2021–2022 Academic Year

Who May Apply

NP Practicum program applicants must be currently enrolled in a psychiatric nurse practitioner program. Demonstrated commitment to the values of social justice and multiculturalism, as evidenced by coursework, community involvement or life experience is required. We are committed to seeking a diverse group of applicants.

Training Program Requirements

Orientation

The orientation is designed to acquaint all trainees with CAPS policies and procedures, university regulations, ethical and service delivery guidelines, and campus resources.  All trainees are required to attend orientation prior to the start of clinical service. The specific days and times will be determined after the selection period.  For 2021-2022, the orientation period will consist of 5-8 days spread out across the weeks of Aug 2nd - Aug 20th, 2021.

Training

Training year begins Monday, August 23, 2021

Training year ends Friday, May 6, 2022

Trainees are expected to be engaged in clinical care approximately 20 hours or 2.5 days per week, either onsite or via telepsychiatry. A typical week includes 7-8 hours/week direct service hours (e.g., medication management, workshops, group therapy), 2-3 hours/week supervision; 1 to 3 hours/week seminars and meetings; and 2-3 hour/week paperwork and administrative duties.  Supervision will be provided primarily by MDs and NPs, however in special circumstances you may be supervised by another licensed clinician (PsyD, PhD, LPC, LCSW).

Below is an example of a typical trainee weekly plan:

Function Total Hours

Clinical: Direct service hours

Medication management: 5 hours

Workshop: 1 hour

Group Therapy Process Observation: 2 hours

8

Clinical: Other

Individual supervision: 1 hour

Case Review and Disposition Consultation (CRDC): 1 hour

Group Seminar and Supervision: 1 hour

Paperwork: 3 hours

6

Administrative time

Staff/Team Meeting: 1 hour

Weekly Check-in: 1 hours

Other admin (may include clinical coordination work): 2 hours

4

Didactic training

Weekly Rotating Seminar: 1 hour

1
Lunch 1
Total 20

Didactic Training and Professional Development

Trainees will participate in a weekly training seminar. Topics covered in the past include cultural sharing, transgender care and treatment for OCD. This program also provides didactic training in telepsychiatry as well as valuable experience in this growing field. For 2021–22, the seminar will likely be on Monday mornings.

Optionally, trainees are welcome to attend our All-Staff meetings and In-Service trainings. The day and time of these meetings for the 2021-2022 year is to be determined.

Additional Information

  • Credentialing must be completed prior to starting the training program. Trainees will also be expected to successfully complete a criminal background check.
  • Time off will be given during University holidays and break periods. Additional time-off requests must be approved in advance by clinical supervisor and training coordinator.  
  • Additional summer hours may be arranged on a case-by-case basis, following the successful completion of the training program.

To Apply

Please submit the following materials:

  1. A cover letter including:
    1. Your reasons for seeking a preceptorship at Counseling and Psychiatric Services;
    2. A description of previous supervised clinical experience(s) – please include the actual number of hours already completed and hours anticipated prior to start of the preceptor program. Please include a breakdown which indicates number of hours providing individual, couple and group therapy, medication management, crisis intervention, workshops, presentations and other outreach and hours of supervision received. You also may include description & hours of other relevant experiences;
    3. The name of your graduate program, including whether this program is accredited by CCNE, ACEN, or similar body.
  2. A current vitae
  3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your work in providing psychotherapy, medication management and/or graduate coursework. One (1) letter must be from a previous clinical supervisor or someone knowledgeable of your clinical skills.

For full consideration, all application materials much be received by Monday March 22nd, 2021. Late applications may be considered if space is available and on a case by case basis.

Individual interviews will be scheduled from Monday May 3 through Friday May 14th, 2021. We will make final selections no later than June 1, 2021.

Submit applications electronically to:

Sascha Arbouet, MD

Assistant Training Director for Psychiatry

Sascha.Arbouet@colorado.edu

For more information, please contact Sascha Arbouet, MD or call CAPS at 303-492-2277