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Chemical Dependency Treatment

Chemical Dependency Treatment
Open to Upper-level Undergraduate Students


Location:Minnesota Correctional Facility (MCF) -Faribault

MCF-Faribault is a medium custody facility that houses adult males. The primary role of the facility is to prepare offenders for release to lower custody facilities or release to community settings. The facility offers work, vocational, and academic programs, and chemical dependency treatment to offenders.

The Chemical Dependency Treatment program is based in cognitive-behavioral therapy, focusing on beliefs and thinking patterns that result in chemical abuse and criminal behavior. Treatment strategies include education, group therapy, reinforcement, modeling, rehearsal, and skill building. In addition, following an extensive series of interviews, each client assists in developing his individual treatment plan to address problem areas in the bio-psycho-social realms. Structured curriculum, written by MN DOC treatment providers in partnership with Hazelden Foundation, focuses on treatment readiness, criminal and addictive thinking, drug education, socialization, relapse prevention, community reintegration, and victim impact. All components of treatment are designed to enhance a client's ability to maintain sobriety and conduct himself in a pro-social, law-abiding manner.

Internship Description: The intern will obtain knowledge and understanding of how the criminal justice system works in general, specifically related to the areas of treatment and corrections. The intern will observe and participate in primary group therapy., co-facilitate psycho/education lectures, document client progress and discipline reports, participate in weekly client team assessments and staff meetings, complete written documentation of experiences in the 12 Core Functions, and review and comply with institution treatment policies and procedures.

Supervision: Interns will be supervised by the treatment program supervisor or designee.

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 including 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 prior to appointment and follow department policies and procedures.

Length of Internship: 12 weeks, negotiable and flexible

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.

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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Updated: March 17, 2010

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