Fellowships & Internships


BIPR_fellowsThe Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research at InReach provides Post-Doctoral/Post-Masters Fellowships and Psychology/Social Work Internships.

The BIPR Training Program at InReach is a 2-year intensive program which specializes in the treatment of trauma and attachment disorders. The theoretical orientation is neurobiology-informed relational psychodynamic psychotherapy.  It consists of:

  • A two year comprehensive course which integrates Attachment Theory and Neuroscience into Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
  • A clinical issues seminar in which intakes and ongoing cases are discussed in depth
  • Individual Supervision
  • Group Supervision/Preschool Team Meetings for cases seen in the Zero-to-Five Services and Therapeutic Preschool Program.
  • 2-3 Special Issues Seminars/year which provide the opportunity to study issues in-depth.  In the past, these have included, Treatment of Adults with Traumatic (Disorganized) Attachment Patterns; Children’s Drawings, Dreams and Drawings, Starting a Private Practice and Child Psychotherapy.  Planned seminars during the next two years include some of the titles listed above plus Reflective Supervision; and Evaluating Attachment, Adaptive Functioning, and Problematic Behaviors in Parent-Child Dyads.


Trainees have an opportunity to provide:

  • Outpatient psychotherapy for adults, adolescents and children
  • Family and couples therapy
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Preschool and daycare consultation and in-service training
  • Work in Therapeutic Preschool
  • Psychodiagnostic  and Psychoeducational Assessments
  • Parent Education Groups
  • Research


More about the Fellowship:

The position is a 2-year, approximately 25-hour/week commitment. Students are expected to work 4–6 hours on one weekend day each week. InReach is a non-profit organization that works to incorporate the latest advances in knowledge about human development into the most effective services for promoting healthy lives and communities.

The training at BIPR integrates attachment and psychodynamic theories, the impact of trauma on the brain and the mind, and neuroscientific approaches to understanding behavior and experience. Clients range from very young children to adults. Couples, group, and family therapy are also provided. One integral part of the program is an intensive focus on early childhood, including preschool and nursery school consultation and early intervention in infant/parent, toddler/parent, and preschool child/parent dyads. BIPR makes every attempt to assign cases based on students’ areas of interest, and research opportunities may also be available.

First-year Training Includes:

  • 5–6 hours of seminars/week
  • 1–2 hours of individual supervision (depending on number of cases) and mentoring.


Seminars include:

  • Integrating Neuroscience, Trauma, Attachment, & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Theories: Understanding concepts and clinical applications. This year-long seminar integrates neurobiological findings and attachment theory into the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • Zero-to-Five Seminar: In this seminar students study the subtleties of attachment, the infant–parent literature, methods for evaluating parent–child relationships, and the treatment of attachment problems within the parent–child dyad. Intake and Triage Seminar: This seminar emphasizes the importance of the case-conceptualization phase of treatment. New cases are discussed and triaged.
  • Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Theory: This year-long seminar examines the foundations and evolution of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory and practice by reviewing and discussing the major thinkers in the field.
  • EMDR Group Supervision: This is group supervision for students who have had EMDR training. Special Issues seminars. These are shorter seminars with an in-depth focus on particular issues. They may include:
    1. The Neurobiology of Trauma and Dissociation: Implications for Treatment
    2. Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice
    3. The Clinical Use of Drawings in Psychotherapy
    4. Play Therapy for Children
    5. Reflective Supervision
    6. Opening a Private Practice—Clinical Considerations and Nuts and Bolts
    7. Clinical Consultation in Nursery and Preschools
    8. Infant Observation
    9. Psychological Testing

In addition, fellows may attend all of the BIPR Front Porch Lectures. These lectures feature national and international speakers presenting cutting-edge techniques and clinical interventions. Please see previous Front Porch Events here.

It is expected that each fellow will carry 12–16 clinical case-hours/week. Students start with a smaller caseload and build up to a full caseload over time. If the fellow is a post-doc, he or she will provide psychological testing at the rate of approximately one case/month. Certificates in Trauma-specific Psychotherapy and Attachment-focused Psychotherapy will be awarded to students upon their successful completion of the program.


The ideal doctoral-level candidate:

  • Has completed a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical, Counseling or Educational Psychology
  • Has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults
  • Is self-directed and responsible
  • Is able to effectively network and promote BIPR to the community with support from the Training Committee
  • Enjoys working independently
  • Has an interest in attachment, neurobiology, trauma, and psychodynamic theory and practice
  • Is flexible
  • Is licensed at the master’s level

The ideal masters-level candidate:

  • Has completed an masters’ degree in Clinical Social Work or a related field
  • Has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults
  • Is self-directed and responsible
  • Is able to effectively network and promote BIPR to the community with support from the Training Committee
  • Enjoys working independently
  • Has an interest in attachment, neurobiology, trauma, and psychodynamic theory and practice
  • Is flexible
  • Has relevant work experience within the field or related areas

Preference is given to Post-Doctoral fellows over Post-Masters students, but exceptional Post-Masters students are encouraged to apply. Very experienced psychology or social work interns may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There is no financial compensation for these positions.
Students MUST be available Mondays from 8:00AM to 9:30AM and Tuesdays from 8:00AM to 10:00AM, 10:15AM to 11:15AM, and 1:00 to 2:00. It is also important that Tuesdays from 11:00 to 12:00 are available if you are interested in EMDR training.

To apply: Send a cover letter, a curriculum vita, and two letters of recommendation to Gretchen Fair, InReach, Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research Program, 311 Mapleton, Avenue, Suite 231 
Boulder, CO 80302; 303-442-4562) or email it to gretchenf@inreach.org . Applicants accepted on a rolling basis.

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