Doctoral Internships

iStock_000021169850MediumJefferson Center for Mental Health 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

Intern Manual 2017-2018

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 for Mental Health 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:

  1. that training in health services psychology is a continual developmental process,
  2. that providing a broad range of training opportunities is optimum for the growth of developing clinical skills, and
  3. 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.

Direct Hour Requirements

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours Yes 500 Hours
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours No N/A


Jefferson Center for Mental Health 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 24, 2017 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 500 practicum intervention hours by the start of the internship including:
    • adults/older adults
    • children/adolescents
    • 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. All students who submitted a completed application will be notified of their interview status by December 8, 2017.

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 although on-site interviews are preferred, we accommodate interviews via Skype when travel is not possible for the applicant.

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 for Mental Health is contingent on matched applicants passing a criminal background check.

Thank you for your interest in our internship program. Please feel free to contact Kiara Kuenzler at with any questions about the Internship Program.

Annual Stipend $21,000  
Medical Insurance Yes  
Interns Contribute to cost of Insurance Yes  
Medical Insurance coverage for:

-Family members

-Legally Married Partners

-Domestic Partners

Annual Personal time/sick time Yes 20 days of Personal Annual Leave, 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), and 8.5  holidays)
In the event of medical conditions and/or                                              Yes

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?


Other Benefits Yes 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

Total Number of Interns in the 3 Cohorts 6
Total Number of Interns who did not seek employment due to returned to school/program 0


  Post-doctoral Fellowship Employed Position
Community Mental Health Center 1 2
Federally Qualified Health Center 1 1
Other (deceased)   1    
Total 2 3

Training Brochure 2018-2019

Accreditation Disclosure Statement

Jefferson Center for Mental Health 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
Phone: 202-336-5979

 All other questions about the internship program may be directed to:

Kiara Kuenzler, Psy.D., Training Director
Kathy Baur, Ph.D., Doctoral Psychology Internship Coordinator
Jefferson Center for Mental Health
4851 Independence St.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-425-0300

What past interns have said about their experience:

“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 the emergency rooms to do 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.”

Non-Discrimination Statement

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.

Updated 9-29-17