Clinical Training Philosophy

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 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. Advanced Doctoral Practicum Students 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:

  • Refine and further develop the trainee’s clinical competency
  • Strengthen the trainee’s identity as a mental health professional
  • Develop the trainee’s knowledge and judgment regarding ethical practice

The clinical staff of the Counseling Center collaborates and participates in the practicum 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 approaches, 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.

Training Opportunities