At Minnesota Center for Psychology (MCP), it is part of our mission as a clinic to provide both high quality care to our clients and high quality supervision to all of our trainees. The therapy practicum at MCP has been designed to provide trainees with a variety of experiences meant to facilitate growth in several key areas of professional development as clinician. More specifically, we provide opportunities to conduct diagnostic assessments, case conceptualization and treatment planning, and therapeutic interventions developed with empirical support. As means of fostering a value in empirically supported treatments, all of our therapy practicum trainees are asked to join our Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) team while also being provided opportunities to see clients presenting with more general therapy concerns. In addition to developing clinical skills, our practicum trainees are provided with a supportive and nurturing atmosphere that allows for the development of self-confidence, professional identity, and enthusiasm for the field of mental health. Being a for-profit private practice setting, we also hope to provide trainees with an introduction to some of the concrete and nuanced aspects to practicing within such a setting as they begin to make decisions about their future career.
Below is an estimate of how a typical therapy practicum trainee spends their time each week. We ask trainees at this level to spend approximately 20 hours per week at our clinic with 50% of this time being engaged in face-to-face tasks with clients.
2-3 Individual Therapy Clients (General Therapy)
2-3 Individual Therapy Clients (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
2 Skills Groups (Dialectical Behavior Therapy; 2.5 hours each)
1 hour Individual Supervision
1.5 hours Case Consultation (with DBT team)
1 hour Didactic Seminar (on DBT and related topics)
6.5 hours Administrative Tasks (e.g., progress notes, documentation)
While we strive to be as flexible as we can to accommodate what are typically very busy trainee schedules, please note that we ask all practicum trainees who are new to our clinic to be available on Thursdays from 11:00am-12:00pm to attend our weekly Didactic Seminar. Additionally, we ask all clinicians (including all trainees) to attend a weekly Case Consultation on Thursdays at a time of their choosing (either 8:00-9:00am or 1:00-2:30pm).
We thank you for taking the time to review this brief introduction to our practicum training experience at MCP. We hope that you find it a match for your training goals and professional development. Should you have any questions about our practicum training or wish to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) with cover letter expressing your interest in practicum training at MCP, please feel free to email the Director of Training, Joe Groninga, PsyD, LP at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact him through direct dial at 651-272-1027.