Program Information: Behavioral Health Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1173
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Denver Health
Department: Behavioral Health Services
Address: Psychology Internship Program
777 Bannock Street Mail Code 3450
Denver, Colorado 80204-4507
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO
Distance from Major City: 0
Phone: 303-602-4837
Fax: 303-436-3327
Email: Jennifer.Peraza@dhha.org
Web Address: http://www.denverhealth.org/
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.denverhealth.org/-/media/files/for-professionals/behavioral-health/internship-brochure-2023-cohort-final.pdf
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jennifer Peraza
Chief Psychologist: Christopher Sheldon
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 40
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/08/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 24
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35734
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Please note, Denver Health offers paid time off (PTO) that is used for both vacation and sick leave. Other fringe benefits are offered such as seven paid holidays; free pass for the public transportation system; professional liability coverage is provided under an organizational self-insurance plan paid for by Denver Health; educational/administrative leave time is offered for approved professional activities such as dissertation defense, graduation, and/or conference attendance.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Work days vary by clinic and rotation with the majority being 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some rotations offer 7:00 a.m. tp 3:30 p.m. (e.g., Psychiatry Consult Service, Psychiatric Emergency Service). Some schedules in the Outpatient Child Mental Health rotations include 9-hour shifts with a 4-hour shift every other Saturday alternating with a Monday off. Most time is spent in patient care activity with the relevant team as indicated in the sample schedules in the brochure. Half a day per week is spent in didactics.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 12/16/2021 (morning and afternoon) 12/20/2021 (morning) 1/4/2022 (morning and afternoon) 1/6/2022 (morning and afternoon) 1/12/2022 (morning)
Interview process description:

We make every effort to notify applicants by email if they are invited to interview by 12/15. Virtual interview dates are in late December and in January and consist of a half day of activities offered in either the morning or afternoon. We anticipate offering virtual interviews on the following dates for the 2021-2022 application cycle: 12/16/2021 (morning and afternoon), 12/20/2021 (morning), 1/4/2022 (morning and afternoon), 1/6/2022 (morning and afternoon), 1/12/2022 (morning). Applicants will meet with the Training Director to go over the program, then will interview with faculty and current interns. The applicants as a group also will meet with the members of the current internship cohort to answer any questions.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: See the brochure which lists all of our interns since 2010.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: Yes
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: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 30
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
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:
Other Requirements: *A total of 500 combined face-to-face intervention and assessment hours, which must include a minimum of 30 assessment hours. Also, four completed integrated reports are required at time of application. An integrated report is defined as “a report that includes a review of history, results of an interview and at least two psychological tests from one or more of the following categories: personality measures, intellectual tests, cognitive tests, and neuropsychological tests.” Please be aware that symptom inventories or checklists (e.g., BDI-II, PHQ-9) are not considered a psychological test. The desired ratio of intervention to assessment hours may vary based on track. For HRSA grant funded positions we are restricted to students who are “a citizen of the United States, a noncitizen national of the United States, or a foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible participants.” Applicants with student visas are encouraged to apply to the non-grant funded positions. Please see our brochure for additional details.
Program Description

Denver Health is an integrated urban health care system that is a national model for high-quality efficient care and is Colorado's largest safety net institution. The population is ethnically diverse (Latinx, Caucasian, African American, Native American, and Asian) and largely low SES. There are several internship tracks (with separate match numbers). Two tracks are operationally funded by Denver Health including the Adult Psychology and Child and Adolescent Psychology tracks, and the remaining tracks are supported by federal HRSA training grants with emphasis in corrections, neuropsychology, integrated primary care as well as substance use and telehealth for adults, families, and children. Please see our brochure for a detailed description. Interns have the opportunity to rotate through outpatient and inpatient settings. All interns gain experience with acute psychpathology and conduct psychological assessments. The primary focus is supervised direct clinical service, working with attending psychologists on multi- and interdisciplinary teams. Some research or program evaluation work is expected, although the primary focus is supervised clinical assessment and intervention. Interns participate in several hours per week of didactic training, and help educate other health care professionals about psychology. Biopsychosocial and life span developmental models as well as applied understanding of cultural and individual diversity inform training and clinical services. This a generalist internship in which all interns learn about a variety of populations, intervention strategies, and scientific perspectives. However, each applicant selects a track of special interest as part of the APPIC match process. Elective rotations may be available such as in oncology, bariatric surgery evaluation, or other areas. Denver Health is a teaching hospital for the University of Colorado and education is a core value in our mission statement.

Applicants may apply to more than one track. If invited for an interview, applicants may or may not be invited to interview for all tracks for which they applied. On occasion, applicants are invited to interview for a track for which they did not apply, but reviewers believe are a good fit with the applicant’s experience and interest in the application.

Please see the program brochure at https://www.denverhealth.org/for-professionals/clinical-specialties/behavioral-health/psychology-internship for further information.

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students:
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Substance use

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other:

Please note that degree of exposure in different training opportunities vary by track (e.g., interns on the child tracks gain a Major Area of Study experience in Pediatrics where as interns on adult tracks may have Exposure or less).

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at: www.denverhealth.org/  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 225 246 219 317 397
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 34 69 69 165 134
Total number of interns: 5 11 10 18 20
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 11 10 18 20
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 4 9 3 12 14
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 7 6 6
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 10 10 13 11
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 1 0 5 8
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 5 6 9 3 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 114 57 38 79 158
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 1 0 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 5 4 7 8 14
Community Mental Health Center: 0 1 0 1 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 1 2 1 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 1 0 0 0
General Hospital: 2 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 1 0 3 4 8
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 1
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 1 2 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 1 0 1
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 1 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 1
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 1 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 1 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 2 2 4
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 1
Not Currently Employed: 1 0 0 2 2
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0