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Sex Offender Treatment

Student Therapy Practicum
Sex Offender Treatment Program
Open to 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. The Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) is a 208 bed treatment program offering specialized treatment programming for moderate to high risk sex offenders directed to complete sex offender treatment. In conjuction with sex offender specific treatment, SOTP offers chemical dependency programming for offenders with dual needs and specialized release planning services for participants preparing to return to the community. Additional programming is offered through educational and vocational classes and work opportunities are available through support services and light assembly.

Internship Description: The internship experience will provide exposure to a complete range of group facilitation and management techniques, assessment and diagnosis, sex offender and substance abuse counseling, psycho educational programming, report writing, transition services and planning,. Under staff supervision, interns will assist in conducting assessments for sexual offending and chemical dependency, co-facilitate therapy groups and psycho educational programming, participate in staff meetings, case consultations, one-to-one counseling sessions, and observe and report on residents' behavior. Interns are responsible for report writing and maintaining appropriate documentation.

Supervision: Interns will be assigned to a Licensed Psychologist, 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 practica or internships. 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: Academic school year (fall to spring). Students are expected to be on site a minimum of 16 hours per week and a minimum total of 600 hours. Program hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Selected students arrange days and hours within the program hours with their primary clinical supervisor.

Application 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 practicum 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.

How to Apply:

Behavioral Health Internship and Practicum Application (

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