Gateway to Success is a behavioral health outpatient treatment facility serving Pueblo and Fremont Counties in Colorado.

Field School in Clinical & Forensic Psychology (Psyc 394)
[6 credits]

July 20-August 14, 2020 ~~~ 8 FLC students in the Front Range

Robert Burke Front Range Field School (FRaFS): A 5-week class, with one week of pre-trip orientation and 4 weeks of participation with a team of mental health professionals at a state hospital, outpatient clinic, and/or jail for mentally disordered individuals. Experiences may include patient interviews, diagnostic techniques, forensic tools, home visits, treatment planning, and participation in patient groups.

Abnormal/Forensic or Counseling/MI (minimum B grade) + application required (see below)

Dr. Brian Burke   
Brian's Schedule (Click for Office Hours)

The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (HARP) is a 32-acre urban waterfront experience open to the public daily.



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                Colorado Mental Health Institute (Pueblo, CO)



  • Pass a background check (no felonies, sex offenses, or domestic violence on your record)
  • CMHIP: Drug Test at Cedar Diagnostics 450 S Camino Del Rio, Suite 105 in Durango, CO (TBA)
  • CMHIP: Fingerprinting at the FLC Police Department (TBA)
  • Pay the course fee by the due dates with NO REFUNDS of money for any reason ($600 deposit due by March 1; balance of $1000 due by July 1)
  • Agree not to have visits from significant others, friends, or family members during the weekdays when field school is in session
  • Agree not to consume alcohol or other drugs during the weekdays when field school is in session
  • Carefully read all course-related emails and attend all group meetings


  • I) Supervisor feedback on the units (e.g., your clinical work)
  • II) Your Participation, which includes professionalism, reliability, prompt attendance at all mandatory group orientation and trip planning meetings and group meetings during the field school, as well as your contribution to GROUP DYNAMICS
  • III) Written reflections (i.e., journals and/or case reports) that you will submit to Brian via the course canvas site each week


                    Jefferson County Jail, Denver, CO




I am proud to continue this exciting opportunity for psychology students interested in real clinical work in a forensic setting. FLC is the only undergraduate institution with access to our State psych hospital & Denver jail.


Students who work at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo (CMHIP) will begin with a week or two of NEO (new employee orientation) training—with topics ranging from ethics, policies, safety, and mental health laws to skills in CPR, S&R (seclusion and restraint), suicide prevention, the recovery model, verbal defense and influence (non-violent communication), medication and diagnosis, risk assessment, and milieu management (behavior therapy). CMHIP houses patients who are seriously and pervasively mentally ill—the most common diagnoses include schizophrenia, trauma (PTSD), substance use disorders, bipolar disorders, and personality disorders. After the initial week of training, students at CMHIP will spend the next several weeks shadowing and working with various staff members on both the Forensic Community-Based Services (FCBS) team and at Gateway to Success. FCBS serves 185 patients who were found NGRI (not guilty by reason of insanity) and strives to assist in their integration back into the community after their release from the hospital. Gateway to Success is a behavioral health outpatient treatment facility for patients released from CMHIP. Students may sit in on group psychotherapy and make home visits to former CMHIP patients.


DENVER SITE - Jefferson County Jail

Students will participate in mental health assessments (diagnostic and risk-focused) and run psychoeducational groups from 8-4 M-F under the supervision of Counselors Mike and Deb in the Counseling Unit and Dr. Nikki Johnson, a psychologist, at Correctional Psychology Associates. The Jefferson County Jail is located at 200 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden, CO.


All students will get together in Denver each weekend for debriefing, additional supervision, and fun group activities (e.g., Water World). Students who wish to participate in this field school experience must have:

·       Good interpersonal skills

·       Completed Abnormal Psychology or Forensic or MI/Counseling Skills

·       A record of solid academic achievement (e.g., 3.0+ GPA)

·       A record of consistent attendance in classes

·       The willingness to submit to and pass a background check (i.e., no felonies, sexual assault, or domestic violence charges)

·       The ability to pay $1600 in student course fees (in addition to tuition for 6 credits) by May 1, with $600 of that due by March 1 (non-refundable). This student fee covers your training, supervision, and shared lodging but does not include your daily food, gas, or background checks. Note that lodging will be at campus housing at one of the local universities (CSU-Pueblo) or in a shared rental house in Denver. You can consult with the FLC Financial Aid office to see if you qualify for assistance with the course fee or your summer tuition costs.

If you are interested and qualified for this innovative real-world experience, email Brian by October and stay tuned for a group meeting in November.



Greenhorn Hall or Walking Stick Apartments (CSU-Pueblo)
4260 Walking Stick Blvd, Pueblo, CO (10-min drive to CMHIP)



Nice clothes (dress code is business casual - no flip flops, shorts or short skirts, or low-cut tops), toiletries, towel, swimsuit, workout/casual clothes, electronics and chargers, sunscreen, bike (optional).

Pueblo only: kitchen stuff (plates/utensils), sleeping bag & pillow. You may want to bring a shower curtain for your room, as the room may not come with one. The CSU dorms do have a couple of sets of kitchenware that include pots and pans and cooking utensils but they do not provide plates, cups or silverware.

This Field School is in loving memory of my late father, Robert Burke, who had a strong passion for the law, critical thinking, social justice, and, because of me, psychology...
Robert N. Burke died on 9/25/2014 at the age of 76. Here are some thoughts about who he was to me:

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” ― Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum


Robert Burke was a unique guy in many respects, unusual, quirky, astute, funny, and, at times, even challenging in various settings; he sometimes talked too much, probably because he thought a lot more than most other people do. I was very lucky, though, to have had the privilege of knowing him from a special vantage point—that of his son. Most kids dream of having the kind of father who takes walks and baths with you, listens to music with you, plays sports with you, takes you to ballgames, talks philosophy and pontificates on the world with you, and continuously shares his wisdom with you. A father who is never too busy with work or other matters to spend generous heaps of time with you. I was fortunate enough to have had such a father during my formative years and before Alzheimer’s took him away from us.


My dad was not a religious man; he was a humanist who saw through religion to its heart: “The bottom line of all religions,” he would say, “is to be a good person.” To that effect, his favorite book and film was To Kill A Mockingbird, and I still remember watching it with him when I was 12 or 13 years old. And I saw him practice those same social justice values regularly, such as by picking up little old ladies from the bus stops and driving them to their destinations or doing wills for almost nothing for people dying in the hospital who needed them. His love of Jackie Robinson was yet another vehicle for his social justice lessons and his passionate love of baseball, which I share.


Virtually everything I do with my own son, Bailey, is because of my father. Bike riding together, playing sports together, reading together, watching movies with powerful morals (yes, Lightning McQueen did honor his friends in the end of Cars), taking baths together, and talking about the true, bare existential facts of life.


The best way to explain what my father meant to me is that I always felt like I was “enough” when I was around him; he never made me feel like I needed to do or be more. And he was certainly enough for me.


I am proud to be my father’s son and lead this Field School trip in his memory.


--Brian Burke



                     Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office