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Post-Graduate Fellowship Training Program

Post-Graduate Fellowship Training Program

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Please note: Current openings AND the post-graduate fellowship program application are at the bottom of the page in the FAQS.

The Maria Droste Counseling Center has been serving the Denver community for over 30 years. Our well-reputed master’s level internship program has trained roughly 20 students annually for more than 30 years and enabled us to have a broader impact on our community.

Capitalizing on our already well-reputed and long-standing master’s level internship program, we are able to provide a select number of new graduates unique opportunities in our post-graduate fellowship program for continuous training and supervision before licensure.

Post-graduate fellows play an important role in ensuring that Maria Droste Counseling Center meets the needs of those individuals and families who would not otherwise be able to obtain counseling services. Fellows provide counseling through several Maria Droste programs, located at our outpatient office, or at other placement sites within Colorado (including schools, senior living facilities, and affordable housing sites).

Nestled within a supportive, multiculturally sensitive community, the fellowship program is a unique practice model that attends to new clinicians’ training and development. The postgraduate fellowship program started in 2016 and advances each year with feedback from our fellows and influence from our strategic initiatives. 

Determine Your Area of Interest

Choosing Fellowship Tracks

The following are counseling tracks offered for our Post-Graduate Fellowship Program. You will rank the tracks according to your interests. Placement will be determined by the number of openings.

Time commitments for each of these positions vary based on organizational needs and available positions. Some positions are half administrative work and half clinical work, while others are solely clinical in nature. For the clinical components of their work, Maria Droste fellows are expected to function as therapists. This means you will meet with clients, bill for sessions, and complete comprehensive documentation, including meeting Medicaid compliance standards. The fellowships very closely resemble real-life therapy positions to provide fellows experience and critical preparation for your future as a mental health care provider.

Children First Track

Fellows work solely within their Children First schools and may support the administrators of the Children First program as needed.

Options Track

Fellows see a caseload of clients at Maria Droste (or using telehealth) through our sliding-scale Options program, with client ages ranging from children to seniors.

Integrated Care Track

Fellows work on-site at partner locations through our Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Program, and may support the administrators of the Integrated Care program as needed.

Rural Behavioral Health Track

Fellows work full time in and around La Junta, CO in either Child/Family or Adult/Geriatric Tracks. Some telehealth component from Denver may exist, but would limit certain training opportunities. Learn more about the Rural Behavioral Health Track.

Application Information

Fellowship opportunities at Maria Droste are generally 9-24 months in duration, beginning in June or August. Weekly hour commitments vary, depending on the placement site.

In their applications, fellowship candidates are asked to choose a posted position that aligns with Maria Droste programs (Children First, Options, Integrated Care, Rural Behavioral Health). Positions vary in weekly hour commitment. For fellows, some variation in hour commitment and start date may be available for some positions. Read about the tracks above.

Current Openings

There are no openings at this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

These FAQs will give you an idea of what you can expect from our post-graduate fellowship program and when/how to apply. If you have any other questions about our fellowship program, please contact our recruitment department to learn more. We look forward to working with you.

  • Who may apply?

    The post-graduate fellowship program is an opportunity for pre-licensed mental health clinicians who have completed a master/doctoral degree in counseling or clinical psychology, social work, school counseling, or marriage and family therapy. Fellows must be working toward licensure in Colorado in their fields.

    Candidates should be especially committed to our mission of aiding the underserved community. They should exhibit a strong desire to continue their learning and professional and career development within a community of like-minded professionals. They should demonstrate a professional attitude, a high ethical standard, an ability to work independently, take initiative, and exhibit self-awareness and a commitment to personal growth. Fellows who have not had their own counseling are asked to complete a minimum of 6 sessions prior to starting the fellowship.

    Beyond direct service to clients/patients, fellows are provided opportunities for developing further experience and skills in the areas of consultation, supervision, training and presentations, and program administration.

  • What is supervision and training like?

    Fellowship supervisors are members of The Therapist Group, a collective of therapists highly experienced in a wide variety of modalities, and are enthusiastic about training future therapists. Due to increasingly specialized placements, we also hire field supervisors and employ clinical staff with specific expertise. All of our supervisors have tremendous respect for the important role that fellows play in our mission of providing quality services to the community, and they receive training and consultation specifically related to their supervisory roles. Further, supervisors receive feedback semi-annually via a competency based evaluation process.

    Our fellows receive individual and group supervision. We make every effort to provide high quality and diverse supervision opportunities, however it is the fellow’s responsibility to communicate their needs based on their licensure requirements and their individual needs.

    In addition to receiving supervision, 1st-year fellows typically co-facilitate supervision or case consultation groups for interns, along with a licensed and experienced supervisor.

    Fellows seeking a second year of training at Maria Droste may apply to be a Senior Fellow, where they will have an opportunity to assume individual supervision of a graduate intern whilst obtaining training, peer support, and supervision of supervision by a licensed supervisor.

    All fellows attend quarterly trainings specifically prepared for the fellowship. Fellows are also encouraged to take advantage of weekly in-service trainings. While most in-service trainings are prepared for interns and geared toward more fundamentals, some trainings are provided on more advanced concepts. In-service training occurs each Friday morning from 8:30 to noon.

    Fellows receive experience in the following areas (depending on their placement sites):

    Individual Therapy
    Counseling for Clients of All Ages
    Medicaid documentation and billing
    Group Therapy
    Couples Counseling and Family Therapy
    Integrated Care
    Fellowship opportunities at Maria Droste are generally 9-24 months in duration, beginning in June or August. Weekly hour commitments vary, depending on the placement site.

    In their applications, fellowship candidates are asked to choose a posted position that aligns with Maria Droste programs (Children First, Options, Integrated Care, Rural Behavioral Health). Positions vary in weekly hour commitment. For fellows, some variation in hour commitment and start date may be available for some positions. Read about the tracks above.

  • What are the program requirements?

    The following are requirements for our post-grad fellowship program:

    • Has completed a master’s or doctoral degree in a mental health field recognized by DORA
    • 20-40 hours/week commitment, depending on position (see position descriptions); full-time, benefited options may be available on a limited basis
    • Understanding of that the fellowship is a 2-year program, with review by fellow and agency at the end of year one
    • Strong interest in supervising/consulting/training junior colleagues
    • Ability to respond to client emergencies such as risk assessments and abuse reports as needed
    • One hour individual supervision, either weekly or every other week depending on position
    • Two hours of group supervision monthly
    • Quarterly trainings
    • Timely completion of all clinical and agency paperwork & billing
    • A minimum of two audio/video recordings per year
    • Agency key & building entry deposit (currently $25)
    • Child Abuse Record & Background Check fee (currently $35)

    Maria Droste Counseling Center is an approved field placement site for several graduate programs, however, our fellowship program is not accredited.

  • Is there compensation available?

    Participants of the post-graduate fellowship program typically receive a stipend of $1,250 for each month worked (part-time position). Variations in hour expectations, duration, and compensation may exist for some tracks. See the current openings below.

  • Are there any current openings?

    Current openings are listed above.

  • Where do I apply?

    Please complete the Post-Graduate Fellowship Application. We request the completion of the application, as well as a cover letter and resume/CV to be emailed to recruitment@mariadroste.org. Detailed instructions are on the application form.

  • If I have more questions, who do I contact?

    Please send questions to recruitment@mariadroste.org Attn: Ryan Bittinger.