Overview of Program
The Volunteer, Internship, and Practicum Program is part of the overall mission to provide opportunities for volunteers and students to learn and practice the Windhorse approach. Windhorse Community Services, Inc., works in partnership with area colleges and universities. Students may participate in individual one-on-one work with clients, team meetings, attend social activities with clients, and receive supervision in a variety of formats. We utilize the mindfulness-based therapeutic approach of basic attendance. Each team is designed to meet the therapeutic needs and financial means of the client. Every attempt is made to match each clinician’s style, training, and experience to the needs and personality of the client. Some experience working with our target clientele is preferred. Also, having a mindfulness-based practice (meditation, yoga, Qi Gong, etc.) is also preferred.
WCS, Inc. usually serves clients ranging in age from 18–64. Clients present with a wide range of mental health challenges, including schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, affective disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, personality disorders, closed-head injuries, obsessive-compulsive disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, autism, challenges of aging, and terminal illnesses. We offer complementary or alternative treatment to mainstream psychiatric care, utilizing the mindfulness-based therapeutic approach of basic attendance.
Selection, References, and Criminal Background Checks
After WCS makes an initial review of resumes and applications, selected candidates will be invited to appear for screening and final interviews. At the initial interview, a copy of the expectations will be made available to each candidate. Internship and Practicum Students will provide all of the necessary information regarding their program’s requirements. WCS will contact at least one or more references with permission of the candidate under consideration, and all candidates for volunteer, internship and practicum opportunities will submit to a CBI (criminal background investigation) for the state of Colorado and other relevant states like a background check in Kansas and others. For those who may be assigned to work with children under the age of 18, a Child Abuse Registry Check will also be run. All candidates accepted for volunteer, internship, and practicum positions will receive a letter in writing.
Certification, Licensure, Professional Liability Insurance, and Database Registry
Practicum and Internship students must provide proof of professional liability insurance coverage prior to beginning their learning program with WCS. If registered in the State of Colorado’s DORA Database, a copy of that registration must also be provided. Finally, a current copy of each individual’s Driver’s License and Auto Insurance must also be on file.
A volunteer is a qualified individual who is furthering one’s own knowledge and desire to serve in the local community without satisfying requirements of an educational program. There is no compensation for this role. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers are asked for a 6-month commitment of 4-5 hours weekly.
An intern is a student in a graduate degree program (counseling, social work, psychology, or related field), looking to satisfy a required field experience, with a requirement of 600-900 hours, that includes regular individual and group clinical supervision. The internship is typically 9 months in length.
A Practicum Student is in a graduate (i.e. Masters) degree program (counseling, social work, psychology, or related field), looking to satisfy a required field experience. The usual requirement is 70–120 hours and includes client contact, milieu experience, and individual as well as group clinical supervision. The practicum is typically 4 months (a semester) in length. Practicum students have the option to continue as volunteers after the successful completion of their practicum experience.
Site Requirements and Meeting Expectations
For all volunteers, interns and practicum students who are assigned to work with a client, the following must be completed:
- Complete at least one (1) 3-hour basic attendance shift weekly with a client (which can take place in the therapeutic household and/or the community);
- Participate in one (1) 1-hour team meeting weekly; and
- Participate in weekly supervision with the Team Leader and/or Team Supervisor.
- Practicum students must commit to 5 hours per week (which includes the previous bullets).
- Practicum and internship students must commit to a monthly BA supervision group.
- Internship students must commit to a weekly number of hours (TBD) that meets the requirements of their internship program as well as meet the previously listed bullets.
To apply and/or for more information, contact Lori Heintzelman at: email@example.com