People House Affordable Counseling Program Internship Placements
You are invited to apply for an unpaid, clinical internship placement with us if you are a Master’s level student in counseling, psychology or marriage and family therapy. Our internship program is a clinical training program with emphasis in applying theoretical knowledge gained from academic training to the real-world experience of working with a client directly. Interns serve in the People House Affordable Counseling Program, our outpatient, psychotherapy practice, which serves a diverse population unable to afford regular priced psychotherapy. Interns are supported in learning both the clinical and administrative aspects of successfully working with clients. This is an ideal site for individuals who thrive in a supportive environment that also requires personal independence and team collaboration. It is best suited to mature candidates who eventually plan to do private practice, although that is not a requirement.
- You must make at least a 9 month commitment to the internship regardless of when you complete your hours. The active intern period is the full 8 months following your start date, and the orientation period is the month prior to your start date. At minimum, Orientation will include one full day and one half day training plus preparation on your own.
- You will make a commitment to the time requirements of approximately 15-20 hours per week. People House Internship will be your primary focus during that time. You will develop a caseload of clients and be expected to maintain a regular weekly schedule. In addition, you can meet many of your non-direct client hours through the varied resources and opportunities offered at People House. We provide as many flexible possibilities as we can to meet our program needs as well as yours
Components of the Internship
- Interns will acquire and maintain a caseload of clients through our Affordable Counseling Program. Depending on intern’s background and training, clients will include individual, couple, family and children. Opportunities also exist for group and workshop experiences. Non-direct learning hours are available in many ways.
- Using a free Google phone number and a PH email address to protect private contact info, interns respond to direct calls from clients or from referrals through our main office. Interns will do their own intake, scheduling, fee negotiation and collection, and keep PH’s client files and records on each client they see.
- Interns are assigned office space to meet with clients and are responsible for maintaining rooms, availability and client hours on a Google calendar and drive. We have two locations: the main People House at 3035 W. 25th Ave .in Denver and People House East at 13693 E. Iliff Ave., Suite 112 in Aurora.
- Supervision provided includes:
(1) one hour weekly with intern’s individual supervisor. Our supervisors are Lori Ohlson, LPC, ACS; Paul Zweig, MD; Joel Miller, MD; Inga Larson LCSW; Dee Marcotte LPC, MFT; Barb Kamlet, LPC; Katie Mason, LPC; Kathryn Raley, LPC, Tedd Taskey, LMFT and Elan Benami, LPC.
(2) Two hour Group Supervision four times per month.
People House is an approved site for:
Adams State University
Naropa University – Transpersonal, Somatic, and Contemplative Tracks
North Central University
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Santa Barbara Graduate Institute
University of Colorado at Denver
University of Denver
University of Northern Colorado
University of Phoenix
We accept student enrolled in Marriage and Family as well as regular counseling tracks.
We accept new interns three times per year – start dates are Jan. 1, May 1 and Sept. 1. We interview and select candidates for these internship placements approximately six months ahead of the start date as follows:
For a Start Date Application Deadline Interviews and Selection
Jan.1 July 1 July 1-30
May 1 Nov. 1 Nov.1 -30
Sept. 1 March 1 March 1 -30
To apply, send your current resume electronically prior to the application deadline to:
Lori Ohlson, firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to indicate exactly which start time you are applying for.
References are not required.
After review of your application for suitability, it will be placed in a queue for personal interviews. If you are selected, you will be contacted to arrange an interview date and time. The interview will be conducted by Lori Ohlson and Paul Zweig and will last 45 min. to 1hr. You will be notified one way or the other by the end of the Interview/Selection period.
If after reading this, you have a specific question, you may email me at email@example.com. I’m sorry but we do not have time/staff available for in-depth discussions or tours, although you are welcome to drop by the building. To learn more about People House, go to our website, www.peoplehouse.org, or consider attending an event at People House.
Thanks for your interest.
Lori Ohlson, MA, LPC, ACS
Director, Affordable Counseling Program at People House
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A recent graduate intern said this about her internship experience:
“There are so many great things that contributed to my internship at
People House so I’m happy so share with you! These are just a few:
- The diversity of clients. I feel like this was the best part, I
literally got experience working with every population, addicts, the
homeless, lost college students, you name it. That diversity allowed me to
get clear on the populations I work best with while also allowing me to
understand the populations I do not work as well with. I think that gave
me a leg up from my other grad school friends who were inundated with one
single population. Although they may have become more of an “expert,” I
learned to hone in on my therapy skills to work with just about anyone.
2. Supervision. I felt completely supported the entire time at People
House. That gave me the confidence to try new things, ask the right
questions and to learn how to find community, which has been invaluable in
Private Practice, I am more able to seek support and to ask for help
because I know what it feels like to get that feedback.
3. Permission to explore my own therapeutic style. The freedom at PH
allowed me to really learn what kind of therapist I am. Since I did not
have to adhere to one therapeutic model I was really challenged to figure
out how I work with others in the way that best fits who I am. That
allowed me to discover my gifts without having to try and cater to one
particular psychological theory.
4. I’m not sure how to word this, but I found pride in People House. I
still refer people there all the time. The organization of People House
was and is important for the community, and as an intern I learned first
hand the need that People House is serving. Therefore I still feel
grateful for being part of such an awesome organization and feel happy to
refer people there, because I know that individuals are bound to find the
help they need with the breath of services offered by People House. So it
has become a staple in my psyche, which is helping others!”