Your Hope Center is located in Eagle County, which is home to several picturesque Rocky Mountain communities with elevations ranging from 6,000-9,000 ft. The mountains and rivers offer a plethora of outdoor adventures including: hiking, kayaking, fishing, rafting, biking, camping, backpacking, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice/rock climbing, and so much more. Eagle County is home to the world-class ski resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek. With a population of about 65,000, it is a resort-style tourist destination with plenty of shopping, exquisite restaurants, and community events. Eagle County is comprised of 12 towns that range in population from approximately 200 to 10,000. Over half of the county’s population identifies as Latinx/e. Approximately 30% of the population speak a language other than English in their home.
Through a collaborative effort with our community partners, Your Hope Center extends a beacon of hope to those in emotional crisis and offers a continuum of comprehensive care. Your Hope Center’s 24/7 crisis response team responds to various locations in the community to conduct crisis assessments, interventions, recommendations, and follow-services. These locations include Vail Health Hospital, The Eagle County Detention Center, Medical offices and community residences. At times, law enforcement dispatches the crisis clinician to community locations as well including Hotels and business establishments. The Hope Center School Based team provides outpatient services within 14 schools in Eagle County.
Although local transit options are available, Your Hope Center requires interns to have their own transportation. Local transportation options can be limited and time consuming, especially given the geographical breadth of our service population. The interns own transportation is necessary to respond immediately to agency needs.
In collaboration with our community partners, Your Hope Center connects individuals in need to immediate clinical support to promote stability, resilience, and hope. Your Hope Center provides Mobile Crisis Co-Response Services, Community Stabilization Services and School-Based Intervention. Your Hope Center is an inclusive, professional agency that values and respects clients, families, community partners and employees. The organization recognizes the infinite worth of every individual, and we are honored to serve all community members.
Michelle Muething and Sandy Iglehart, along with other members of a visionary team, founded The Aspen Hope Center as a result of a needs assessment conducted in 2009 by the University of Colorado’s Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center. The Aspen Hope Center was launched providing a mobile crisis program to assist first responders in diffusing crisis events creating a much needed resource for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.
In October of 2018, Your Hope Center was created and has grown into an independent 501(c)3 as of January 2021 to build upon the model created in Aspen, CO and provide mental health support in the Eagle River Valley to meet the specific needs of our community. Your Hope Center partners with First Responders, Eagle County School District and organizations throughout the region to keep our community members safe.
In addition to crisis services and in partnership with Eagle County Schools, Your Hope Center school-based clinicians address the rise of socio-emotional challenges facing children and teens through access to walk-in therapeutic services in thirteen schools in our community. Students can receive counseling, at no charge, throughout the school day from Hope Center school-based therapists. Hope Center therapists work with teachers, administrators, and school counselors to provide direct support to students with individual or group counseling sessions.
Your Hope Center provides crisis response services to all individuals across the lifespan experiencing a mental health crisis, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, and gender identification. Your Hope Center’s school-based services offer therapy services to school aged individuals so that they may receive comprehensive, barrier free access to therapeutic services. Additionally, Your Hope Center typically serves individuals who experience barriers to treatment including financial difficulties, as well as individuals lacking stable and appropriate housing.
Interns placed at Your Hope Center are engaged in a variety of services offered by our organization. Interns will receive a minimum of two hours of individual supervision each week from their primary supervisor (licensed psychologist). An additional 2 hours of supervision will be provided by appropriately licensed professionals and may include individual and/or group supervision. Interns also participate in weekly didactics with the CO-PIC intern cohort. Supplemental weekly individual supervision may be provided by other appropriately credentialed professionals and by supervisors of elective focus area experiences, as needed.
There are two distinct internship tracks available at Your Hope Center: Crisis Response and the School Based/Child Team.
Crisis Response Track (1 FT funded position)
Your Hope Center offers 24/7 crisis support for Eagle County residents. Within the crisis track, the intern will spend four days of the week responding to crisis needs in the community, both in person and via phone. Your Hope Center offers a mobile crisis co-response model where interns will co-respond to mental health calls with law enforcement and paramedics to facilitate risk assessments, de-escalation, and resource connection. Additional intern responsibility includes providing coverage for our 24/7 crisis line on a rotating basis. The crisis response intern will also spend one full day dedicated to didactics, supervision, and training. The intern’s primary clinical responsibilities are within our crisis response team and include crisis evaluations, phone intakes, safety plan development, collaboration with other agencies, and follow-up care. Interns will work with individuals in crisis across the life-span. Additionally, interns will receive crisis related assessment experience to include, at minimum, the utilization of the Full Clinical Interview, Mental Status Exam, and Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale to assess suicide risk. Additionally, interns will participate in monthly team meetings with the crisis team as well as monthly meetings with partner agencies including Community Paramedics and local law enforcement agencies.
Interns placed in the Crisis Response Track will also have the opportunity to provide short-term intensive community based-stabilization as part of our Community Stabilization Program (CSP). This program provides brief youth, individual, and family therapeutic support to individuals needing intensive stabilization that do not require hospitalization. Clinical interventions in this program may include: safety planning; motivational interviewing; CBT; communication skills building; setting healthy boundaries. This program often provides intensive outpatient services for individuals being discharged back to our community from a higher level of crisis care. Evening and weekend hours may be necessary to facilitate CSP programming and crisis response.
School Based/Child Track (1 FT Funded Position)
Supporting the well-being of our youth is a top priority at Your Hope Center. Your Hope Center therapists are co-located in 14 schools throughout the Eagle River Valley. Within the school based/child track, interns will spend four days a week providing school based counseling to children and adolescents in elementary and high school. Interns will be offered school placements based on intern experience and interest. These services will include individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, formal psychological assessments, and professional consultation and systems collaboration. Interns will also spend one full day dedicated to didactics, supervision, and training. Interns will work closely with teachers, administrators, and school counselors to provide direct support to students with individual or group counseling sessions. Interns interested in providing services in the schools will have the opportunity to develop a case load within the school setting to include longer term individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and collaboration with other professionals within the school and assessments. Additionally, interns will participate in monthly team meetings with the school team, as well as monthly meetings with partner agencies.
The intern will receive supervision and training on all assessments utilized at the Hope Center, which may include, but are not limited to: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V), Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV), Weschler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III); Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Projective Drawings, Sentence Completion (Johns), Gray Oral Reading Test (GORT-5); Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP-2); Beery Test of Visual Motor Integration; Conor’s Continuous Test of Auditory Attention; Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC), Behavioral Assessment System for Children (BASC), Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children (MASC), Children’s Depression Inventory (CDI), Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), CAPS-5, PCL-5, PHQ-9, GAD-7, BAI, BDI, Full Clinical Interview, and Mental Status Exam.
The interns will have the opportunity to create and focus on at least 2 elective focus areas during the internship year. Elective focus areas are selected based on intern interest and community need. Examples of possible specialty areas are:
- School-based Intervention
- Primary Prevention Campaigns/Social Norm Campaign/Youth Outreach Services
- Crisis Counseling and Emergency Response
- Program Development
- Law Enforcement Consultation/Training
- Latinx Community Outreach
- Suicide Prevention Training, Assessment, and Leadership
- Anti-stigma Campaigns
- LGBTQ+ Outreach
- Community Stabilization Program
In addition to direct client service, interns may have the opportunity to provide weekly individual clinical supervision to a masters or doctoral level extern. Interns receive supervision on the provision of supervision and are exposed to didactic discussions that focus on the theories of supervision, reflective supervision, and ethical responsibilities of supervisors.
All interns actively participate in coordinated community response meetings, as well as community outreach opportunities. Your Hope Center partners with multiple community partners including Community Paramedics, Law Enforcement Agencies, The Detention Facility, Vail Health, Speak up Reach Out, Hearts Rein, Bright Future Foundation, Eagle County School District, and the Department of Human Services. Specific areas of focus are determined based on community need and intern interest.
Teresa Haynes, Psy.D., LP
Primary Site Supervisor
Dr. Teresa Haynes is a Licensed Psychologist and the Clinical Director of Your Hope Center. Dr. Haynes graduated with a BS in Psychology from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, a MS from Troy State University and a Psy.D. from the Colorado School of Professional Psychology. Her doctoral program specialization was in working with young children and trauma.
Dr. Haynes is passionate about serving others and has a wealth of experience prior to coming to Your Hope Center. She moved to Colorado in 2001 after obtaining employment at a therapeutic wilderness program working with adolescents and families. She completed her doctoral internship as The Children’s Center, a therapeutic preschool, providing psychological testing, assessments, and individual, group, and family therapy. She was employed as a School psychologist in both Eagle and Lake Counties. More recently, Dr. Haynes was in private practice serving children, adults, and families.
Dr. Haynes is excited to be a part of the Your Hope Center team and feels passionate about supporting the mental health of children, as well as supporting the people who directly impact the mental health and wellbeing of children. She also enjoys supporting individuals highest at risk in our community. In her free time, Dr. Haynes engages in teaching and practicing yoga, skiing, music, reading, hiking, and camping with her family.
Carrie Benway, a resident of Eagle County for 30 years, is the Executive Director of Your Hope Center. Carrie was elected to Eagle County’s Board of Education in 2007 and served two, four-year terms. In 2015, as President of Eagle County’s Board of Education, Carrie recognized the need for additional mental health support for students and connected with the Aspen Hope Center to learn more about their school-based program. During the Aspen Hope Center’s expansion to Eagle County, Carrie was asked to join their board. In January of 2020, she accepted a leadership position with the Aspen Hope Center and was asked to form a separate nonprofit in the Eagle River Valley, based on Aspen Hope Center’s model, to meet the specific needs of community members in the Eagle River Valley.
Your Hope Center launched as a 501(c)(3), with a local board of directors, on January 1st 2021. Carrie has led Your Hope Center’s expansion, doubling the organization’s budget and the number of full-time clinicians to fulfill the organization’s mission: In collaboration with our community partners, Your Hope Center connects individuals in need to immediate clinical support to promote stability, resiliency, and hope. Your Hope Center’s strategic plan is being finalized with a focus on recruitment and retention of staff, financial sustainability, and collaboration with community partners.
Carrie currently serves on the board of Early Childhood Partners, Colorado Mountain College’s Advisory Council (Edwards Campus), and is a member of Eagle County’s Mental Health Advisory Committee. Carrie graduated from Furman University with a BA in English. She feels fortunate to have been able to raise her daughters (both graduates of Eagle County Schools) in the beautiful Eagle River Valley. Carrie enjoys spending time with family & friends and is known to be a bit competitive on her USTA tennis team.