The goal of the Community Reach Center’s master’s level training program is to provide supervised training for students enrolled in master’s level graduate programs to refine and further the skills and knowledge necessary to function as a master’s level therapist. The training program offers only unpaid placements. Placements are only available to master's level students enrolled in a graduate training program (i.e., individuals working towards their Master's Degree in approved Counseling programs, or other directly related programs). CRC requires a minimum of a two semester commitment. The training program offers two tracks:
Practicum Trainees (1st year or early 2nd year students): Length of placement can range from one semester to a full training year and requires student involvement ranging from 10-16 hours a week. Students will primarily gain experience with group therapy services and co-conducting of psychosocial assessment services for new admissions to the agency. They may also have opportunities to co-conduct therapy services with experienced therapists. Observations of case management, vocational, stabilization, and psychiatric services are possible. Assignment of individual or family therapy cases is dependent on the length of placement and graduate courses completed at time of training.
Externship Trainees (2nd year or 3rd year students at internship level): Length of placement is typically for one academic year with students required to be on-site a minimum of 20 hours per week. Externs must have completed all practicum requirements set forth by their graduate programs. As part of the training placement, the extern will gain experience with individual and family therapy services and may conduct psychosocial assessment services for new admissions to the agency. Examples of optional training rotations that may be available depending on agency need include: group therapy services; exposure to people diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness; observation of the emergency services department; jail based services; early childhood services.
Quality supervision is seen as a critical and valued component of the training program. Students will work closely with an individual licensed supervisor and receive secondary supervision from a pre-doctoral level intern based on specific areas of interest. Group supervision sessions may also be provided where trainees can gain experience with case presentations and theoretical application. Through a close supervisory relationship, our students will develop both a professional self-confidence and a meaningful integration of theory with practice.
All students interested in applying for a training placement must submit the information listed below.
- A resume/CV which must include information about prior practicum experiences and Cover letter to include:
- Interests based on the available placements (as available placements change from year to year)
- Type of supervisory discipline needed/required by graduate program (i.e., LPC; Psychologist; LCSW)
- Days of the week available to be at the agency (interns are required to be on-site 20 hours a week)
Applicants who are invited to interview for a training placement must attend an on-site interview with agency staff. Placements begin in the fall or spring. Interviews for fall positions occur from February through March; interviews for spring positions occur in October.
Agency Contact: Crystal Wildes, PsyD LP, Community Reach Center Psychologist, at 4371 E. 72nd Ave, Commerce City, CO 80022, by phone (303) 853‑3615, or email C.Wildes@CommunityReachCenter.org.