The Internship Experience
Interns placed at Code-4 Counseling are engaged in a variety of services offered by our organization. The intern’s primary clinical responsibilities are within our counseling and psychological services program. This includes individual and couples counseling, as well as occasional family counseling. Responsibilities also include phone intakes, safety plan development, and follow-up care for new clients, some of whom may be in crisis. Interns will also have the opportunity to assist with training if they choose and if they are determined to be both comfortable and skilled at public speaking. Interns are thoroughly trained and supervised on therapy cases to ensure a high level of competence. Additional intern responsibility may include crisis response for critical incidents or clients in crisis (these can occur 24/7 so reasonable flexibility is needed), engaging in “ride-along” opportunities with police and fire personnel, fire station and dispatch center visits and wellness checks, facilitating psychoeducational workshops and therapy groups, developing handouts, and assisting with wellness needs assessments (one-on-one interviews, facilitating focus groups, report writing, etc.).
Code-4 embraces an integrative view with regard to the therapeutic approach to clinical work that frequently incorporates modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Additionally, Code-4 emphasizes the Gottman Institute when working with couples and offers the opportunity for interns to receive specialized training in this approach if they choose. We have a strong focus on training and providing trauma-informed care given the exposure to trauma the majority of our clients experience. We also encourage alternative therapy treatments such as canine-assisted therapy (Code-4 has two therapy dogs, Elton and Lync, that are often available to both clients and clinicians at the office).
Interns receive a minimum of two hours of individual supervision each week from their primary supervisor (licensed psychologist) and at least one additional hour of group supervision and case consultation with our entire team. Interns also participate in weekly didactics and group supervision with the CO-PIC intern cohort. Supplemental weekly individual supervision will be provided by other credentialed professionals and by supervisors of elective focus area experiences, as needed.
Elective Focus Areas
Interns will have the opportunity to create and focus on an elective focus during the internship year. Elective focus areas are selected based on intern interest and agency need. Examples of specialty focus areas may include:
- Suicide Prevention and Intervention Training
- Responder Relationship Support Workshops
- LGBTQ+ Outreach for responder and healthcare personnel
- Post-trauma Growth initiatives
- Substance Abuse support groups
- Crisis Counseling and Emergency Response
- Responder and Healthcare Wellness Program Needs Assessments
Additional Areas of Focus
Preferred Candidate Qualifications
Sara Metz, Psy.D., LP – Primary Site Supervisor
Dr. Sara Metz is a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado. For the past 12 years, Dr. Metz has specialized in public safety psychology and has provided psychological support services to emergency responders and their families. In 2016, she was honored to be the recipient of the APA Division 18 Eileen Gupton Award for Early Career Contributions in Police and Public Safety Psychology. In 2017 Sara opened her own firm, Code-4 Counseling, LLC. Code-4 Counseling, LLC has grown quickly over the past 3.5 years and Sara, along with her growing team of clinicians, now serve agencies around the state of Colorado through counseling and training as well as critical incident response. In 2019, Dr. Metz partnered with CSU Global to develop a fully specialized counseling program, one of the first of its kind in the country, for those wishing to serve military and responder cultures. As the Program Director of this Master of Science in Military and Emergency Responder Psychology program, Dr. Metz has been responsible for helping to build each course from the ground up. The program officially launched in September 2020 and more than 40 students are now enrolled. Dr. Metz is committed to innovation and serving as a proactive force for change in support of bringing culturally competent clinical services to responders across the country. In addition to her work with Code-4 Counseling and CSU Global, Dr. Metz further serves the responder community as an Executive Board Member of the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation as well for the AT&T FirstNet Responder Wellness Coalition.
Cari Cornish, Psy.D., LP
Secondary Site Supervisor
Dr. Cari Cornish is a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado. She spent years working in community mental health before joining Code-4 Counseling to serve responders and their families. She currently serves as the in-house psychologist for the Thornton Police Department and is responsible for counseling, wellness training, peer support supervision, and critical incident response for their personnel. Additionally, she provides supervision to both masters and doctorate level students completing year long practicum and internships with Code-4 Counseling.
Site Director: Dr. Sara Metz, Licensed Psychologist
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Mailing address: 9362 Teddy Ln, STE 106, Lone Tree, CO 80124