In response to a shortage of psychologists in the area, Solutions Behavioral Healthcare Professionals (“Solutions”) opened a doctoral Psychology Internship program in 2018. Two students are accepted annually to this program. The Psychology Internship requires a full-time commitment (40 hours/week) for one calendar year. The training year begins on August 1 and concludes at the end of July of the following year. Interns are expected to complete 2000 hours of training to successfully complete the internship.
Solutions’ agency mission is to provide high quality, readily accessible mental health which are: rooted in the belief that change is possible; person-centered and designed to empower independence; technically sound and informed by science; and administered in a supportive and respectful work environment
Solutions values personal choice and understands the importance of developing caring relationships to facilitate growth and healing. Solutions supports the development of personalized interventions based on individual need and readiness for change. Solutions strives to manage safety needs in a supportive environment. Solutions views its Psychology Internship program as consistent with its general social mission, and as a way to strengthen its outcomes.
Solutions’ Psychology Internship is a member of APPIC (#2488). Solutions submitted an accreditation self study to APA in November, 2018. Please note there is no guarantee that we will be successful in our pursuit of accreditation.
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, D.C. 20002 Phone (202) 336-5979 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. APA’s website: www.apa.org/accreditation
Solutions’ Psychology Internship program seeks to prepare students for a "generalist" practice of professional psychology consistent with the philosophy of the scientist-practitioner-scholar model of training. We endeavor to teach Interns to meld their clinical and theoretical training with current research findings as they choose assessment strategies, interpret results, develop interventions, and provide effective consultation. We focus our training on the APA Profession Wide Competencies. A second objective is for workforce development, as a means to affect the shortage of psychologists in this area.
Model of Training
The internship at Solutions offers multiple opportunities for professional development as a clinical psychologist within an interdisciplinary context. This doctoral internship is a generalist training program which is designed to prepare Interns to become competent psychologists. Interns work with a wide range of ages and clinical conditions. The goal over the course of the year is for Interns to develop the many competencies needed to practice independently as an ethical professional psychologist. Read more
Members of Training Committee are leaders in practice and are committed to providing the best possible training. They have areas of expertise in evidence-based practices as practitioners and trainers. Many serve as adjunct faculty with area universities. Read more
The internship program is provided across two of Solutions’ clinic settings. Interns are in the Moorhead office three days per week. This office is in a metropolitan community of roughly 250,000 and has four local colleges and universities. Interns are based in the Detroit Lakes office two days per week. Detroit Lakes is a relatively rural community with varied ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Read more
Interns have many opportunities to learn about the practice of professional psychology, both formal and informal. Informal opportunities include being in a clinic setting which has a variety of qualified clinicians, and who are not officially a part of the Training Committee.
Formal elements to this training program include supervised experiences with activities such as: 1) psychological evaluations; 2) psychological interventions; 3) consultation; and 4) supervision. Interns learn through hands on experience as well as didactic training. The internship provides comprehensive supervision and support to assist Interns in learning ethical and professional practice for a diverse range of individuals. Read more
There are two specialized 6 month rotations, and also the option of elective experiences. One rotation is in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and the other is in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Read more
There is a general weekly schedule for Interns’ training experiences when on each rotation. Read more
Interns are formally evaluated twice per year. Read more
They are also provided feedback at the mid and end point of their rotations. Read more
Interns also complete an evaluation of their supervisors and a program evaluation at the mid- and endpoints of the Internship. These evaluations are designed to facilitate feedback that informs any changes or improvements needed in the internship program. All evaluation forms are available in the Psychology Internship Manual.
Successful Internship Completion
☐ Completion of 2000 total hours of training during the year
☐ Completion of the required number of identified clinical tasks:
☐ 24 Psychological Evaluations
☐ 24 Diagnostic Assessments
☐ 2 Behavioral Evaluations
☐ Minimum of 25% client time
☐ Participation in required supervision hours (i.e., 4 hours per week)
☐ Participation in scholarly review of research articles each month
☐ Provision of a 2-hour presentation for staff
☐ Delivery of a 2-hour didactic presentation on the Intern’s approach to behavior change
☐ Successful demonstration of the Profession-Wide Competencies identified in the Intern Evaluation form, as measured by a rating of “4” or higher at the end of the year evaluation
Interns are compensated $28,080 for the Internship year. They are considered full time employees and are therefore eligible for a range of benefits, including health insurance. Read more
Interns are allowed up to 5 days during the internship year for professional development, e.g., attending conferences.
The program maintains policies pertinent to the Internship. Read more
About the Area
Here is more about the Fargo-Moorhead and Detroit Lakes areas. Read more
How to Apply
Solutions’ Internship currently offers 2 full-time positions with training experiences provided in two offices located in Detroit Lakes, MN and Moorhead, MN.
Students interested in applying for the internship program should submit an online application through the APPIC website (www.appic.org). Intern selection and academic preparation requirements can be found here.
Intern placement data can be found here: c-27i