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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TRAINING PROGRAM

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Behavioral Health Training Program at Salud Family Health offers opportunities for graduate-level practicum students and postdoctoral fellows. We aim to develop culturally competent primary care behavioral health providers who are prepared to work in integrated safety net settings as clinicians, educators, and administrators. Our goal is to provide trainees with clinical, consultative, and educational experiences that will inform their views of health and the healthcare system, as well as influence their approach to patient care.

 

As a trainee, you will have the opportunity to practice in integrated primary care settings while learning about policy, organizational, and management challenges that professional behavioral health providers often encounter in medical settings. As an organization, Salud values the development of health professionals, especially in integrated care settings; Salud views this training program as a fundamental aspect of both supporting sustainability in, and working towards overall improvement, of the health care field.

 

Unique Training Experience

  • Faculty who are experienced with and specifically trained in integrated primary care psychology and behavioral health

  • Bilingual faculty members; supervision can be provided in Spanish

  • Experience with providing clinical services in both in-person and telehealth formats

  • Diverse training cohort, including different educational backgrounds and nationalities

  • Faculty members with varied backgrounds, including a clinical pharmacist and family physician

  • 60% of the patient population are Latinx; 40% of patient population indicate Spanish as their preferred language

  • Monthly didactic (and seminar for postdoctoral fellows); curriculum focuses on developing competencies related to working in integrated primary care settings

  • Curriculum that includes:

    • Monthly lectures in psychopharmacology​

    • Seminars that address Latinx health and cultural awareness

    • Monthly guest speakers who share their expertise in integrated models of care

    • For Postdoctoral Fellows only: seminars aimed at developing knowledge and skills pertaining to integrated care, leadership, policy, and advocacy; training in how to supervise bilingual/bicultural/international trainees

 

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Postdoctoral Fellowship is a one-year position (salaried, with benefits) in integrated primary care psychology. Fellows function as an integral part of the health care team and work alongside other Behavioral Health Providers, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, and graduate-level trainees. Throughout the fellowship year, clinical supervision and training supplement the Fellow's direct clinical experience. Additionally, there are opportunities for teaching, supervision, research, and becoming involved in management and administration, as they arise and are consistent with the Fellow's interests. Satisfactory completion of the fellowship meets postdoctoral requirements for licensure in the state of Colorado.

 

Behavioral Health Externship

The Behavioral Health Externship is available to graduate students (Master's and Doctoral-level) in the following areas: social work, counseling, and psychology. Externs are exposed to preventative behavioral health services, including behavioral health screenings, consultation-based services, brief psychotherapy, assessments, and psychological testing (for doctoral students), across the lifespan and including all concerns that present in primary care clinics. Additionally, Externs learn how to address health factors as part of behavioral health interventions.

 

Training Location

Postdoctoral Fellows and Externs are assigned to one of Salud's clinics, typically at the Longmont, Brighton, and Commerce City locations; however, clinics' needs, available supervision, and trainees' preferences are all taken into consideration during the assignment process.

 

Clinics at Salud vary based size of the community, patient demographics, number of medical and behavioral health providers, and available community resources. The nature of the clinical work and supervision, however, is consistent across all clinics. Trainees are required to attend monthly didactics; typically these sessions are conducted virtually, but they are occasionally offered in-person at the Longmont or Commerce City clinics. Individual supervision can be scheduled virtually or in-person at either the trainee's assigned clinic or the supervisor's home clinic.  


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
The following requirements must be met in order to participate in the Behavioral Health Training program.

 

Postdoctoral Fellowship:

  • Ph.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, or a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from an APA or CPA Accredited Program (all degree requirements must be met by the start date of the fellowship)

  • Completion of an APA Accredited internship

  • Strong commitment to working with underserved populations

  • Ability to provide services with cultural awareness and sensitivity

  • Ability to deliver services in Spanish (preferred)

  • Fellow must be registered with DORA as a Psychologist Candidate prior to the start date

Externship:

  • Ability to communicate in Spanish (preferred; not necessary at the Trinidad location)

  • Ability to function in a fast-paced medical environment requiring quick assessment and intervention

  • Strong communication skills

  • Advanced students only (must have a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience)

  • Minimum of 16 direct patient contacts per week

  • Available to participate in onboarding training during the third week of August


HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please send the following documents to Dr. Aglaury Núñez-Morales at aglaury.nunez@saludclinic.org:

  1. Curriculum vitae 

  2. Letter of intention/cover letter

  3. Two letters of recommendation (for Postdoctoral Fellows only) 

*Applications through APPIC (APPA CAS) are preferred for the Postdoctoral Fellowship


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Aglaury Núñez-Morales, PsyD

Director of Training for Behavioral Health

Dr. Núñez-Morales is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology. She also completed a Certificate in Family and Couples Therapy and a Postdoctoral Fellowship with an emphasis in primary care. As the Director of Training for Behavioral Health at Salud, Dr. Núñez-Morales trains Postdoctoral Fellows, graduate-level trainees, and international students on primary care behavioral health practices. She also trains new Behavioral Health Providers when they are hired at Salud. Dr. Núñez-Morales provides supervision to Postdoctoral Fellows, organizes training opportunities for Externs, provides monthly didactic lectures for all trainees, and facilitates seminars for Postdoctoral Fellows.

Kimberly Santos Avilés, PhD

Director of Medication-Assisted Treatment

Dr. Santos holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She completed her internship in Integrated Behavioral Health at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus and a Postdoctoral Fellowship with an emphasis in Primary Care Psychology at Salud Family Health. Dr. Santos' role in the training program consists of providing onboarding (and ongoing) training in substance use, including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and tobacco cessation. She also supervises Behavioral Health Externs who are interested in working with substance use.

Yaira Oquendo Figueroa, PhD

Vice President of Medical Services Behavioral Health Integration

Dr. Oquendo has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, a Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship in integrated care for individuals with HIV, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship with an emphasis in Primary Care Psychology. Dr. Oquendo holds leadership positions in several national health care and psychology associations. As a faculty member of the training program, she facilitates professional development supervision, oversees the Postdoctoral Fellowship project, and lectures about policy and advocacy, among other responsibilities.

Tillman Farley, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Farley is a family physician with great expertise in integrated care. He spends time with Behavioral Health Trainees each month during didactics, providing insight into collaborative care from a medical perspective.

Ben Chavez, PharmD, BCPP, BCACP

Director of Behavioral Health Pharmacy Services

Dr. Chavez is a clinical pharmacist and joins didactics each month to lecture on psychopharmacology. He also provides case consultation during these lectures.

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Left to right: Dr. Núñez Morales, Dr. Oquendo Figueroa, Dr. Santos Avilés