The Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program resides in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (School of Medicine). We offer a one-year, full-time APA accredited training program.
Our internship program aims to nurture the development of interns as “ambassadors” of clinical psychology and to foster a range of clinical, teaching and leadership skills that can support success in academic medical settings and work with underserved populations. Further, we embrace the diverse roles that a career in psychology has to offer and aim to create opportunities to build resiliency and role-expansion that can be sustaining throughout one’s career. Our major rotations provide intensive training and supervision with underserved populations in interdisciplinary settings. Our "Psychologist as Educator" series afford interns the opportunity to work within our medical school. Our "Psychologist as Leader" series provide interns the opportunity to engage in the development of policy briefs, practice transformation, and research or clinical projects. Mentorship for these series is provided both from psychologists and physician faculty within the Department of Family Medicine.
Our internship is organized around major rotations and minor rotations. Major rotations correspond to the specialty tracks to which an individual applies--applicants can apply to only one major rotation track. Major rotations are 24-32 hours per week for 12 months. Minor rotations are 6-months in duration and are available to complement the major rotations. They require 12 hours per week. Minor rotations allow interns to acquire additional training in one or two areas to complement the training that is provided by the major rotation.
For the 2022-2023 training year, we will offer nine internship slots within five major rotation tracks: 1) Integrated Primary Care AF Williams; 2) Integrated Primary Care at Salud Family Health Centers 3) Reaching HOPE 4)JFK Developmental Disabilities, and 5) Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR).
We want to call special attention to our brand new major rotation at Reaching HOPE.
We want to invite you to apply to our brand new Trauma Treatment major rotation at Reaching HOPE. Reaching HOPE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in Adams County (Commerce City) that works with diverse individuals and families who have experienced complex trauma. The Psychology Intern will be provided with a rich training opportunity that focuses on engaging in family based trauma recovery services to individuals of all ages, trauma informed psychological assessment, asylum seeker assessment, and continued professional development through case presentations, specialized training opportunities, weekly didactics (e.g., development and behavior in children, working with survivors of relationship violence, grief and loss, best practices when working with Latinx communities, risk assessment, etc.), and community outreach. Psychology interns will also gain skills in working on interdisciplinary teams by engaging weekly with caseworkers, guardian ad litems (court appointed), and law enforcement. In addition, psychology interns will be exposed to robust supervision opportunities given Reaching HOPE’s unique model for trauma-informed care. Reaching HOPE has an English speaking and Spanish speaking track and will be accepting interns for both specialties. Spanish speaking interns will receive supervision in both Spanish and English, and all interns will have comprehensive training in culturally responsive interventions.
All interns participate in weekly seminars and didactic experiences. They are scheduled in blocks throughout the year to include a Diversity Series, a 8 week Outcomes Oriented Psychotherapy Series, a Professional Issues Seminar (covering Ethical and Professional issues), Psychology and the Law, Health Psychology and Primary Care, Pediatric Behavioral Health, Professional Development, and Intern Lunch (year long). Additional didactic training opportunities are provided within each major rotation. Didactics are currently live.
Interns follow COVID-19 safety precautions mandated by the Department of Family Medicine and the School of Medicine. As such, clinical service delivery is a hybrid of in-person and telehealth delivery.
Because this training program has a specialty emphasis, applicants who show promise of a career focus in the specialty area will be given priority. Evidence of prior experience in and commitment to the specialty area will be weighted heavily in evaluating applicant credentials.