The Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) offers a psychology doctoral internship program for students completing their doctoral degree from counseling, clinical and forensic psychology programs.
MSOP serves people who are court-ordered to receive sex offender treatment. Clients are admitted to MSOP after being civilly committed by the court as a sexually dangerous person or a sexual psychopathic personality or both. The most common primary diagnoses are paraphilias and personality disorders. In addition, many clients have primary or secondary diagnoses of substance use, borderline intellectual functioning and mood disorders.
The mission of the MSOP doctoral internship program is to provide education, training and practical experience for professionals who wish to practice psychology within an inpatient sex-offender specific treatment setting. The training goals are to provide:
The internship program has two tracks, one at our campus in Moose Lake, MN, and another on our campus in St. Peter, MN. The training opportunities are virtually identical in both locations; however, the facilities differ in their sub-populations. Clients in Moose Lake are in earlier phases of treatment programming. They may also have behavioral, and/or mental health issues. At our St. Peter facility, clients are in advanced phases of treatment and are working toward reintegration into the community. This facility also holds our alternative programming unit, which is for clients who have compromised executive functioning difficulties.
The 12-month internship program is divided into four rotations, in these areas:
In addition to the unique learning that takes place during rotations, interns will receive other valuable experiences and opportunities, including: high-quality preparation with a full calendar year of supervision, experiential, and didactic training and chances to observe court testimony and civil commitment proceedings.
All interns are considered temporary, full-time employees and receive a highly competitive compensation package that includes salary (about $44,000 annually) and full benefits, including medical, dental and life insurance. In addition, interns receive 104 hours of paid annual sick leave, 40 hours of paid vacation and 11 paid holidays per year.
All applicants must come from CPA or APA accredited schools. This internship is best suited for students who want to complement prior training with deeper experience gained within a secure program that provides sex offender treatment to civilly committed clients. Successful applicants will possess a solid foundation in psychological assessment and therapeutic intervention, will have completed or be close to completing a formal dissertation and must have successfully defended their dissertation proposal or have Institutional Review Board approval prior to the start date. Doctoral students from counseling, clinical, and forensic psychology programs who have obtained approval from their faculty and who are internship-eligible may apply. Matched candidates must meet two conditions for employment prior to the start of their internship: They must be able to pass a criminal background check and be able to meet physical fitness benchmarks. The position requires candidates to be able to perform various physical tasks to maintain safety of the employee and the environment.
For more information or to request a copy of our internship manual containing a detailed description of the program, contact:
Dr. Lauren Herbert, Psy.D., LP
Forensic Evaluation Department Director
Chief Doctoral Internship Training Director
Minnesota Sex Offender Program
1111 Highway 73
Moose Lake, MN 55767
Prospective internship candidates must apply through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Visit the APPIC website for membership and application information. See our internship admissions, supports and initial placement data.
The Minnesota Sex Offender Program's Doctoral Internship Program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. The program is accredited effective November 2021 by the American Psychological Association (APA). The MSOP Internship program has established a profile on the APPIC’s website. This website exhibits the accreditation status of the Psychology Internship Program. Questions about the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC, 20002-4242
Website: American Psychological Association