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Internship Program

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.

Application Process

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 info@wholeconnection.org

Below is more information on different aspects of being an intern at Whole Connection.

Clinical Work

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.

Supervision

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.

Training:

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

Initial Trainings:

At the beginning of any internship and prior to any clinical work the following trainings are essential:

  • Assessment and Diagnosis
    • 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.