MSU Denver

Advanced Doctoral Practicum Training

Type of Clients Served

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver. Our student population consists of over 55% first generation students and over 45% students of color.


Services Provided

Time-limited individual psychotherapy; on-going and time limited groups (process and psycho-educational); crisis intervention and emergency assessment, disposition, and referral; outreach programming; educational/preventative programs on substance abuse; training and support programs; and diversity training. A sampling of recent group/workshop topics include self-esteem, stress, procrastination and perfectionism, study skills and test taking, social anxiety group, interpersonal process groups, mindfulness meditation, veterans’ workshops, dream interpretation, and a women’s survivors’ group. These services will be done through virtual means if the pandemic is not under control.


Duties of Psychology Practicum Trainee

Each Psychology Practicum Trainee is expected to divide her/his time (17 hours weekly) among the following (responsibilities will vary):

1) individual psychotherapy,
2) co-facilitation of a group(s)
3) twice-monthly Group Supervision
4) outreach programs, and
4) intakes/screenings.

Attendance at Staff and Psychiatric Consultation meetings is strongly encouraged. Staff Meetings alternate on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Attendance at weekly Professional Development meetings is required.  The day/time of these meetings is Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.-12 noon.

Start/End Dates: The practicum position runs from midAugust, 2023 through mid-May 2024. The Center is closed December 25 through January 1. It reopens again on the first working day after January 1.

Supervisors:  Each Psychology Trainee will be supervised by a licensed Senior Staff Psychologist.


Theoretical Orientation

Cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, interpersonal, object-relations, psychodynamic, and systems. The Counseling Center staff is multidisciplinary and is trained in either clinical or counseling psychology.  One psychiatrist and three psychiatric nurse practitioners provide psychiatric care through the on-campus Health Center at Auraria.


Supervision (English & Spanish Options)

A minimum of one hour weekly of individual, plus weekly in-service presentations and case discussions. The Counseling Center staff practices a collegial, open-door policy for additional supervision as needed. Bi-lingual supervision in Spanish is also available.

Ratio of hours (supervision to clinical hours): One hour supervision for approximately seven clinical hours.


Time Commitment

Approximately 17 hours per week, including Professional Development meetings on Wednesday mornings.


Psychology Practicum Trainee Qualifications Needed

Completion of 3 years in a Counseling or Clinical Psychology graduate program and good academic standing in respective training programs; 3 years psychotherapy experience; good assessment and treatment skills; interest in group therapy; interest in participation in outreach programs; knowledge and insight regarding multicultural therapy issues and experiences with diverse client populations. Personal qualities include reliability, good interpersonal skills, and professionalism.


Application Process

Application Deadline for Fall 2024: Monday, February 5th, 2024, by 3 pm MST.

To Apply: Upload Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Three letters of Reference, and an Unofficial Copy of Graduate Transcripts on the MSU Denver Employment page.

Link will be added later this year.

For more information:

Practicum Coordinator: Dr. Andrew Sia, 303-615-9988 & Associate Director, Dr. Ray Gornell, 303-615-9988