Open to Upper-level Undergraduate Students and Graduate Students
Location: Minnesota Correctional Facility -Lino Lakes
MCF-Lino Lakes is a medium custody facility for adult males. Offenders are typically transferred from the state's higher-security facilities. MCF-LL is also an admission facility for supervised release violators. MCF-LL also operates minimum-security and work release units that are located outside the secure perimeter. Programming is offered through educational and vocational classes. Work opportunities are available through support services and light assembly. The facility also houses a 208-bed treatment program for sex which offers pre-release programming for sex offenders released from the program.
Chemical dependency programming is provided in TRIAD, a 293-bed therapeutic community composed of four units. One unit within TRIAD provides CD treatment for those with dual mental health and substance abuse diagnosis. TRIAD is an abstinence-based program with focus on chemical dependency and criminal thinking. The competency-based, cognitive-behavioral model utilized in TRIAD challenges the offender's thought process, belief and value systems, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. Core services consist of small and large groups, psycho-educational programming, lectures, video discussions, role plays, small group exercises and structured classroom activity.
Internship Description: The internship experience will provide exposure to a complete range of group treatment components from assessments through continuum of care planning. The internship will offer an opportunity to develop skills in limit setting, report writing, group dynamics and file management. Under staff supervision, interns will interact with therapy/custody staff and clients within the structured daily treatment and facility operations, participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings and psych-educational activities, assist with group counseling and one-to-one sessions, and observe and report on residents' behavior to other staff members.
Supervision: Interns will be assigned to a Senior Therapist or Program Supervisor.
Requirements: Interns must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in a program which offers course credit for internships. Applicants should have completed introductory course work in chemical dependency theories and practices or group and individual counseling skills coursework. Additional coursework in criminal justice, criminology, corrections, psychology, sociology, social work or related field would be beneficial. Selected applicants must submit to and clear a security background check prior to start of internship and follow department policies and procedures.
Length of Internship: Minimum of 440 hours
Behavior Health Intern Positions:
For academic year beginning in Fall Terms and for all Summer Terms, the application process will open January 1st and end March 15th. Applications received by February 15th will be given first consideration. All other applications will be considered after the March 15th deadline. Interviews will be scheduled after February 15th. Selection decisions will be completed by April 15th. For internships beginning with Winter/Spring terms, the application process will open October 1st and end November 1st. Interviews will be scheduled in November. Selection decisions will be completed by December 1st.
Note: This internship is unpaid
Applications will be accepted after these dates until positions are filled
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