Denver Seminary counseling students have the benefit of completing their practicum requirement at our on-site community counseling clinic, Denver Counseling Center (DCC). DCC offers accessible, affordable counseling to the Denver metropolitan community through in-person sessions and to Coloradans across the state via Telehealth. For nearly 20 years, DCC (formerly Shepherd’s Gate Counseling Center) has been recognized as an esteemed partner for Christian and non-faith-based organizations within the community because of our counselors’ expertise in clinical counseling and our ability to provide counseling to those who need it most. We serve a variety of clients (children, adolescents, individual adults, couples, and families) with diverse needs and areas of focus.
Counseling students work 2-3 shifts per week throughout their practicum semester, during which they can expect to hold a case load of 3-6 clients. In total, the time commitment is around 10-12 hours weekly and includes client sessions, supervision, and administrative tasks. Student counselors are supported clinically by faculty supervisors and logistically by our administrative team made up of current DenSem counseling students and graduates of the counseling program. Each week, our students spend 3 hours total in group and individual supervision with licensed professional counselors and faculty members whose experience in the field ensures excellent client care and provides a valuable asset to the counselors’ training.
The mission of Denver Counseling Center is two-fold: 1) Serve the community by offering quality counseling at affordable rates and 2) Support student counselors in their professional and clinical development. We are proud of the experience we offer practicum students and of the work we do in the community.