Our Post Master’s Fellowship Program is designed for applicants who need supervised clinical experience to obtain licensure. We accept both LPC and LCSW candidates.
Whole Connection's Fellowship program primarily works to serve the needs of individuals, couples, and families accessing mental health care through Medicaid. Your caseload will be primarily with Medicaid clients.
We currently offer three specializations, Group Therapy, Somatic and Trauma Informed Cultural Awareness and Couples EFT. These specializations are designed to help you inform your identity as a therapist and to help you build a career around a particular focus.
The application process includes several steps starting with an email containing your letter of interest and resume. Next steps include, an in person interview, reference check, and finally a Whole Connection team interview. If you are interested please feel free to start by emailing your resume and cover letter explaining why you want to participate in our Post Master’s Fellowship Program with Whole Connection to TrainingPrograms@wholeconnection.org. The application process is open until January 31, 2019.
We offer the following benefits to our Fellows:
Annual Salary for this position is $32,000
Insurance grant of $3500 Annually with a choice of medical and dental plans
Membership at Colorado Athletic Club with a $20 employee contribution per month
Paid time off and eight paid holidays per year
What you should know
The start date for this position ranges from May 2019-August 2019 depending on your graduation date.
This position is 40 hours per week and involves a one to two year commitment.
Each Fellow will choose a specialization: Group Therapy, Cultural Awareness through a Somatic and Trauma informed lens, or Couples EFT.
Additional Fellowship Position Information
At Whole Connection Fellows will carry a full psychotherapy caseload of around 22-24 clinical hours per week. These hours can include individual caseload clients (individual, couples, or families) and group therapy as a co-facilitator in a DBT, MBSR, or Relationship Group co-led with one of our experienced therapists on staff. Fellows will also perform phone screens for prospective clients.
Whole Connection Fellows will choose between three specialized tracks of training. We offer a Group Therapy specialization led by Phillip Horner, a Couples EFT track led by Kat Austin, and a Somatic and Trauma Informed Cultural Awareness specialization with Marcia Warren Edelman.
This specialization is for folks who want to build their expertise and career around running groups. Fellows within this specialty will develop the ability to:
Develop an identity as a group leader
Explore co-facilitation experiences
Understand group dynamics and everyday workings of groups
Understand and use both verbal and non-verbal interventions
Work with and skillfully use silence
Use their own body as an intervention
Welcome and work with multiple identities with group dynamics
Create inclusion in groups
Identify and work with microaggressions within groups
Phillip believes that groups are a powerful agent for change. He works from a modern psychodynamic and person centered lens. Choosing this specialty will give you an hour per week towards your Certified Group Psychotherapist certification through AGPA.
Somatic and Trauma Informed Cultural Awareness:
This specialization is for folks interested in building their expertise and career around cultural awareness, social justice, intercultural communication, and identity. Marcia will facilitate a guided discovery process for her Fellows around their own identities. This process will include an exploration of monthly themes through readings, conversations, and exercises. The goal is to support her Fellows in uncovering how each theme shows up for them personally, professionally, with clients, and how it can be applied to clinical work. Marcia works through a somatic and trauma informed lens and believes that a therapist’s own identities have to be present in the room as a reference point from which to serve the client. She believes that one can only offer this when there is a deep understanding of one’s own identity, and is committed to helping her Fellows uncover and integrate these pieces.
Couples EFT Work:
This specialization is for clinicians who desire to acquire extended training and an immersed experience in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). To be applicable for this fellowship, candidates must have completed EFT externship. Candidates could be enrolled or planning to enroll in EFT Core Skills. We are working on securing financial assistance for Core Skills.
Fellows with this specialization will develop the ability to:
Work through the 3 stages and 8 steps of the EFT model
Track the interactional sequences of couples/families
Develop attunement skills to create safe alliances with couples
Deepen and organize emotions
Develop increased understanding of attachment and systemic interventions
Utilize experiential interventions
Explore self of the therapist in the context of working with couples
Use the self in therapy
Fellows are required to videotape work as a part of the supervision process.
Kat is excited to offer this fellowship opportunity to EFTers. Kat is certified in EFT and is a supervisor candidate. She is also an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate. Choosing this specialty will, hopefully, prepare you to be certified in EFT.
Individual supervision will be given by one of our licensed supervisors, one hour per week. We have Licensed Clinical Social Workers who can supervise MSW or MA (counseling) licensure candidates. We also hold a weekly 90-minute group supervision that includes the whole clinical team.
Ongoing Team Focused groups
Community is a core value at Whole Connection and we take it seriously. This means we gather in several different formats throughout the month. Every week there is a logistics meeting with the full Whole Connection Team. Every other week there is a 90-minute Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning Supervision Group. Once a month we hold an Ally meeting where we discuss aspects of culture, identity, and social justice issues. Once a month we spend 90-minutes playing together which could take the form of a walk by the creek, a potluck, or a creative community project.
Fellows will receive one hour per week of one on one training and access to two hours a week of office hours from the expert heading up their specialization.
In addition, we partner with another community clinic, Strength in Motion, to bring in experts in different fields every month, sometimes twice a month. This is essential to continue our learning and growth as therapists and to make sure we are growing, remaining engaged, and staying up to date with the current research, techniques, and theories. Some examples are below:
Connected - What Attachment and Research Can Tell Us About the Ways Technology May Be Influencing Relationships and Health - Dave Sullivan LCSW LAC
Dealing with your Brain - What our latest understanding of neuroscience means for Therapy - Dan Fox LPC
Gender Identity - Sorin Thomas, LPC, LAC
Understanding Personality Disorders - Kate Leslie LCSW
Bridging the Four I’s of Oppression with the I’s of Identity and Intersectionality: Counseling Skills for the Multicultural-Minded Counselor - Marcia Warren Edelman MA LPCC
At the beginning of Fellowship and prior to any clinical work we will train you up on our process and systems. In addition, because we work with mostly Medicaid clients we will provide the following:
Assessment and Diagnosis for Medicaid
Note Taking for Medicaid
Phone Screens for Medicaid