Internship Consortium

The University of Denver GSPP Internship Consortium, an APA accredited program, consists of six sites in the Denver metropolitan area including a state psychiatric hospital, health maintenance organization, community mental health center, police psychology agency and two university counseling centers.

Interns are at their sites Monday-Thursday, then meet together on Friday for a full day of training seminars which include professional issues, research, assessment, diversity/multiculturalism and an intern lunch.

Denver is quickly becoming one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the U.S. Census data show that the Denver population includes 11.1% Black or African American, 31.7% Hispanic or Latinx, 2.8% Asian and approximately 1% Native American residents. This diverse community encompasses the historic African American neighborhood of Five Points, Little Saigon on the west side, a thriving Latino and Mexican American community on the east side, and a vibrant LGBT neighborhood in Capital Hill. Situated in this energetic metropolitan community, the University is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on inclusive excellence. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations. The chancellor's diversity statement can be viewed here: https://www.du.edu/about/diversity.

The Internship Consortium is dedicated to diversity and inclusion. Our sites work with underserved communities and provide culturally competent care.  Several sites have access to interpreters and sign language specialists with others offering bilingual supervision. Interns participate in a year-long diversity seminar that focuses on increasing cultural competence through knowledge, skills and values/attitudes.

We are a partially-affiliated program, which means that some qualified DU GSPP students are given preference in the national match, but each year about half the cohort is from other accredited academic programs located throughout the U.S.

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2020-2021 Internship Positions

The Consortium will accept 14 interns for 2020-2021. We anticipate the following:

Background checks and AAPI Professional Conduct

Interns selected at the CMHIFL, Kaiser, MHCD, and DUHCC sites will be required to submit background checks prior to beginning training.  Please refer to the Internship Training Handbook for details.

In the Professional Conduct section of the AAPI, there is a question that asks if you have ever been convicted for anything other than a minor traffic violation. If this pertains to you due to your peaceful participation in recent protests related to Black Lives Matter, please know that the Consortium sites still welcome your application and will simply ask for a more detailed explanation of the incident. 

Although the situation with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) continues to evolve, the current tentative plans for the 2020-2021 training year are as follows:

  • The Consortium orientation will most likely be via zoom, and all Friday Seminars thereafter (schedule enclosed) will also be via zoom until it is safe to return to the DU campus
  • Supervisors at all sites are developing creative ways to ensure that some clinical activities and most supervision can be offered remotely 
  • Given it's an inpatient site, CMHI-Fort Logan will start in-person on August 3 and will demonstrate flexibility in working with students to meet their needs
  • Kaiser Permanente Colorado will most likely be in person starting on August 3rd with some remote supervision (testing and supervision of supervision)
  • Mental Health Center of Denver will most likely have a hybrid model with in-person onboarding, in-person assessment, and remote psychotherapy and supervision
  • Regis University's Office of Counseling and Personal Development is planning on a hybrid model both for training and service provision with an understanding that the ratio of in-person to online interaction will reflect government and university policy/recommendations
  • University of Denver Health and Counseling Center will also have a hybrid model with some in person and some telehealth, but will want the interns on site in some capacity

If you have any questions, please contact the Internship Director, Jenny Cornish (jennifer.cornish@du.edu)

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Resources

APA Accreditation & Contact Information

The program is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the program’s 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
Phone: 202-336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Questions? Please Contact:

Internship Training Director
Jennifer A. Erickson Cornish, Ph.D. ABPP
303-871-4737 Voice
303-871-4220 Fax

APPIC

Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers
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Onyx One - Suite #170
Houston, TX  77058-2748
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