Volunteers Of America Northern Rockies offers quality, evidence-based treatment in the areas of substance use disorder and behavioral health care in Montana, Wyoming and Western South Dakota. We pride ourselves on nurturing, training and supporting staff to provide the best service possible and to be their best selves.Learn More About our Clinical Internship Program
Clinical Internships at Volunteers of America
The VOANR Clinical Internship program includes supervision with trained, experience clinical supervisors. Professional growth is a priority and supported through competency-based assessment that informs an annual professional growth plan and vision.
Our Intern Supervisors prioritize collaboration with academic supervisors and academic goals, so our interns feel supported in all aspects of their experience.
Our programming and potential experience for clinical interns include opportunities to:
- Work across the life span
- Experience all aspects of clinical work, including: clinical assessments and diagnosing, treatment planning, group facilitation, individual therapy, family therapy, case management, case consultation, and other activities as needed to provide evidence based, quality clinical care
- Work across services and modalities, including: individual therapy, group services, youth and family services, case management, internal referrals to needed services, and community collaboration with agencies such as the Department of Family Services, Probation/Parole, and other community partners.
From One of Our Past Interns
Being an intern with Volunteers of America was an opportunity I have been very grateful for as it gifted me with significant reflection and personal and professional growth. I was thoroughly rewarded with the variety of clinical work, my fellow interns, and my individual and group supervision.
My supervisors were genuine, timely, and knowledgeable and they made me feel like an asset to the team. As an intern, I had the chance to provide a variety of clinical services such as individual and group therapy and participate in didactic trainings and staff meetings. Supervision was always held as a priority and the feedback I received was specific to my areas of challenge and strength. My supervisors were very encouraging and supportive of me in developing my own unique professional identity that was authentic to me and who I am as a clinician.
Coming on as an intern during the immense uncertainty of the pandemic was handled with grace and internship staff continued to grow alongside of me and my fellow interns in reshaping program needs that were mindful of having interns working and training remotely. This internship site has a great balance of challenge and support that grants each student enough time for thoughtful reflection and provides enough structure to move interns towards autonomous practice. Due to the depth of clinical experience, I was well prepared to take the next step in my career and I was lucky to have the opportunity to stay on as a full-time staff member.
Now that I have graduated with my provisional license, I am working towards gaining my hours towards full licensure. My internship experience allowed me to feel confident in this position and ready to tackle the challenges that come my way that are innate to this field. Volunteers of America is a wonderful organization and a great site for internship training. I highly recommend it for those who are applying for internship!
Laramie Valle MS, PPC
University of Wyoming
From a Partner University
My name is Dr. Alex Colvin. I have had the pleasure of working with VOA-Northern Rockies. I am a field liaison with Walden University and VOA was gracious enough to accept one of our students for an internship. Since I have worked with this organization, I have been thoroughly impressed with the learning opportunities they have provided for my student. The organization has aranged for her to have practice opportunities that has exposed her to therapeutic models to enabled her to develop as an advanced level social work practitioner. I want to thank you, VOA-Northern Rockies for partnering with Walden University. We hope we can continue this great partnership for many years to come.
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Alexandra (Alex) Kane has a unique background in that she was once a practicum student with our agency and now she serves as a clinical supervisor for several full-time staff and two MSW students. Alex has a passion for the work she does with clients and has devoted herself to being the best leader she can be so that she can help others develop their skills and serve clients with the same energy and passion.
Alex is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with both her BA in Psychology and Masters in Social Work. She earned her LCSW in July of 2018. In her 5 year tenure post-graduation, she has worked with clients of all ages. However, she prefers adolescents and young adults. Alex also has a talent for working with clients on the Autism Spectrum. In addition to her role as a clinical supervisor, Alex also does work on our Quality Assurance Committee and leads our after-hours on-call team.
When asked about her experience as a practicum supervisor, Alex stated: “I genuinely enjoy getting to share my passion for mental healthcare with students. It is awesome being able to take part in helping them grow into amazing professionals. I appreciate those who have inspired me and I hope to be that inspiration for others."
Jodi Geis-Crowder has a passion for the helping profession to ensure access to care for all. This passion is evident in her mentoring, supervising, nurturing and training professionals and interns to reach their professional potential. Jodi has spent the past 25 years dedicating her professional efforts to ensuring that individuals in rural, frontier areas in Northeast Colorado and Southeast Wyoming have access to quality, culturally meaningful behavioral health care and substance use disorder services.
A native of Wyoming, Jodi holds an Associate of Science Degree in Education from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Sciences with areas of emphasis in psychology, economics, political science and anthropology, and a Master of Science Degree in Counselor Education and Human Development with an emphasis in Leadership from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. She holds professional counseling licenses in good standing in Colorado (LPC-2476, March 2000) and Wyoming (LPC-1602, September 2016), is an Approved Clinical Supervisor, a certified Solution Focused Brief Therapy practitioner, holds a certificate in the Human/Animal Bond from the Denver University Graduate School of Social Work, has studied and gained numerous continuing education credits in the area of the human/animal bond, has been registered with three therapy dogs (2005, 2010 and 2019) and is a tester/observer for Alliance of Therapy Dogs, a national credentialing organization for therapy dog teams headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Jodi states, “My passion for assisting others in their professional development has grown during my years in the behavioral health care field. I am focused on supporting and developing practicum students and interns as they are the future of quality services in the behavioral health care field.”
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Senior Director of Outpatient and Medical Services for Volunteers of America- Northern Rockies (VOA). I obtained my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA. I completed my pre-doctoral training with the Rocky Mountain Internship Consortium in Colorado and specifically, University of the Rockies Counseling Center in Colorado Springs, CO. I went on to pursue my post-doctoral training at the Loma Linda Behavioral Medicine Center in Loma Linda, CA where I earned my expertise in the treatment of eating disorders. I practiced as the primary Treatment Coordinator for the Partial Hospital (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) eating disorder programs at Loma Linda for 2 years before moving into administration within the hospital system.
My passion for community mental health and the front range called me to Wyoming in 2017 when I accepted a director position with Peak Wellness. Peak has since been acquired by VOA. In 2019 I accepted a five-year appointment to the Wyoming Board of Psychology by Governor Mark Gordon and have been serving for the past several years. I continue to serve clients through individual and group therapy and have also managed to keep my hand in academia through adjunct professor opportunities. My current passions include advocacy and training in the field of psychology, and I am grateful that my current roles allow me the opportunity to tackle both.
As a practitioner-scholar, I strive to utilize evidence informed treatment with all clients. As an organization, Peak follows current research and trends in the field of psychotherapy to ensure our clients are progressing toward treatment goals. Additionally, treatment outcomes are monitored, and client feedback is solicited to ensure well-informed care. Nonetheless, I encourage my supervisees to find the theoretical orientation that fits them best. I believe that knowledge and skill in a variety of intervention strategies are essential to quality treatment. As a supervisor, I follow the developmental model of supervision; guiding and coaching my supervisees through the supervision process as developmentally appropriate. Different goals for training are created at varying points in the learning process based on the individual needs of the trainee. Overall, I strive toward a validating and supportive supervision relationship to facilitate growth and learning.