The University Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) offers Psychology Internships at our Wellness Center Mental Health Services. At UCCS we are leading the way in collegiate wellness by having Campus Recreation, Health Services, Mental Health Services, Nutrition Services, and Wellness Promotion together in the expanded Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center. This innovative model provides integrated and collaborative services and programming to help enhance student’s health and wellness. Colorado Springs, CO sits at the base of the beautiful Pikes Peak mountain and our mountains provide a wonderful opportunity for our community to enjoy the outdoors. Our campus, as well as our city, is focused on creating a wholistic approach to health and wellbeing. We provide mental health services for a campus with traditional students, as well as commuter students. Additionally, because of our many military bases in the area we have a significant number of our students who are military affiliated and we serve a number of veterans and their families. The internship program at UCCS provides many opportunities for direct service to our students through a variety of mental health issues, psychological assessments/testing, as well as being a part of a proactive team that is educating our students on achieving health and wellness. Mental Health Services (MHS) offers a variety of psychotherapy services to students who are currently enrolled at UCCS.
Psychology interns at MHS have the opportunity to provide individual, couple’s and/or family therapy. Interns will screen new students for triage, and going through the entire psychotherapy process with the appropriate documentation for services to include writing intake reports, treatment contracts, termination reports and session progress notes under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. Interns will also facilitate groups that fit within their area of interest or provide expansion of current experience in groups. Interns are asked to schedule 50% of their time to provide direct clinical services. As a part of the direct service hours, interns will carry out psychological evaluations to have the opportunity to learn to administer and interpret psychological test batteries based on assessment questions under the supervision of licensed psychologists. They will gain experience writing concise, well integrated reports and individualized recommendations that convey meaningful information for clients and/or referral sources. Referral concerns at MHS range from emotional adjustment issues to potential cognitive impairments. Experience with psychological evaluations supports interns in learning how to make accurate and efficient diagnostic, treatment, and referral decisions, in addition to effective accommodation recommendations, if appropriate. Interns will also learn the process of providing clinical supervision and will supervise a practicum student under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. The remaining time may be spent developing and presenting psychoeducational materials that are relevant and appropriate for the university campus community, in collaboration with the wellness promotion team.