Psychology Training Program

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Aim of program

Our aim is to provide the training necessary to fully prepare you with the knowledge and skills to have a successful career as a health service psychologist.

We do this by:

  • providing you with a diverse clinical experience and client population
  • following a model of training that provides supervised experience in areas of assessment, intervention and consultation
  • focusing on relevant research and evidenced-based practice that can be incorporated into your internship experience through direct clinical services, didactic experiences, consultation and/or supervision
  • valuing and focusing on your individual training needs and desires

As you become more familiar with your location and clients, gain experience and develop professionally, closer supervision will transition to mentorship and, eventually, relatively autonomous practice.

Allina Health's Psychology Internship values individual and cultural diversity. The training staff recognize that the services we provide our patients and the training you receive as an intern is vastly improved when a compassionate view of human differences is adopted by all. Given such, it is the aim of the training staff to offer continuous development of cultural competencies. It is one of our top priorities to be a mentor to you in this continuous learning process

Learn more about our tracks, rotations, supervision, training committee, salary and benefits in our brochure.

As required by the APA Commission on Accreditation, find the program's current Internship Admissions, Support and Initial Placement Data.

Contact information

Please contact the training director with any questions about the psychology internship or application requirements.

Mark Goetz
763-236-0797

Career accreditation

The Allina Health Psychology Internship Program is excited to announce that we are fully accredited as of 2020

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-336-5979
apaaccred@apa.org
www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Application requirements

  • Completion of doctoral degree in clinical, counseling, or school psychology prior to beginning fellowship
  • Applicants must have graduated from an APA/CPA-accredited program
  • Completion of an APA/CPA accredited internship
  • This postdoctoral training program meets the postdoctoral supervised practice requirements for the state of Minnesota.

Application instructions:

Please submit application materials to Mark Goetz, Ph.D., L.P., Training Director at mark.goetz@allina.com

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover letter that indicates the track(s) to which you are interested in applying, reasons for applying to the position (e.g., fit of past training experiences, career goals)
  3. Three letters of recommendation

Tracks and Rotations

Postdoctoral fellows begin the year by completing a self-assessment that provides insight into current knowledge and skill in the areas of evaluation/assessment, the provision of psychological interventions, and other skills related to the program’s competencies. A postdoctoral fellow’s skill level, past experience, interests and goals are taken into account in formulating a training plan for the year. The training plan for the year consists of goals and a plan by which to meet those goals. Individualized training plans can be modified throughout the year, depending on a postdoctoral fellow’s needs. All training activities are structured according to a developmental model, with trainees initially being provided close and detailed supervision as appropriate, with opportunities to master fundamentals in assessment, interventions, supervision/consultation, and ethics. As the year progresses, more time is allocated to more focused skills and techniques/approaches. As the year progresses, training staff encourage Postdoctoral fellows to use themselves and each other as resources more and supervisory relationships become increasingly consultative.

Supervised service delivery is the principal means by which skills are taught and integrated. Techniques such as observational learning, video recording and role playing are used to facilitate the development of clinical skills. In addition, didactics and corresponding readings support clinical skill development.

Adult Primary Care (Allina Champlin Clinic)

  • As a fellow, you will gain proficiency in implementing evidenced-based practices such as CBT, BT, IPT and mindfulness-based interventions as well as brief assessment. You will also implement an integrated health model, consulting with other on-site medical professionals. You also will gain skills in consultation between disciplines, honing your diagnostic skills and providing consultation services. There will also be opportunities for training in individual and / or group supervision with doctoral-level psychology trainees.  Last, there will be opportunity for research and/or program development work.

Child / Adolescent Primary Care (Allina Bloomington Clinic)

  • As a fellow, you will gain proficiency in implementing evidenced-based practices such as CBT, BT, IPT and mindfulness-based interventions as well as brief assessment. You will also implement an integrated health model, consulting with other on-site medical professionals. You also will gain skills in consultation between disciplines, honing your diagnostic skills and providing consultation and early intervention services. There will also be opportunities for training in individual and / or group supervision with doctoral-level psychology trainees.  Last, there will be opportunity for research and/or program development work.

Adult Inpatient and Hospital-Based Outpatient Clinic (multi-site at Unity Hospital)

Hospital-Based Clinic

  • Psychology fellows will work with people who have a higher level of mental health acuity and/or are in need of specialized services. These patients may benefit from longer-term, evidenced-based therapy and/or additional collaboration with other members of the treatment team. Your team will include therapists, psychiatrists, registered nurses and certified medical assistants. Clinical activities will include individual and group therapy and assessment. You will gain exposure to diagnostic assessment and psychological evaluation as well as provide evidenced-based therapies such as CBT, mindfulness-based, and IPT. These assessment opportunities will help you develop competence in diagnostic interviewing as well as administration and scoring of psychometrically-validated instruments that assess cognitive function and personality.

Inpatient

  • The Inpatient adult rotation occurs at Unity Hospital. The clinic interdisciplinary staff specializes in the treatment of mental health disorders. Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows attend staff meetings, providing clinical assessment and interventions such as diagnostic interviews, individual therapy, presenting psychoeducational classes, co-facilitating psychotherapy groups, and completing documentation. 
  • Across both rotations, there will also be opportunities for training in individual and / or group supervision with doctoral-level psychology trainees.  Last, there will be opportunity for research and/or program development work.

Child/Adolescent Inpatient and Hospital-Based Clinic (multi-site at United Hospital)

Hospital-Based Clinic

  • Psychology postdoctoral fellows will work with people who have a higher level of mental health acuity and/or are in need of specialized services. These patients may benefit from longer-term, evidenced-based therapy and/or additional collaboration with other members of the treatment team. Your team will include therapists, adult and/or child and adolescent psychiatrists, registered nurses and certified medical assistants. Clinical activities will include individual and group therapy and assessment. You will gain exposure to diagnostic assessment and psychological evaluation as well as provide evidenced-based therapies such as CBT, mindfulness-based, and IPT. These assessment opportunities will help you develop competence in diagnostic interviewing as well as administration and scoring of psychometrically-validated instruments that assess cognitive function and personality.

Inpatient

  • The Inpatient adolescent rotation occurs at United Hospital. The clinic interdisciplinary staff specializes in the treatment of mental health disorders. Psychology Postdoctoral fellows attend staff meetings, providing clinical assessment and interventions such as diagnostic interviews, individual therapy, presenting psychoeducational classes, co-facilitating psychotherapy groups, and completing documentation. 
  • Across both rotations, there will also be opportunities for training in individual and / or group supervision with doctoral-level psychology trainees.  Last, there will be opportunity for research and/or program development work.

Contact information

Please contact the training director with any questions about the psychology post-doctoral fellowship or application requirements.

Mark Goetz
763-236-0797

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