Address:  1836 Grant Street  Denver, Colorado 80203 (office) – field sites in Southwest Denver & Far Northeast Denver

Website:   www.cihadf.org 

Agency Description: 

Colorado “I Have a Dream” Foundation is partnering with graduate school programs in the fields of Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, and other Mental Health areas to serve as a field placement site for students who are seeking experiential opportunities working with youth and families in communities throughout the Denver Metro area. Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation works to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue higher education, fulfill their potential, and achieve their dreams. We empower youth to graduate from college by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to succeed in life.

Treatment Methods:

Our treatment methods use a holistic approach to enhance the development of social-emotional learning and therapeutic practices.  The clinicians are able to consider the whole person and therefore are able to meet each child’s unique and individualized needs.  We are committed that each youth who receives our services will go from surviving to thriving.  We emphasize the use of best practice methods for social and emotional learning and therapeutic interventions that are rooted in trauma-informed care to create an avenue to improve overall success in the classroom from kindergarten through early adulthood, at home, in the community, and beyond. We believe that it is vital for the success of the program that we form a trusting relationship with each student and their families as well as the other stakeholders who support them.

Intern Experience: 

We provide opportunities to approximately 10 trainees who are working on their advanced degrees in the mental health field.  Combined, our interns have provided nearly 5,000 hours of service to support the social and emotional health, mental health, and overall well-being of the communities we are located in. We work alongside youth and families in the southwest and far northeast of Denver.  This placement is unpaid from our organization; however, we have served as a work-study site for some students. Clinical Interns at Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation will gain experience in both small group social-emotional learning lesson facilitation as well as one-on-one therapeutic service delivery.

Social and Emotional Learning 

 The intern will: 

  • Participate in the educational opportunities to families and caregivers on developmentally appropriate milestones – specifically in the area of healthy expression of emotions and needs.  
  • Secure resources to address food insecurity, housing, medical needs, etc. 
  • Manage a small caseload of children between the grades of kindergarten – fifth.  
  • Provide 1:1 and small group sessions addressing social and emotional skills via a curriculum.  
  • Participate in case conceptualization with the larger team

Emotional Wellness & Therapeutic Services  

 The intern will: 

  • Manage a small caseload of clients ages four through adulthood 
  • Work with client and other stakeholders providing therapeutic services using the methods of play-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral (among others, if necessary) all with a strengths-based perspective and a trauma-informed approach.  
  • Facilitate small therapeutic groups for youth and families enrolled in Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation program


Supervision

Interns in Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation’s program will receive weekly one on one supervision from a licensed professional in the mental health field, regular larger group training throughout the year on therapeutic strategies and methods, ethics, etc., quarterly session observations from the Senior Director of Clinical Services, and participate in team meetings where case conceptualization is discussed. 

Candidate Requirements

  • Minimum of beginner level knowledge on child development and behavior
  • Experience working with youth from a diverse and underrepresented background
  • Understanding of systems 
  • An unwavering belief that all people can be successful
  • Record of accomplishment contributing to an organizational culture that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Strong team player
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop strong relationships across a diverse spectrum of stakeholders
  • Great communication skills (written, verbal, non-verbal)
  • There is no minimum or maximum requirement for hours; however, we ask that Interns are available to work the same schedule week after week 
  • Fluency in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish highly preferred
  • Occasional evening or weekend hours 
  • Must be fingerprinted and pass a background check before start of internship. 

Application Process:

Opportunities for the 2021-2022 school year and summer are currently full.

Timeline for Winter & Spring Start Dates:

At this time – we are currently full for Winter through Summer placements. Please check back in February if you would like to submit an application for August start dates!

Timeline of Fall Start Dates:

Applications will be open between February 1st and March 15th.

Interviews will be conducted between March 15th and April 14th.  All applicants will be notified by April 15, 2021. 


If you have any questions please email Aimee Alcorn, LCSW, CCTP (Senior Director of Clinical Services) at aalcorn@cihadf.org or 303-861-5005 x116