Internship Opportunities

Central Minnesota Mental Health Center – Together, Creating a Healthier Life

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

ADULT REHABILITATIVE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES (ARMHS)

The ARMHS program provides home and community based services to individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders. ARMHS offers a 20-30 hour per week internship opportunity. We prefer interns to be pursuing a Bachelors of Social work, but will also consider other human services degree programs. The duration of this unpaid internship opportunity is up to one (1) year.

This internship provides students training and experience designed to foster the skills necessary to work as a Mental Health Practitioner. Interns will work with current ARMHS providers in the completion of assessments, development of treatment plans, deliver of skill-based interventions, and general coordinator of care.

All students will be expected to apply, participate in a face to face interview, and complete a background study prior to being considered.

ARMHS – St Cloud

CHILD RESPONSE INITIATIVE (CRI)

The Child Response Initiative program advocates are responsible for coordinating mental health services for individuals and families who have experienced a traumatic event and were referred through the legal system, police department or the officers in the St. Cloud Schools. Most of these services are delivered in the community.  Interns will work alongside a Trauma Informed Advocate and local Police Officers.  This person is located at the St. Cloud Police Department, but completes their internship thru CMMHC.  The intern will learn to utilize basic de-escalation skills, other clinical skills required in working with mental health clients and how to engage in service connection. The intern will learn about providing family driven and trauma informed care. A Master’s level intern for the 9 month school year is preferred. Students will be expected to apply, participate in a face to face interview, and complete a background study and police department specific background study prior to being conserved for an internship.

Trauma Informed Advocate – CRI

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

INTENSIVE RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT SERVICES (IRTS)

Northway IRTS is licensed by the State of Minnesota as an IRTS facility. This program provides intensive mental health and dual diagnosis treatment for adults who require a more structured setting due to instability and significant difficulty with daily life as a result of mental illness; and are at risk of significant functional impairments or deficits if they do not receive these services. We are a co-ed facility for up to ten (10) recipients at a time.  This internship is a unique experience to be part of an interdisciplinary team approach with shared caseloads and shared responsibilities.

The duration of this unpaid internship opportunity is up to one (1) year.

We prefer interns to be at a Master’s level due to complexity of client cases, but will also consider Bachelor’s level.  Interns must be willing to learn and utilize the evidence-based practices that the program follows, including Illness Management and Recovery, Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment, and Family Education.  Over the course of the year, interns can expect to develop their core fundamental skills to successfully work with clients on a therapeutic level, strengthen their integration of academic knowledge and applied experience, more confidently apply legal and ethical standards, and develop their own unique identity as an emerging professional.

All students will be expected to apply, participate in a face to face interview, and complete a background study prior to being considered.

Northway IRTS  – 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 does not currently have any internship positions available.

OPMH – Monticello Therapy Practicum does not currently have internship positions available.

OPMH – Monticello Assessment Practicum

OPMH – St. Cloud does not currently have any internship positions available.

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

     Undergraduate- available September-December 31, 2017

     Graduate

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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