Doctoral Internships

iStock_000021169850MediumJefferson 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: 7/21/18

Training Brochure 2019 – 2020

Internship Program Admissions

 Date Program Tables are updated: 7/21/18

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:

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.

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 Amount:  500
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours ✔ N   Y Amount:  N/A

 

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 23, 2018 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. If you have no Rorschach experience or limited Rorschach experience, please note how you would obtain experience should you be matched with our site. All students who submitted a completed application will be notified of their interview status by December 6, 2018.

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 is contingent on matched applicants passing a criminal background check. If not a US Citizen, you will be required to provide documentation to verify eligibility following match and before employment.

Thank you for your interest in our internship program. Please feel free to contact Dr. Kathy Baur at (kathyb@jcmh.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 No
If access to medical insurance is provided:  
Trainee contribution to cost required? ✔ Yes No
Coverage of family member(s) available? ✔ Yes No
Coverage of legally married partner available? ✔ Yes No
Coverage of domestic partner available? ✔ Yes No
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 No
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.
  2014 – 2017
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
  PD EP
Community mental health center 1 2
Federally qualified health center 0 3
Independent primary care facility/clinic 0 0
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
Psychiatric hospital  0 0
Academic university/department 0 0
Community college or other teaching setting 0 0
Independent research institution 0 0
Correctional facility 0 0
School district/system 0 0
Independent practice setting 0 0
Not currently employed 0 0
Changed to another field 0 0
Other 0 0
Unknown 0 0

Meet the team

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.

 

Kimberly Bertelsen, PsyD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a specialization in Health Psychology. She was a doctoral intern at Jefferson Center several years ago and has had various positions at the center over the past five years. Kimberly’s expertise area is in psychological assessment with a focus on the Rorschach from an Exnerian training background. She has extensive experience in the area of psychological testing across domains of intellectual, objective and projective measures. Kimberly is also the Manager of Wellness Services for Jefferson Center and has been leading a team of multi-disciplinary professionals for the past two years overseeing all aspects of clinical supervision and program management. Her passions at work include teaching and training interns to become entry level psychologists, building up and supporting her team and pushing herself outside of her comfort zone.

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.

Kristin Orlowski, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who works in Integrated Health Care, specializing in Pediatrics and OBGYN specialties. Dr. Orlowski has worked with Jefferson Center for Mental Health for nearly three years and is committed to providing culturally sensitive and trauma-informed care to patients. Dr. Orlowski helps to supervise both pre- and post-doctoral psychology interns who are interested in Integrated Health. In addition to Dr. Orlowski’s professional roles, she also serves on the Colorado Psychological Association Board and helps to advocate for and promote Psychology and the advocacy of psychological health in the state of Colorado.

 
Heather L. Steffen, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist.  She has worked at Jefferson Center for 10 years and completed her doctoral internship at the University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center where she worked primarily with children and adolescents at the Denver Children’s Home, Denver Public Schools, and with adults in Integrated Care at CU Anschutz Medical Campus.  She provides internship support in the areas of psychological assessment and integrated care. In addition to supervising the doctoral interns, she works as the Behavioral Health Provider at our partnered organization, MCPN, embedded in primary care. 

 

Intern Manual 2018 – 2019

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
Phone: 202-336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

 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
Email: KathyB@jcmh.org 
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