Minnesota State Mankato Pre-Doctoral Internship

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The Counseling Center provides psychological services to all enrolled Minnesota State University, Mankato students, as well as consultation services to university faculty, staff, and parents of students. Interns will gain experience in individual counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, and alcohol screenings. Interns will also be expected to participate in outreach and educational programming throughout the year, which may include class lectures, workshop presentations, national mental health screening days, campus resource fairs, and student orientation panels. Opportunities may also be available for group counseling, couples counseling, and providing supervision to master’s level trainees. 
The Counseling Center operates under a short-term model, and allows all enrolled students a maximum of 10 counseling sessions per year. There are a number of mental health facilities in the community which accept referrals, including community mental health centers, private practice agencies, an inpatient crisis diversion center, and inpatient behavioral health unit at Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital. 
Clients presenting in the Counseling Center come from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Interns can expect to serve clients from the U.S. as well as international students from over 60 countries. Additionally, interns will gain experience working with individuals who vary in age, race, gender, ethnic background, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation. Furthermore, clients present with various mental health and developmental issues.  Interns can expect to see a high percentage of clients with mood disorders, relationship issues, and anxiety disorders, as well as personality disorders, disordered eating, and survivors of sexual assault. 
Interns will also be given the opportunity to develop an area of emphasis/specialty in their work at the Counseling Center. Current areas of specialization include: supervision, research and scholarly activity, crisis management, working with LGBT youth, and eating disorders. Additional areas of emphases (e.g., inpatient crisis center rotation, outreach and educational programming, consultation) may also be available. 
Interns will receive two hours of individual supervision and two hours of group supervision per week. Interns will receive individual supervision by two licensed psychologists; one in fall semester, and one in spring semester. Group supervision consists of a one-hour weekly trainee supervision component and a one-hour weekly all-staff case consultation component. Group supervision is led by licensed psychologists on a rotating schedule. Interns will also participate in a training seminar for one hour weekly, led by Counseling Center psychologists as well as other university staff and faculty.
At the conclusion of the internship, interns will have received appropriate training to secure employment in several areas, such as university and college counseling centers, private practice settings, community mental health centers, and other mental health agencies.