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The training program ascribes to a practitioner-scholar model of training. The philosophy of training is consistent with the MSU Denver mission to provide high-quality, accessible, enriching education that prepares students for successful careers, post-graduate education, and lifelong learning in a multicultural, global, and technological society. The university fulfills its mission by working in partnership with the community at large and fostering an atmosphere of scholarly inquiry, creative activity, and mutual respect within a diverse campus community. Practicum students and post-doctoral fellows are considered important members of the professional staff, are expected to conduct themselves ethically and professionally, and actively participate in the delivery of direct services to clients.
The aim of the program is to train clinicians who will be knowledgeable about, and skilled in, the many aspects of a comprehensive university counseling center. The practicum is designed to:
The clinical staff of the Counseling Center collaborates and participates in the training program. In addition to working with licensed psychologists, practicum students have contact with physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, and health educators at the Health Center at Auraria.
The Counseling Center’s clinical staff utilizes a variety of theoretical models, although a common theme is brief treatment. The emphasis in supervision is on the therapist’s use of self in therapy, case conceptualization, therapeutic skill development, incorporation of diversity awareness, and adhering to ethical guidelines.