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Psyched to Work! (P2W!) Shadowing Experience

Posted: November 17, 2019

 The Department of Psychological Sciences and the Classroom to Career Hub at Metropolitan State University of Denver have partnered to create the Psyched to Work! (P2W!) shadowing experience. The P2W! shadowing experiences connect our students with local employers and graduate programs. The aim of this effort is to help students identify and pursue satisfying career paths. We invite your organization to participate by hosting a student for a day or ½ day shadowing experience. 

Benefits for Participating Organizations 

• Showcase your organization 

• Guide the next generation as they explore career paths 

• Connect with a diverse, motivated, and vibrant set of students who are working toward a B.S. in Psychology or a B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies. 

• Strengthen your connections to MSU Denver 

When will the P2W! shadowing experience take place? 

The P2W! shadowing experience will take place during MSU Denver’s spring break: March 23 - March 27, 2020. 

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Health Care, Mass Shootings, 2020 Presidential Election Causing Americans Significant Stress, New Stress in America™ Survey Finds

Posted: November 5, 2019


WASHINGTON — A year before the 2020 presidential election, Americans report various issues in the news as significant sources of stress, including health care, mass shootings and the upcoming election, according to this year’s Stress in America™ survey by the American Psychological Association. More than half of U.S. adults (56%) identify the 2020 presidential election as a significant stressor, an increase from the 52% of adults who reported the presidential election as a significant source of stress when asked in the months leading up to the 2016 contest. 

The Stress in America™ survey was conducted between Aug. 1 and Sept. 3, 2019, by The Harris Poll among 3,617 adults living in the U.S.

According to this year’s survey, around 7 in 10 adults (69%) say that health care is a significant source of stress — nearly equal to the 71% who say mass shootings are a significant source of stress. Among adults who experience stress about health care at least sometimes (47%), the cost of health care is the most commonly cited source of that stress (64%). Adults with private insurance (71%) are more likely than those with public insurance (53%) to say the cost of health care causes them stress. More than half of adults overall (55%) worry that they will not be able to pay for health care services they may need in the future.

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Creating a Safe Place for Children

Posted: November 5, 2019

Recent research conducted by Helton et al. (2019) suggests that over the past several years, there has been a 70% increase in child sexual abuse cases treated in emergency departments. More specifically, the findings indicate that the number of child sexual abuse admissions increased from 5,138 in 2010 to 8,818 in 2016.

Although the findings demonstrate an increase in ER admissions, the research does not explain why this increase is occurring. Perhaps it is because of an increase in child sex trafficking or exploitation, limited options in rural locations to obtain sexual abuse support (Helton et al., 2019), or perhaps it is because of an increase in children disclosing over the past several years. The causal factors are not yet known; but what these findings do tell us, is that we need to listen to children about sexual abuse.

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Classified - Licensed Psychologist to work in Grand Junction,

Posted: November, 5

DECA Health has an exciting and rewarding opportunity for a Licensed Psychologist to work in Grand Junction, CO! We offer career opportunities in many multi-disciplinary professions, including nursing, psychology, and medicine.

In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities.
  • Strong, secure, yet flexible benefits including 401K
  • Medical and Dental Health Plans
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short and Long-Term Disability coverage
  • Vacation and Sick Leave


The purpose of position is to provide treatment programming to outpatient psychiatric services. This includes psychological assessments, individual therapy in the form of specific targeted behavioral interventions.


Monday-Friday; 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


  • Contribute to and participates in patient's treatment by adhering to practice policies and guidelines.
  • Provide scheduled, structured treatment to individual therapy.
  • Performs relevant individual treatment for the purpose of increasing emotional regulation, coping skills, and behavior regulation.
  • Completes Violence Risk Assessments and/or Competency Examinations, and/or Psychological Examinations (depending on assigned rotation) per Legal, Administrative, and/or Psychology Department time frames.
  • Completes suicide assessment grids per MD/PA/NP referrals. Tracks residents' cognitive functioning by administering neuropsychology screens as requested or needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

Current, valid licensure as a Psychologist from the Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners. -AND- One year of experience as a licensed psychologist or permitted psychologist candidate.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience or training in conducting functional behavior analysis and author behavior analytic treatment plans for patient's treatment.
  • Experience in conducting and writing evaluations of competency to proceed
  • Experience or an interest in the clinical evaluation and/or treatment of juveniles and training in forensic assessments
  • Experience working with mentally ill adults in one or more highly restrictive settings inpatient, residential, day treatment, intensive outpatient, jail)
  • Experience working in a "fast-paced" office ensuring deadlines are being met

Thank you so much for your help!

DECA Health
Nathan Addison
Human Resources Manager
7071 W. Central Ave.
Toledo, OH 43617
PH: 419-843-1369x130
FAX: 419-843-8402



Psychology Today: When and How We Talk with People

Posted: October 30, 2019

If you heard someone say that it’s good for our emotional health to talk with other people, I’m betting you’d agree. But what aspect of talking and being sociable is important? Is it how often we communicate with people? What about how we converse with others? A recent study examined these questions.

So just how does your communication link up with your emotional wellness? Read the full article here

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