sensitivity to individual differences, and competence when providing services to a diverse patient population that may hold values and a worldview different from their own. We provide effective supervision, advanced didactic training modules, and opportunities for professional interactions and modeling to meaningfully and substantially further interns' preparation for practice. Interns learn the targets of forensic psychological assessments and develop proficiency in selecting, administering, scoring, and interpreting appropriate psychological instruments for court ordered evaluations. Interns function as members of interdisciplinary team while providing diagnostic assessments, evidence - based treatment interventions, consultation, and individual and group psychotherapy to patients. We have 3 four-month rotations and 3 minor year-long rotations (Individual Therapy, General Assessment, and Trauma Treatment). The Social Learning Program is a required four-month rotation. Other available four-month rotations include Neuropsychology, Forensic Assessment, Sexual Treatment & Evaluation Program, Adolescent Behavioral Treatment Unit, and Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Unit.


Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Forensic Assessment & Treatment

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Forensic Evaluations

Psych-legal Evaluations

Recovery Model

Trauma-Informed Care

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or experiences may be available at all consortium sites, and some internship programs may not have updated this information recently. Please consult the program's web site or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Number of Completed Applications: 84 83 75
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 38 36 43
Total number of interns: 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 1 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 3 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 0 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 14 18 19
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 28 77 59
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 2 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 2 1 1
Correctional Facility: 1 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 1 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 1 2
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0