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Training Opportunities and Application Procedures

University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
The Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of scholarships for Community Fellowships for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 training years. These scholarships have been generously funded by the Piton Foundation to support community practitioners whose agencies do not have the financial resources to afford the fellowship costs. Scholarships will be prioritized for applicants from agencies serving high-risk, vulnerable families of pregnant women, infants and young children in urban and rural areas.
Community fellowship positions are available for master’s or doctoral level mental health, social work, early childhood education professionals, and allied health professionals. Community follows are individuals seeking training in early childhood mental health while continuing their current jobs and participating in the Harris Program on a part-time basis.  Applicants interested in these positions must have at least 5 years prior experience working professionally with young children. 
Community fellows are required to commit to one full day (Tuesday) a week to attend (in-person) seminars, receive individual and group-based reflective supervision, and participate in other Harris Program activities. Community fellows must maintain an adequate clinical caseload of direct service with young children and their families to support supervision and case discussion in the didactic seminars.  Community applicants working in agencies will also need a commitment of appropriate “release time” from their agency duties to participate in the fellowship experience. Finally, the applicant’s agency will need to be in a position to collaborate with the Harris Program for consultation and technical assistance (as negotiated) to assure the fellow’s training translates into meaningful impact for the young children and their families served.
To be considered for submitting an application, please send an email letter of intent to Dr. Karen Frankel and Ms. Stacey L'Hommedieu, describing your position, credentials, and goals for the fellowship of no more than 500 words. Additionally, please include a brief letter of support from an agency representative with fiscal and administrative signing authority and your direct supervisor attesting to the agency’s intent to support the fellow during the training year and their activities on behalf of infant and early childhood mental health.

The application consists of an application form, MOU, letter of interest, curriculum vitae/resumé, and 2-4 recommendation letters along with two telephone interviews. Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2018.

One-year training positions are available for psychologists and child psychiatrists. In addition to a demonstrated interest in infancy and early childhood, applicants must have a PhD or PsyD in clinical, counseling, or school psychology and have completed an APA-accredited internship, or a MD and have completed a residency in child and adolescent psychiatry. Minorities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply (must be a U.S. citizen) since most of the fellow clinical site placements are bilingual settings. Although most of the trainees in the program are full-time, occasionally arrangements may be made to pursue training on a part-time basis. Selected candidates for fellowship positions must complete all graduate degree requirements and provide proof of degree prior to starting fellowship. Postdoctoral fellows receive a stipend plus benefits and paid leave during their training.

In order to apply for a fellowship position, please submit the following by 5:00 p.m. MST on DECEMBER 13th:
  • Letter of interest (please include why you are interested in the Harris Program, what are your training goals, etc.)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Application form (pdf file; requires Adobe Reader program to open and save form entries) If you are having problems with the application form, try saving the original form on your computer before starting to complete it and do not complete the form in your browser. Once finalized, save the form and send it as a file attachment.
  • Four reference letters per instructions on application form
All application materials should be submitted by email to:
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all of their application materials are received by the above deadline date; incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Your application will be considered for one of the fellowship positions that will be starting next September. Attempts are made to match an applicant’s areas of interest to the program’s clinical sites. Applicants meeting our initial requirements will be invited for in-person interviews, which will be held January 14th-15th and January 28th-29th. Interviews are held over two full days and entail visiting the clinical sites as well as meeting with Harris Program directors/faculty, clinical site supervisors, and current fellows.

For additional information or questions, please contact Stacey L'Hommedieu, Harris Program Training Coordinator (303-724-9758 or​