At Whole Connection we accept interns in their final year of their master's program. Because our supervisors are Licensed Clinical Social Workers we accept both MSW and MA (counseling) degree candidates.
Whole Connection's internship program primarily works to serve the needs of individuals, couples, and families accessing mental health care through Medicaid. Your case load will be primarily with Medicaid clients.
Also our program focuses on providing extensive training and clinical experience for candidates looking to become psychotherapists.
We are a certified agency placement for the following schools:
- Simmons School of Social Work
- Denver University School of Social Work
- Naropa Graduate School in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
If you are interested and not a graduate student at one of the above schools, contact your placement coordinator about your interest.
The application process includes several steps starting with an email with you letter of interest (CV) and resume. Our next steps would be, an in person interview, references, and then Whole Connection team interview. If you are interested please feel free to start by emailing your resume and cover letter explaining why you would want to intern with Whole Connection to firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is more information on different aspects of being an intern at Whole Connection.
At Whole Connection interns have the possibility of having a full psychotherapy case load (depending on needed clinical hours for their program). These hours can be met through individual case load clients (individual, couple, or families) or through learning group therapy as a co-facilitator in a DBT, MBSR, or Relationship Group led by one of our experienced therapists on staff. Interns will also perform phone screens for prospective clients.
Individual supervision will be given by Phillip Horner or the other clinical supervisor. Both are Licensed Clinical Social Workers and can supervise MSW or MA (counseling) degree candidates. There is possibilities of specialized consultation by other therapists.
Every week there is group supervision with the Whole Connection Team, and at least one hour of individual supervision. Also every other week there is a 90 minute Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning Supervision.
We bring in experts in different fields every month, sometimes twice a month. This is essential to continue our learning and growth as therapists and to make sure we are growing and remaining engaged and up to date with the current research, techniques, and theories. Some examples are below:
- Connected - What Attachment and Research Can Tell Us About the Ways Technology May Be Influencing Relationships and Health - Dave Sullivan LCSW LAC
- Dealing with your Brain - What our latest understanding of neuroscience means for Therapy - Dan Fox LPC
- Gender Identity - Li Brookens LCSW CGP
- Understanding Personality Disorders - Kate Leslie LCSW
- Bridging the Four I’s of Oppression with the I’s of Identity and Intersectionality: Counseling Skills for the Multiculturally-Minded Counselor - Marcia Warren-Edelman LPCC
At the beginning of any internship and prior to any clinical work the following trainings are essential:
- Assessment 101 and Diagnosis 101
- It is essential as psychotherapists that we understand the basics of an initial assessment with clients. In doing this we are better able to address the needs of the client. Through our initial assessment we also start to gather the information we might need to make an accurate diagnosis if it is needed. Since we work with Medicaid clients, they all must meet medical necessity to be seen for psychotherapy, because of this we need to be able to diagnosis them properly. With training on this and constant supervision we hope to provided a diagnosis that is helpful to our clients.
- Note Taking
- Thorough note taking is essential to this work. Through our training we will go over the importance of accurately tracking progress and the benefits to keeping up to date notes. Note taking helps us as therapists learn about our own process and is a way to reflect on our clinical work. This training will go into the details of how to complete Initial Assessments, Treatment Plans, and Progress Notes. Note taking will be an essential part of your work as an intern and supervision on notes will be provided throughout the internship.
- Crisis Care
- As an important piece of being therapists, we need to be able to address crisis situations appropriately. These situations come up in our individual sessions as well as phone calls. Although Whole Connection is not a crisis or intensive out patient situation, we still need to be able to work with crisis when it presents. Through this training interns will learn how to assess appropriately for suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, and abuse and neglect.
- Phone Screens
- Phone Screens are an important part of the initial assessment. In these initial 15-20 minute phone conversations we gather information and try to understand what the potential client is going through. With the right information we are able to find the right therapist for the potential client or we might find that we need to refer them to another organization or a higher level of care. This training will help interns learn how to perform phone screens for potential clients so that they are best being served.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) 101
- DBT is an important theory that is extremely useful for emotional regulation and working with crisis situations, on top of what it was designed for, holding both the emotional and rational together. Although we might not all practice this way, we find it important to understand it, the terminology and how to use it in session. Because of this we have an initial training on how to use it and the basic concepts.
- Basics of Psychopharmacology
- Many of our clients will be using or are interested in using psychopharmacology to help their current situation. Because of this it is important that we understand the many different types of medications that our clients might be using or have used in the past. It helps us in the moment while working with them and also to better understand what might be happening for them. In this training we will go over the medications, how to discuss them, and also to share our own thoughts about these medications.
- Group Therapy Basics
- Groups are a very important part of the work we do here at Whole Connection. We try to have all are interns shadow and later co-facilitate a group while here. Because of this we make sure to give each intern the basic skills to understand and use in group experiences. We do this through a psychoeducational and experiential model so that interns can understand what might be happening and what interventions might be useful to use. Because of the depth to learn about this type of therapy, this is a much longer training than many others.
- Basics of Addition Counseling
- Many of our clients have addictions of some sort or might struggle with substances. In doing so it is helpful to have a basic idea of one way to work with this population. We make sure to go over basic theories like Motivational Interviewing and engage in role plays as well to help use them. In this training we also discuss what addictions can look like and give ourselves space to process working with this population and our own process around addictions.
- Gender 101
- Gender, much like many other identities, is such an important piece of all of us. It is something that will come up with all our clients even if they do not bring it up. Because of this we make sure that all our interns have a basic understanding of gender and how to work with this identity in our work with our clients. Although this is psychoeducational training we also have space for us to reflect on our experiences as well.