Program Information: Department of Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1963
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
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: 116 miles south of Denver, Colorado
Phone: 719-546-4552
Fax: 719-546-4484
Email: peggy.hicks@state.co.us
Web Address: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/colorado-mental-health-institute-pueblo
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/colorado-mental-health-institute-pueblo
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
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 20
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/31/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 44508
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 10 state holidays per year; 8 hrs. Annual Leave per month; 6.66 hrs. of Sick Leave per month; health, dental, and vision insurance for family legally married and domestic partners; Non-exempt positions earn comp time; Colorado Work/Life Employee Discount Program; Maternity Leave; and Colorado State Employees Assistance Program (CSEAP) provides 6 free sessions of confidential counseling
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site CMHIP is a 24/7 516-bed forensic inpatient state hospital. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic all CMHIP employees including our psychology interns are considered to be Critical and Essential Employees eligible for Covid-19 Incentive Pay. Although Covid-19 has significantly changed how services are delivered, it has not adversely impacted the demand for clinical services. Despite Covid-19, the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 intern cohorts completed all program requirements to include direct service hours. Our interns were members of a five person committee that determined procedural changes for psychological testing designed to protect psychologist, interns, and patients during Covid-19 pandemic. CMHIP’s Health Service Psychology internship provides supervised experiential training in the delivery of evidence-based treatment interventions, psycholegal evaluations, and applied 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 patients diagnosed with seriously mental illnesses. Other four-month rotations, which are primarily scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays, include Forensic Assessment, Adolescent Behavior Treatment Unit and Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Unit (both DBT-based programs), and the Sexual Treatment and Evaluation Program/Violence Risk Assessment Rotation. 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, multidisciplinary team meetings, and psychological evaluations. Under the supervision of Colorado licensed psychologists, interns provide baseline psychological evaluations, neurocognitive screening evaluations, 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, cognitive evaluations, and adult and juvenile competency to proceed to court examinations. Our interns attend block training activities, regularly scheduled seminars developed specifically for interns, clinical supervision, state mandated behavioral health and mandatory hospital training modules, and subject specific professional development training activities sponsored by the Psychology Department. 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, nursing staff, and ancillary service providers such as occupational therapists, addictions counselors, 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: 11/19/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/08/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2022
Interview process description:

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has clearly impacted the mechanics of accomplishing our intern selection process, it has not decrease the importance of providing quality mental health services to patients in our care. Historically, we have done face-to-face interviews designed to determine “goodness of fit” between intern applicants, our unique setting and patient population, and our internship program. “Goodness of fit” between applicant and setting continues to be our primary goal. CMHIP psychologists will review applicant packets 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 secure inpatient settings, and evidence of interest in providing public mental health services to those diagnosed with a serious mental illness.  All members of the 2019-2020 intern cohort successfully completed all internship requirements including hours of direct patient care. Conversely, we recognize that Covid-19 has adversely impacted some practicum settings ability to provide contact hours. All applications submitted on or before November 15, 2021 will be carefully reviewed.

Application Requirements:

  • Cover letter describing your interest in the CMHIP internship. The letter should describe your goals for internship and the ways our program will help you meet those goals.
  • Completion of AAPI Online to include
    • Three reference letters at least two of which are from individuals that have supervised your clinical work.
    • A curriculum vita
    • All graduate transcripts
    • Two integrated de-identified clinical psychological reports. Reports completed for class do not meet this requirement.  

Based on information gleaned from the review of packets, thirty-five (35) to forty (40) applicants will be invited for virtual interviews. Our application deadline is November 15, 2021. All applicants will be notified of their interview status by email on or before December 8, 2021. 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. Virtual interviews are preferred but phone interviews are also an option. Although exact dates are yet to be determined, interviews will be scheduled in January of 2022. A panel of psychologists will interview each applicant. Each interview will last approximately 50 minutes with approximately 10 minutes for questions. Interviews will be structured and each member of the interview team will rate applicants’ responses to questions, as well as, overall “goodness of fit” with our program. Applicants selected for interviews will receive a virtual tour of the hospital, and will have an opportunity to meet with current interns and internship alumni.

 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Although the Covid-19 pandemic has clearly impacted the mechanics of accomplishing our intern selection process, it has not decrease the importance of providing quality mental health services to patients in our care. Historically, we have done face-to-face interviews designed to determine “goodness of fit” between intern applicants, our unique setting and patient population, and our internship program. “Goodness of fit” between applicant and setting continues to be our primary goal. CMHIP psychologists will review applicant packets 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 secure inpatient settings, and evidence of interest in providing public mental health services to those diagnosed with a serious mental illness. All members of the 2019-2020 intern cohort successfully completed all internship requirements including hours of direct patient care. Conversely, we recognize that Covid-19 has adversely impacted some practicum settings ability to provide contact hours. All applications submitted on or before November 15, 2021 will be carefully reviewed. Application Requirements: Cover letter describing your interest in the CMHIP internship. The letter should describe your goals for internship and the ways our program will help you meet those goals. Completion of AAPI Online to include Three reference letters at least two of which are from individuals that have supervised your clinical work. A curriculum vita All graduate transcripts Two integrated de-identified clinical psychological reports. Reports completed for class do not meet this requirement. Based on information gleaned from the review of packets, thirty-five (35) to forty (40) applicants will be invited for virtual interviews. Our application deadline is November 15, 2021. All applicants will be notified of their interview status by email on or before December 8, 2021. 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. Virtual interviews are preferred but phone interviews are also an option. Although exact dates are yet to be determined, interviews will be scheduled in January of 2022. A panel of psychologists will interview each applicant. Each interview will last approximately 50 minutes with approximately 10 minutes for questions. Interviews will be structured and each member of the interview team will rate applicants’ responses to questions, as well as, overall “goodness of fit” with our program. Applicants selected for interviews will receive a virtual tour of the hospital, and will have an opportunity to meet with current interns and internship alumni.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
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: 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: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
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 18 full-time licensed psychologists. Although Court Services psychologists are now employed by a separate Division of the Colorado Department of Human Services, they continue to contribute to the training of CMHIP psychology interns.

Our internship aims to train ethical practitioners that demonstrate competence in evidence-based theory and practice, psychological and risk assessments, 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 too 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 unit 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 4 minor year-long rotations (Individual Therapy, General Assessment, Research, 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 & Violence Risk Assessment, Adolescent Behavioral Treatment Unit, and Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Unit.

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children:
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family:
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients:
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students:
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Forensic Inpatient 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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other:

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:
Sexual Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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%)
Neuropsychology-Child:
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%)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

Competency to Proceed Evaluations

Delivery of service to patients involved with Colorado Criminal Courts 

Psychological Evaluations to inform Frensic Assessments

Recovery Model

Trauma-Informed Care

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: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/colorado-mental-health-institute-pueblo  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: 84 83 75 65 117
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 38 36 43 42 38
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 1 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 3 2 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 0 1 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 2 2 3 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 1 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 14 18 19 23 21
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 28 77 59 49 35
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 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 2 2 0 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 2 1 1 2 1
Correctional Facility: 1 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 1 0 1 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 1 2 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 1
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0