Masters Level Clinical Counseling Internship

If you are a student looking for a place to complete your practicum hours, North Country Counseling has a place for you.  We offer practicum/internship opportunities for individuals in the clinical portion of their MFT, MSW, or LPC degree. As part of our internship experience, we offer close mentorship and supervision for student-therapists as they gain the skills and confidence to work with Individuals, Families and Couples across the lifespan with various mental health concerns.

Graduate student interns are an integral part of North Country Counseling's mission and work to build phenomenal therapists for future generations, therapists that really get how to do good therapy. Interns at North Country Counseling gain valuable experience regarding relationship and team building, cultural competency, and self-of-the therapist issues. These experiences occur not only through trainings and supervision, but also in practice through co-therapy teams, cultural events, and group dialogue.  North Country Counseling is committed to relationship building not only between the interns and staff, but also with the larger community and our clients.

Key features of our internship include:

  • Co-therapy/observation opportunities

  • Seeing clients independently

  • Supervision by LMFTs & LPCCs available

  • Couples Therapy

  • Family Therapy

  • Eating Disorder Specialties

  • Integrative Treatment 

  • Individual, Couples, family and group therapy (if we are currently offering groups)

  • Documentation Training

    • Diagnostic assessment

    • Treatment planning

    • Progress Notes

    • Clinical Care Coordination

    • Discharge Summaries

  • Case management
  • Ethical client care

  • Professional Development

  • ​Cultural Competency: 

    •  Culture impacts all of the work we do as therapists, as it is related to ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality, ability, etc. Interns experience on-going dialogue and reflection on these topics in supervision.

  • Guidance in developing your personal theoretical orientation

  • Self of the therapist development

    • Because our own individual histories and experiences impact the work we do as therapists, North Country Counseling invites interns to reflect on issues that come up for them while working with clients and with one another. The team environment at North Country Counseling challenges interns and staff to work through these issues, believing that our own processes are not separate from how we provide therapy.

Internship Requirements

  • Required to be enrolled in Master's program of Counseling Psychology, Professional Psychology, or related program that leads to LPCC licensure
  • Must be earning academic credit for an internship placement

  • Must be able to meet the day/hour requirements of the internship

  • Applicants should be flexible, resourceful, and demonstrate knowledge of cultural diversity and the role of culture in the therapeutic process

Application Process

  • Applications consist of a formal letter of interest and resume from MFT, MSW, and  LPCC students and are accepted on a rolling basis

    • Letters of interest should broadly outline your learning goals and commitment to the common good and explicitly state the type of degree program you are in as well as the placement you are seeking.

  • All applicants go through a two round interview process that consists of an initial interview with our internship site coordinator followed by an interview with the potential site supervisor(s) at North Country Counseling as well as a role-play and sample clinical documentation write-up

  • Internships start in the Fall or Spring and run for nine months to one year depending on students' needs and academic program requirements (internships can be extended if necessary to obtain clinical contact hours)

  • We accept two active interns at any point in time.  Placements are open until filled.  Applicants may apply in advance to start an internship after current interns complete their hours.  

Internship Commitment

  • One hour of individual supervision per week

  • Two hours of group supervision twice a month when there are 2 or more interns present at North Country Counseling

  • Documentation Training

  • Non-clinical hours

  • In-office and tele-health based opportunities 

  • Clinical hours available for meeting with clients is based upon site supervisors clinical availability.  Interns must coordinate with their site supervisors schedule.

  • Expected minimum of 15-20 hours per week for combined administrative work, office agency duties, co-therapy, client contact, and documentation hours

**All practicum placement offers are contingent upon successful completion of reference checks and background checks including Minnesota Statute 148.01 “Minnesota Sexual Exploitation Act.” This statute requires Lorenz Clinic contact employers from at least the last five years to determine whether any sexual exploitation of clients has occurred. Applicants who do not successfully pass these background checks will be dismissed from the placement.

**All clinicians are to ensure Minnesota and HIPAA data privacy requirements are followed.Failure to do so will result in immediate termination of internship.

 

To apply for our student internship program email your resume, cover letter, references and your program internship information to Cassandra Brix, LMFT at cassandra@northcountrycounseling.net