CENTRAL MINNESOTA MENTAL HEALTH CENTER…A time to heal, a place to start.

Internship Opportunities

CENTRAL MINNESOTA MENTAL HEALTH CENTER…A time to heal, a place to start.

Posted on: February 16th, 2014 by cmmhc@

To apply for one of the opportunities listed below, please click on the active link provided.  Internships are unpaid positions.

ASSERTIVE  COMMUNITY  TREATMENT  (ACT)

Our ACT team provides clinical, rehabilitative, and support services for adult persons who have SPMI (Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Schizoaffective, Major depression and Borderline personality disorder) and often times also have a co-morbidity with chronic substance usage and/or chronic medical conditions. Most of these services are delivered in the community.

Interns will work alongside a psychiatrist and nursing staff and will improve their clinical skills along with acquiring key knowledge of rehabilitative of the person’s functioning. Students will need to be open and willing to work in the community with clients. This is a unique experience to be part of an interdisciplinary team approach with shared caseloads and shared responsibilities.

We prefer interns to be at a Master’s level but will look at Bachelor’s level also. Interns must have a strong desire to learn about the Recovery Model, openness to increased exposure to persons with a sever and persistent mental illness, awareness of limitations and a desire to examine social stigma as well as personal perception of persons who have been significantly disenfranchised and are attempting to integrate themselves in their communities. Students will be required to complete a team interview and run a background check prior to be considered for an internship.

ACT – Monticello

ACT – St. Cloud

CHEMICAL  DEPENDENCY

We provide an internship for students seeking completion of goals and objectives related to the 12 core functions and competencies of a chemical dependency counselor, in preparation for licensure. Background checks are required before starting an internship.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide chemical dependency assessments
  • Provide direct counseling service to clients, families and concerned persons; educate clients on Diagnosis, treatment plan and community services and resources
  • Assist in the development of the client’s treatment plan; maintain documentation
  • Make appropriate referrals to other professional sources outside the scope of the program

Outpatient CD – Buffalo

Outpatient CD – Monticello

Outpatient CD – St. Cloud

Detox – St. Cloud

Focus XII – St. Cloud

OUTPATIENT  MENTAL  HEALTH (OPMH)

The training program in outpatient mental health at Central Minnesota Mental Health Center (CMMHC) is primarily focused on developing generalist counseling and assessment skills appropriate to work in a broad-based community mental health center.  To this end, CMMHC offers part-time (20 hour), 9-12 month, training positions to students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs in psychology, social work, and marriage and family therapy. These positions are designed to coincide with a student’s academic schedule and will typically commence in early September and will conclude in either May or August of the following year. For students in master’s programs, this part-time position is referred to as an “internship” and usually serves as the final training experience before graduation; whereas for doctoral candidates this position is referred to as a “practicum” and serves as a precursor to the pre-doctoral internship. All students completing an internship or practicum at CMMHC can be appropriately referred to as a “trainee.” 

CMMHC’s training program is designed to foster the development and independence of versatile generalists in the area of outpatient mental health. Over the course of the year, trainees can expect to develop their core foundational competencies, strengthen their integration of academic knowledge and applied experience, more confidently apply legal and ethical standards, gain greater levels of self-awareness and intentionality, and to develop their own unique identity as an emerging professional. Throughout this, CMMHC is committed to training counselors to provide services that are family-driven, trauma-informed, and culturally sensitive.

OPMH – Buffalo does not currently have any internship positions available.

OPMH – Elk River

OPMH Monticello – Assessment Practicum

OPMH Monticello – Therapy Practicum

OPMH – St. Cloud

DAY  TREATMENT

As an intern at our St. Cloud Day Treatment Program you will learn and grow in your views of persons with mental illness and providers who serve persons with mental illness.

Undergraduate: We consider students needing 100 or less hours and are genuinely interested in learning to serve persons with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness and co-occurring disorders in a holistic setting. Interns must be available 8:30am-12:30pm two (2) to five (5) mornings per week and Fridays from noon to 3:30pm.  Undergraduates are not eligible to complete client documentation unless they are a mental health practitioner and can provide verification. Interns participate in a fun and growth filled experience in which they get to join in group therapy and other skill building groups utilizing holistic and evidence based practices. Students can build in time to observe Diagnostic Assessments (DA), Functional Assessments, Individual Treatment Plans (ITP) and progress notes. Please review the Adult Mental Health – Adult Day Treatment section of the Minnesota Department of Human Services website prior to attending the interview. Theresa A. Solarz, MS, LP is the on-site MN BBHT approved clinical supervisor. Background checks are required prior to beginning internships and CMMHC will coordinate the process.

Master’s Level: Interns must be genuinely interested in learning about and serving persons with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness and co-occurring disorders from a holistic perspective. Internships can be 100 hours or 600 hours long. Other lengths may be possible. Interns must be available 8.30am to 2:00pm two (2) to five (5) days per week, Wednesdays 1-3pm, and Fridays noon to 3:30pm.  Other times negotiable to accommodate Diagnostic Assessments (DA), Functional Assessments (FA), Individual Treatment Plans (ITP), and 1.1 sessions with clients.  Interns are required to teach a 30 minute psycho-educational class once weekly beginning the 3rd or 4th week.  Teaching materials are available onsite, and we will coach you through the process. Interns will learn, conduct, and write up all assessments, treatment plans and progress notes. This is a fun site where interns learn and grow in their views of persons with mental illness and the people who serve them.  Please review the Adult Mental Health – Adult Day Treatment section of the Minnesota Department of Human Services website prior to attending the interview. Theresa A. Solarz, MS, LP is the on-site MN BBHT approved clinical supervisor. **Social Work interns must work with their school to provide any additional LICSW supervision needed.  Background checks are required prior to beginning internships and CMMHC will coordinate the process.

Day Treatment – Buffalo

Day Treatment – St. Cloud

NURSING

We provide nursing program student rotations each semester as outlined in their program’s learning curriculum.  Background checks are required prior to beginning internships and CMMHC will coordinate the process. 

Detox – St. Cloud

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