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Internships

People Incorporated offers internships to those seeking hours needed for:

  • Social Work (Bachelors and Masters level)
  • Psychology (Masters level)
  • Professional Counseling (LPC, LPCC)
  • Marriage and Family Therapy (Masters level)

We offer internships for bachelors-level social work students and masters-level students of various disciplines as well as field training.  For more details, see below.

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 be placed within our Case Management Division and will allow the student to gain exposure to meeting clients from all different backgrounds in their homes in effort to link them with various community resources that will assist the person is staying in their preferred environment of choice. This is an unpaid internship.

Work will include

  • Observing and following various mental health practitioners and professionals as they provide resource information and referral 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 individual 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 the Case Management Division. 

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.

Responsibilities

  1. Attend initial Onboarding and Orientation sessions outlining People Incorporated’s mission, philosophy of care, and policies 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 various interventions 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.

Qualifications

  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
  6. 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 for an interview to determine appropriate placement.  Candidates should send resume information outlining their professional experience to:  Anastasia.Cyptar@peopleincorporated.org.

Interviews will be held every April and May in accordance with undergraduate school timelines for summer block and fall full-time placement.

For further information, please contact Anastasia Cyptar at 612-872-2006.

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 master’s level internship will provide an opportunity for the student to strengthen their area of interest by learning how to sharpen their skills in relation to engagement, assessment, goal setting, intervention, and evaluation with the people we serve.  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, Community Support Programs, Out-patient Mental Health Services, Homeless Services and in-home based services, including nursing care.  Depending on the intern’s area of interest, one of these settings will be the focus of their training experience with People Incorporated. This is an unpaid internship.

Work Includes

  • Providing recovery-based therapeutic interventions with people who are faced with various aspects of mental illness and/or chemical dependency. Responsibilities will include educating, supporting, and advocating for people who are experiencing problematic symptoms that are interfering with their ability to lead meaningful lives.
  • 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.
  • Being proficient in report preparation and documentation skills necessary for meeting documentation guidelines required for reimbursement.
  • Connecting individuals with needed resources and involving family support throughout service delivery.

Time Commitment

Days of the week and time of day are flexible to meet students’ schedules and program needs. Some flexibility in hours (day and evening) is preferred to accommodate client schedules.

Responsibilities

  1. Attend initial on-board and orientation sessions outlining People Incorporated’s mission, philosophy of care, and various policies 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. Work with task supervisor 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 strive to demonstrate a recovery philosophy in working with individuals.
  5. Attend and participate in individual and group supervision meetings, trainings, staff meetings, or other meetings as needed.
  6. Complete all necessary paperwork and/or other duties as assigned by site supervisor.

Qualifications

  1. Ability to work as a team member and to accept responsibility.
  2. Ability to act independently and to seek supervision and consultation when needed.
  3. Uphold the ethics & professional standards according to applicable board of discipline.
  4. Openness to discuss attitudes, biases, values or experiences that may affect your ability to work with clients.
  5. Have basic computer skills needed for documentation and record keeping.

Supervision

Hour-long meetings with academic approved supervisor held on a weekly basis. Regularly scheduled team case consultation.

Training

At the onset of the training experience each student develops a plan for structuring their 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 program, and to various policies and procedures guiding scope of practice. Methods of observation and direct work with clients are provided to ensure competency in the areas of engagement, assessment, treatment planning, therapeutic intervention and evaluation utilized in both individual and group modalities. Ongoing evaluation is done throughout the internship by the task supervisor and in conjunction with the academic institution.

All applications will be reviewed and qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview to determine appropriate placement.  Candidates should send resume information outlining their professional experience to:  Anastasia.Cyptar@peopleincorporated.org.

Interviews will be held every April and May in accordance with Graduate school timelines for summer block and fall full-time placement.

For further information, please contact Anastasia Cyptar at 612-872-2006

Internships and Field Experiences with our Children’s and Family Services Division cover:

  • Social Work (Bachelors and Masters Level)
  • Psychology (Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral level)
  • Professional Counseling (Masters)

Bachelors Level Internships

A bachelor’s level internship in the Children’s Day Treatment Program will allow the student to gain exposure to children and adolescents who have both a mental health diagnosis as well as severe emotional and behavioral disturbances (SED). Our clients may present with various mental health needs including anxiety, depression, behavior disorders and a history of trauma and abuse. The day treatment program provides three hours of daily programming to clients ages 5-18. The program provides services Monday – Friday and is located in Golden Valley. Hours of program operation are 8:00 – 11:00 and 12:00 – 3:00.

Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to observe mental health practitioners and mental health professionals in the therapeutic milieu. Students can observe both group therapy and social skills groups and assist the clients in gaining social skills, emotional regulation skills and coping skills. Students may have the opportunity to co-lead social skills groups depending upon their interest and skill level. Students also may participate in clinical case consultations and case reviews. This is an unpaid internship.

Masters and Doctoral Level Internships and Field Experiences

A Master’s level practicum or field placement in the Children’s Day Treatment Program will allow students to gain experience working with children or adolescents who have a mental health diagnosis and severe emotional and behavioral disturbances. Our clients may present with various mental health needs including anxiety, depression, behavior disorders and a history of trauma and abuse. They also may have social skills deficits. The day treatment program provides three hours of daily programming to clients ages 5-18. Program hours are 8:00 – 11:00 and 12:00 – 3:00, Monday –Friday. The day treatment program is located in Golden Valley.

Students may gain clinical experience by completing diagnostic assessments, treatment plans, progress notes, and engaging in individual and group therapy and social skills groups. Students may gain experience in family therapy depending upon their availability. Students also may participate in clinical case consultations and case reviews as well as in-service workshops offered through the People Incorporated training department. A commitment of at least three half-days a week is needed to carry an individual caseload. This is an unpaid internship.

What It Is

A new field training experience for Masters-level mental health students with a desire to learn more about working with children and adults affected by mental health issues

How It Works

Interested individuals apply to become volunteers with People Incorporated, and commit 40 hours of time over a 4 week period (10 hours each week). Hours are flexible, depending on student schedule and availability of program staff. The program is conducted on location at several People Incorporated programs across the Twin Cities in June and October 2013, and in March 2014. Students identify four programs/areas of interest among the following, for each week:

  • Outpatient Mental Health -Individual, group and family therapy
  • Children and Family Services -Targeted case management, domestic abuse and anger management, day treatment and school-linked services
  • Intensive Residential Services -Residential treatment for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness
  • Assertive Community Treatment – Team approach to providing community-based psychiatric services, rehabilitation and support to homeless individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.
  • Community Support Services -Deaf supportive living; Epilepsy and mental health services; assisting with finding stable housing; working toward achievement of goals around employment, education and volunteering; customized living and Independent Living Skills (ILS) training.
  • Huss Center for Recovery -Residential and outpatient treatment for co-occurring mental illness and chemical dependency issues.
  • Homeless Services -Assist chronically homeless adults with mental illness in achieving goals related to safety, stability and recovery.
  • Case Management -Targeted mental health services, case management and waivered case management

Objectives

Students in a mental health related Masters program will become familiar with various services for individuals with mental health challenges and/or severe and persistent mental illness, and will gain a better understanding of individuals suffering from these conditions. Specifically, students will:

  • Identify areas in which additional experience is desired
  • Gain a better understanding of mental health symptoms and resulting impairments
  • Learn the concept of recovery to promote greater independence for clients with severe mental illness
  • Gain experience in understanding the relationship between mental illness and chemical dependency
  • Gain experience in understanding various complications and complexities for clients with severe mental illness
  • Increase comfort levels in working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness

For More Information

If interested, please notify your training director or call Dr. Sue Hoisington, People Incorporated’s Clinical Services Director, at 612-872-2003; sue.hoisington@peopleincorporated.org

The White-McGhee-Sims Internship Scholarship program is open to graduate students of color pursuing a degree in an area of study pertaining to the family (i.e. social work, psychology, marriage and family, or professional counseling).

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