The CSU Health Network invites internship applications from 2nd year graduate students in the Colorado State University Master of Social Work program, as well as from other accredited Social Work programs. Three positions are typically available for Social Work students to spend 20-25 hours per week at the CSU Health Network. All internships will begin August 1 and conclude at the end of either the spring or summer semester. Our training staff is composed of licensed clinical social workers, counselors, and psychologists, as well as post-masters and post-doctoral fellows. We're enthusiastic about our training program and view the development of new professionals to be an important part of our mission.
Our program strives to develop entry-level clinicians who possess the knowledge and skills necessary to function as competent, culturally sensitive and ethical practitioners. Social Work Interns will train in either General Services or the DAY Program (co-occurring mental health and substance abuse.
Six core principles reflect our training philosophy and serve as a foundation for the model of training at the CSUHN. The following statements address our beliefs about the nature of training and our expectations for the treatment of others.
Broad-based training is essential for developing professionals.
We value the contributions of our own and other professional disciplines to the training program, recognizing that a diverse set of knowledge and skills are essential for effective practice.
Psychological theory and research are the foundation for competent practice.
The training staff believes that psychological theory and scientific research provide a foundation for conceptualization and intervention. The practice of mental health professionals should be grounded in theories relevant to their discipline and the supporting scientific literature.
An optimal learning environment is supportive and challenging.
We believe that learning is facilitated by an environment in which challenge is balanced with support. We value an open environment in which ideas can be explored and it is safe to make mistakes. We encourage trainees to honestly assess their professional strengths and limitations so that we may collaboratively establish training goals.
A commitment to self-awareness and a willingness to monitor the impact of personal needs on professional behavior are expected of all members of the staff.
Effectiveness as a mental health professional is not simply the result of skills acquisition, but rather the successful synthesis of competence and personal maturity that results in self-regulated, ethical behavior. Self-knowledge, self-care, and the ability to balance one's personal and professional lives are essential to being an effective role model and instrument of change.
Each trainee and staff member has the right to be treated with respect.
Respect, honest communication, cooperation in meeting goals, and the support of one's colleagues are central to a productive work environment.
Respect for human diversity is a fundamental component of all activities.
The CSU Health Network bases all its programs and services, including training, on a philosophy that affirms the dignity of all people. We expect staff and trainees to be committed to the social values of respect for diversity, inclusion and equity. Both trainers and trainees should demonstrate a willingness to examine their own assumptions, behaviors, and values so that they may work effectively with "cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status" (APA Ethics Code, 2002, Principle E).
Our training program is based on the values inherent in the Practitioner-Scholar model. As practitioners, we value the learning that comes through direct experience with others and thoughtful self-reflection. As scholars, we recognize the importance of theory, research and critical thinking. We believe that both practice and scholarship are essential in preparing new mental health professionals to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups in a rapidly-changing world. We value a lifelong commitment to the integration of self-reflective practice and scholarly examination.
We believe that becoming a competent psychologist, social worker or counselor is a developmental process requiring graduated experiences and training. Consequently, the CSUHN offers training experiences from beginning practica through postdoctoral fellowships. The didactic instruction and supervised practice opportunities vary according to the level of training and the readiness of the individual student. As trainees gain experience, expectations for more advanced professional skills, greater self-awareness and autonomous functioning increase.
We place a high value on the integration of one's personal and professional identities. We strive to tailor each student's experience to their individual needs within the structured activities of our training program. Ongoing self-assessment of one's strengths and limitations is encouraged. When coupled with the supervisory feedback of multiple staff members who are committed to training new professionals, there is great opportunity for personal and professional development.
General Services Masters Interns:
Interns in the General Services track will have opportunities to work with clients presenting a broad range of problems, including mood disorders, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, and family concerns. Students provide intake assessments, as well as individual and group therapy.
DAY Services Masters Interns:
DAY (Drugs, Alcohol, and You) Programs provide assessment and treatment for students who are both mandated to treatment (by the University, courts, or parents) and those voluntarily seeking treatment. Issues with substances can range from AOD (Alcohol and other drugs) as a poor coping skill to addiction and co-occurring disorders. Interns focus on building a wide range of counseling skills (with special attention paid to Motivational Interviewing) and provide counseling for many other mental health concerns (depression, anxiety, PTSD, relational problems, etc.). Interns typically begin counseling students referred for BASICS, a two session program for those with relatively minor violations of University policy. They also function as clinicians and case managers for the Back on TRAC program, a drug court modeled program designed for higher risk students. Interns typically build a caseload of voluntary students as well. Interns have the opportunity to hone group facilitation and presentation skills through leading psycho-educational workshops, case management groups or a relapse prevention group.
Supervision: A senior staff member who is a licensed clinical social worker, serves as the Field Supervisor. The Field Supervisor and Training Director are responsible for coordination of the placement and communicating with the School of Social Work. Other members of the training staff may also provide clinical supervision of the student's work. The Field Supervisor will work with the student to identify her or his training needs and develop a contract that best fulfills the individual's training goals, as well as those of the academic program and CSUHN. All Social Work interns receive weekly individual supervision.
Training Seminars: All Social Work Interns participate in the Masters Professional Issues Seminar, the Diversity Seminar, and the Outreach Seminar. Those SW Interns placed in General Services also attend the Group Seminar. Some SW Interns placed in DAY services choose to increase their time commitment in order to participate in the Group Therapy Seminar & service delivery. The seminars are described below:
In-service Training: An in-service training with mental health and medical staff is scheduled each month throughout the academic year. Retreats with all CSUHN staff are held in January and August. National conferences and symposia are regularly sponsored at CSU in a wide variety of areas, such as diversity, suicide prevention, and Asperger's Syndrome. All trainees are invited to attend these activities.
A sample weekly schedule is provided below. While the experiences described in this section generally remain constant, the specific number of hours devoted to each activity may vary.
|Drug & Alcohol||12|
|Masters Pl Seminar||1.5||1.5|
All staff involved in training will give feedback designed to both support and challenge the student's development. This will occur on an ongoing basis during the placement and in supervision meetings. More formal evaluations will be provided to the student and the Department of Social Work mid-semester and again at the end of each academic term. The primary field instructor will be responsible for the coordination of these evaluation meetings. (See "Planning and Evaluation for SW 688 Concentration Field Placement" in the SW 588/688 Field Education Manual or on UCC Common/Forms/MSW Interns.) Typically, both an internal evaluation form and the form required by the Department of Social work will be completed.
The areas covered on the internal written evaluations forms for GS MSW Interns are:
The areas covered on the internal written evaluations forms for DAY MSW Interns are:
At the conclusion of each semester, interns will have an opportunity to complete formal evaluations of their clinical supervisors and group co-leaders. Evaluations of training seminars are completed at the end of the seminar. An anonymous Exit Survey is completed online by Interns at the end of the internship and a similar Post Internship Survey is sent to Interns about 18 months after completion. Interns are encouraged to provide on-going feedback to the Training Director and the rest of the training staff throughout the year.
Graduate students interested in applying for the 2013-2014 internship should submit the following materials in Word format by 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on March 9, 2013 to Aki.Hosoi@Colostate.edu:
Graduate students interested in applying for the 2013-2014 internship should submit:
Interviews will be scheduled in March/early April with offers made before the end of the spring semester.
SPECIAL NOTE: Orientation for fall semester begins August 1 and runs until the beginning of the academic semester. Social Work Interns must be available to attend approximately 20-25 hours/week of scheduled training during that time period.
Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for work in our agency. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history. All internship offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background check to be conducted immediately following the match announcement. For more complete information about the Colorado State policy, please see http://www.hrs.colostate.edu/pdfs/form-background-check-disclosure-authorization.pdf.
Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding affirmative action requirements.
Mark Benn, PsyD
University of Northern Colorado - 1986
Helen Bowden, PhD
University of Florida - 2005
Ellen Cooney, EdD
Harvard University - 1978
Stephanie Mora DeRosby, MA
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Addictions Counselor
University of Northern Colorado - 2001
Michele Faris, PsyD
University of Northern Colorado - 1988
Carole Freemole, MA
Licensed Professional Counselor
University of South Dakota - 1986
Carrie Haynes, MEd
Licensed Professional Counselor
Colorado State University - 2006
Lisa Heifner, MS
Licensed Professional Counelor
Montana State University - 2003
Aki Hosoi, PhD
Colorado State University - 2010
Christopher Leck, MSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Colorado State University - 2006
Lisa Lively, PhD
Auborn University - 2012
Susan MacQuiddy, PhD
Colorado State University - 1985
Pam McCracken - MSW
University of Kansas - 1993
Lisa Miller, PhD
Colorado State University - 2009
Stephen Okiyama, PhD
Fuller Graduate School of Psychology - 1989
Nara Samuels, MSW
Licensed Social Worker
Colorado State University - 2010
Adam Sargent, MA
Colorado State University -2009
Cindy Swindell, PhD
University of Texas at Austin - 1988
Reid Trotter, PhD
University of Missouri - 2011
Jim Weber, MSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Colorado State University - 1995
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