The CSU Health Network offers Advanced Psychology Practicum placements for doctoral students from Colorado State’s Counseling Psychology Program and other regional institutions. These placements are designed for graduate students who are beyond the beginning stages of training and clinical experience, and who are interested in more advanced training within an APA-accredited counseling center setting. The Advanced Practicum is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th year doctoral students in counseling or clinical psychology.
Clinicians in our counseling center serve the mental health needs of students in a variety of ways. General Services includes individual 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. 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, and iTEAM).
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.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR DAY PROGRAMS FOR THE 2023/2024 TRAINING YEAR. We still will be accepting up to five General Service Advanced Practicum students.
Students are paid on an hourly basis at a rate of $16.00/hour.
SPECIAL NOTE: Orientation for Fall semester begins August 2 and runs throughout the 3 week period until classes start. Advanced Practicum students must be available to attend approximately 20 hours/week of scheduled training during that time period.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR DAY PROGRAMS FOR THE 2023/2024 TRAINING YEAR.
General Services Advanced Practicum Students: Trainees in the General Services track will have opportunities to work with clients presenting a broad range of problems, including mood disorders, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, and family concerns. Trainees provide intake assessments, as well as individual therapy. Trainees also typically are responsible for a daytime on-call counseling shift (OCC), providing walk-in crisis counseling and triage to students. (Note that a licensed senior staff person will be available to provide support if needed during these shifts.)
DAY Services Advanced Practicum Students: The trainee’s clinical hours may be divided between facilitation of psycho-educational workshops, national best practice programs such as BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students), individual therapy with a focus on Motivational Interviewing, harm reduction groups, and participation in the Open to Change (OTC) multidisciplinary treatment team. OTC is an innovative program, designed for working with students who are in need of substance use treatment. It includes two tracks. Track A is a shorter amount of time and less intensive. Track B includes multiple phases and an aftercare component. The trainee may have the unique opportunity to participate in all aspects of this multidisciplinary program, which uses a combination of sanctions and incentives to encourage positive change, while providing individualized treatment, psychoeducation, and compliance monitoring. Approximately 75-85% of students in the DAY Program are typically mandated through the university conduct system; however, the trainee will also work with a growing voluntary population of students whose goals are abstinence or decreased use.
Training Activities: CSUHN’s commitment to training is reflected in seminars, supervision, and other professional development activities available to trainees.
Supervision: Individual supervision is provided by senior staff psychologists, social workers, and counselors. General Services Advanced Practicum students typically receive 1.5 hours of weekly individual supervision, while DAY Advanced Practicum students receive an hour of weekly individual supervision and an hour of weekly group supervision. Other members of the training staff may also provide clinical supervision of aspects of the student’s work. The supervisor will work with the student to identify their training needs and develop a contract that best fulfills the individual’s training goals, as well as those of the academic program and CSUHN.
- Diversity Seminar: All Advanced Practicum Students participate in the Diversity Seminar. This seminar focuses on issues of diversity and social justice, with a strong emphasis on case consultation and group supervision. The seminar may include formal and informal case presentations as well as group discussions on topics selected to foster trainee’s ability to work effectively with clients holding diverse identities. A primary focus of this seminar is on identity exploration and examination of how different aspects of participants’ identities impact their clinical work and professional presentation.
- Crisis Seminar/OCC Group Supervision: Trainees who are assigned an OCC shift will attend a crisis seminar that meets every other week for an hour during the semester that they have this shift. This seminar focuses on topics relevant to the brief triage and crisis work they will be doing on their OCC shift (e.g., types of interventions that are possible within this time frame, assessment of client needs and referrals) as well as how to address crisis situations (e.g., risk assessment, hospitalization). This seminar will also provide opportunities for the trainees to process challenging experiences on OCC and to receive additional guidance and feedback on these experiences.
In-service Training: An 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. All trainees are invited to attend these activities.
Administrative Time: Depending upon the number of clinical hours provided, Advanced Practicum Students are typically allotted 2-4 hours each week to write clinical notes, make phone calls, respond to emails, and tend to other administrative tasks.
|Initial Consultations (intakes)||1.0|
|On Call Services (Daytime)||3.5|
|Drug & Clinical Services||7.0|
|DAY Back on Track Staffing||2.0|
|DAY Meetings (Case Mgmt, Admin)||1.5|
Evaluation of Advanced Practicum Performance:
At the beginning of each semester, each Advanced Practicum Student and his/her supervisor set goals for the semester. The student is responsible for articulating his/her goals with the input and collaboration of the supervisor. At the end of the semester (December and May), the training staff meets with each student to provide feedback about their respective performances and to solicit feedback about the student’s training experience. The supervisor’s evaluation of the Advanced Practicum student is completed at this time.
Trainee Feedback for Supervisors and Training Staff:
At the conclusion of each semester, trainees will have an opportunity to complete formal evaluations of their clinical supervisors and group co-leaders. Evaluations of training seminars are completed at the end of the seminar. Trainees are encouraged to provide on-going feedback to the training staff throughout the year and have a representative on the Training Team.
- A letter describing your interest in the position;
- A C.V. or professional resume;
- A completed Information Form;
- Names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two academic/professional references.
Please note that students who have received counseling services from the CSUHN within the last two years are not eligible for this position. The eligibility of students who received counseling services from the CSUHN more than two years ago will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, to avoid potential dual role relationships. Please contact the CSUHN Training Director, Aki Hosoi (Aki.Hosoi@colostate.edu), if you have questions concerning your eligibility.
Interviews will be scheduled at the end of February/early March. In an effort to reduce applicant stress, we will adhere to the Mutual Selection Date (February 24, 2023) that was agreed upon by many of the UCCs in the area. Participating UCCs include:
Colorado State University Counseling Services
Metropolitan State University of Denver Counseling Center
University of Colorado Boulder Counseling and Psychiatric Services
University of Denver Health & Counseling Center
University of Northern Colorado Counseling Center
The above University Counseling Centers (UCCs) have consulted with one another and recognized a benefit to working more collaboratively with one another for the greater efficiency and benefit of sites and students alike when selecting practicum level trainees for placements at our centers. We recognize that every year it is a bit of a chess match for everyone trying to get the trainee/site that they are seeking when there are so many different timelines in the interview process. We have found that many applicants apply to multiple UCCs at the same time and are pressured into making selections before having interviewed or heard back from all UCC sites. Thus, these Colorado UCC training sites have agreed upon a mutual selection date this year that will work as follows:
Mutual Selection Date: February 24th, 2023
- Sites will interview on their own timelines
Sites will offer placements to their first selected applicants; these applicants will have until February 24th, 2023 to notify that site whether they will accept the offered placement. Applicants are of course welcome to accept or decline an offer before February 24th, 2023 and sites will continue to make offers per normal should offers be declined prior to the selection date. This timeline simply allows all applicants an opportunity to have interviewed at any UCCs prior to having to make a decision.
Sites will then be contacting other applicants after February 24th, 2023, should remaining placements be open or should all positions be closed.
Our hope is that this will ease the process for all involved. Throughout the process, we will assess with sites and students alike to see if this does help the process and could continue to be a good option moving forward.
Orientation for fall semester begins August 1 and runs through August 18. Trainees must be available to attend approximately 20 hours/week of scheduled training during that time period. Trainings are scheduled at varying times throughout those three weeks, so trainees will need to have the flexibility to attend trainings at varying days/times throughout the orientation period (a schedule of orientation trainings will be sent to selected trainees in early-mid July). Trainees will commit to a regular weekly schedule beginning August 21.
Colorado State University 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 history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so. CSU Policy Library: http://policylibrary.colostate.edu/policy.aspx?id=461
Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding affirmative action requirements.
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.
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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.
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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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