Internship/Fellowship Programs and Tracks
Interns and post-graduate fellows at Maria Droste Counseling Center provide services through the following cornerstone programs:
OPTIONS: Residents from anywhere in Colorado, regardless of legal status, can receive counseling through the Options program at Maria Droste. The Options program is available to adults, children, adolescents, couples and families who meet income guidelines or may not have access to mental health care elsewhere. Services are provided on a sliding-scale basis or via Medicaid at our Center. We serve a diverse group of clients, including monolingual Spanish speakers, and clients experience a variety of presenting concerns. Limited couple, family, or child clients are typically reserved for interns with those concentrations. See track information below for specifics on intake component of Options track.
Our CHILDREN FIRST program places school-based intern-therapists in about 20 Denver-area schools, including Denver Public Schools and some Catholic and charter schools. They provide therapy services to children from many different backgrounds/ethnicities, work with parents, and have opportunities to lead groups with children on a specific topic, such as social skills or grief. Each intern/fellow is assigned to a particular school, which may be K-5, K-8, or 9-12. Given our early intervention focus, the overwhelming majority of interns/fellows are placed in elementary schools. The children served have a wide range of presenting concerns including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, grief/loss, immigration/acculturation, refugee status, and divorce. Services are provided by interns/fellows free of charge or via Medicaid. A successful intern in the Children First program is likely a self-starter, has the ability to work independently, understands dynamics working in schools, and understands how cultural backgrounds intersect with delivery of services.
In the INTEGRATED CARE program, children, adults, or geriatric populations receive mental health services at their locations, which include medical settings and residential facilities. Interns/Fellows provide assessment and short-term interventions, with potential to see clients longer term. Our goal in these programs is to help clients experience more satisfaction and peace of mind, improve relationships and self-esteem, and find positive approaches to dealing with life. Services are provided by interns/fellows free of charge or via Medicaid. For 2018-2019 year, we proudly partnered with Kavod Senior Living, Every Child Pediatrics (formerly known as Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics), Rose Andom, and Mercy Housing, and anticipate expanding our partnerships for 2019-20.
When applying for internship/fellowship placements, applicants are asked to rank our four tracks, which correspond to the above programs. All tracks require a 24 hour/week commitment. Maria Droste interns/fellows, regardless of their tracks, are expected to function as therapists, meaning they regularly meet with clients, bill for sessions, and complete comprehensive documentation–including meeting Medicaid compliance standards. The internship/fellowship very closely resembles a real-life therapy job and provides invaluable preparation for post-graduation/licensure entry into the mental health field.
Combined Adult/Child Track (INTERNSHIP ONLY)
Interns work up to 5 hours/week in the Options program and see between 3-5 clients; 10 hours/week at their Children First school and see between 8-10 school-based clients; 5 hours/week receiving training and supervision; and 4 hours/week with support work (i.e. record-keeping, etc.). This is the traditional track we have had for many years. If you are interested in this track, we strongly encourage a June start. June or August start. Spots available: 10-12.
Children First Track (INTERNSHIP & FELLOWSHIP)
Interns/fellows work solely within their Children First schools. They spend either a full 16 hours/week in 1 school or split their time between 2 schools, and have a caseload of approximately 14 clients; 5 hours/week receiving training and supervision; and 4 hours/week with support work (i.e. record-keeping, etc.). August ONLY start. Spots available: 4-6.
Options Track (INTERNSHIP ONLY)
Interns see Options clients for up to 5 hours/week (caseload of 3-5 clients); spend 10 hours/week in the Access Center (Maria Droste’s intake office) facilitating screenings, assessments, and referrals for incoming callers; 5 hours/week receiving training and supervision; and 4 hours/week with support work (i.e. record-keeping, etc.). June ONLY start. Spots available: 2-3.
Integrated Care Track (INTERNSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP)
Interns/fellows work 15 hours in an Integrated Care setting; 5 hours/week receiving training and supervision; and 4 hours/week with support work (i.e. record-keeping, etc.). June or August start. Spots available: 2-3.
Rural Behavioral Health Track (FELLOWSHIP ONLY)
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. Click above link for more information.