Clinicians in our counseling center serve the mental health needs of students in a variety of ways. General Services includes individual and couple psychotherapy, a vibrant group therapy program, and crisis intervention services. We work to foster team-based collaboration between our medical staff and mental health professionals and provide experience working within a medical context through several interdisciplinary treatment teams and our Integrated Behavioral Health program. Specialty programs including the DAY Programs (treatment related to substance use/abuse and other addictions) and the iTEAM (DBT-informed post-hospitalization program providing integrated care to clients experiencing an acute mental health crisis) provide additional opportunities for students to receive specialized care. The CSUHN has a strong commitment to social justice advocacy and has solid working relationships with the various Student Diversity Programs and Services offices on campus.
The training of clinically-competent, ethical, self-aware, and culturally sensitive psychologists is central to our mission. (Please click here for more information on the training program’s commitment to diversity.) We provide training to as many as thirty graduate students from diverse disciplines each year. All training is provided on site. The CSUHN does not use any distance education technologies for training or supervision. The seven training cohorts that comprise our training program are described very briefly below.
Our Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1973 and was one of the first university counseling services to earn this recognition. Our Master’s Internships in Social Work and Counseling are offered to students from CSU and other regional institutions. Advanced Practicum placements are open to third, fourth, and fifth year doctoral psychology graduate students from CSU and nearby universities, and GSA positions are sometimes offered to advanced-level doctoral psychology graduate students in CSU’s Counseling Psychology graduate program. The second year Psychology Practicum (Prac 1) also is offered in conjunction with CSU’s doctoral program in Counseling Psychology and is only open to their students. We also offer Post-Doctoral and Post-Masters Fellowships. These fellowships provide opportunities to continue to build skills as a generalist clinician while also developing skills working with one or more specialized areas (DAY Programs, Integrated Behavioral Health, and iTEAM).
Basic Competency Foci:
Focus 1 – Clinical Services:
Goal: Fellows will consolidate traditional clinical skills through work in the General or Specialized Services branches of CSUHN Counseling Services.
Service Experiences: Services that Fellows may provide in this area include individual and couple therapy, group therapy, initial consultations, and day-time on-call (triage). Commensurate with their advanced training status, Fellows typically have the opportunity to work with more challenging clients and to be the senior co-leader in therapy groups.
Focus 2 – Training:
Goal: Fellows will develop skills related to the training of emerging mental health professionals, which is one of the essential functions of a well-rounded psychologist.
Service Experiences: Fellows extend their experiences in the training arena by engaging in the individual supervision of developing mental health professionals. Fellows may also serve on the Training Team. Opportunities to co-facilitate training seminars can sometimes be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
Focus 3 – Outreach & Prevention Services:
Goal: Fellows will develop the ability to design and deliver prevention-oriented and psycho-educational interventions on a university campus.
Service Experiences: Fellows engage in university-based outreach and prevention services adapted for both the general student population and those targeted at underrepresented groups on campus, including the need for advocacy and social justice interventions. Fellows may develop an ongoing working relationship with at least one of the Diversity Offices on campus, such as the Asian/Pacific American Cultural Center, the Black African American Cultural Center, Native American Cultural Center, El Centro, the Pride Resource Center, Resources for Disabled Students, or Adult Learners and Veteran’s Services.
Focus 4 – Administration & Program Development:
Goal: Fellows will learn about administrative aspects of university counseling centers and integrative care.
Service Experiences: Fellows attend weekly Counseling Service Staff Meetings to participate in policy discussion and decision-making. They will participate in additional staff meetings specific to their specialized foci (i.e., iTEAM and Behavioral Health). Fellows will also serve on committees involved in the selection of next year’s trainees. They may work on developing additional programs that are consistent with both the mission of the CSUHN and with their professional interests.
Specialized Competency Foci:
Focus 1 – Integrated Intensive Outpatient Program:
Goal: The DBT-Informed Post Hospitalization Program at the CSU Health Network is designed to provide Fellows with experience and training working with higher risk client populations using a DBT-based approach.
Service Experiences: Fellows will work as part of the CSU Health Network’s “iTEAM.” This program takes a collaborative and team-based approach to serving students who are experiencing an acute mental health crisis. Fellows can expect to gain training and experience in risk assessment and DBT, and will work with clients who are participating in this program both individually and through co-facilitation of DBT skills groups.
Focus 2 – Integrated Behavioral Health:
Goal: Fellows will gain practice in offering behavioral health consultations, obtain experience working in a medical clinic, and develop skills to prepare for professional opportunities in integrated settings, including VA hospitals, federally qualified health centers (FQHC’s), or universities that have integrated their mental health and medical services.
Service Experiences: Fellows will provide daytime behavioral health consultation services to students who are referred to Behavioral Health by a medical provider. Fellows can expect to gain skills in functional assessment, brief intervention, team-based interdisciplinary treatment, and experience in triage and crisis intervention. Fellows will also have time on their schedules for Behavioral Health follow up sessions with clients. BH often provides opportunities for Fellows to work with students from more diverse backgrounds during this component of their training, including students who would benefit from mental health or wellness support but, due to stigma or other reasons, would not seek out therapy through the main counseling services office.
Basic Training Activities:
Individual Supervision: The Fellow’s primary supervisor meets with them for scheduled individual supervision each week, as well as being available for impromptu consultations as needed. Supervision focuses on individual and couple psychotherapy, consultation on the Fellow’s work as a supervisor, and support for the Fellow’s professional development. Primary supervisors for Postdoctoral Fellows are all licensed psychologists. Primary supervisors are rotated each semester, so that the Fellows have the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of theoretical orientations and professional styles.
Case Conference: Fellows participate in the monthly case conferences attended by both Counseling and Psychiatry Services staff.
CSUHN Staff Trainings: A joint in-service training with mental health and medical staff is scheduled each month throughout the academic year. Retreats with all CSUHN staff are held in January and August. National conferences and symposia are regularly sponsored at CSU in a wide variety of areas, including diversity, suicide prevention, and Asperger’s Syndrome.
Postdoctoral Professional Issues Seminar: This seminar meets once monthly to address issues of professional growth and development. Seminar topics depend on the needs of each year’s Fellows, but may include EPPP preparation, job talks and searches, and exploring professional identity.
Opportunities for participation in additional training seminars (e.g., Group, Supervision of Supervision, Outreach) and opportunities to co-facilitate a training seminar are available, depending on the Fellow’s experience and training needs.
Specialized Training Activities:
iTEAM Group Supervision: Fellows will attend a two-hour weekly staffing meeting for multidisciplinary collaborative discussion of iTEAM clients. Fellows will also attend a weekly meeting of the DBT didactic seminar.
Behavioral Health Group Supervision: Fellows attend a weekly group supervision meeting that is attended by Behavioral Health staff and trainees. This group supervision meeting is focused on case consultation, discussion of challenging issues related to Behavioral Health, and review of policies and procedures.
Clinical Administration: Fellows are allotted five hours each week to write clinical notes, make phone calls, respond to emails, and tend to other administrative tasks.
Staff Meetings: Fellows participate in the weekly Staff Meeting with senior staff.
Broad-based training is essential for developing professionals.
We value the contributions of our own and other professional disciplines to the training program, recognizing that a diverse set of knowledge and skills are essential for effective practice.
Psychological theory and research are the foundation for competent practice.
The training staff believes that psychological theory and scientific research provide a foundation for conceptualization and intervention. The practice of mental health professionals should be grounded in theories relevant to their discipline and the supporting scientific literature.
An optimal learning environment is supportive and challenging.
We believe that learning is facilitated by an environment in which challenge is balanced with support. We value an open environment in which ideas can be explored and it is safe to make mistakes. We encourage trainees to honestly assess their professional strengths and limitations so that we may collaboratively establish training goals.
A commitment to self-awareness and a willingness to monitor the impact of personal needs on professional behavior are expected of all members of the staff.
Effectiveness as a mental health professional is not simply the result of skills acquisition, but rather the successful synthesis of competence and personal maturity that results in self-regulated, ethical behavior. Self-knowledge, self-care, and the ability to balance one’s personal and professional lives are essential to being an effective role model and instrument of change.
Each trainee and staff member has the right to be treated with respect.
Respect, honest communication, cooperation in meeting goals, and the support of one’s colleagues are central to a productive work environment. Evidence of bias, stereotyped thinking, and prejudicial beliefs and attitudes will not go unchallenged, even when such behavior is rationalized as a being a function of ignorance, joking, or cultural differences.
Respect for human diversity is a fundamental component of all activities.
The CSU Health Network bases all its programs and services, including training, on a philosophy that affirms the dignity of all people. We expect staff and trainees to be committed to the social values of respect for diversity, inclusion and equity. Both trainers and trainees should demonstrate a willingness to examine their own assumptions, behaviors, and values so that they may work effectively (as clinicians, teachers, mentors, and advocates) with “cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status” (APA Ethics Code, 2002, Principle E).
We believe that becoming a competent psychologist, social worker or counselor is a developmental process requiring graduated experiences and training. Consequently, the CSUHN offers training experiences from beginning practica through postdoctoral fellowships. The didactic instruction and supervised practice opportunities vary according to the level of training and the readiness of the individual student. As trainees gain experience, expectations for more advanced professional skills, greater self-awareness and autonomous functioning increase.
We place a high value on the integration of one’s personal and professional identities. We strive to tailor each student’s experience to their individual needs within the structured activities of our training program. Ongoing self-assessment of one’s strengths and limitations is encouraged. When coupled with the supervisory feedback of multiple staff members who are committed to training new professionals, there is great opportunity for personal and professional development.
At the beginning of each semester, each Fellow and his/her supervisor work together to set individual goals for the Semester. At the end of Fall and Spring Semesters (January & May), the training staff meets with each Fellow to provide feedback about their respective performances and to solicit feedback about the Fellow’s training experience. The Supervisor’s Evaluation of Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow form is completed at this time. An abbreviated evaluation is conducted in July during the Exit Interview with the Fellow, individual supervisor, and Training Director. The areas covered on the written evaluations forms are structured according to the nine competency areas outlined in the Standards of Accreditation (SoA):
- Ethical and Legal Standards
- Individual and Cultural Diversity
- Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills
Fellow Feedback for Supervisors and Training Staff:
At the conclusion of each semester, Fellows will have an opportunity to complete formal evaluations of their clinical supervisors and group co-leaders. Evaluations of training seminars/group supervision are completed at the end of the seminar. An Exit Survey is completed online by Fellows at the end of the Fellowship. Fellows are encouraged to provide on-going feedback to the training staff throughout the year and as members of the Training Team have input into all aspects of the training program.
The State of Colorado currently insures itself against litigation and will provide legal counsel and indemnification for employees (both paid and unpaid) in civil suits. Additional malpractice insurance is not required by Colorado State University.
Fellows receive a faculty I.D. card which allows them to use the CSU library and check out materials for an extended length of time. They are also entitled to purchase a Faculty parking permit. Fellows receive clerical and technical support for client scheduling, business travel arrangements, computing, and general office functions. Each Fellow has a private, fully furnished office with a computer and video recording equipment.
Minimum qualifications for applicants include:
- Anticipated completion of doctoral degree by August 22, 2022 (i.e., by the first day of CSU fall classes) from an APA-Accredited program in Counseling or Clinical Psychology. This is defined as having a letter verifying the anticipated doctoral degree completion before August 22, 2022 from the Department Chair, Training Director, or other administrative official in the applicant’s APA-accredited academic program. Applicants from programs with a current status of “Accredited, on contingency” are eligible to apply.
- Applicant must be available to begin full-time employment August 1, 2022 to complete intensive 3-week orientation and training.
- Completion of APA-accredited doctoral internship by August 22, 2022. Applicants from programs with a current status of “Accredited, on contingency” are eligible to apply. Applicants who will finish their internship after August 1, 2022 must negotiate leave time with their internship training director in order to be able to attend our three-week orientation and training period, from August 1-19, 2022.
Preferred qualifications for applicants include:
- Clinical experience in a University Counseling Center or similar setting.
- Demonstrated generalist clinical skills including individual and group therapy.
- Experience working on a multidisciplinary team (preferably including psychiatry providers, primary care providers, and mental health providers).
- Experience working with clients in crisis (suicidality, self-harming, gravely disabled). This includes demonstrated competency in risk assessment, including facilitating psychiatric hospitalization for clients meeting that threshold of risk.
- Experience working with, or knowledge of, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
- Personal and/or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
- Knowledge and understanding of the lived experience of persons with historically marginalized identities.
- Professional commitment to and interest in serving high-acuity students as demonstrated through active participation, intentional professional development, reading articles/research, and/or participating in other opportunities for further learning.
- Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by written communication, awareness of impact of self on others, and commitment to personal growth and self-reflection.
Fellowship applicants should submit applications online at:
Questions regarding the position can be directed to Aki Hosoi (Aki.Hosoi@colostate.edu) and questions related to application submission can be directed to Ginny Laahs (Ginny.Laahs@colostate.edu).
Complete applications must include:
- A cover letter that addresses your interest in the program and the ways in which you meet the Required Job Qualifications and Preferred Job Qualifications (uploaded under Cover Letter)
- Curriculum Vitae (uploaded under Curriculum Vitae)
- Names, email addresses, and phone numbers for three (3) Professional References (uploaded under List of Professional References). References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
- A written response to the following two (2) questions (uploaded under Writing Samples).
- Describe your work with a client whom you found interpersonally challenging. In your response, please include both how you worked with that person clinically, and how you made sense of your internal response to that client.
- Describe a meaningful experience working in a team environment. What were some of the benefits and challenges of working with people whose perspectives and training were different than yours?
Please restrict the total length of your response (i.e., your response to BOTH questions combined) to three (3) double-spaced pages. You may allocate this space in whatever way you deem appropriate (e.g., it is acceptable to write two (2) pages in response to the first question and one (1) page in response to the second question, so long as the TOTAL does not exceed three pages).
- A letter verifying the anticipated doctoral degree completion before August 22, 2022 from the Department Chair, Training Director, or other administrative official in the applicant’s APA-accredited academic program (uploaded under Other)
- A letter verifying completion of APA-accredited doctoral internship by August 22, 2022 from the Internship Training Director. The letter should also verify that the applicant has been cleared to attend training activities beginning August 1, 2022, if internship completion date is not prior to August 1 (uploaded under Special Required Documentation)
- All graduate transcripts (unofficial versions of transcripts printed from a school’s website are acceptable) (uploaded under Unofficial Transcripts)
Please note that applicants wishing to apply for both the CSU Health Network’s Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and Behavioral Health Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship and the CSU Health Network’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)- Informed Post-Hospitalization Program and Behavioral Health Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship must submit a separate complete application for each position. Please see the website for the AOD and Behavioral Health Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship for information on the application process for that position.
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Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.
Senior Staff, General Services
Licensed Psychologist (2008)
PhD (Counseling Psychology) – University of Florida (2005)
Associate Director, Clinical Services
Licensed Professional Counselor (2011)
MA – University of Denver (2007)
Andrew L. Brimhall
Senior Staff, General Services
Licensed Psychologist (2019)
PhD (Counseling Psychology) – Ball State University (2018)
Senior Staff, General Services
Licensed Professional Counselor (2018)
MS – University of Northern Colorado (2015)
Senior Staff, iTEAM
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (2013)
MSW – Colorado State University (2008)
Senior Staff, DAY Programs
Licensed Professional Counselor (1999)
Licensed Addictions Counselor (2014)
MA – University of Missouri (1990)
Senior Staff, Interpersonal Violence Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor (2018)
M.Ed.—Colorado State University (2015)
Assistant Director, Academic Year Staff
Licensed Psychologist (1993)
PsyD (Counseling Psychology) – University of Northern Colorado (1988)
Licensed Professional Counselor (less than 3 years)
Naropa University – 2013
Associate Director/Training Director
Licensed Psychologist (2011)
PhD (Counseling Psychology) – Colorado State University (2010)
Assistant Director, DAY Programs
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (2009)
MSW – Colorado State University (2006)
Senior Staff, DAY Programs
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (2014)
MSW – University of Kansas (1993)
Senior Staff (team lead), iTEAM
Licensed Psychologist (2016)
PhD (Counseling Psychology) – Colorado State University (2014)
Senior Staff, General Services
Licensed Psychologist (2013 – CO)
PhD (Clinical Psychology) – Fuller Graduate School of Psychology (1989)
Senior Staff, Trauma Psychologist
Licensed Psychologist (2020)
PhD (Counseling Psychology) – University of Northern Colorado (2019)
Assistant Director, Group Program
Licensed Psychologist (2016)
PhD (Counseling Psychology) – Colorado State University (2015)
Senior Staff, iTEAM
Licensed Psychologist (2020)
PsyD (Clinical Psychologist) – William James College (2018)
Senior Staff, DAY Programs
Licensed Professional Counselor (2021)
MA- University of Northern Colorado (2019)
The University’s 2018-2019 resident instruction enrollment was 28,679 with students from every state and more than 110 countries. Approximately 62% of the students are Coloradoans. Our U.S. student population identifies as 27.3% ethnic minority and 72.7% Caucasian. There are over 2300 students and scholars from foreign countries with the highest percentage from Saudi Arabia, China, Oman, and Vietnam. Women represent approximately 51.8% of CSU’s enrollment. Last year, 6084 students (approximately 21% of CSU’s 2018-2019 enrollment) were seen at the CSUHN Counseling Services. We saw primarily undergraduate students, with graduate/professional students making up 19.5% of the population we served. Of the clients who came to the CSUHN Counseling Services, 58.2% identified as female, 41.3% identified as male, and 0.5% identified in another way. In terms of ethnicity, 20.7% of our clients identified as ethnically diverse: American Indian/Alaska Native (0.3%), Asian American/Pacific Islander (2.5%), Black/African American (2.2%), Latinx (11.8%) and multiracial (3.8%). These numbers closely parallel the representation of these populations within the student body. International students comprised 8.5% of the students we served. Many more of these historically underrepresented students were served through outreach programming.
Colorado State University is one of our nation’s leading research universities with world-class research in infectious disease, atmospheric science, clean energy technologies, and environmental science. It was founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, six years before the Colorado Territory became a state. Colorado State is a land-grant institution and a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Extensive.
Colorado State University is a “university of choice” for Colorado residents – 37% of all of Colorado’s science, math, engineering and technology majors pursue degrees at CSU. In addition to its excellent programs in those areas, CSU offers among the very best professional programs in the United States in veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, journalism, agriculture and construction management. Colorado State faculty are researching and tackling critical global issues, such as the reemergence of tuberculosis, air pollution in Asian cities, severe weather forecasting, nutrition and wellness, and bioterrorism. CSU’s faculty provides an enriched student learning experience by offering laboratory and field experiences from a major research university. This approach – combining the intellectual experience of the classroom with the practical experience of the field and laboratory – is based on the land-grant philosophy.
Colorado State’s Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement office hosts some of the strongest community-service programs in the country, allowing more than 6,000 students to participate in the university’s proud tradition of public outreach. CSU faculty played a significant role in the founding of the Peace Corps, and CSU remains one of the primary sources of Peace Corps volunteers today.
Colorado State is ranked in the top tier of universities in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of “America’s Best Colleges and Universities,” while Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine named CSU one of the top public universities in the United States in terms of educational quality and affordability. For more information on Colorado State University, please visit http://www.colostate.edu.
Fort Collins is a city that has garnered an array of honors:
∙ One of the Top 10 Best College Towns: Small-Sized Cities Category, USA Today– September 2019
∙ One of the top six ‘Smarter Cities’ for Energy: Natural Resources Defense Council, (population 100,000-249,999)– August 2010
∙ 6th Best Place to Live in the Nation: Money Magazine– July 2010
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∙ Ranked 4th Best Places for Business and Careers: Forbes– April 2010
∙ One of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations: National Trust for Historic Preservation– February 2010
∙ Ranked 3rd ‘Smarter City’ for sustainability: Natural Resources Defense Council– July 2009
∙ One of America’s 20 Most Economically Vibrant College Towns: com– September 2011
∙ Ranked First, Safest Drivers in America: Allstate Insurance Company– 2011
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∙ One of the top 15 Best Places for triathletes to live and train: Triathlete Magazine– August 2011
∙ Ranked 1st Best Place to Live and Work for Young Professionals (pop. 100,000-200,000): Next Generation Consulting– March 2009
Fort Collins has more than 300 days of sunshine per year (rivaling Miami or San Diego), so Colorado State University students can sample the city life and a variety of recreational opportunities throughout the year. Fort Collins is located 65 miles north of Denver and 45 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Transportation between Fort Collins and Denver International Airport is provided by both bus and limousine service.
At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is within a one-hour drive of such major recreational areas as Estes Park, Red Feather Lakes, Horsetooth Reservoir, and several national parks, including the 790,000 acre Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park. A wide variety of recreational activities is fostered not only by the presence of such areas but also by the climate in the Fort Collins region. Located at an elevation of 5,000 feet, Fort Collins has a clear, dry atmosphere and generally pleasant temperatures throughout the year. The summer temperature ranges from an average high of 82 to an average low of 52 degrees; the winter temperature ranges from an average high of 41 to an average low of 13 degrees.
Indicative of the cultural life of Fort Collins is the museum, public library, Lincoln Center, and Civic Symphony. An active University calendar — guest speakers, art exhibits, theater, cinema, concerts — adds to community life. This broad spectrum of cultural and outdoor recreational facilities, the excellent climate, and the mountain surroundings contributes to the ideal university setting of Fort Collins.
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