Program Information: Jefferson Center

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2180
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Jefferson Center
Department: Jefferson Center
Address: 70 Executive Center
4851 Independence Street, Suite 200
Wheat Ridge, , Colorado 80033
Country: United States
Metro Area: Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO
Distance from Major City: In Denver-metro area
Phone: 303-432-5283x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Kathy Baur
Chief Psychologist: Kathy Baur
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 14
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Position Information
Start Date: 08/22/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 45000.00
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Medical and dependent care flexible spending plan, professional liability insurance, short and long-term disability insurance, an EAP program, 4 working holidays (holidays when the Center is open and the individual may take that day or a subsequent day off in order to respect diversity of cultural/religious practice). 8.5 Standard holidays
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Please see training brochure for a sample schedule for an intern
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: 11/17/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/07/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/01/2023
Interview process description:

Jefferson Center and its Doctoral Psychology Internship Program are committed to the recruitment of culturally and ethnically diverse interns. We encourage inquiries and applications from all qualified individuals.

Applications are reviewed by members of the Training Committee.  Our selection criteria are based on a "goodness–of–fit" with our practitioner-scientist model, and we look for Interns whose training goals match the training that we offer. The program looks not only at the total number of practicum hours but the quality of those hours in terms of the type of setting as well as experience with empirically supported treatments.

If you have no Rorschach experience or limited Rorschach experience your application will still be considered as we look at your total assessment experience.  All students who submitted a completed application will be notified of their interview status by December 7, 2022.

Apply through AAPI online service. Interviews are conducted with applicants selected by Training Director and Doctoral Supervisors. Applicants are notified by e-mail to arrange an interview by video-conference. Interviews take place over in the month of January. There are 8 interview dates that vary every year. Individual applicants are interviewed by a panel of no less than two psychology supervisors in a group format. Standardized questions are asked and scored for all candidates interviewed. Rank order lists are submitted to AAPI for Phase I & II of Match process. After the interview, applicants will meet with current interns to ask questions.

All interviews will be conducted by zoom so that no applicants will be at a disadvantage due to being unable to travel.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adler University , Azusa Pacific University, George Fox University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, University of North Texas, Argosy, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy, Washington, Pace University, Argosy University - Twin Cities, Nova Southeastern University, California School of Professional Psychology; University of Hawaii; PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, University of Denver; National Louis University-Tampa/Florida School of Professional Psychology; Rosemead School of Psychology/Biola University, Loyola University Maryland; University of Texas - Austin; William James 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: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: Yes, by start of internship
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 25
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 Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited 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: Current enrollment in a doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology and completion of a minimum of 3 years of graduate study. Completion of a minimum of 300 practicum intervention hours completed by the start of the internship. Minimum of 4 integrated assessments completed by start of the internship and 25 direct contact hours assessment; Demonstrated psychological assessment skills; experience administering the Rorschach to both children and adults, preferred but not required. Exner or RPAS scoring system. If applicant does not have Rorschach experience the application is still considered as we look at your total assessment experience. Submission of a de-identified psychological assessment report required and should be submitted with online application. Background check following match to program and before employment. If not a US Citizen, you will be required to provide documentation to verify eligibility following match and before employment. Final appointment of applicants to the internship at Jefferson Center for Mental Health is contingent on matched applicants passing a criminal background check. A pre-employment background check is completed on all matched applicants. Felony assault convictions will be considered a failed background check. Federal misdemeanors and misdemeanors are handled on a case-by-case basis. Jefferson Center for Mental Health is committed to a safe, healthy, and productive work environment for all employees free from the effects of substance abuse. Abuse of alcohol, drugs, and controlled substances impairs employee judgment, resulting in increased safety risks, injuries, and faulty decision-making. Jefferson Center for Mental Health follows Federal Law regarding cannabis and other drugs. We do not do a pre-employment drug test but all employees may be asked to submit a random urine drug screen should there be indications that substances may be affecting job performance. COVID-19 Vaccination or an approved medical or religious exemption is required for employment with Jefferson Center for Mental Health. Psychology interns must be fully vaccinated (Received final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen) and provide proof, or have an approved medical or religious exemption, prior to their first day of internship. Information on how to request an exemption will be provided at the time of offer.
Program Description

Jefferson Center is the private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community mental health center serving Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties (metro-Denver and the foothills communities) since 1958. Clients are predominantly low income, with Medicaid coverage, or uninsured/underinsured, however the client mix includes all payor sources such as Medicare and private insurance. All age ranges, from infants to seniors, are served, with a variety of specialty programs. Jefferson Center’s Doctoral Psychology Internship Training Program promotes the professional development of its interns by providing a wide range of hands-on experiences with diverse clientele, preparing them to provide the highest quality treatment to individuals struggling with a wide range of psychological and behavioral disorders.

Internships are full time, starting in the end of August, and consist of a Major Clinical rotation and Minor Rotations each semester. The Major Rotations are sixteen to twenty hours weekly and change after six months to maximize the intern’s experience. Interns choose from six Major Rotations: 1) Older Adult Services, 2) Adult Services, 3) Integrated Care, 4) Family Services, 5) Centro Dones, and 6) Early Childhood Family Services. There are 3 required Minor Rotations: 1) Emergency – 8 hours per week for 6 months, 2) Innovation/Research Rotation 4 hours per week over 12 months and 3) Psychological Assessment 6 – 8 hours per week for 12 months.  For the Psychological Assessment rotation interns will complete 6 integrated batteries. Interns will also have the opportunity to supervise a doctoral extern or master’s level intern over the course of the training year. 

Work is conducted at a variety of settings across Jefferson Center outpatient offices, and due to COVID-19 services are being done in a hybrid model and interns are onsite 2 - 3 days on average. Crisis rotation is 100% on site due to the nature of the work.  Psychological assessment hours are done in a hybrid model. Interns also participate in individual supervision and training seminars.

Successful program completion requires 2,000 hours and the demonstration of the following competency areas to the level of a generalist, entry-level psychologist: Evidence-based Practice (EBP) in Interventions, EBP in Psychological Assessment, Ethics and Legal Standards, Individual and Cultural Diversity, Research, Professional Values and Attitudes, Consultation, Inter-professional, and Interdisciplinary skills, and Supervision. Interns are also required to :

  • complete 6 integrated psychological assessments
  • present a case study utilizing evidence-based interventions or psychological assessments before the Psychology Doctoral Internship Training Committee
  • provide dissertation presentation to psychology panel
  • present innovation/research project to Jefferson Center staff



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
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


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

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: 35 62 72 64 78
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 19 24 27 31 30
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 1 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 1 2 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 2 2 2 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 4 1 6 1 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 54 94 53 117 47
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: 0 0 0 0 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 0 0 0 0 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 1 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 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: 1 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 2 0 0 2 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 1 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 1 0 0