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Hampden Academy provides comprehensive educational and therapeutic services in a day treatment setting. Hampden Academy serves students with special education needs, mental health diagnoses, and/or complex trauma in 8th to 12th grade throughout the Denver metro area. Services include group, individual, and family therapy along with educational services provided by highly qualified special education teachers. Students participate in a variety of educational, therapeutic, and community-based programming. In addition to basic core academic classes, student participate in life skills, career exploration, and transitional services classes. Students earn high school credits while attending Hampden Academy. It is the goal of Hampden Academy to help students and families learn, establish, and build life-long skills to support returning to a public school setting
All day treatment program staff are trained in and utilize the Trauma Systems Therapy Model.
Hampden Academy hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm.
Student Placements Available and Requirements:
First and Second year (masters level) graduate students in the fields of Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy. No doctoral level graduate externs at this time.
Undergraduate Students: Work in the therapeutic classrooms providing milieu management with supported learning in areas of crisis management, trauma and mental health in children. Summer internships available.
Graduate Students – First Year: Supported in a milieu management experience with opportunity to co-lead therapy groups and assist with crises. Start to learn what mental health and trauma can look like in children. Therapy experience may be available depending on the experience the student has prior to the internship. 16 hours/wk.
Graduate Students – Internship ready/concentration Year: Students are expected to be able to provide therapy to children and families with support and supervision and to help in the classroom, crisis management and to lead and co-lead therapy groups. Some evening hours to meet family needs for therapy sessions. 20 hours/wk.
All students who accept a training placement must submit to, and pass, these required background checks: Aurora Mental Health Center; Department of Human Services Child Abuse and Neglect; Colorado Bureau of Investigation; and Federal Bureau of Investigation.