Masters Internship

The UNC Counseling Center provides 1-2 Master's Level Counseling internship positions each academic year. This position is designed to assist counselors to develop and hone their skills in clinical interventions commonly used in a University Counseling Center or similar mental health settings. 

Training Model

The model of training that we have adopted at the Counseling Center is best described as a "developmental apprenticeship" approach. We believe that becoming a competent professional counselor is a developmental process requiring graduated experiences and a combination of experiential and didactic training with close supervision and mentorship.

Professional training will focus on the development and refinement of clinical skills and willing include providing:

  • Individuals, couples and group psychotherapy
  • Developing diagnostic, case conceptualization
  • Conducting intake interviews
  • Treatment planning skills
  • Documenting psychotherapy in ethical, concise and timely manner
  • Providing outreach presentations/consultation
  • Collaborating as part of treatment team
  • Developing solid multicultural awareness/skill
  • Translating ethical and legal issues into professional behavior

Master's level training largely consists of experiential learning supplemented by didactic information and close supervision/mentorship. As party our our developmental model, the staff encourages interns to assess their professional strengths and limitations and assists them in developing appropriate learning experiences to guide their growth within the parameters of the training opportunities offered here.

Over the course of the internship, as we see competence and confidence levels increase for the intern, we are committed to creating opportunities across all skill areas that will foster great autonomy and independent functioning.

  • Case Conference (Clinical Staff Meeting)

    Case conference is designed to give interns additional opportunities to dialog about their clinical work with other interns and senior staff, and provides an opportunity for group supervision. Interns are asked to informally present either an intake or ongoing client for group discussion each week. One formal case presentation with also be required each semester.

  • Outreach and Prevention Programs

    Interns participate in a variety of outreach activities, such as presentations, university-wide fairs, and consultation projects. An average of 1-2 hours per week of outreach and consultation is allotted int he weekly schedule (some weeks there will be no opportunities for outreach, while others weeks might required 3+ hours). Occasional evening and weekend outreach will be required.

    Examples of outreach activities include, but are not limited to:

    • The Journey Conference (1-day empowerment conference for middle-school girls from Weld County)
    • Participation in Mental Health Summit
    • Other trainings/presentations as requested by various campus and community agencies
    • Staff the UNC Student Involvement Fair
    • Assistance with RA training
    • Alcohol/Depression/Eating Disorder Screenings
    • Eating Disorder Awareness Week
  • Individual Supervision

    The intern's primary supervisor will provide a minimum of 1-2 hours per week of individual supervision. The assigned supervisor will be a licensed professional counselor (LPC) or a licensed psychologist. The supervisor will review client video recording and have knowledge of all clients being seen by the intern. The supervisors will also serve as advocate and consultant for other Center-related activities and will assist the intern in decisions relating to professional development. Supervisors will provide written feedback at mid-semester and end-of-semester evaluation meetings.

    Interns typically have a different supervisor each semester. The Training Director assigns the supervisor pairings on the basis of the interns' stated preferences, their training needs, and the available resources within the center. Intern input is welcome.

  • Professional Issues Seminar

    Interns have the opportunity to participate in this weekly seminar that is dedicated to issues of:

    • Professional growth and development
    • Various psychological issues
    • Multicultural topics

    Presentations by staff members, community professionals and interns cover a wide range of topics based o the intern group's needs and interests. Topics have included:

    • Ethical issues in psychotherapy
    • Documenting psychotherapy
    • Eating disorders
    • Substance abuse
    • Domestic Violence
    • Mindfulness
    • Spirituality
    • Men's issues
    • Grief and loss
    • empirically-supported treatments
    • Starting a Private Practice
    • Attaining licensure

    Interns are welcome to make suggestions regarding topics they would like to see addressed in this seminar.

  • Group Seminar

    If the intern has the opportunity to co-lead a therapy group, he/she will be required to participate in the Group Supervision Seminar.

    This seminar supplements interns' experiential learning (i.e., direct service and weekly debriefings with co-leader) by providing additional supervision and opportunities for reflection and dialog.

    The seminar's initial focus is on:

    • UNC's group philosophy and procedures
    • Co-leader relationships
    • Ethics
    • Group process dynamics and interventions

    The seminar  also provides an opportunity for:

    • Case conference-type reflection and dialog
    • Brainstorming alternative interventions
    • Enhancing knowledge about group stages and processes

    Written group therapy evaluations are completed by the seminar leader and senior staff co-facilitators (or the interns' senior staff group supervisor when the group is facilitated by two interns).

    The group seminar meets weekly throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.

Average Week

An interns typical week will include:

  • 8-10 individual clients
  • 2 intake sessions
  • 1-2 hours (minimum) of individual supervision
  • Opportunity to co-facilitate an Interpersonal Process Group
  • Participate in clinical weekly meeting
  • Opportunities for outreach and consultation (as needed)
  • Paperwork
  • Participation in weekly Professional Issues Seminar and Group Seminar (if leading a therapy group)

Requirements

  • We only accept interns from CACREP programs
  • Internship must be completed across 2 semesters (Fall and Spring)
  • 600 total hours required, 300 must be direct service
  • Must commit to attending orientation (dates TBA)
  • Commit to at least 20 hours a week
    Some will need to devote 25-28 hours a week to compensate for lighter clinical loads at slower student traffic times in order to complete the 600 hours requirement.
  • Attend weekly clinical staff meeting (Tuesday morning, 9:00-11:00)
  • Participate in supervision of group therapy (if applicable) and in various trainings and seminars throughout the year.

 

How to Apply

  • Send a cover letter describing your experience and interest working in a university counseling center setting
  • A resume
  • 3 Letters of Reference (at least 1 of whom is familiar with your clinical work)

For more information or to submit your application, please contact:

University of Northern Colorado
Counseling Center
Campus Box 17
Attn: Renee Gilkey, Assistant Director/Training Director
Greeley, CO 80639

Renee.gilkey@unco.edu