Mental Health Program
Open to any student in a doctoral level program
Location:Minnesota Correctional Facility (MCF) – Shakopee
MCF-Shakopee is an all custody levels facility housing adult female offenders. MCF-Shakopee acts as the intake and housing facility for female offenders and maintains a general population of approximately 600 individuals. As the only facility housing female offenders, the population has access to a number of programs, including chemical dependency treatment, sex offender treatment, the Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP), and various other academic and vocational programming options.
Internship Description: Interns will be exposed to the spectrum of psychological services provided within the correctional system, including completing intake screenings and Diagnostic Assessments, administering, scoring, and interpreting psychological assessment measures, providing crisis intervention services, co-facilitating group therapy, and treatment planning and individual therapy. Interns will have the opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary team in an effort to facilitate an understanding of the criminal justice system, in general, and the role of psychology and mental health, specifically, within that system.
Supervision:Interns will be supervised by two Licensed Psychologists, with supplementary supervision provided by the Behavioral Health Director.
Requirements:Interns must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in a doctoral level psychology or counseling program, which offers course credit for practicum or internship experiences. Applicants should have completed a majority of the required coursework for graduation and possess a solid foundation for the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Selected applicants must submit to and clear a security background check prior to beginning internship and are expected to adhere to all other relevant department policies and procedures.
Length of Internship: 12 months at 16-20hrs/wk or 9 months at 20hrs/wk.
Application instructions and priority deadline dates:
For the academic year beginning in September, 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.
Please submit the Department of Corrections Internship Application, a cover letter, and an abbreviated current curriculum vitae. Also, please submit a writing sample (preferably, a deidentified assessment report or other sample of clinical writing) via email attachment. Please mail or email these documents to the Department of Corrections Intern Coordinator, as noted on the instruction page of the application.
Note: This internship is unpaid.
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