Chemical Dependency Program | Program Therapist
Open to Masters Level Students and upper level Undergraduate Students
Location: Minnesota Correctional Facility - St. Cloud
MCF-St. Cloud is a Level-4 custody facility for adult males, admitted from the state's county jails for intake and orientation. In addition to the offenders assigned to the facility for intake processing, a general population of about 350 offenders is maintained. It is this population that is available for Chemical dependency and sex offender programming, additional programming offered through educational and vocational classes or work opportunities. CD and SO programming is available through ReShape, an in-patient program, lasting 9-12 months. Program participants are housed in a therapeutic community which dormitory is styled consisting of 32 beds.
Internship Description: Under staff supervision, interact with therapy/custody staff and clients within the structured daily treatment and facility operations. Participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings, psych-educational activities. Assist with group counseling and one-to-one sessions. Observe and report on residents' behavior to other staff members.
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.
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. Intern must clear a security background check and follow department policies and procedures.
Application instructions and priority deadline dates:
For academic year beginning in September and for all summer term sessions, the application process will open January 1st and end March 15th. Applications RECEIVED by February 15 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 intern/practica beginning in Winter/Spring term, 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.
Please submit DOC Intern/Practica application, your resume, and a cover letter describing why an internship/practicum experience with the DOC is related to your professional goals. Mail or email these documents to the DOC Intern Coordinator. Do not send application material to the institutions.
Note: This internship is unpaid.
Length of Internship: Minimum of 440 hours
If you are selected, there is a mandatory DOC Intern/Practica Student Orientation that must be completed prior to starting your internship/practicum.
Applications will be accepted after these dates until positions are filled.
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