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.
Internship Admission, Support, and Initial Placement Data
Date Program Tables are updated: 8/14/20
Date Program Tables are updated: 6/24/20
The doctoral psychology internship program at Jefferson Center is committed to training that emphasizes both the professional and personal development of interns in a community mental health setting.
Training Philosophy The Jefferson Center Doctoral Psychology Internship Program seeks to train interns to become clinical psychologists with a firm foundation in health services psychology. Our philosophy is three-fold:
- that training in health services psychology is a continual developmental process
- that providing a broad range of training opportunities is optimum for the growth of developing clinical skills, and
- that clinical health services psychology is a science-based discipline and it is important to apply research to inform practice.
Training Program Description Our internship program provides comprehensive training that is broad and general, developmental, and anchored in the practitioner-scientist model. Our training focuses on profession-wide competency areas derived through a multi-step process that are expected for entry-level practice. Ongoing evaluation of intern functioning in specific competency areas allows us to track progress and address areas that may require further training. Interns are evaluated on their demonstration of appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the key competency areas.
Intern training is enhanced by early identification of individual training needs and interests. During the first month of training, all interns complete a self-assessment that provides information to develop an individualized training plan to address not only individual differences in prior training, but also clinical interests and career goals. Various training approaches are utilized across settings, including direct supervision by experienced clinical supervisor psychologists, direct observation (either live or video/electronic) of the intern, participation in co-therapy, utilization of role-play and enactment, observational learning, formal didactic training, and promotion of reflective practice through self-reflection and self-evaluation to facilitate continuous improvement of professional performance.
By incorporating a mentoring model coupled with experiential training under close supervision, our program is designed to nurture interns toward success. Training is sequential, cumulative, and increasing in complexity over the course of the internship. Interns are expected to move toward professional independence as they progress through the training year. This ensures that interns will be able to demonstrate the levels of competency that are necessary for entry-level practice or post-doctoral training at the end of their training.
The program’s training model promotes appreciation and understanding of diversity by ensuring nondiscrimination in all training approaches, by addressing diversity as a competency area, and by creating an environment that nurtures success for all interns.
In addition to experiential training, didactic seminars focus on providing current research-based education on the above goals. Interns participate in seminars related to professional development, ethics, culture and practice, theory of assessment, treatment of psychological disorders, and the relationship between psychological and physical health.
Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:
|Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours||N||Y✔||300 hours|
|Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours||N||Y ✔||25 hours|
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
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.
Completed applications are to be received no later than November 20, 2020 and are expected to meet the following requirements:
- Doctoral student in an APA-accredited Clinical or Counseling Psychology program or in a re-specialization training program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology within an APA-accredited program
- Approval for internship status by graduate program Training Director
- Academic coursework completed by the end of the academic year preceding the start of internship
- Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or greater
- Completion of 4 integrated psychological reports, including projective, objective and cognitive assessments:
- minimum of 1 child/adolescent administered
- minimum of 1 adult battery administered
- minimum of 1 WISC or WAIS administered
- preferred applicants with have a minimum of 2 Rorschachs administered, preferably to both an adult and child/adolescent (Exner scoring system preferred)
- Completion of at least 300 practicum intervention hours by the start of the internship including:
- adults/older adults
- evidence-based practices
- Approval of dissertation proposal by application deadline
- Dissertation defended by the start of the internship
- A de-identified psychological assessment report is required with the application
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 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 10, 2020.
Based on the quality of the application and the goodness of fit between the applicant’s training goals and the internship program, approximately twenty-five applicants are invited for an interview. Interviews are conducted in January and due to COVID 19 and to be equitable to all applicants, all interviews will be held virtually on Zoom.
Following the completion of the interviews, the Training Committee meets to rank order applicants, which is based on both the submitted application and the interview. The final ranking order is determined by consensus of the Training Committee. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.
Following the results of the APPIC Match, a letter confirming the match with Jefferson Center’s Doctoral Psychology Internship will be sent to the incoming intern with a copy to the DCT of their program.
Results of the APPIC Match constitute a binding agreement between the matched applicants and the program. However, as stated in our listing in the APPIC directory, final appointment of applicants to the internship at Jefferson Center is contingent on.
Thank you for your interest in our internship program. Please feel free to contact Dr. Kathy Baur at (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about the Internship Program.
|Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns||$25,000|
|Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns||N/A|
|Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?||Yes|
|If access to medical insurance is provided:|
|Trainee contribution to cost required?||Yes|
|Coverage of family member(s) available?||Yes|
|Coverage of legally married partner available?||Yes|
|Coverage of domestic partner available?||Yes|
|Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)||156 PAL|
|Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave||0 – included in PAL|
|In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?||Yes|
Other Benefits: Dental insurance, vision insurance, a medical and dependent care flexible spending plan, life insurance, professional liability insurance, short and long-term disability insurance, an EAP program, 12 holidays.
|2016 – 2019|
|Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts||6|
|Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree||0|
|Community mental health center||0||1|
|Federally qualified health center||1||0|
|Independent primary care facility/clinic||2||1|
|University counseling center||0||0|
|Veterans Affairs medical center||0||0|
|Military health center||0||0|
|Academic health center||0||0|
|Other medical center or hospital||0||0|
|Community college or other teaching setting||0||0|
|Independent research institution||0||0|
|Independent practice setting||2||0|
|Not currently employed||0||0|
|Changed to another field||0||0|
Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.
Kristen Anderson, PhD, CACII is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified addiction counselor. She has worked at Jefferson Center for 14 years and completed her doctoral internship with an emphasis on primary care psychology at Denver Health. In addition to supervising the doctoral interns and facilitating the professional development seminar, she serves as program manager in Family Services of an intensive in-home family therapy program for youth at risk for out of home placement or hospitalization with an emphasis on trauma. Kristen also oversees an intensive program for clients experiencing first episode psychosis and serves as a member of the Cultural Relevancy Committee.
Kathy Baur, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and a professional life coach who has been with Jefferson Center for close to 21 years. She received her doctorate from the University of Wyoming and completed her internship and a fellowship in behavioral medicine. In addition to coordinating the Doctoral Internship, she is an Intake Clinician, provides Crisis Services, and oversees the Psychological Assessment Team at the Center. Her areas of interest are supervision, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), psychological assessment, and cultural / diversity.
Catherine Greisch, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and former Jefferson Center doctoral intern. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with University of Colorado’s Behavioral Health & Wellness Program before returning to Jefferson Center. Catherine leads the Culture & Diversity seminar for the doctoral internship, as well as a reflective practice group focused on doctoral interns’ experiences providing supervision. Catherine currently serves as a program manager in Family Services where she coordinates LAUNCH Together, a collaborative grant working to improve children’s social emotional health and strengthen the local early childhood system.
Matthew Enright, MA, PsyD is a licensed psychologist. He received his graduate degrees from the University of Northern Colorado in counseling psychology. He has worked for Jefferson Center for 21 years. He started his career working on the inpatient psychiatric unit of the University of Colorado Hospital. After working in the adult outpatient program at Jefferson Center, he transitioned to the emergency department. He is now the manager of Crisis Services, overseeing the operation of the 24/7 walk-in-crisis center. In addition to supervising doctoral interns, he does court ordered emergency evaluations and evaluates clients on long term commitments. He is also adjunct at the University of Denver where he supervises masters and doctoral students in their counseling clinic.
Kimberly Meltzer, MPP is the Integrated Healthcare Data Manager in the Performance, Quality and Effectiveness (PQE) Department at Jefferson Center. She brings a background in research, policy and quality assurance to her current role within PQE, where she supports various data requests and reporting activities. Her particular focus is on data for integrated healthcare initiatives, but her scope extends to other data and analytic work for the Center. Kim supervises the research rotation of the Doctoral Psychology Internship, which provides an experience for exploratory data analysis. Kim’s role in this work is to help interns cultivate skills surrounding data and program evaluation needs, highlighting the important role data plays in clinical work.
Briana Johannesen, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist and early childhood consultant with the LAUNCH Together grant. She does a combination of direct service work with families and training/consultation for agencies that serve the 0-5 population, such as early learning centers, home visitation programs, Department of Human Services, etc. Her main area of expertises is early childhood trauma, with a focus on increasing access to services for traditionally underserved communities. She is also involved with the assessment team where she works mostly with young children.
Brean A. Roman, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and licensed addiction counselor who works in integrated health care as a behavioral health provider. Brean has worked with Jefferson Center for nearly three years and is committed to providing culturally sensitive, competent and trauma-informed care to patients. Brean helps supervise pre- and post-doctoral psychology individuals who are interested in integrated health and work within the primary care setting. In addition to Brean’s professional roles, he also enjoys board games, skiing, time with family, refereeing soccer and serves as an editor for the Colorado Psychological Association’s bimonthly newsletter. Brean takes steps to help advocate for and promote psychology and the advocacy of psychological health in the state of Colorado.
Hailey Hegland, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy and completed an assessment focused internship at Southeast Human Service Center in Fargo, ND. She has worked at Jefferson Center for nearly four years as a co-located clinician in a primary care clinic. She also works on the psychological assessment team and supervises pre-surgical psychological evaluations for the internship as well as providing a didactic on CBT for Insomnia. Her areas of interest include behavioral health integration, psychological assessment, and mindfulness.
Kirsten Kloock, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been with Jefferson Center for 3 years. Kirsten received her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology with an emphasis in multicultural awareness, and completed her postdoctoral residency specializing in psychological assessment. In her role as the Assessment Psychologist at the center, Kirsten provides most of the psychological testing done here. This includes some types of educational, neuropsychological, pre-surgical, and forensic assessments.
Jefferson Center Psychology Doctoral Internship follows the guidelines adopted by APPIC as a part of CCTC.
- Safety. The safety of HSP service recipients, trainees, trainers, and our communities is of utmost importance.
- Equity. It is vital to make the HSP recruitment and selection process as accessible and fair as possible for diverse applicants and programs.
- Ethics. Reliance on an ethical framework for decision making to guard against bias and lapses during a stressful time when systems and the people in them are taxed.
- Science. Use of science, evidence-based findings, and the recommendations of public health experts to inform our process and recommended procedures.
Modifications in training program due to COVID-19 in the 2019.2020 Training Year
Service Delivery Changes:
By mid-March all therapy was being conducted via telephone or zoom and by April all clinicians were converted to zoom for individual therapy. Group therapy was converted to virtual sessions by May with DBT program starting up again for virtual sessions mid-June.
All supervision was completed remotely. All didactics were completed remotely with some in person trainings converted to webinar trainings to address immediate skills for telehealth.
Integrated Care rotation: Due to the UCH/Infectious Disease/HIV clinic going fully remote in mid-March, the Integrated care rotation was modified. The intern assigned to that rotation was reassigned to a newly developed rotation on the Innovation team and was an integral part of the conversion of services to a video platform. The intern also participated in a virtual group for newly diagnosed patients with HIV with the other intern who had done the integrated care rotation in the fall.
Adult Outpatient (AOP): The intern assigned to the AOP rotation was assigned individual clients, but was unable to do intakes. The DBT group experience was delayed until June 17 rather than beginning in March.
Psychological Assessment: All cognitive assessments were cancelled until mid-June. The required battery of 6 assessments was lowered to 4 and the interns were able to complete social emotional test batteries remotely. Crisis rotation. This is considered an essential service at the Center. Intern participation on this rotation was delayed until full safety procedure at the Crisis Center was in place.
Onboarding / Orientation: A hybrid of both in person and remote orientation process will be in place. Opportunities to engage in team building activities with the internship class, supervisors, and assigned team will be present throughout the fall/winter in a combination of in person or remote events.
Supervision – will continue be done remotely until public health emergency is resolved.
Didactics/Trainings: Didactics will take place remotely with return to in person trainings based on public health guidelines and Jefferson Center procedures. Interns’ preference will be the priority in determining training mode.
Integrated Care rotation: The return to in person services at the Infectious Disease clinic at either full time or part time this fall is uncertain at this point. It is anticipated that it will be full time by the spring rotation In the fall, neuropsychological testing will receive priority and test administration will be done onsite. Individual therapy cases will likely remain remote. Newly diagnosed group will likely remain remote. Intern will also participate in minor specialty rotation on the Innovative team to augment hours and will carry cases from Jefferson Center’s Adult Outpatient team where services are delivered remotely.
Adult Outpatient (AOP): The intern assigned to the AOP rotation will have the same training opportunities, however, services will be delivered remotely until such time as a vaccine is available and public health emergency is resolved. Services can then also be done in person.
Psychological Assessment: Following Center protocols, in person testing for cognitive testing will happen onsite. Social emotional testing, clinical interviews, and feedback sessions will occur remotely. The required battery of 6 assessments may be lowered to 4 should public health emergency require changes to current procedures. .
Crisis rotation. This is considered an essential service at the Center. Based on interns’ preference, another training opportunity may be provided in the fall. It is anticipated that by the spring, the full rotation will be available.
Should there be a continued public health emergency that may disrupt in person training, the internship will continue to provide services remotely. The impact on the training program will be as below and follow the same modifications that are planned for the 2020.2021 Training year.
- All individual clients will be seen through video platform; in person sessions will be done virtually.
- All clinical groups will be done virtually.
- All supervisions will be done virtually.
- Didactics and other trainings will be done remotely and webinars added to augment training
- Psychological assessments will only contain cognitive testing if the Center is open, otherwise all assessments with be socio-emotional and presurgical testing only.
- Crisis Services are considered essential services. If the Center is closed, interns can choose to replace this rotation with another clinical minor to be based on intern’s interest.
Accreditation Disclosure Statement
Jefferson Center for is accredited by the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association and participates in the APPIC Internship Matching Program. Applicants must complete the APPIC online APPI. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from an intern applicant.
Questions related to Jefferson Center Internship program accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
All other questions about the internship program may be directed to:
Kathy Baur, Ph.D., Training Director
4851 Independence St.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
What past interns have said about their experience:
“One of the most beneficial experiences was having the opportunity to conduct psychological assessments for a wide array of populations while utilizing cultural context as a means of interpreting assessment results.”
“Absolutely loved being able to supervise the externs & my supervisor was amazing at helping me through the experience. “
“The non-evaluative supervision experience was a supportive place to process my professional development.”
“I think the opportunities to supervise and be involved with the Center have really allowed me to grow and discover new interests.”
“The Professional Development Seminar was one of my favorite things as the topics were interesting and I liked the collaborative, conversational aspect.”
“The variety of experiences that my internship at Jefferson Center provided helped me to become a well-rounded early career psychologist. I especially enjoyed work with outpatient adults and work at Crisis doing evaluations.”
“My internship provided me with a very in-depth experience and well-rounded training. I really liked working at Jefferson Center.”
“The supervision was outstanding. I enjoyed getting to learn from multiple professional psychologists in the field who have different styles and different jobs. The assessment piece of the internship really helped me to develop and hone my assessment skills, particularly with writing cohesive and succinct reports.”
“I found that doing presentations for staff and the community helped me to gain confidence in my education and training.”
Jefferson Center is committed to a policy of providing educational opportunities to all qualified students regardless of economic or social status, and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, beliefs, age, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected category. Jefferson Center is a Drug-Free and Tobacco Free Workplace.