Psychological Health & Performance (PHP)

The University of Colorado (CU) Boulder, Athletic Department

This rotation allows for interns to gain experience conducting outpatient psychotherapy focused on a range of mental health topics within a unique and culturally diverse population of student athletes. Interns will be part of a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Pacific-12 (PAC-12) Conference, athletic department.

The CU Athletic Department is comprised of approximately 380 student-athletes in a variety of sports. Interns will be involved with all aspects of PHP services. Most service provision is individual psychotherapy, but there are opportunities for small group facilitation, interdisciplinary consultation, specialized treatment team participation, and even data collection around pre-participation exam periods. Interns will be trained on the obvious and nuanced differences between a traditional counseling setting and that of an intercollegiate athletic department.

Some opportunities may exist outside of ‘normal business hours’ – practice attendance, competition attendance, so some nights and weekends may be available for intern involvement. For the most part, that time will not be required but may be offered to the intern as an opportunity for observation or relationship-building.

The PHP offices are in the athletic department’s Dal Ward Academic Center at the north end of Folsom Field on the main campus of the University of Colorado in beautiful Boulder, Colorado.