SECO-WIN POSTGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES IN RURAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Fellowship Dates: July 2020-June 2022 (2 Years)

Learn more by watching our virtual job fair videos at the bottom of the page!

The Southeast Colorado Workforce Innovation Network (SECO-WIN) is pleased to announce a new post-graduate fellowship opportunity launching in Summer 2020, serving the underserved communities of Southeast, Colorado. SECO-WIN partners include: Maria Droste Counseling Center (Denver, CO), Southeast Health Group (La Junta, CO), Metro State University (Denver, CO), University of Denver’s Center for Rural School Health and Education (Denver, CO), Rocky Ford School District (RFSD; Rocky Ford, CO), and Rocky Ford Family Health Center, LLC; (Rocky Ford, CO). 

Seeking 2 recently graduated masters and doctoral candidates who are working toward licensure in the state of Colorado and can commit to a 2-year, full-time, benefited clinical position with dynamic training opportunities in private, non-profit, rural behavioral health.

Strong candidates will . . .

  • Convey enthusiasm, initiative, and creativity in the development of new, innovative approaches to service delivery and workforce development 
  • Possess strong skills working with a broad range of presenting problems, working with collateral sources and intervening in crises
  • Have experience and/or interest in working with and supporting rural and underserved populations and integrating into the local community
  • Exhibit flexibility, resourcefulness, strong communication skills, self-reflective capacity and openness to feedback in supervision 
  • Be committed to training, learning and working with a broad range of populations and presenting problems
  • Be interested in living in a small, rural community (2.5 hours outside Denver).
  • Be willing to travel within local region

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SECO-WIN POSTGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP TRACK DETAILS

Child/Family Primary TrackAdult/Geriatric Primary Track
Primary Focus: Providing school-based services to early childhood, elementary, middle and high school students. Some outpatient services may be included.Primary Focus: Providing counseling services to adults and older adults in outpatient and integrated settings (medical and housing), and via telehealth (as needed).
Elective Rotation Options:
- Early Childhood (0-8 yrs)
- Family Therapy
- Substance Use Disorders
- Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED)
- Group Therapy
Elective Rotation Options:
- Geriatrics (assisted living, nursing)
- Substance Use Disorders
- Severe Mental Illness (SMI)
- Vocational Services
- Group Therapy
Training & Supervision:
- Weekly, individual clinical supervision
- Weekly group supervision/case conference
- Monthly seminar/in-service
Training & Supervision:
- Weekly, individual clinical supervision
- Weekly group supervision/case conference
- Monthly seminar/in-service
First Year: Self-identified service project to promote community integration & impact.
Second Year: Advanced roles & training, such as consulting/supervising junior colleagues.
project to promote community integration & impact.
Second Year: Advanced roles & training, such as consulting/supervising junior colleagues.
Positions Available: 1 currentlyPositions Available: 1 currently
Start Date: July/August 2020
*July 13, 2020 Tentative Orientation
Start Date: July/August 2020
*July 13, 2020 Tentative Orientation

TIMELINE

January/February: Position announcements and virtual job fairs
February 7: Application Open
Late February/March: Interviews
April: Positions Hired
July: Orientation

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the compensation and benefits for the fellowship position?
The full-time salary for one year will be $46,000. Benefits will include 100% employee covered health insurance, rental of tiny home covered, supervision toward licensure, regular trainings, and engagement in a larger fellowship cohort with Maria Droste Counseling Center.

Where and how will I live?
You have the option of living in a tiny home in La Junta, with the financial support of SHG. Pets may be allowed in the tiny home if approved. You may also rent or purchase a home in the surrounding areas. Cost of living is about ½ of what it costs in Denver.

Will there be opportunities for working remotely?
Yes, depending on the population served. The adult track has greater potential for telehealth to be a more significant part of the position. SHG has been providing telehealth services competently for nearly 7 years.

What’s the population, presenting problems and size of region I’ll be serving?
Southeast Mental Health Services, a division of Southeast Health Group (SHG), is an integrated behavioral health care provider serving six rural and frontier counties in the southeast corner of the State of Colorado, including Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero and Prowers. The region covers a total of 9,600 square miles with an aggregate population of 47,304. The area is rich in culture and history, drawing visitors to several historic sites, including Bent’s Fort, the Sand Creek Massacre site, Camp Amache (WWII Japanese-American Relocation Center), Comanche National Grasslands, and the Picketwire Canyon Dinosaur Tracks. There are two dominant sub-cultures: Latinx families who settled in the region when the territory belonged to Mexico, and the farmers and ranchers who moved westward to homestead the land when Colorado became a State. The people are proud and hardworking, but face problems of few job opportunities, low incomes, low educational attainment, high rates of childhood poverty, and overall poorer health compared to the rest of Colorado.

How will supervisor assignments be considered?
Supervisors are licensed professionals in various mental health disciplines. Assignments will consider licensure requirements for the fellow clinician, competency and specialty focus of the supervisor in supervising the work provided by the fellow. MDCC will provide clinical supervision primarily via video conferencing, except in circumstances where the fellow clinician travels to Denver. SHG will provide administrative supervision in person in the Southeast region.

Will this fellowship program meet requirements for licensure in Colorado in 2 years?
The design and intent of the program is to facilitate licensure at the earliest possible time. While seminars and consultation will be provided to fellows on clarifying licensure requirements, the fellows will be independently responsible for tracking their hours and following instructions for licensure via the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

Do opportunities exist for loan repayment programs?
Both MDCC and SHG are approved loan repayment program sites, however, candidates must be licensed or working towards a CAC to be eligible for application. Further, telehealth services may not be applicable for loan repayment. To be eligible for loan repayment, fellows must apply for a competitive application process with Colorado Health Service Corps (CHSC) and/or National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Finally, fellows do meet requirements for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).

What kinds of in-services and seminars will be provided?
MDCC provides weekly in-services as part of its graduate level internship program. Some of these more advanced or relevant trainings will be made available for fellows via recording or live video conferencing. Additionally, fellows have opportunities to participate in weekly adult/youth team meetings with SHG and learning groups around focus areas like DBT, Attachment, Telehealth, etc. Finally, the program will focus on developing competency in rural health.

VIRTUAL JOB FAIR VIDEOS







Questions? Contact Bridget Hand via recruitment@mariadroste.org.