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 a 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 youth 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. The internship program is divided into two parts. The first, is the Social and Emotional Learning Track which will be available to first year graduate students in the field of social work or bachelor level social work students.  The second, is the Behavioral Health Track and will be available to second year graduate students in the field of social work or graduate students in the field of counseling.

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

Behavioral Health  

 The intern will: 

  • Manage a small caseload of youth. 
  • Work alongside the youth and their families 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 1:1 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 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 students 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:

Our program is officially full for the 2021/2022 school year – please check back in January 2022 for more opportunities!

Timeline of Fall 2021 Field Placements:

Applications will be open between February 1, 2021 and March 15, 2021.  

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 (Director of Clinical Services) at aalcorn@cihadf.org or 303-861-5005 x116