Post-Graduate Fellowship Training Program
Post-Graduate Fellowship Training Program
Please note: Current openings AND the post-graduate fellowship program application are at the bottom of the page in the FAQS.
The Maria Droste Counseling Center has been serving the Denver community for over 30 years. Our well-reputed master’s level internship program has trained roughly 20 students annually for more than 30 years and enabled us to have a broader impact on our community and the state of Colorado.
Capitalizing on our already well-reputed and long-standing master’s level internship program, we are able to provide a select number of new graduates unique opportunities in our post-graduate fellowship program for continuous training and supervision before licensure.
Post-graduate fellows play an important role in ensuring that Maria Droste Counseling Center meets the needs of those individuals and families who would not otherwise be able to obtain counseling services. Fellows provide counseling through several Maria Droste programs, located at our outpatient office, or at other placement sites within Colorado (including schools, senior living facilities, and affordable housing sites).
Nestled within a supportive, multiculturally sensitive community, the fellowship program is a unique practice model that attends to new clinicians’ training and development. The postgraduate fellowship program started in 2016 and advances each year with feedback from our fellows and influence from our strategic initiatives.
Determine Your Area of Interest
Choosing Fellowship Tracks
The following are counseling tracks offered for our Post-Graduate Fellowship Program. You will rank the tracks according to your interests. Placement will be determined by the number of openings.
Time commitments for each of these positions vary based on organizational needs and available positions. Maria Droste fellows, regardless of their tracks, are expected to function as therapists. This means you will meet with clients, bill for sessions, and complete comprehensive documentation, including meeting Medicaid compliance standards. The fellowships very closely resemble a real-life therapy positions to provide fellows experience and provides critical preparation for your future as a mental health care provider.
Children First Track
Fellows work solely within their Children First schools and may support the administrators of the Children First program as needed.
Integrated Care Track
Fellows work on-site through our Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Program, may support the administrators of the Integrated Care program as needed.
Rural Behavioral Health Track
Fellows work full time in and around La Junta, Coloraodo in either Child/Family or Adult/Geriatric Tracks. Some telehealth component from Denver may exist, but would limit certain training opportunities. Learn more about the Rural Behavioral Health Track.
Frequently Asked Questions
These FAQs will give you an idea of what you can expect from our post-graduate fellowship program and when/how to apply. If you have any other questions about our fellowship program, please contact our recruitment department to learn more. We look forward to working with you.
Who may apply?
The post-graduate fellowship program is an opportunity for pre-licensed mental health clinicians who have completed a master/doctoral degree in counseling or clinical psychology, social work, school counseling, or marriage and family therapy. Fellows must be working toward licensure in Colorado in their fields.
Candidates should be especially committed to our mission of aiding the underserved community. They should exhibit a strong desire to continue their learning and professional and career development within a community of like-minded professionals. They should demonstrate a professional attitude, a high ethical standard, an ability to work independently, take initiative, and exhibit self-awareness and a commitment to personal growth. Fellows who have not had their own counseling are asked to complete a minimum of 6 sessions prior to starting the fellowship.
Beyond direct service to clients/patients, fellows are provided opportunities for developing further experience and skills in the areas of consultation, supervision, training and presentations, and program administration.
What is supervision and training like?
Fellowship supervisors are members of The Therapist Group, a collective of therapists highly experienced in a wide variety of modalities, and are enthusiastic about training future therapists. Due to increasingly specialized placements, we also hire field supervisors and employ clinical staff with specific expertise. All of our supervisors have tremendous respect for the important role that fellows play in our mission of providing quality services to the community, and they receive training and consultation specifically related to their supervisory roles. Further, supervisors receive feedback semi-annually via a competency based evaluation process.
Our fellows receive individual and group supervision. We make every effort to provide high quality and diverse supervision opportunities, however it is the fellow’s responsibility to communicate their needs based on their licensure requirements and their individual needs.
In addition to receiving supervision, 1st year fellows typically co-facilitate a monthly supervision or case consultation group for interns, along with a licensed and experienced supervisor.
Fellows seeking a second year of training at Maria Droste may apply to be a Senior Fellow, where they will have an opportunity to assume individual supervision of a graduate intern whilst obtaining training, peer support, and supervision of supervision by a licensed supervisor. All fellows are encouraged to take advantage of weekly in-service trainings and other professional development opportunities on a variety of clinical topics that expand their knowledge. While most in-service trainings are prepared for interns and geared toward more fundamentals, trainings are also provided on more advanced concepts. Further, some weekly topics are specifically reserved for and designed based on fellows’ interests. As well, fellows are encouraged to develop and present a training on a particular area of focus. In-service training occurs each Friday morning from 8:30 to noon.
Fellows receive experience in the following areas (depending on their placement sites):
- Individual Therapy
- Counseling for Clients of All Ages
- Medicaid documentation and billing
- Group Therapy
- Couples Counseling and Family Therapy
- Integrated Care
Fellowship opportunities at Maria Droste are generally 9-24 months in duration, beginning in June or August. Weekly hour commitments vary, depending on the placement site.
In their applications, fellowship candidates are asked to choose a track that aligns with Maria Droste programs (Rural Behavioral Health, Children First, Integrated Care). Tracks vary in weekly hour commitment. For fellows, some variation in hour commitment and start date may be available for some tracks. Read about the tracks above.
What are the program requirements?
The following are requirements for our post-grad fellowship program:
- Has completed a master’s or doctoral degree in a mental health field recognized by DORA
- 20-40 hours/week commitment, depending on the track (see track descriptions); full-time, benefited options may be available on a limited basis
- Understanding of that the fellowship is a 2-year program, with review by fellow and agency at the end of year one.
- Strong interest in supervising/consulting/training junior colleagues
- Ability to respond to client emergencies such as risk assessments and abuse reports as needed
- One hour individual supervision every other week (part-time positions) or every week (full time positions)
- Two hours of group supervision monthly
- Quarterly trainings
- Timely completion of all clinical and agency paperwork & billing
- A minimum of two audio/video recordings per year
- Agency key & building entry deposit (currently $25)
- Child Abuse Record & Background Check fee (currently $35)
Maria Droste Counseling Center is an approved field placement site for several graduate programs, however, our fellowship program is not accredited.
Is there compensation available?
Participants of the post-graduate fellowship program typically receive a stipend of $1,250 for each month worked (part-time position). Variations in hour expectations, duration, and compensation may exist for some tracks. See the current openings below.
Are there any current openings?
There are no current openings. Please check back in the Spring of 2021.
Where do I apply?
If I have more questions, who do I contact?
Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: Bridget Hand.