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The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (CMHIFL) is a 94-bed hospital that provides inpatient behavioral health treatment services to adult patients.
To be Colorado’s premier treatment center for individuals with serious mental illness.
To support individuals experiencing serious mental health challenges in achieving their recovery goals and reaching their full potential.
Fees for service are assessed on a sliding scale, based on ability to pay. Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurance pay hospital costs for eligible clients. No one is denied admission due to the inability to pay. Family and significant others are encouraged to visit the patient during hospitalization to aid in the reintegration of the patient into community life.
If you need mental health services, call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or visit Colorado Crisis Services.
For providers looking for forms related to admissions, please visit the Mental Health Emergency Hold page.
CMHIFL is accredited by The Joint Commission. As such, patient safety concerns can be reported to The Joint Commission in the following ways:
APPIC Number: 1176
The doctoral psychology internship at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (CMHIFL) has been in existence since 1964 and has been accredited by APA (American Psychological Association - www.apa.org) since 1966. Beginning with the intern class of 2019-2020, CMHIFL will be affiliating with the APA-accredited program at the University of Denver Internship Consortium. The Consortium is a “partially affiliated” program that gives preference to doctoral students from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. However, applications from other doctoral programs are actively encouraged and given full consideration. In recent years, the Consortium has regularly matched students who didn’t attend the University of Denver.
Fort Logan has a long history of training exceptional professionals in psychology. Over the years, we have trained interns who have gone on to assume leadership positions in public sector psychology. A few of our local outstanding graduates include Dennis Kleinsasser, former Director of Clinical Services at the Colorado Department of Corrections, Mike Ketchen, former Director of Psychology at CMHI Pueblo, Richard Onizuka, former Clinical Director of Asian-Pacific Development Center, and Harriet Hall, President and CEO and former Executive Director of Jefferson County Mental Health Center. On a national level, former interns include Patrick DeLeon, former Executive Aide to Sen. Inouye (Hawaii) and editor of the journal Professional Psychology and Jeff Barth, Former President of National Academy of Neuropsychology and Chair of Department of Psychology at VA.
Several interns who have graduated from our program have gone on to become part of our staff, including the current Assistant Director of Internship Training. A number of recent intern graduates have gone go on to very successful careers at the Mental Health Center of Denver, U.S. Navy, and the West Point Military Academy, to name just a few.
Our internship is based on the three pillars of professional psychology: Science, Ethics, and Diversity.
The aim of the Health Service Psychology Internship Program at CMHIFL is to provide high-quality, experiential clinical opportunities, effective supervision, advanced training, and professional modeling which will further each intern’s development. Our training program is organized around the nine core competencies for psychologists identified by APA.
We value the local clinical scientist model which recognizes the contributions of science as well as the realities of daily clinical practice. We believe in the value of evidence based practices and require that interns become familiar with the literature which supports interventions for clients with serious and persistent mental illness. We continually strive to offer research-informed care and we encourage interns to engage in research and evaluation projects to expand knowledge in the field.
Our training program provides strong generalist skills and seeks to train practitioners who have additional expertise in working in the public sector with clients who experience serious and persistent mental illness. Graduates of our program are particularly well prepared to work in psychiatric hospitals, state psychiatric facilities, community mental health centers, and Veteran’s Administration hospitals.
The psychologists at CMHIFL adhere to a developmental model of supervision and learning and design our program to provide incremental responsibilities in which the intern in encouraged to move towards increasingly independent practice. We strive to create a logical, sequential training program that enables each intern to achieve success. While our program is based on experiential learning, training is first and foremost. We constantly evaluate our program to ensure the right balance of service and training opportunities.
CMHIFL is proud of its long history of APA accreditation. As one of the oldest accredited programs in Colorado, we strictly adhere to the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and the Code of Conduct. Additionally, through our affiliation with the University of Denver Internship Consortium, our admission and selection process follows the standards of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).
CMHIFL’s Department of Psychology and Internship Program is deeply committed to providing culturally competent care to our service recipients. We seek to display cultural humility and value and respect multiculturalism and diversity of all kinds including race, religion, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, socio-economic background, and national origin. Our program emphasizes these principles throughout our training and supervision and our interns participate in the diversity seminar series at the University of Denver. Additionally, we are committed to recruiting a vibrant and diverse workforce and intern class.
The psychology staff at CMHIFL is committed to providing a courteous, engaging, and supportive learning environment and treating each intern with dignity and respect. We strive to create a collegial training program which optimizes the interns’ experience. We have no tolerance for harassment or discrimination of any kind and we strictly adhere to State of Colorado employment policies and procedures as well as the APA’s Code of Ethics when violations or misconduct occurs. Additionally, the University of Denver Internship Consortium provides procedures for addressing grievances and due process outlined in the Intern Handbook: https://www.du.edu/gspp/media/documents/internship_consortium_handbook2019_2020.pdf
CMHIFL is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Additionally, the Consortium is accredited by the APA. As such, our treatment services and internship training program are committed to continuous quality improvement. Our psychologists are open to your feedback and suggestions on how to improve our training program and the internship experience. Our entire psychology staff meets monthly to review intern performance and the quality of our training program. Interns are also invited and encouraged to drop in to meet with the Director of Psychology and Internship Training any time they have a question, concern, or suggestion for improving our program.
The internship at CMHIFL provides interns with the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of clinical activities with a diverse population of individuals admitted to our hospital. Most clients treated at Fort Logan have a significant history of mental health issues and have been diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness. Clients come from throughout Colorado and represent all racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic groups. CMHIFL treats individuals from the LGBT population, international clients, and those who don’t speak English fluently. You will frequently encounter the term “serious and persistent mental illness” or SMPI, which is often used to describe clients being served in the public mental health sector.
Interns at Fort Logan have the opportunity to be valued members of the multidisciplinary treatment program at Fort Logan. While training and experiential activities may vary somewhat between rotations, all of the activities below will likely be available at some point during your training year.
For most professional interventions, interns will first observe your supervisor, then you will participate with your supervisor as an observer, and finally, as your comfort level and confidence increases, will begin to intervene independently with supervision.
Interns should never be asked to perform an activity independently unless your supervisor has observed you and feels confident that you have the skills to do so. However, should you ever feel that you are asked to engage in something beyond your capabilities, please discuss this with your supervisor or one of the Training Directors.
The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan is a state hospital serving the mentally ill in different catchment areas of Colorado, including the metropolitan Denver area and a large rural area in the northern part of the state. The mission of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan is to provide the highest quality mental health services to persons with complex, serious, and persistent mental illnesses within the resources available.
CMHI-FL provides inpatient treatment to adult patients, generally between the ages of 18 and 65. The hospital has 94 inpatient beds, spread across four inpatient units or Teams. Vocational services, living skills training programs, and a psychosocial rehabilitation program are important supporting services. A neuropsychological evaluation service is available for all patients.
Fort Logan is a training institution and has internship programs for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, registered nurses, mental health clinicians, recreation, and occupational and music therapists.
Fort Logan is located in Denver, Colorado, at an elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level between the plains to the east and the Rocky Mountains to the west. The climate is relatively mild with a moderate relative humidity. Denver is a cosmopolitan city with many educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities. Year-round outdoor sports and recreation in the mountains are as close as an hour's drive. In fact, some Fort Logan staff live in the mountains and commute to work. Most interns live in the city where a wide variety of housing in all price ranges is available, some within walking or cycling distance of the hospital. If you choose Fort Logan for your internship, our staff and present interns will be happy to help you find housing which meets your needs and budget.
Kent, Alan, Ph.D., ABPP
1984 DePaul University, Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology
I serve as the Director of Psychology and the Director of Internship Training at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan. I am licensed in three states (Colorado, California, and Florida) and I received my diplomate in clinical psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology in 1997. In addition to overseeing the Psychology Department at Fort Logan, I serve on the Hospital Management Committee and take the lead in overseeing clinical programming and services at the hospital. I have a long history of serving in clinical and administrative roles in behavioral health programs in the public and private sector. I was the Assistant Vice President of Health and Wellness at the University of South Florida and the Executive Director of Health and Counseling at the University of Denver. Additionally, I have held faculty appointments in a variety of institutions including the University of Washington, the University of South Florida, and Nova Southeastern University. I have been involved in supervising or administering APA-approved internship programs for nearly three decades. My professional interests including treatment of clients with serious and persistent mental illness, integrated primary care psychology, evidence-based approaches to treatment, and LGBT issues. On a personal level, I enjoy movies, theater, hiking, and travelling throughout the beautiful State of Colorado with my spouse and standard poodle.
Luckman, Diana, Ph.D.
2014 University of Northern Colorado, Counseling Psychology, Greeley, CO.
I serve as both the Assistant Director of Internship Training, as well as the licensed clinical psychologist and clinical lead on Adult Team 3. Generally, I take a humanistic (existential) approach to case conceptualization and treatment, while also integrating techniques from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I am also trained in a variety of trauma treatments and always try to view clients from a trauma-informed lens. I completed my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado at Denver in 2010 and then completed my Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado in 2014. I completed my predoctoral internship here at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan and then received my postdoctoral experience treating clients with chronic eating disorders. My duties on Team 3 include, but are not limited to: resolving mental health holds and completing re-certifications; conducting psychological and risk assessments; participating in multidisciplinary treatment planning meetings; developing behavioral plans; and conducting group and individual psychotherapy. As a psychology intern on a Team 3 rotation, one would work alongside me, sharing team-based psychology duties as a means of obtaining a well-rounded experience. My approach to supervision is definitely collaborative. I take a developmental perspective, meeting the supervisee where (s)he is, while emphasizing strengths and the development of autonomy. In my personal life outside of the Fort, I enjoy yoga, hiking, traveling, seeing live music, dining at delicious restaurants, and spending time with my family, friends, and cats.
Risley, Laurie P., Psy.D.
1998 Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
I am the psychologist and clinical lead on Adult Team 2. I obtained my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University after completing an APA accredited internship at the Miami VA Medical Center. My theoretical orientation and approach to case conceptualization is primarily cognitive-behavioral, with a special interest in integrating psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery principles into the treatment we offer clients in our inpatient setting. Before coming to Fort Logan, I was employed as a psychology resident at an outpatient community mental health center in Utah where I provided a wide range of services to children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a full spectrum of psychological disorders. My clinical experience also includes providing therapy to clients in an anxiety treatment center. Since coming to Fort Logan, I have enjoyed the opportunity to be a member of Adult Teams 1 and 3, as well of Adolescent Inpatient Services (now closed), before settling-in on Team 2. During my personal time, I enjoy reading, gardening, and exploring the beautiful Sate of Colorado.
Gutjahr, Angela R., Psy.D.
2007 Spalding University, Louisville, KY.
I am the team-based psychologist for Team 1. My primary duties include completing legal evaluations and ascertaining patients’ appropriateness for involuntary treatment. I am responsible for resolving mental health holds/certification paperwork, conducting group/individual therapy, completing psychological and risk assessments, participating in an interdisciplinary treatment team and developing special or alternative treatment programs for patients. I currently run a weekly hospital-wide DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) group. I am new to Colorado and to Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan. I moved here from Indiana in 2012 where I worked for 24 years in a large community mental health center, in various roles as I progressed through my formal education in psychology. My training was heavily influenced by existential, interpersonal and cognitive behavior approaches to understanding human behavior and mental illness. I have a good deal of experience working with individuals who struggle with chronic suicidality and self-harm behavior. I have received training in DBT and have used it extensively for more than 12 years while working in community mental health. I recently transferred from the Department of Corrections where I ran DBT groups with 48 women living in their Residential Treatment Program. I have a passion for helping individuals with severe and persistent mental illness recover to the best of their ability. In my free time I enjoy gardening, appreciating nature, baking and reading. I am married with two boys ages six and 10.
Dodd, Janet, Ph.D.
1982, University of Mississippi
I am the licensed clinical psychologist and clinical team lead on Adult Team 5. I was trained primarily in cognitive-behavioral approaches, and this framework continues to prove useful to me in thinking about case conceptualization and treatment approaches. However, I recognized the limitations of this approach even during my training, and elected to complete my predoctoral internship at Denver Health, an urban hospital which provided me with a wide range of experiences and the opportunity to broaden my perspectives on treatment. Following my internship, I worked at a residential child care treatment facility, and then moved to Kaiser Permanente, where I worked in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. I then enjoyed a number of years in private practice before joining the clinical staff at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, initially covering weekend duties, and then moving into a full-time position. I am looking forward to participating in the internship training program, because experience has taught me that I am likely to improve my skills and abilities at least as much as I am able to facilitate new learning in others. Outside of work, I enjoy family, friends, TED talks, and time in Colorado’s beautiful surroundings.
Signoracci, Gina, Ph.D.
2010 University of Denver, Counseling Psychology, Denver, CO.
I am a rehabilitation psychologist and have a passion for helping people maximize independence to live meaningful lives. My background includes: conducting brief and long-term psychotherapy, neuropsychological assessment, consultation, and clinical research. Given my focus on rehabilitation, my professional interests are in understanding the whole person and how the interplay of physical illness, injury, and mental health may be limiting them/impacting daily functioning. I am part of the CMHIFL neuropsychology team where we provide neuropsychological assessment, consultation, and training throughout the hospital. I believe in providing therapeutically-based trauma-informed evaluations and encourage our students to work with clients from this model. Interns and I work together on cases until competence is demonstrated and trainees are able to work independently. Interns who wish to take the neuropsychology rotation should have a solid background in the administration of intelligence or cognitive tests. During the rotation there will be a strong emphasis on communicating practical and individualized recommendations to maximize patient functioning and recovery. I have considerable experience with a number of evidence-based treatments including: CBT, CPT, ACT, EMDR and draw upon related concepts to inform patient recommendations. Our service is also responsible for conducting groups focused on strengthening metacognition (Strong Minds) with each team with emphasis on social cognition. Additional rehabilitation services are also offered to individual clients. In my personal time I enjoy spending time with family and friends and enjoy a variety of fitness related activities such as yoga, palates, and weightlifting.
Weittenhiller, Danielle, Psy.D.
1999, University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Forensic Psychology
I am a licensed psychologist in the State of Colorado and have been the Director for the Jail Based Restoration program for the Office of Behavioral Health within the Colorado Department of Human Services since its inception in 2013. I earned my doctorate from the University of Denver and have over 17 years of experience in the field of forensic psychology. I was Clinical Program Director for two units at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) for sic years and then appointed as the Program Director for the Cognitive Behavioral Program at CMHIP, directing six diverse units. I have implemented and directed comprehensive treatment programs in forensic settings and have developed and provided extensive training and consultation to both clinical and security staff. I presented on a national level about the outcomes of the jail based restoration program for the State of Colorado. My expertise includes forensic psychology, competency evaluation and restoration treatment, violence risk assessment and cognitive behavioral treatment in forensic settings.
As a Joint Commission accredited facility, all interns are expected to complete a very extensive and rigorous NEO- New Employee Orientation. Interns will learn about a wide range of topics including CPR, seclusion and restraint policies and techniques, trauma-informed care, recovery oriented treatment, crisis prevention and verbal de-escalation techniques. By the time NEO is completed, interns should feel more comfortable working on the teams.
Following NEO, interns will spend additional time with the Training Directors as well as the rest of the Department of Psychology staff. Interns have the opportunity to meet potential supervisors and will be given additional information about training opportunities and rotations.
The internship at CMHI FL is designed around three, four-month rotations described below. Interns are encouraged to think about professional goals and career plans when selecting your preferred rotations. Interns will have the opportunity to learn more about the specifics of the rotation and the supervisors prior to making a selection. This is the opportunity to find out about the expectations, logistics, and theoretical orientations of each team and its staff. If interested, the Assistant Training Director can help you get in touch with recent graduates to ask more specific questions about the training experience.
Once interns have learned about the rotations and completed New Employee Orientation, the intern class will meet as a group with the Director and Assistant Training Director to coordinate rotation selections. In the past, this has worked out to be a cooperative, supportive effort, where interns have generally been able to obtain their preferred rotations/training goals. The Training Directors will also be available to aid in the process of "final" rotation selection.
Rotation selections are not written in stone. The Training Directors are willing to work with you to modify your rotation plan in the event of institutional or personal training plan changes, or if substantive changes in the staff or treatment teams occur. In any particular training year, certain rotations may not always be available. Although we strive to assign interns to their primary selection, this cannot always be guaranteed.
Each intern is expected to complete at least one team rotation. One of the main goals for interns on a team rotation is to learn to perform the roles of the Team Psychologist. A primary task for team psychologists is resolving 72-hour holds, placing or maintain clients on civil commitments or certifications, signing clients into the hospital voluntarily, or determining that the client does not require inpatient treatment. This role is unique to Fort Logan, as typically psychiatrists are responsible for certifications. Because of psychologists’ role in the certification process, interns gain exposure to the legal aspects of mental health treatment and gain proficiency in assessing clients on grounds for certification, writing court statements, and understanding CRS 27-65 standards. Additionally, interns will have the opportunity to attend certification hearings with the team psychologist and observe their testimony. In some cases, the team psychologist may ask the intern to assist them in preparing notes for court.
On a team rotation, interns are expected to carry an individual caseload of 2-3 clients and facilitate a minimum one group per week. Interns are encouraged to facilitate a group of their choosing, and may have the opportunity to create their own therapeutic group. Interns also have the opportunity to engage in assessment, including psychodiagnostic evaluations, cognitive/adaptive functioning assessments, and risk assessments. The number of assessments required on a team rotation varies depending on the team and availability. The general expectation is for interns to complete at least 1-2 assessments per rotation, with a total of at least 5 for the training year, including three integrated batteries.
Interns and psychologists are also responsible for creating behavior management plans (BMPs), which are individualized programs that utilize evidence-based theories of learning and conditioning, and are geared toward positive reinforcement. These programs are often requested by the treatment team when a client is struggling with maintaining safe and appropriate behaviors on the unit. Interns and psychologists consult with the team about specific aspects of the plan, and then review the plan with the client when it is completed. Psychologists are responsible for assessing the plan’s effectiveness and whether or not to extend, modify, or discontinue the plan.
Interns on team rotations attend weekly treatment plan review (TPR) meetings as part of the interdisciplinary care team. Interns are given the opportunity to contribute to clients’ individual treatment plans and are encouraged to provide client updates and treatment ideas in the meetings. When placed on a team rotation, interns are expected to attend Morning Reports (every day at 8 a.m.) and team meetings. In many cases, interns have the opportunity to join other team members in family meetings, intakes, and consultations with outside agencies.
All teams offer clinical services with a strong recovery-oriented, trauma-informed focus. All teams have experienced multidisciplinary staff. On each team, the team psychologist serves on the management group and provides clinical leadership. All teams offer consistent clinical programs, groups, and treatment planning meetings.
Teams generally operate in a comparable manner. Team 5 is a bit different since it is the only designated all-male team and clients may be more likely to have histories of sex offenses. Teams 1 and 2 are newly renovated and meet current standards to mitigate suicide risk, so clients with significant suicidal histories are more likely to be assigned to those units. Teams 3 and 5 are currently housed in cottages while their permanent units are being renovated.
As with any organization, each team has a slightly different culture based on the personalities of the staff. During your orientation week, you will meet the supervisors from each of the teams and learn more about their philosophy, clinical orientation, and approach to supervision. Neuropsychology-Rehabilitation (Neuro-Rehab) Rotation
Please Note: The Neuro-Rehab rotation will be limited to one intern per year and is not a guaranteed experience.
Description of Neuro-Rehab Services
This Service serves all patients and teams at CMHI-FL. Typical referrals involve requests for diagnostic consultation, treatment recommendations, and recommendation for placement and aftercare services. Many clients have cognitive impairment, history of traumatic brain injury, and history of substance use. Flexible yet comprehensive neuropsychological batteries are administered. All evaluations are completed on the inpatient units. The Neuro-Rehab service also provides consultation to treatment teams, family members, and community agencies. Additionally, the Neuro-Rehab service facilitates group intervention on the units.
Description of Neuro-Rehab Rotation
The Neuro-Rehab rotation requires interns to be highly motivated and organized. This rotation is suitable for individuals with all levels of experience with neuropsychological testing (including those new to neuropsychological assessment). During the first few weeks of the rotation, the intern will become familiar with the test instruments. The Neuro-Rehab supervisor will assess the intern’s readiness to test on the teams. The typical testing battery is administered across four days, and interns are encouraged to be mindful of the flexibility that is often needed when working with the SPMI population. For example, some clients may require brief sessions or may be distrusting of the process and need additional time getting to know the examiner before testing begins. Interns will work with the neuro-rehab supervisor to complete interpretive reports and a feedback pamphlet to review with the client. Teams often request a feedback meeting to communicate results with the team and others involved in the client’s care. During this rotation, interns frequently work on multiple cases at one time and will need to multitask accordingly.
Interns on the Neuro-Rehab rotation will receive individual supervision from the neuropsychologist supervisor, will participate in weekly case consultation with other members of the Neuro-Rehab service, and also participate in rehabilitation supervision in addition to Strong Minds supervision described below.
All interns will co-facilitate Strong Minds groups on each of the treatment teams at least 2-3 times per week along with neuro-rehab externs. The Strong Minds groups are based on Integrated Psychological Therapy (IPT), which was originally developed for the treatment of neurocognition, social cognition, and social competency in clients with schizophrenia. Each week, interns and externs will meet with the neuropsychology supervisor for one hour of Strong Minds supervision to process the previous week’s groups and plan for upcoming groups.
All interns will attend the neuro-rehab seminar series focusing on topics specific to CMHIFL clients and as well as other populations.
Trauma Informed Care Rotation
Description of TIC
The Trauma Informed Care (TIC) service consists of a full-time psychologist, full-time social worker, and four part-time peer specialists who offer services to patients in need of specialized trauma-informed care. All clients admitted to the hospital are screened within 72 hours regarding any prior traumatic experiences and referred to TIC once stable and appropriate if deemed necessary by the treatment team. The TIC department offers empirically validated treatment groups and individual treatment services, including EMDR, Mind-Body integration techniques, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), trauma-focused CBT, and DBT. The TIC department also provides a variety of consultative and training functions for the hospital. These include client-specific consultations to help the treatment team better meet the needs of clients with trauma, team-based training regarding trauma informed care principles, and hospital-wide trainings. Additionally, the TIC psychologist is responsible for leading the development and implementation of results from outcome data to inform ongoing program evaluation and modification activities. Such outcome data includes evaluation of individual and group treatment efficacy, client and staff satisfaction with treatment delivery, and evaluation of educational and consultative activities.
Description of Trauma Informed Care Rotation
The Trauma Informed Care intern is an integral part of the department and participates in all the activities mentioned above. As appropriate to trauma informed/recovery-oriented care, the training goals and the rotation plans are tailored to the interns’ needs and training objectives. At the beginning of the rotation, the intern will typically shadow the TIC psychologist to observe the application of trauma assessment and treatment to our population. Depending upon the training needs and interests, the TIC psychologist and the intern come up with a plan that includes individual and group trauma therapy. In addition, there are weekly TIC meetings with the peer specialists in which a variety of hospital-wide issues are discussed. On occasion, there are also opportunities for community outreach and education at different local conferences.
Optional Minor Rotations
Rotation in Forensic Psychology
This minor rotation focuses on competency evaluations and treatment designed to restore an individual’s competency so that they might stand trial for accused offenses. An intern will spend 8 hours per week on a minor rotation as an introduction to the role of a psychologist in a forensic setting. Interns will be assigned readings in forensic psychology, including Colorado statutes and articles from experts in the field. Training will include observing competency evaluations and the opportunity to attend and observe competency hearings with a forensic psychologist. Interns on this rotation will have the opportunity to gain experience in restoration of competency treatment and meet with individuals for competency training. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to tour the jail-based restoration program and observe competency groups, attend rounds, and plan of care reviews. The rotation may include opportunities for minor research projects.
Other Minor Rotation Options
While interns typically participate in team-based, Neuro-Rehab, and/or Trauma Informed Care rotations, there may be opportunities to develop a rotation that is individualized to an intern’s specific training interest. In the past, we have had interns create full-time or part-time rotations in Research, Administration, and Forensic issues. These rotations require some independence and are typically developed as the final rotation after an intern has completed a team rotation. Interns on the specialty rotations will have a team home-base and will attend morning reports and treatment plan reviews on those teams. Interns are welcome to propose ideas for rotations and efforts will be made to accommodate these interests, though they can’t be guaranteed.
Interns interested in research may have opportunities to work on ongoing projects with the Neuro-Rehab or Trauma Informed Care services or create their own research design pending approval by the Institutional Review Board and the Medical Executive Committee. The Psychology Department always welcomes projects from interns who are interested in program evaluation or providing trainings in their specialty area.
Other Opportunities for Interns
The psychology internship program collaborates with the Court Service Department, located on the same campus, which may allow for other training opportunities. Additionally, the Psychology Department maintains a close relationship with the internship program at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (our sister hospital) which may allow for other unique training opportunities.
Another aspect of the CMHIFL internship program is the possibility of completing of a Patient Care Monitoring (PCM) project. A PCM is a formalized case review and consultation conducted by a multidisciplinary team in response to significant treatment obstacles such as: poor response to treatment, repeated engagement in self-harming or dangerous behaviors, atypical or particularly complex diagnostic questions, and repeated episodes of seclusion and restraint. Through a multidisciplinary process, the PCM is organized and led by a psychologist. After various consultations, meetings, and literature review, interns develop a thorough list of recommendations for the referring team. These recommendations are then presented to the referring team and members of the Hospital Management Group.
Didactic Training Series
Interns at CMHIFL participate in the Friday didactic training series offered by the University of Denver Internship Consortium. These sessions are held weekly on the campus of the University of Denver, a ten minute drive from CMHIFL.
The Consortium seminar series covers topics on Diversity, Assessment, and Research. Further details can be found on the Consortium website: https://www.du.edu/gspp/programs/consortium/index.html
In addition to seminars offered by the Consortium, the staff and faculty of CMHIFL offer an extensive, two week New Employee Orientation program, ongoing educational opportunities, and periodic seminars related to the specific population served here.
Below is a hypothetical schedule to give you an idea of how an intern may spend his or her time. This isn’t an actual schedule or template.
Certification write up
Psychology Staff Mtg.
Rehab Group Supervision
Treatment Plan Mtg.
Case Consultation Meeting
Intern Recruitment and Selection Criteria
The University of Denver Internship Consortium and CMHIFL only accept applications from individuals enrolled in Clinical or Counseling Psychology doctoral programs that are accredited by the American Psychological Association. Our internship strictly adheres to the admission processes outlined by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and all applicants must apply through the APPI online application system. https://portal.appicas.org/
Complete information about the Consortium application and admission process can be found here: https://www.du.edu/gspp/programs/consortium/apply.html
Apply to Consortium
THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION CONSIDERATION IS:
NOVEMBER 5, 2018
We especially encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds.
In order to apply, please download the following:
Internship Training Handbook (2019-20)
Please also utilize the Resources link on the left side of your screen.
Complete applications require the following documents:
Completion of the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI)
A copy of a psychological report (with confidential identifying information deleted)
Three (3) letters of recommendation (more letters are fine)
All applications received are reviewed by three psychologists on the training team. Each reviewer rates an application on a 1-5 scale, with 5 being the highest rating. The categories rated are:
From the pool of applicants, CMHIFL typically invites up to 25 candidates for in-person interviews. In-person interviews are preferred but we recognize the financial burden of traveling to Denver for out-of-area candidates and we will arrange Skype interviews as needed.
Whether in person or via Skype, candidates generally have two separate interviews with different members of the Training Committee and are rated on a 5-point scale on the following dimensions:
Following the interview process, the entire psychology staff ranks the candidates for the APPIC match.
Required Prior Experience
CMHIFL internship has three rigid application requirements. Applicants must come from APA-accredited doctoral programs, have completed a minimum of three years of full-time doctoral training in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, and obtain a letter of approval from the director of training at their graduate school to certify that they have met their institution’s criteria for internship readiness.
As noted above, CMHIFL does have a strong preference for candidates who have demonstrated interest and/or experience in working with clients who have been diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness.
Applicants with experience in psychological assessment are preferred as are those who have at least 400 hours of therapy experience and 100 hours of assessment experience. Candidates without this experience may still be considered in the applicant pool but may receive lower rankings in the final process.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING APPLICANT EXCLUSIONS: CMHIFL is a state-operated facility requires a national criminal background check and drug screening. All candidates who match will still need to clear both processes before beginning internship. According to State policy, any individual convicted of a criminal offense involving violence, domestic violence, sexual behavior, child abuse, third degree assault, or assault on a client by a psychotherapist will be excluded from employment. Further, any individual who screens positive for marijuana, THC, cocaine, amphetamines, PCP, opiates without a valid prescription will be excluded from employment. Additionally, CMHIFL has a mandatory flu vaccine policy. Interns who match with us are required to have a flu vaccine. The only exception is for individuals who have a verified medical exemption or a religious exemption that is reviewed by the CDHS Center for Equal Opportunity and Risk Management. PLEASE NOTE: Although recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, it is still illegal under federal law. As such, applicants who test positive for marijuana, with or without a prescription, will be ineligible for employment and won't be able to begin the internship.
Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:
The Internship In Health Service Psychology at The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (CMHIFL) follows a local clinical scientist model in a collegial training atmosphere. Interns work on interdisciplinary teams and gain experience in assessing and treating individuals with serious and persistent mental illness in a recovery-oriented environment which emphasizes trauma-informed and evidence-based care. Experiential training includes individual and group therapy with hospitalized clients, psychological assessment, legal certifications, and active participation in multidisciplinary treatment planning. Training activities include weekly didactic seminars, group and individual supervision, and extensive observation and role modeling by the supervising psychologist. The aim of the internship at CMHIFL is to provide experiential opportunities working with individuals with serious and persistent mental illness in the public sector along with high quality supervision and advanced training to further interns' development in the nine competencies of professional psychology. Interns may select among three, four-month rotations, including Team-Based Psychology, NeuroRehab Service, and the Trauma-Informed Care Team. Interns receive a minimum of two hours of individual supervision from their primary rotation supervisor in addition to two hours of group supervision from other psychologists on the training staff. The extensive seminar series includes a wide variety of topics designed specifically for our interns. The internship at CMHIFL actively seeks to attract and support applicants who represent our diverse client population including individuals from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, sexual orientation, and other backgrounds. Our clients come from throughout Colorado and represent underserved communities. Our program embraces diversity and strives to instill the values of cultural competency in all our training activities.
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
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
Must be enrolled in an APA-accredited program.
Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?
If access to medical insurance is provided:
Trainee contribution to cost required?
Coverage of family member(s) available?
Coverage of legally married partner available?
Coverage of domestic partner available?
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave
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?
Other Benefits (please describe): Dental insurance, retirement, dissertation and administrative leave time, disability insurance.
Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree
Community mental health center
Federally qualified health center
Independent primary care facility/clinic
University counseling center
Veterans Affairs medical center
Military health center
Academic health center
Other medical center or hospital
Community college or other teaching setting
Independent research institution
Independent practice setting
Not currently employed
Changed to another field
Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position. “Other” category includes a not-for-profit agency and geriatric treatment program
For more information about the Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship, please contact:
Alan Kent, Ph.D., ABPP., Director of Psychology and Internship Training
Office of Behavioral Health
E email@example.com | P 303.866.7853 | F 303.866.7090
Diana Luckman, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Internship Training
Office of Behavioral Health
E firstname.lastname@example.org | P 303.866.7751 | F 303.866.7899
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