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Colorado Mental Health Institute Fort Logan (CMHIFL) is a 94-bed hospital that provides inpatient behavioral health treatment services to adult patients. CMHIFL serves as the State’s “safety net” provider for inpatient psychiatric services, predominantly treating the indigent, as well as Medicaid-eligible and Medicare-eligible individuals. Typically, these individuals are referred for admission by the community mental health centers, county departments of human and social services, and the Department’s Division of Youth Services.
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 through the Joint Commission.
3520 W. Oxford Ave.
Denver, CO 80236
Main Phone: 303.866.7066
Medical Records: 303.866.7040
Patient Representative: 303.866.7079
Crisis Services: 1.844.493.TALK (8255) or visit Colorado Crisis Services
APPIC Number: 1172
The pre-doctoral psychology internship at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (CMHI-FL) has been in existence since 1964 and has been accredited by APA (American Psychological Association - www.apa.org) since 1966. The program received full accreditation through 2019 based on the most recent site visit in July 2012. CMHI-FL has an excellent reputation in doctoral programs throughout the country as providing high-quality training to psychologists interested in public sector psychology. Over the years, we have provided training to a number of interns who have gone on to assume leadership positions in local and national public sector psychology.
CMHI-FL follows a local clinical scientist model in a collegial training atmosphere. Interns are prepared to assess and treat seriously and persistently mentally ill individuals with a variety of diagnoses on interdisciplinary teams. Training includes didactic instruction, self-study, individual and group supervision, role modeling, interaction with multidisciplinary treatment staff, and interaction with the patient population. The goal of the pre-doctoral internship program at CMHI-FL is to provide experiential opportunities, excellent supervision, and advanced training which will further interns' development in the areas of assessment, testing, treatment, consultation, supervision, cultural diversity/individual differences, the integration of science and practice in an applied setting and the demonstration of professional and ethical behavior.
Our program currently has three doctoral internship positions: Neuropsychological Specialty Focus (one intern per year) and the General Inpatient Focus (two interns per year). Interns will work as full-time one-year employees of the State of Colorado, must meet eligibility requirements for state employment (having updated immunization records, drug screening, and NCIC and CBI background checks). Interns are Non-Exempt employees, are eligible for overtime, and will receive a salary with state benefits to include medical and dental insurance, 10 state holidays, annual leave, sick leave, and administrative time to complete dissertation as well as participate in conferences and trainings. Below you will find links to information about our program. Please contact us by phone or email if you have additional questions.
The Pre-Doctoral Internship Program at CMHI at Fort Logan adheres to a philosophy and training model consistent with the Local Clinical Scientist Model as described by Stricker and Trierweiler (1995); and Stricker (2002). This model, which places an emphasis on the scientific attitude and “recognizes the contributions of science…as well as the realities of daily clinical practice,” is particularly suited for the applied practice of psychology in a state hospital setting. The Local Clinical Scientist Model calls for modification of empirically supported strategies based on such factors as local base rates, consideration of a cultural or sub-cultural group and context-dependent meaning of personal life events. According to Stricker and Trierweiler (1995), “the local clinical scientist model encourages critical, scientific thinking and the application of scientific knowledge to clinical issues,” (page 999).
According to Stricker and Trierweiler (1995), components of the scientific attitude expected of the Local Clinical Scientist include:
Since developing this model, the authors have attempted to correct misconceptions and delineate the model from other related or overlapping models (Trierweiler, 2006; Trierweiler, Stricker, and Peterson, 2010). As part of that explication, they state that “the local clinical scientist model requires that practitioners bring the best available theoretical conceptions, the most useful available research, their careful scientifically constructed understanding of the local circumstances of the case, and their individual and collective professional experience to bear in studying and improving the functional condition of the client” (Trierweiler, Stricker, and Peterson, 2010). They describe the model as not merely relying on applying knowledge from the arm of academic science by which it is informed, but as a form of scientific inquiry and discovery in and of itself, including data that is largely outside the realm of the academic science of psychology.
Patients seen in a state hospital setting generally have among the most severe, complex and persistent mental illnesses. Most have multiple psychiatric diagnoses, often including a concomitant developmental disability, substance use disorder, and/or complicating medical conditions, as well as personal histories that may include abuse and neglect, and disenfranchisement as a result of ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural issues. The patients at CMHI-FL tend to be those who have not responded to the more traditional or evidenced-based interventions developed and tested under controlled research conditions. Modification of generally accepted assessment and treatment protocols is often required, as is an ability to continuously adapt one’s techniques to meet the unique needs and abilities of each individual client.
Interns are taught and expected to adhere to a scientific attitude of inquiry, as defined in the local clinical scientist model, while designing, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of their assessments and interventions. They are expected to be aware of, and informed by, the relevant scientific evidence. In addition, throughout the program’s training activities, they are encouraged and taught to better examine their own perspectives, tendencies, and biases, and how those interact with the perspectives, tendencies and biases of the clients they encounter. Interns are also challenged to further develop their own local norms, as well as learning more about the local norms of the staff psychologists. Through these efforts, the goal is to help them be in a better position to make informed decisions about how, when, and when not to assess and intervene, as well as to make informed efforts to measure and evaluate the effects of those assessments and interventions.
All of these components are modeled by the professional staff who interact with our interns, and are addressed and monitored through observation and guidance by their primary supervisors. Our didactic presentations and seminars are also infused with this attitude towards and model of clinical inquiry. Interns who most benefit from our training model are those who are not wedded to providing empirically-validated treatments without modification or alteration, and who are eager to be informed by the vast array of academic research, clinical and theoretical literatures, and the local norms and characteristics that make our patient population unique.
Stricker, G., & Trierweiler, S. (1995). The local clinical scientist. American Psychologist, 50(12), 995-1002. Stricker, G. (2002). What is a scientist-practitioner anyway? Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58(10), 1277-1283.
Trierweiler, S.J. (2006) Training the next generation of psychologist clinicians: Good judgment and methodological realism at the interface between science and practice. In C.D. Goodheart, A.E. Kazdin, & R.J. Sternberg (Eds.), Evidence-based psychotherapy: Where Practice and research meet (pp. 211-238). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Trierweiler, S, Stricker, G, & Peterson, R (2010). The research and evaluation competency: The local clinical scientist – Review, current status, future directions. In M.B. Kenkel & R.L. Peterson, Competency-Based Education for Professional Psychology (pp.125-141). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
The APA-accredited predoctoral clinical psychology internship follows a local clinical scientist model in a collegial training atmosphere. Interns are prepared to assess and treat seriously mentally ill persons in a collaborative setting on an interdisciplinary team in a public institution. Training is accomplished through didactic instruction, self-study, individual and group supervision, role modeling, and experiential interaction with an interdisciplinary treatment staff and the patient population.
The internship program at Fort Logan has been in existence since 1964 and has been continuously accredited by APA since 1966. The program received full accreditation based on a site visit in July 2005, and is currently accredited through 2012. Each year we receive approximately 100 applications from throughout the country for our three internship positions. Fort Logan has an excellent reputation in doctoral programs throughout the country as providing high-quality training to psychologists interested in public sector psychology. Over the years, we have provided training to a number of interns who have gone on to assume leadership positions in public sector psychology--both locally and nationally.
Our former interns include:
On a national level, former interns include:
The mission of the predoctoral internship training program at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan is to train psychology interns in the assessment and treatment of seriously mentally ill individuals in an inpatient state hospital facility in a manner consistent with APA Ethical Standards, while paying particular attention to the cultural and individual diversity of the persons served.
The goal of the predoctoral internship program at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan is to provide experiential opportunities, effective supervision, advanced predoctoral training and professional modeling which will further each intern’s development in the areas of: (1) assessment, testing, treatment, consultation and supervision; (2) the interface of cultural diversity, individual differences and the provision of psychological services; (3) the effective integration of science and practice in an applied setting; and (4) the demonstration of professional, legal and ethical behavior in an interdisciplinary setting.
Objective 1: The interns will demonstrate proficiency in the areas of assessment, testing, treatment, consultation and supervision.
Competency 1: Interns will demonstrate an ability to independently complete at a satisfactory level of competence at least one of each of the following: an initial/intake psychological assessment; a CRS 27-65 legal evaluation; a risk assessment; a behavioral assessment/functional analysis; and a psychological test report which integrates historical, observational and psychometric data.
Training Activities (how met operationally): (1) seminars are provided in the relevant areas of assessment and report writing; (2) interns are assigned appropriate assessment and testing cases
with increasing levels of autonomy as the rotation progresses; (3) supervisors provide individualized supervision and training related to rotation specific expectations for assessments, testing and evaluations; and (4) as warranted, interns may be assigned professional readings to increase knowledge base.
Competency 2: Interns will effectively: (1) lead/facilitate an empirically informed treatment group and (2) function as a primary therapist for at least one individual or family therapy case utilizing an empirically informed approach.
Training Activities (how operationally met): (1) seminars are provided on evidence-based and consensus-based guidelines for the treatment of relevant patient populations; (2) interns are given appropriate treatment opportunities with increasing levels of autonomy as the rotation progresses; (3) supervisors provide individualized supervision and training related to rotation specific expectations for treatment interventions; and (4) as warranted, interns may be assigned professional readings to increase knowledge base.
Competency 3: Interns will: (1) provide an effective case presentation; (2) make a professional quality presentation to a treatment team, hospital-wide audience or professional conference; and (3) demonstrate satisfactory provision of peer supervision.
Training Activities (how operationally met): (1) seminars are provided on supervision and used to model professional presentation styles; (2) staff development personnel are available to provide training and feedback on effective presentations; (3) interns are given opportunities for presentations during the seminar series, on the treatment teams and during hospital-wide trainings; (4) supervisors provide individualized supervision, training and modeling related to professional presentations and supervision; (4) as available, interns may be given the opportunity to supervise practicum students or interns from other disciplines; (5) interns participate in peer supervision as part of the assessment and treatment seminar series; and (6) as warranted, interns may be assigned professional readings to increase knowledge base.
Competency 4: Interns will demonstrate observable behaviors and knowledge indicative of awareness, sensitivity and responsiveness to issues of cultural and individual diversity in the provision of psychological services.
Training Activities (how operationally met): (1) seminars are provided on topics relevant to cultural and individual differences in various aspects of professional activities; (2) supervisors provide individualized supervision, training and modeling related to consideration of cultural and individual diversity; (3) as warranted, interns may be assigned professional readings to increase knowledge base.
Assessments: (1) seminar attendance and participation; (2) end-of-rotation evaluations by the supervisor (more frequently if a problem area is identified); (3) end-of-rotation and yearly training goal attainment ratings by the interns; and (4) post-internship survey results.
Outcomes: (1) seminar attendance (or reading materials provided at seminar) and reports of satisfactory participation; (2) report of satisfactory progress on monthly supervisor reports and
supervisory evaluations and ratings of “2” or higher on each end-of-rotation evaluation; (3) indications of satisfactory quality of training on end-of-rotation evaluations completed by the interns and ratings of “5” or higher on intern training goal attainment forms; (4) indication from post-internship survey that internship training was adequate for job placement.
Objective 2: Interns seek professional development and demonstrate an ability to integrate science and practice in the framework of the local clinical scientist model.
Competencies: Interns will (1) seek opportunities for professional reading, research or broadening internship experiences; (2) display an understanding of research methods used in the clinical areas treated at Fort Logan; (3) develop knowledge of important theory, research and conceptual issues and findings in the assessment and treatment of seriously mentally ill persons; (4) show flexibility in the translation of theory and research findings to application; and (5) demonstrate a scientific attitude and approach to the practice of psychology in an applied setting.
Training Activities (how operationally met): (1) seminars cover important theory and research issues, methods and findings in the treatment of seriously mentally ill persons; (2) interns are offered the opportunity to participate in research and professionally broadening activities (e.g., committee membership, administrative activities, etc.); (3) supervisors educate interns about theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence that inform practice; and (4) as warranted, interns may be assigned professional readings to increase knowledge base.
Assessments: (1) seminar attendance and participation; (2) monthly and end-of-rotation ratings by the supervisor; (3) end-of-rotation and yearly training goal attainment ratings by the interns; and (4) post-internship survey results.
Outcomes: (1) seminar attendance (or reading materials provided at seminar) and reports of satisfactory participation; (2) report of satisfactory progress on monthly supervisory reports and ratings of “2” or higher on each end-of-rotation evaluation; (3) indications of satisfactory quality of training on end-of-rotation evaluations completed by the interns and ratings of “5” or higher on intern training goal attainment forms; (4) indication from post-internship survey that internship training was adequate for job placement.
Objective 3: Interns will demonstrate an appreciation for professional issues related to the practice of psychology in an interdisciplinary setting and in accordance with the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Colorado statutes related to the provision of psychological services.
Competencies: Interns will (1) demonstrate knowledge of the APA Ethics Code and Colorado statutes regarding the provision of psychological services; (2) function effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team, and demonstrate behaviors consistent with the APA Ethics Code in the interaction with patients, family members, Fort Logan staff members and employees, and personnel from other agencies; (3) demonstrate interpersonal skills needed to communicate effectively with and motivate cooperation from other disciplines; and (4) demonstrate the ability to work effectively with team members from culturally and individually diverse backgrounds.
Training Activities (how operationally met): (1) seminars and didactic training sessions are provided which are related to various aspects of professional behavior, cultural and individual differences, ethical behavior and state statutes; (2) interns attend regular case conferences, treatment planning meetings and other unit or departmental meetings where there is opportunity for collegial and professional behavior to be demonstrated; (3) supervisors and internship faculty will model ethical and legal behavior at all times; (4) legal and ethical issues will be discussed during supervision sessions; and (5) as warranted, interns may be assigned professional reading to increase knowledge base.
The Individualized Training Plan
The Director of Training plans an individualized program with each intern. Prior to the beginning of the internship year, the Director of Training at Fort Logan requests information from the Director of Training at the intern's school about relative areas of strength and weakness as well as recommendations for training emphasis. The interns are also asked to rate themselves on perceived strengths and weaknesses as well as desired training goals for the internship year. During the first week of the internship, interns visit the treatment teams, the neuropsychology rotation, and the trauma informed care rotation and indicate their choices based on their unique training needs. This is discussed with the Training Directors prior to making their selections. After assignments are made, and the intern has been on the first assignment for a week, the intern and his/her supervising psychologist from the team meet to develop a Training Plan for the rotation. This plan describes the intern's needs for training in each clinical area (e.g., psychological testing, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, case management, etc.), the experiences the intern will have, and the supervision which will be provided. It may include provisions for specialized experience, such as evaluating patients with various diagnoses and treatment needs. The training plans are reviewed by the Director of Training to ensure that it is consistent with that interns training goals, as well as feedback from prior supervisors regarding areas of strength and weakness. The individualized training plan provides the basis for assigning cases to the intern, evaluating the intern's progress, and reporting to the University Graduate Program.
Each intern receives a minimum of 2 hours of formal, face-to-face, individual supervision, and 4-6 additional hours of more informal individual and group supervision each week. Informal supervision and consultation is also available from psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, mental health clinicians, and activity therapists on the treatment teams. The open milieus at Ft. Logan allow mutual observation between the intern and supervisor where the intern's work can be monitored and the intern can model the supervisor's behavior. The Directors of Training meet with the interns, as a group, once a month to discuss their progress, to problem-solve around any issues, and to make any necessary changes to the training plans. Individual meetings are arranged as indicated, and occur at least once per rotation. The quality and amount of supervision provided by our internship has been consistently identified as a strength of the program.
Individual Differences and Diversity
We have a commitment to provide clinical training for interns of diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds, religious preferences, sexual orientations, and physical limitations and to train all interns to work as effectively as possible with people of all races and cultures. Several aspects of our program address this:
A large number of seminars (approximately 50 per year) specifically address diversity issues relevant to working with clients with various ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, physical limitations and disabilities, and other diverse groups. In addition, general clinical seminars such as the psychotherapy seminar include an emphasis on the role of cultural issues in treatment. There are field visits to specialty clinics in the Denver area which serve specific minority groups, and it may be possible for an intern to have a mentor, either a psychologist or another senior clinician to provide ongoing consultation around cultural issues. Finally, the extremely diverse patient population offers many opportunities for interns to increase their proficiency in working with people from a vast array of backgrounds.
Facilities and Resources
In addition to the facilities for treatment and training programs which are described in preceding sections, additional professional resources are available to the training program. Fort Logan has an extensive library, staffed by a professional librarian, which has ties with university libraries and the State library system, including access to a computer search capability. A full range of psychological and neuropsychological test equipment and supplies is available. Computers are available for program evaluation, research, word processing, and email.
Fort Logan has a number of training programs in other professional disciplines. Fort Logan is a member of the Psychiatric Residency Consortium which trains psychiatric residents in several facilities including the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, Denver General Hospital, and Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo. We regularly have psychiatric social work students from the Denver University School of Social Work and other programs. We have students in therapeutic recreation and occupational therapy from a number of schools around the country, and we have nursing students from local programs.
The stipend for 2017-2018 training year is approximately $34,044.NOTE: THIS IS A FULL TIME INTERNSHIP, AND ANY OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE BY THE TRAINING DIRECTOR.
The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. Accreditation questions can be addressed to:
American Psychological Association Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation 750 First Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20002-4242 202-336-5500 202-336-6123 (TDD)
Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology and completion of a minimum of two years of graduate study is required. Preference is given to applicants from clinical psychology programs who have completed three or more years of graduate study in such a program. Applicants from counseling programs with clinically focused training and practicum experiences will be considered.
United States Citizenship or permanent visa status or a signed declaration of intent to become a U.S. citizen is required. Interns are employees of the State of Colorado and must have a Colorado address in order to complete the State Application Form. A completed application is required in July to begin the internship in August.
All interns must be available to start the internship in the end of July or beginning of August and to continue through the end of July the following year.
Because our program is an inpatient program, applicants should have had outpatient practicum experiences prior to the internship as no outpatient experience is available through CMHI-FL.
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.
Cappello, Holly, Psy.D.
1994 University of Texas at El Paso, 2001 University of Denver
I am the Trauma Informed Care psychologist at Fort Logan. I came to Ft. Logan in September of 2012 to help develop this program. In this capacity, I conduct trauma assessments and provide individual and group trauma specific treatment. I also provide supportive supervision to our peer support specialists. Hospital wide, I participate in several committees including; implementing the electronic medical record, assault work group, compassion fatigue work group and the trauma informed care national learning community. My professional interests are varied and include treating traumatic stress in children and adults, women’s issues, integrated care and personality disorders. I have advanced training in DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) and developed a comprehensive DBT program at Aurora Mental Health Center. Before coming to Ft. Logan, I worked at Aurora Mental Health Center for 16 years. At this community mental health center, I served as a program director of child & family outpatient services, integrated care and assessment services. I use a developmental approach to supervision. Essentially, I believe my goal as a supervisor is to support and challenge my supervisees. I try and help each supervisee achieve excellence so they can provide quality client care and become a valued addition to the mental health profession. My theoretical orientation has evolved over my career. Originally, my theoretical orientation was psychodynamic. I continue to conceptualize from this framework, yet often I utilize cognitive and behavioral strategies. In my personal life, I enjoy spending time with my family, golfing and yoga. My favorite place in the world is Paris.
Luckman, Diana, Ph.D.
2014 University of Northern Colorado, Counseling Psychology, Greeley, CO.
I am currently 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 CMHI-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.
Dodd, Janet, Ph.D.
University of Mississippi, 1982
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 CMHI-Ft. 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.
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 group. I am new to Colorado and to CMHI-FL. 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 6 and 10.
Korinek, Lauri, Ph.D.
2005 University of Denver, Counseling Psychology, Denver, CO.
My heart and passion are for our specific client population, helping our clients understand their brains, helping staff better understand how they can work more effectively with clients, and providing interventions to improve our clients’ overall functioning. As such, we provide neuropsychological assessment, consultation, and training throughout the hospital. I believe in providing therapeutically-based evaluations and encourage my students to work with clients from this model. We also conduct groups, on each team, focused on improving clients’ neurocognition, particularly social cognition (Strong Minds group). I work with interns through a mentor model, where we work together on cases until the intern demonstrates competence and is 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. I tend to be pragmatic and believe that neuropsychological evaluation is not useful unless results are communicated quickly to clients, family members, and treatment providers, with individualized treatment recommendations. My therapeutic theoretical orientation is object relations in conceptualization. However, I incorporate cognitive-behavioral, behavioral, and interpersonal techniques in treatment. My professional interests are in how mental illness impacts neuropsychological functioning, age-related cognitive decline, and neuropsychological characteristics of physicians involved in competency evaluations. I also maintain a part-time private practice where I enjoy being a therapist. Personally, I love riding my horses, learning, family, and the Yankees.
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 & 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.
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 CMHI-FL 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 CDHS Office of Behavioral Health 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 in Pueblo for 6 years and then appointed as the Program Director for the Cognitive Behavioral Program at CMHIP, directing 6 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 regarding 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.
Description of Teams:
Each treatment team is comprised of 21-25 beds for both acute and longer-term adult clients, ages 18-65. Clients are admitted on a 72-hour hold, court-ordered evaluation, or voluntary status, or they are already certified on a civil commitment. Some clients are discharged within days of admission, while others are in the hospital for much longer (which provides interns opportunities for longer term therapy). The average length of stay for our clients is approximately 3 weeks; however this ranges from several days to years depending on each individual client’s needs, situation, and potential community barriers. Clients primarily present with psychotic and mood disorders, though often have co-occurring diagnoses such as substance use disorders, developmental and cognitive disorders, traumatic brain injuries, and trauma-related disorders.
Treatment teams consist of Mental Health Clinicians, Recreation Therapists, Music Therapists, Social Workers, Nurses, a Nurse Manager, Psychiatrists and/or Nurse Practitioners, and a Psychologist. In addition to the teams’ treatment providers, clients at CMHI-FL also have the opportunity to engage in work therapy, occupational therapy, and pastoral services. Treatment is approached from a holistic perspective, and there is substantial collaboration between team members, in-hospital service providers, and community agencies.
Description of Team Rotations:
Each intern is expected to complete at least (1) team rotation. One of the main goals for interns on a team rotation is to learn and perform the roles of the Team Psychologist. A primary task for team psychologists is resolving 72-hour holds (placing clients on civil commitments [certifications], signing clients into the hospital voluntarily, or determining that the client does not require inpatient treatment) and maintaining certifications. 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 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).
Interns and psychologists are also responsible for creating behavior management plans (BMP), 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 particular 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 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. On a team, interns also attend morning reports (every day at 8am) and team meetings. In many cases, interns have the opportunity to join other team members in family meetings, intakes, and consultations with outside agencies.
Team 1 - Team 1 is a coed unit with collegial staff who are recovery-focused. The treatment team is comfortable thinking outside the box and is open to and enthusiastically encourages trying new ideas (e.g., it is the only unit that offers a Laughter Yoga group, which is the only group in the hospital that is run by a psychiatrist). Another difference between Team 1 and the other units is the team’s focus on training students. Team 1 regularly has medical and nurse practitioner students, social work students, and nursing students, in addition to psychology interns. The staff is accustomed to having students around and does an amazing job of integrating trainees into the fabric of the team. Finally, Angie Gutjahr, the psychologist on Team 1, is Linehan-trained and conducts an intensive DBT group.
Team 2 – Team 2 is a coed unit with 24 beds. One difference between Team 2 and other teams is that the unit is located in a separate building and has the most up-to-date technology. Team Two also has a wonderfully designed courtyard available to the clients, and that is often utilized for group therapy and individual meetings. Team 2 offers a wide variety of treatment groups that reflect client needs and interests, including Distress Tolerance, Assertiveness Group, CBT for Addictions, and groups designed to enhance cognitive functioning. In addition to working with clients individually, interns on this rotation are encouraged to develop and facilitate a therapy group program based upon their interests and experience, and client needs. Team 2 has a robust recreation therapy program which offers many outdoor activities for the clients, such as community outings and maintaining a community garden. Interns have had the opportunity to accompany clients and participate in some of these activities. In addition to having the opportunity to work with psychology interns who choose this rotation, Team 2 routinely has nursing students on the unit, and has also had privilege of working with interns/trainees in other disciplines including social work and occupational therapy. The psychologist on this Team has a strong interest and commitment to integrating psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery principles into the treatment program.
Team 3 - Team 3 is a coed unit with a very recovery focused attitude. Clients are encouraged to participate in programming that interests them and develop their own goals for treatment. Team 3 offers a variety of groups, including a Stigma group facilitated by a peer specialist and a DBT group facilitated by the team psychologist. Interns on this rotation will be involved in completing civil commitment documentation including evaluating the clients, writing statements to the court, presenting information regarding the process to clients, assisting the psychologist in preparing for court hearings, and observing expert testimony, when available. In addition, interns will be the primary point of contact for clients they are working with individually and will work as a direct extension of the psychologist. Interns are viewed as an important and respected part of Team 3 and are encouraged to spend the rotation focused on developing independence and autonomy as a future psychologist.
Team 5 – Team 5 is the only all-male unit at Fort Logan with a recovery focused lens. Some clients may be involved with current legal issues and/or may be awaiting competency evaluations or placement for restoration. While interns are not directly involved in conducting forensic evaluations or engaging in direct forensic work, there are opportunities to observe forensic fellows who conduct these evaluations. In addition to the myriad of more traditional psychotherapy groups, Team 5 also uniquely offers a Red Light Group, focusing on building coping skills for clients with sexual offense histories. Despite these slight differences, the day-to-day duties of interns on this team will look similar to those on other teams.
Description of Neuropsychology Services:
The Neuropsychology Services 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 of these patients have dementia, cognitive impairment from substance use disorders, or a history of traumatic brain injury. Patients are given a flexible yet comprehensive neuropsychology battery, based on their symptoms and test results. All evaluations are completed on the inpatient units. The Neuropsychology Services also provides consultation to treatment teams, family members, and community agencies. Additionally, Neuropsychology Services provides an in-service training for all new employees.
Description of Neuropsychology Rotation:
Interns selected for the Neuropsychological Specialty Focus track will spend the majority of their training year on the Neuropsychology Rotation. Interns selected for the General Inpatient Focus track have the option of completing the Neuropsychology Rotation later in the training year.
The neuropsychology rotation is fast-paced and requires a good deal of independence and organization. However, this rotation is suitable for individuals with all levels of experience with neuropsychological testing (including those new to neuropsychology). During the first few weeks of the rotation, the intern will become familiar with the test instruments using self-study and practicing with peers. Based on the intern’s previous experience and comfort with neuropsychological testing, there are opportunities to shadow the supervisor while they administer tests. After a few weeks, the neuropsychology supervisor will assess the intern’s readiness to test on the teams. The typical testing battery is broken into five days, and interns are encouraged to be mindful of the flexibility and creativity 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. When the testing is complete, interns write an Abbreviated Summary for the referring team within 2-4 business days, which is a brief snapshot of the results. Interns will design a feedback pamphlet to review with the client, and may be asked to present the results to the treatment team or client’s family. During this rotation, interns frequently work on multiple cases at one time and will need to multitask accordingly.
Interns on the neuropsychology rotation will receive individual supervision from the neuropsychology lead, as well as participate in weekly case consultation with other members of the neuropsychology department.
All interns participate in neuropsychology-related activities throughout the year. Interns will co-facilitate Strong Minds groups on each of the treatment teams at least 2-3 times per week with 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 team for 1 hour of Strong Minds supervision to process the previous week’s groups and create new activities.
All interns will take part in a neuropsychology seminar series focusing on the neuropsychology of mental illness, which will also provide an introduction to using neuropsychological screening tests and their application to community practice. During this seminar series, interns will give an informal presentation to their peer group on a neuropsychological measure, which will include a demonstration of test administration.
Finally, interns who do not participate in the neuropsychology rotation will conduct at least one neuropsychological screen during the training year. Interns will meet with the neuropsychology lead to be assigned a case, determine appropriate measures for the referral question, practice administration, review test results, and write a report.
Trauma Informed Care
Description of TIC:
The Trauma Informed Care (TIC) department 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 when stable and appropriate to TIC 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 teams 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 of 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 in different local conferences.
Additional Rotation Options
Minor Rotation in Forensic Psychology:
This is a minor rotation with a focus on competency evaluations and restoration treatment. An intern will spend 8 hours per week on a minor rotation as an introduction to the role of a psychologist in forensic psychology. Interns will be assigned materials in forensic psychology, including Colorado statutes and readings of experts in the field. Training will include observing competency evaluations, and the opportunity to attend competency hearings with a forensic psychologist and observe testimony. An intern 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 Rotation options:
While interns typically participate in team-based, Neuropsychology, 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 advanced Neuropsychology. These rotations are quite independent and are typically recommended as final rotations and/or after an intern has completed a team rotation. Interns on these rotations will have a team home-base, such that they 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; however, there may be instances in which a particular rotation is not feasible due to staffing or other issues.
Interns interested in research may have opportunities to work on ongoing projects with Neuropsychology Services and Trauma Informed Care, or create their own research designs pending approval by the Institutional Review Board and the Medical Executive Committee. In particular, the psychology department is always developing and welcomes projects from interns who are interested in program evaluation or providing trainings in their specialty area.
Other Opportunities for Interns
While the training program at CMHI-FL is not solely forensically based, there are opportunities for additional training in the area of forensics even without participating in the Minor Forensic Psychology Rotation. The psychology internship program collaborates with the forensic psychiatry fellows who are located on campus, which allows for potential opportunities for observing competency evaluations and attending forensic trainings. Additionally, the psychology department has partnered with the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (our sister hospital) for a comprehensive competency evaluation training opportunity. Psychologists and interns who have previously participated in this full-day training have found it to be incredibly informative and useful in working with our clients with current legal issues.
Another aspect of the CMHI-FL internship program is the completion of a Patient Care Monitoring (PCM) project. A PCM is a formalized case review and consultation by multidisciplinary consultants in response to significant treatment issues, problems, and/or obstacles encountered in the care of individual patients. Examples of such issues include, but are not limited to: 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. Though a multidisciplinary process, the PCM is organized and led by psychology. 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.
The Psychology Internship Seminar series provides a forum for group supervision, case presentations, and didactic presentations. The program is geared to the needs of the interns, and intern input is sought in the planning of the seminars.
In addition to the psychology seminars, the hospital offers workshops and continuing education programs on a wide range of topics. While psychology seminars are generally open to psychology interns and staff only, other hospital offerings provide an opportunity for a multidisciplinary exchange.
In addition to Fort Logan programs and seminars, interns may attend offerings at various other intern sites in the Denver area, such as workshops offered in conjunction with other area internship programs. The content and availability of outside seminar offerings will vary from year to year.
Generally outside seminars are not a program requirement and attendance at any of them is negotiated with individual supervisors.
An average of two hours per week is spent in the psychology seminars. While the offerings may vary somewhat from year to year, a list of recent seminars is outlined below in order to provide prospective interns with an idea of the content of the seminar program:
Most of the intern's time is spent on the treatment team or rotation to which he/she is assigned, working closely with the psychologist who knows the patients, is able to directly observe much of the intern's work, and whose own work is observed by the intern. The sample intern work schedule, which follows, is provided to give some idea of how an intern’s time might be distributed for an intern on the General Inpatient Focus track. The specific details of each intern's activities are planned and documented in a Training Plan described earlier.
Sample intern work schedule:
The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan is committed to an equal opportunity process, which stresses providing training in public psychology with respect to groups under-represented in our field. Towards that end we are particularly interested in receiving applications from qualified minority applicants, those with physical disabilities, and other under-represented groups, and especially those with a commitment to public psychology.
The psychology internship program at CMHI Fort Logan is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), and participates in the APPIC Internship Matching Program through the National Matching Service, Inc. (NMS). Please note there are two separate Match codes: Neuropsychological Specialty Focus (matches with one intern per year) and the General Inpatient Focus (matches with two interns per year). Applicants can apply to both tracks with the same application. Please state in your application which track(s) you are applying to: the Neuropsychological Specialty Focus track, the General Inpatient Focus track, or to both tracks. Applicants must be registered for the match in order to be eligible for an interview and potential match to our internship program. Please see the APPIC website (www.appic.org) for Match Policies. This internship program agrees to abide by all APPIC policies, including that no person at this training site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.
You can request an Applicant Agreement Package from NMS through the Matching Program web site at www.natmatch.com/psychint or by contacting NMS at one of the following addresses:
National Matching Services, Inc.
594 Bay St., Suite 301, Box 29 Toronto,
Ontario Canada M5G 2C2
National Matching Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 1208
Lewiston, NY 14092-8208
Any questions or concerns about the internship, the application process, or other issues can be addressed to:
Diana Luckman, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Internship Training
Accreditation Questions Can Be Addressed to:
American Psychological Association Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
Please carefully review the information contained in this section to ensure that you are eligible for this internship program and for employment by the State of Colorado.
NOTE: THE CMHI-FL INTERNSHIP ONLY ACCEPTS APPLICATIONS FROM INDIVIDUALS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN AN APA ACCREDITED DOCTORAL PROGRAMS IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY OR COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY.
Colorado Department of Human Services and State of Colorado Employment Requirements
Interns at this site are employed by the State of Colorado and Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), and must meet the requirements of employment in order receive stipends and benefits during their internship:
CMHI at Fort Logan is a smoke-free campus.
Think of this part of the application as preparation for a case conference. You should prepare brief summaries of two cases of patients you have evaluated or treated (one assessment case and one treatment case) following the outlines presented below. Each of the summaries should be no more than two pages in length. Submitting summaries of more than two pages will adversely affect your application. We recognize that your existing records and reports probably do not follow these outlines and that you will need to reorganize material for this presentation.
Outline for Assessment Case
Outline for Treatment Case
Program Admissions, Support and Initial Placement Tables
Many of our past interns who have wanted to stay in Colorado have been able to find jobs here, although they have not all been able to find their "ideal" job immediately. Since this is a desirable area for professional people, there is a good deal of competition for desired jobs.
For more information about the Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship, please contact:
Diana Luckman, Ph.D., Interim Director of Internship Training
Phone (303) 866-7751
Fax (303) 866-7899
APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 1, 2017NOTIFICATION of INVITATION for INTERVIEW: November 30, 2017INTERVIEW DATES: January 4, 5, 9, and 10 of 2018