Externship Model

Post-graduate practitioners with degrees in counseling, psychology, and social work, or other related fields are welcome to apply for an unpaid, clinical externship placement with us. Our externship program is twelve months long and is housed within our highly structured and developmentally-oriented clinical training program.  This is an ideal site for individuals who thrive in a supportive environment that also requires independent thinking and team collaboration. There is a strong focus on building skills in assessment and treatment planning as well as broad exposure to the interplay between trauma and addiction

This program supports post-graduate therapists in learning or further developing the clinical, professional, and administrative aspects of successfully working in an out-patient, psychotherapy practice. Our clinical externship placement program does this by emphasizing four areas of primary responsibility for each of our externs. These are:

  1. Maintaining a clinical caseload of active clients
  2. Mentoring current interns using informal supervision
  3. Training staff through in-services and other educational opportunities 

In addition, the post-graduate clinical externship placement is designed to provide multi-disciplinary learning opportunities, clinical experience, and supervision that support new practitioners in obtaining professional licensure and/or other related credentialing. Post-graduate externs are currently able to work toward licensure, certification, and/or registration in the following areas:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) 

This externship will meet DORA requirements by providing:

  • 2 years/2,000 hours of post-master's practice in applied psychotherapy under board approved supervision
  • Individual supervision will be weekly for one hour and group supervision will be 1.5-2 hours weekly


Because there are several different avenues by which potential externship applicants may apply, please be sure to identify the appropriate category for you below and follow the associated instructions for each:

  1. New Extern: An applicant who did not complete a clinical internship placement with NCS and has no previous training role at NCS.
    • Please follow the application process outlined below.
  2. Renewing Extern: An applicant who completed a clinical externship placement with NCS and who wishes to extend the placement into an externship year.

The interview dates are as follows:

Interviews are held in early November for our January start date. Applications may be submitted beginning September 1 and will be considered through November 30. Submitting applications early is highly recommended.

If you are interested please send or email the following:

  • A cover letter summarizing your skills and qualifications
  • A copy of your résumé or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from a recent instructor; one from a recent employer; and one from an instructor, employer, supervisor, colleague, or someone who knows you well, other than a family member or significant other)

Please submit your application materials to the Director either by email or regular mail.  Applicants who meet our criteria will be invited to participate in a group information session followed by an individual interview with current team members.

Time Commitment 

  • 10 – 15 Hours per Week (Variable Depending on Need)
  • 12 Month Minimum (Non-Negotiable; Renewable every six months)
  • Start Date: January


  • Attend individual clinical supervision as indicated by caseload
  • Attend scheduled group clinical supervision/consultation
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings
  • Attend and/or facilitate scheduled clinical trainings, in-services, and continuing education workshops
  • Generate adequate weekly revenue from various sources
  • Provide phone screenings and intake appointments for prospective clients
  • Provide individual counseling and psychotherapy
  • Provide couple counseling and psychotherapy (if training warrants)
  • Provide family counseling and psychotherapy (if training warrants)
  • Facilitate weekly assigned support and/or psychotherapy groups
  • Assess and respond to requests for mental health and/or addictions counseling services 
  • Provide crisis coverage for clinical team by referral or direct intervention as appropriate
  • Administer and score psychometric assessments (if training warrants)
  • Participate in research data collection and evaluation
  • Maintain appropriate documentation and submit paperwork in a timely manner
  • Maintain ongoing network of support services in the community related to mental health and/addictions
  • Ensure externship paperwork is completed in a timely manner
  • Serve as a clinical mentor to counseling interns, practicum students, and other clinical training staff
  • Assist in maintaining a professional, clean, and well-organized work environment
  • Seek out supervision beyond these requirements as needed 

Education, Training, and Other Requirements   

  • Current registration, permit, or license with Colorado DORA
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check
  • Personal laptop computer for communication and record keeping
  • Graduated from a regionally accredited Master’s/Doctoral program in psychology, counseling, social work, or related field
  • Experience in individual, couples, family, and group counseling and psychotherapy
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to working with diverse populations
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to working with trauma and issues of interpersonal violence
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to issues of chronic illness, especially grief and loss
  • Proficiency in written communication, verbal communication, and basic computer software applications
  • Bilingual Spanish-Speaking preferred
  • Must have professional malpractice/liability insurance
  • Must be a student/professional member of an appropriate professional association; i.e. AAMFT, ACA, ADTA, AGPA, APA, and/or USABP
  • Must be actively engaged in personal practices that support physical, psychological, interpersonal, and/or spiritual growth.