VALUE PROPOSITION: Mental Health Center of Denver provides you with the support you need to help you develop a career in helping others succeed. We innovate, adapt, and leverage the diverse perspectives of the people on our team and the people we serve in everything we do.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVENESS: The Mental Health Center of Denver values and is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to ending bias and discrimination in our community and ensuring equity within all aspects of our organization. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, transfer, or promotion opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Position Title: Right Start Infant Mental Health Extern

Location:  Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being; 3401 Eudora St., Denver, CO 80207

Brief Program Description: The Right Start for Infant Mental Health team is an outpatient program for pregnant women and families with a child aged birth to five years. The team works exclusively with peripartum women, infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families. Many families have been referred by Child Protective Services due to documented histories of child abuse and neglect and involvement with the foster care system. We complete an initial evaluation process utilizing assessment measures such as the Working Model of the Child Interview and the Crowell Play Procedure to better understand various aspects of the caregiver/child relationship and identify areas for clinical intervention. We offer comprehensive, trauma-informed, attachment-focused interventions, and utilize several evidence-based practices including Child Parent Psychotherapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Circle of Security, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. The Right Start team is located at the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-being in North Park Hill, a unique and innovative space developed to support multi-generational families in the community and featuring a 40,000 ft urban garden and aquaponics greenhouse, a dental clinic, a preschool, and a day treatment program.

Title and Hours required:

-Infant Mental Health Extern

-15-20 hours a week along with a 9-12 month commitment. The placement follows the academic year and begins in the fall (August or September).

-Applications are accepted beginning in February for the upcoming year’s placement with interviews occurring on a rolling basis until position is filled

Minimum Qualifications and # of openings:

2nd Year Master’s or Doctoral Students in Psychology, Social Work, Family Therapy, or other related human services field with an emphasis on clinical work

1-2 openings

Student Supervisor’s Credential Level: Licensed Psychologist, LCSW, or LPC depending on availability

Duties of Placement and Miscellaneous Information:

Following an initial period of training and shadowing opportunities, the student position will ultimately participate in all core clinical services offered through the Right Start for Infant Mental Health team. These duties will be tailored to the developmental level and training interests of particular extern, but will include managing a caseload of 5-8 consumers and possible co-facilitation of groups if interested. The student will participate in a minimum of 1 hour of weekly individual supervision while also having the opportunity to participate in additional small group supervisions, case consultations, and team meetings (team meeting/group supervision is Mondays 11:00am-1:00 pm). On site for full day Mondays is required.  Bilingual Spanish encouraged.

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