Clinical Assistant or Associate Professor, International Disaster Psychology Program: Trauma and Global Mental Health, Field Placement Director

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

MAIDP Program Summary
The International Disaster Psychology Program: Trauma and Global Mental Health (MAIDP) is a 2 -year Master's Program within GSPP developed in 2005. In additional to providing masters level training in general clinical psychology, the program meets a clear need for specialized knowledge and experience to work in the trauma, disaster and global mental health fields.

Many of the clients our program and graduates serve have experienced various traumas, coming from oppressed, impoverished, displaced communities. As such, we embrace incorporation of trauma-informed perspectives through a liberation psychology lens when training and supervising in our program. In our training program students receive intensive academic coursework, supervised training in providing mental health services within our community-facing Trauma Disaster Recovery Clinic (TDRC) as well as in domestic and international field placements. The TDRC is a multicultural community-participatory mental health program with a drive toward promoting equity and social justice in Colorado. Supervised experiences also include training and consulting with agencies, developing emergency preparedness and response plans, and monitoring and evaluation psychosocial interventions domestically and abroad. Our 2-year curriculum and practicum experiences help students develop a background in global mental health, a field focusing on methods for increasing mental health workforces in low-resource communities, addressing stigma regarding mental illness and mental health care and expanding beyond Western treatment models. As such, we emphasize the provision of culturally and linguistically responsive service delivery.

As part of our training model, MAIDP offers a broad range of confidential and evidence-based mental health care to the Denver community through multiple specialized clinics. The TDRC has provided low-cost, high-quality psychological services to the Denver community for nearly 10 years and serves refugees, trauma survivors and individuals who have faced adversity. It also houses a specialized grant funded project that serves Survivors of Torture (SoT) connected to an initiative in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). We utilize an integrative, need and strengths-based approach that is culturally informed. Faculty members in the IDP Program supervise students in the TDRC. For more information on the TDRC see our website:

The MAIDP program promotes comprehensive academic and applied training within an environment that values cooperation and collaboration and fosters critical thinking and self-determined functioning. The program is committed to educating students to provide culturally competent services to clients and the community. Knowledge of multiculturalism and inclusive excellence guides GSPP in the mission to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible to all students, staff, and faculty. GSPP has developed a collegial atmosphere with significant opportunities for creativity, teamwork and innovation. The MAIDP program is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations.

Position Summary

This open-rank faculty role is a 10-month position in the clinical professional series with responsibilities in administration, teaching, and service. The University of Denver has developed multi-year contracts in the professorial series described in the Policies and Procedures Relating to Faculty Appointment, Promotion, & Tenure. In addition, GSPP requires all faculty and staff to exhibit excellent citizenship and pursue professional development to foster a model workplace.

The MAIDP Field Placement Director will oversee all aspects of the field placement program. This position has opportunities to build on and maintain the strong foundation of GSPPs historical field placement program and community relationships while also exploring innovative approaches to practicum training through partnerships such as embedded psychology and telehealth. The role requires close collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and community partners in order to improve systems and processes to support more than 40 placements matches each year. Multicultural clinicians/candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

This is an Assistant or Associate level position that will be appointed at the rank appropriate for the candidates documented experience and excellence in the field:

  • Clinical Assistant Professors will be candidates in the first two to seven years of experience post-doctorate with strong, documented potential for excellence in teaching, service, clinical expertise, administration, and/or scholarship. Appointments at this rank will have a maximum of six years of service prior to consideration for promotion, and a reappointment review before the fourth year at the assistant rank.
  • Clinical Associate Professors will be candidates who are mid-career teacher/practitioner/scholars with a strong, documented record of excellence in teaching, service, clinical expertise, administration, and/or scholarship.

Essential Functions


  • Provide programmatic oversight of more than 75 practicum partnerships for more than 40 practicum matches annually.
  • Develop field-placement opportunities for MAIDP students including opportunities for our Spanish speaking students to engage in training experiences that provide psychological evaluations and psychotherapy for Latinx, predominantly Spanish-speaking communities and clients.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with community practicum partners and agency supervisors.
  • Develop packet of field placement opportunities for students for each selection process.
  • Work closely with faculty advisors and GSPPs Data Systems Analyst, Student Services Administrator, and Director of Enrollment to ensure field placement information is communicated effectively and required student paperwork is complete.
  • Orient entering students to practicum processes, policies, expectations, and requirements.
  • Coordinate and supervise the fall and spring interview and selection process.
  • Monitor and supervise agency and student compliance in accordance with the community practicum expectations and policies statement and intervene as necessary, following GSPP and DU protocols for addressing concerns.
  • Communicate with students in groups and individually to provide support and develop collaborative solutions to improve the field placement program.
  • Review student evaluations of field placement supervisors and address concerns.
  • Advise MAIDP colleagues on department policy, DORA, and statutory legal questions regarding field placements.
  • Track, report on, and adapt to trends in field placement availability and selection.
  • Facilitate recruitment and creation of new practicum training opportunities.
  • Develop and oversee innovative practicum training opportunities such as GSPPs training psychologists embedded in schools and community agencies.
  • Annually revise Community Practicum Expectations and Policies Statement.
  • Provide attestation for students to fulfill contractual obligations with some agencies.
  • Interface with DU Counsels Office and GSPP Operations team to facilitate contract and attestation processes.
  • Conduct site visits, review reports and respond to pertinent issues.
  • Oversee process of evaluating student competencies in field placements, including updating evaluation tools as needed and compiling reports of student performance.
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to ensure that field placement meets practicum training requirements for licensure and accreditation where applicable.

Teaching and Advising

  • Teach courses to fulfill needs of the MAIDP program, with the teaching load and specific courses to be determined in discussions with the MAIDP Program Co-Directors and GSPP leadership.
  • Provide high-quality advising for students in accordance with GSPP, DU, and LPC protocols.
  • Maintain high teaching standards informed by best practices in pedagogy and leveraging available technologies to improve the student experience.
  • Provide clinical supervision, participation in competency exams and engage in practice-informed teaching.
  • Pursue professional development to enhance this capacity.


  • Exhibit good citizenship through collaboration and service on committees to support GSPP, the University, community, and national and global efforts to improve the practice of psychology.
  • Participate in the MAIDP admissions process.
  • Uphold GSPP's commitment to inclusive excellence and to be a model workplace through all professional activities.

Other functions

  • Scholarship in the form of clinical knowledge creation and dissemination typically represent a small portion of a clinical faculty members workload.
  • Based on the administrative focus of this role, these expectations can be negotiated with the MAIDP Program Co-Directors.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and commitment to practitioner-scholar model.
  • Strong interpersonal, administrative, and teaching skills.
  • Ability to engage in conflict resolution to mediate student issues.
  • Sensitivity in the areas of oppression, discrimination, and racism.
  • Ability to problem-solve to address complex challenges associated with innovation.
  • Ability to identify and implement collaborative process improvements.

Required Qualifications

  • Completed all graduation requirements from a doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology (PsyD or PhD).
  • At least two years of teaching, training, and/or supervision experience at the doctoral level.
  • Licensed or license eligible to practice psychology in Colorado.
  • Awareness and sensitivity around issues of cultural attunement, specifically related to work with transnational populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience directing a field placement/practicum training program.
  • Local and/or national involvement in education and training.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English.
  • Demonstrated interest and skill in clinical training from a social justice perspective.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by May 28, 2021. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $70,000 - $100,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. CV
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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