General Information

The Social Work and Master’s level clinician training program is a comprehensive skills based internship focused on supporting and developing the behavioral health workforce. This program is open to those who are pursuing Master’s degrees in behavioral health fields or have graduated with a behavioral health degree and are wanting additional training while gaining hours for licensure. The program is open to: Masters in Social Work, Masters in Counseling, Master’s in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy and those looking to pursue licensure for LCSW or LPC licensure (LMFT licensure not currently available).   For questions about the program or for further information, please contact the Director of Social Work training at amy.lopez@cuanschutz.edu.

Number of Positions: 4 total; 2 fellows each year of 2 year program

Time Commitment: Full-time Fellowship Position

Dates: Interviews begin in Spring; start dates of July

Screening and Hiring:

  • Applications are open in Spring, with plans to hire by early summer
  • Applicants must have graduated with an MSW (or MSSW as appropriate)
  • Must have a Colorado LSW license (or be license pending with SW permit)
  • Priority given to those MSW interns who completed their MSW internship at a CU DOP clinic
  • Trainees will be hired as Instructor/Fellows which is a training position
  • Salary will be $45,000; limited benefits will be provided
  • New hires will start in July of each year

Program Structure

Year One:

  • Fellows may work in any of the DOP clinics including: Outpatient; Depression Center, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorders; START; or Student/Resident Mental Health.
  • Year one focus is on building skills as a therapist including doing formal assessments, making diagnoses and building comfort with the DSM, understanding risk/safety concerns, and choosing/implementing appropriate evidence-based treatments.
  • Fellows will be expected to meet DOP productivity guidelines, with Fellows seeing 20-25 patients per week. This may be in individual therapy, family therapy, couples counseling, or group therapy.
  • The Fellows will participate in weekly individual supervision, weekly didactic training, and monthly group supervision.  They will have the option to participate in other training opportunities throughout the Department as they are available.
  • Each Fellow will be expected to learn and develop their skills in at least one specific Evidence Based Practice.
  • The Fellows may also be asked to participate in research, community-based work, or other special projects as needed.

Year Two:

  • The Fellows may remain in their original clinic or they may opt to transfer to one of the other outpatient clinics.  They may also have the option to work on the inpatient unit, CL Service, or in the Emergency Department as appropriate and available.
  • The focus on the second year is on continuing to build skills as a therapist, as well as development of themselves as an independent clinician.
  • At the end of the second year, when the Fellow is licensed, they may apply for a position at the DOP or Children’s Colorado as available. However, employment beyond the two-year fellowship is not guaranteed.

Amy Lopez, PhD, LCSW

Assistant Professor

LCSW Fellowship Program Director

Email: AMY.LOPEZ@CUANSCHUTZ.EDU

Phone: 303.724.3300