Practicum Opportunities for Doctoral Students

A clinical practicum for doctoral psychology students interested in the treatment of commonly occurring mental health disorders and addiction.

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Mental Health Centers offer an advanced clinical practicum for doctoral psychology students interested in the treatment of commonly occurring mental health disorders and addiction. Services are provided to adolescents and families through opportunities at our Plymouth site. The practicum focuses on testing, assessment and diagnosis, as well as treatment of co-occurring disorders. Students are involved in a wide range of clinical activities, such as psychological evaluations, individual and group therapy, case consultation, evidence-based practices, crisis intervention, psychiatric consultation, and continuing care planning.

Assessment skills are gained in the evaluation of addiction, cognitive dysfunction, personality differences, and psychopathology. Students are given the opportunity to apply a variety of psychological assessment techniques such as the mental status exam, structured interviews, and objective tests. Specialized assessment is also available. Psychological findings are related to the treatment of substance dependence and its complications. As a result students are engaged in developing individualized treatment approaches that help reduce risk factors for relapse and promote recovery from both mental health and substance use disorders.

Under weekly supervision completed by a licensed psychologist, practicum students provide assessment, diagnosis, and short-term treatment strategies to resolve or reduce the symptoms of co-occurring mental disorders. Opportunities are also available for longer-term therapy.

Requirements

  • Academic preparation for a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a major in clinical or counseling psychology or an associated field of study.
  • A stated interest in the field of addiction psychology.
  • Practicum objectives clearly include individual assessment and psychological testing.
  • Applicants must have had at least one graduate level course related to testing and assessment.
  • If chemically dependent, two years of continuous abstinence from all addictive chemicals.

How to apply

Please provide the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Current academic vita
  • Transcript of all graduate work
  • Two letters of recommendation

Mailing Addresses

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Mental Health Centers
Dr. Leslie Adair
11505 36th Ave. N.
Plymouth, MN 55441
ladair@hazeldenbettyford.org

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Mental Health Centers
Dr. Meredith A. Lubow
1901 Esther Street
Newberg, OR 97132-9529
1-503-554-4393
MLubow@hazeldenbettyford.org