Position Summary: People Incorporated is a Twin Cities non-profit organization providing a spectrum of interrelated services to help people with mental illness to live independently as much as possible in the community. A bachelor’s level internship will provide an opportunity for the student to gain exposure to a variety of mental health programs with the intention of assisting the student in defining his or her area of interest. At present, People Incorporated offers a continuum of services that span the needs of people with mental illness and addiction, ranging from Crisis, Intensive Residential Treatment Services, Adult Foster Care/Supported Living Services, Dual-Disorder Treatment, Case Management, Community Support Programs, Out-Patient Mental Health Services, Homeless Services and in-home services, including nursing care. The student will rotate through a combination of programs to allow for a well-rounded experience. This is an unpaid internship.
Work will include:
- Observing and following various mental health practitioners and professionals as they provide therapeutic interventions with people who are faced with various aspects of mental illness and/or chemical dependency.
- Learning how to work with a diverse population and how to participate on a multi-disciplinary team in providing either individual or group rehabilitative skills teaching in promoting independence.
- Learning how to prepare reports and what is required in documentation for reimbursement of services.
- Understanding and learning core competency skills associated with various job roles within People Incorporated.
Time Commitment: Days of the week and time of day are flexible to meet student’s schedules and program needs. Some flexibility in hours (day and evening) is preferred to accommodate client schedules.
1) Attend initial on-board and orientation sessions outlining People Incorporated’s mission, philosophy of care, and polices and procedures.
2) Respect and follow HIPAA and Vulnerable Adult reporting procedures as depicted in orientation in relation to both written and verbal communication.
3) Observe task supervisor and–when authorized–participate in conducting therapeutic approaches with people we serve, and be able to incorporate constructive feedback given into daily practice.
4) Be open to learning about the complexities and stigma associated with mental illness and addiction, and be able to identify how certain attitudes, beliefs and values of the practitioner affect service delivery.
5) Attend and participate in individual and group supervision meetings, trainings, staff meetings, or other meetings as required.
1) Ability to participate as a team member and to accept responsibility.
2) Ability to follow direction and seek supervision and consultation when needed.
3) Uphold the ethics & professional standards of social work.
4) Openness to discuss attitudes, biases, values or experiences that may affect your ability to work with clients.
5) Ability to communicate observations, questions, and/or concerns to task supervisor, site supervisor, and field instructor as needed.
Supervision: Hour-long meetings with academic approved supervisor held on a weekly basis.
Training: At the onset of the training experience, each student develops a plan for structuring his or her internship experience by completing a learning contract. Learning opportunities and training begin with an extensive orientation to the organization as a whole, to the specific programs, and to various policies and procedures guiding the scope of practice. Methods of observation and supervised direct work with clients are provided to gain exposure to necessary core competencies associated with various job roles at the program sites. Both individual and group experiences are provided to allow the student to experience the differences between these modalities. Ongoing evaluation is done throughout the internship by the task supervisor and in conjunction with the field instructor to intentionally make the connection between theory learned in the classroom and actual practice.
All applications will be reviewed and qualified candidates will be contacted by Anastasia Cyptar to set up an interview for potential program placement.
Spring interviews will be held in in accordance with graduate and undergraduate school timelines for summer block and fall full-time placement.
For further information, please contact Anastasia Cyptar at 612-872-2006.