Interns and post-graduate fellows at Maria Droste Counseling Center provide services through the following programs:
OPTIONS: Residents from anywhere in Colorado, regardless of legal status, can receive counseling through the Options program at Maria Droste. The Options program is available to adults, children, adolescents, couples and families who meet income guidelines or may not have access to mental health care elsewhere. Services are provided on a sliding-scale basis or via Medicaid at our Center. We serve a diverse group of clients, including monolingual Spanish speakers, and clients experience a variety of presenting concerns. Limited couple, family, or child clients are typically reserved for interns with those concentrations.
Our CHILDREN FIRST program serves children from multi-cultural populations in 21 Denver-area schools, including Denver Public Schools and some Catholic and charter schools. Each intern/fellow is assigned to a particular school, which may be K-5, K-8, or 9-12. Given our early intervention focus, most interns/fellows are placed in elementary schools. As with our adult clients, the children served have a wide range of presenting issues. Interns/Fellows also work with parents and have an opportunity to lead groups with children on a specific topic, such as social skills or grief. Services are provided by interns/fellows free of charge or via Medicaid.
In the INTEGRATED CARE program, children, adults, or geriatric populations receive mental health services at their locations, which include medical settings and residential facilities. Interns/Fellows provide assessment and short-term interventions, with potential to see clients longer term at an integrated setting or in our clinic. Our goal in these programs is to help clients experience more satisfaction and peace of mind, improve relationships and self-esteem, and find positive approaches to dealing with life. Services are provided by interns/fellows free of charge or via Medicaid. For 2017-2018 year, we proudly partnered with Kavod Senior Living, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, and Mercy Housing, and anticipate expanding our partnerships for 2018-19.
When applying for internship/fellowship placements, applicants are asked to select a track, which correspond to the above programs. Tracks are:
Combined Adult/Child Track (FOR INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT ONLY)
Interns work in Options for up to 5 hours/week, 10 hours in Children First, 5 hours receiving training and supervision, and 4 hours with support work. This is the traditional track we have had for many years. If you are interested in this track, we strongly encourage a June start. June or August start. Spots available: 10-12.
Children First Track
Interns work solely with Children First, either a full 15 hours in 1 school or splitting their time between 2 schools, 5 hours receiving training and supervision, and 4 hours with support work (i.e. record-keeping). August ONLY start. Spots available: 4-6.
Interns see Options clients for up to 5 hours/week (caseload of 3-5 clients), in addition to 10 hours/week in the Access Center, Maria Droste’s intake office, where interns facilitate screenings and assessments, as well as provide referrals for incoming callers. Options Track interns will receive 5 hours of training and supervision a week. June ONLY start. Spots available: 2-3.
Integrated Care Track
Interns work in Options for up to 5 hours/week, 10 hours in Integrated Care setting, 5 hours receiving training and supervision, and 4 hours with support work. June or August start. Spots available: 2-3.