Program Information: Aurora Community Mental Health Center - Psychology Internship Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1692
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Aurora Community Mental Health Center
Department: Psychology Internship Program
Address: 1290 Chambers Road
Aurora, Colorado 80011
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 303-617-2300
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Tiffany Erspamer
Chief Psychologist: Kirsten Anderson
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 19
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/15/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 31600
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): EAP services; Professional liability insurance. Nine paid holidays. Two floating holidays. A bilingual stipend is available for interns fluent in English and a second language who will use their second language in direct clinical services, and pass a language competency assessment provided by the agency. The bilingual stipend is 10% of stipend (approximately $3,160 for the year).
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns can engage in a variety of tasks each day. Sample schedules are included in the program brochure.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
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: 11/02/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
Interview notification date: 12/09/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2023; 01/10/2023; 01/11/2023; 01/17/2023
Interview process description:

Based on the quality of the application and the goodness of fit between the applicant’s training goals and the internship program, approximately forty applicants are invited to interview. We interview approximately 20 Adult Track, 10 Child/Family Track, and 10 Asian Pacific Development Center track applicants.

All parts of the interview day will be held via video conference and interview days are scheduled for January 4th, 10th, 11th, and 17th. Interview days run 9:00am to 3:00pm (MST zone) and include time with the Psychology Training Committee, the current intern cohort and an individual interview with members of the Psychology Training Committee. Breaks provided.

Optional actvities for those invited to interview include a virtual open house schedule at end of January.

Accommodations for applicants unable to access reliable video conference services should be addressed with the Training Director at the time an interview is offered.

Please see the current program brochure for complete details about the interview and selection process.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Some of the recent programs interns have attended include: Colorado State University, George Fox University, Nova Southeastern University, Pennsylvania State University, Regent University, Spalding University, University of Denver; University of Louisville, Wesleyan University and Wheaton College.
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: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-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: Must have completed, or plan to complete, 5 integrated testing reports before the start of internship. Basic competency with the WAIS, WISC, and MMPI or PAI is required at time of application. A criminal background check must be passed. All agency staff are required to receive an annual flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine. Religious and medical exemptions are offer but must be documented.
Program Description

Aurora Mental Health Center (AuMHC) provides comprehensive mental health services to people of all ages, who represent virtually all DSM diagnostic categories. Services include outpatient and intensive treatment for early childhood, school-age children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. The psychology internship program allows interns to select and match to one of three tracks: child and family focused; adult focused; or placement at the Asian Pacific Development Center (an affiliate of Aurora Mental Health Center). The internship program will be accepting four interns this coming year (1- child track; 2 - adult track; 1 - APDC track).

As part of the match process to the tracks, interns are placed on a year long primary placement with either Adult, Child and Family, or Asian Pacific Development Center emphasis. In addition to the primary placement, each intern completes two minor rotations during the year that can be with any age group regardless of track assignment. The primary placement is 16 hours per week (i.e., 2 days) for 12 months and each minor rotation is 16 hours per week (i.e., 2 days) for six months. Additional observational experiences available to interns include the addiction and recovery programs (detox and outpatient) and the crisis services continnum (walk-in clinic and crisis stabilization unit).

Other training experiences include the interns completeing at least five testing evaluations during the year and a small research/program evaluation project. The program strives to provide interns with the opportunity to supervise a practicum student, but cannot guarantee it. Monday mornings are set-aside for didactics and seminars and peer socialization and support. 

To successfully complete internship, interns must demonstrate competency in diagnosis and assessment, conceptualization and treatment, consultation, professional conduct and ethical standards, individual and cultural diversity, application of current scientific knowledge to practice, and supervision. Interns are expected to maintain the same ethical standards as licensed professionals, which includes maintaining treatment records and keeping up to date with clinical documentation on a daily basis. Interns carry clinical caseloads for both primary placement and minor rotations. Graduates of the internship are well prepared for the responsibilities that come with full-time employment, or advanced fellowship training, in a variety of settings.

Interns matched with the AuMHC internship program can expect to provide in-person and telehealth services via phone or video conference – commonly referred to as hybrid service delivery. The agency provides interns with an agency laptop and office work space with phone and printer access. Should interns find it necessary to provide telehealth services from an off-site location, they are expected to use their personal telephone and internet services at their expense. The agency expects the same of staff and is mindful of the burden this could place on an intern.

The Center serves one of the most diverse racial and ethnic populations in the United States based on the city size for Aurora, Colorado. Both the internship program and the Center are committed to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice and strive to ensure they are interwoven in the fabric of the organization and training program. AuMHC supports and nourishes an inclusive and welcoming environment for employees from diverse backgrounds, and welcomes diverse and unique viewpoints of employees. The agency aims to champion and promote staff engagement, peer networking, and leadership development.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Refugees

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
School: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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:
Integrated health care - specialty:

We provide therapeutic services for immigrants and refugees in both the Colorado Wellness Refugee Center and the Asian Pacific Development Center. The use of interpreters known as health navigators in the delivery of services is common in these settings.

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:   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 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 148 146 142 137 134 124
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 35 40 40 42 40 39
Total number of interns: 4 5 3 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 5 3 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 4 3 2 2 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 2 1 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 2
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 4 3 4 3 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 0 0 1 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 7 1 2 1 1 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 22 22 6 16 8 16
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 3 3 2 2 3
Community Mental Health Center: 2 2 1 1 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 1 1 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 1 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 1 0
Not Currently Employed: 1 0 1 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0