Student Training

Program Goals & Philosophy

Mental Health Systems (MHS) offers a unique opportunity to train in a community mental health setting. Many of MHS’s clients are considered by the State of Minnesota to be seriously and persistently mentally ill (SPMI). SPMI diagnoses include Major Depression, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Schizophrenia. Other common diagnoses seen include, but are not limited to, PTSD, substance use disorders, Avoidant Personality Disorder, Dependent Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and ADHD. Training at MHS focuses on implementation of evidence-based practices to provide exemplary care to a challenging population with a high degree of comorbidity.

Our clients are often times crisis-oriented and MHS’s primary service, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), is a treatment of choice for this population. This orientation to crisis oftentimes manifests as suicidality and self-injury, chronic relationship disruption, sudden emotion dysregulation, and chronically elevated symptom intensity. Our clients tend to be very engaged in treatment and we put forth great effort to destigmatize the Borderline Personality Disorder and other diagnoses, as well as other aspects of mental illness that continue to face stigma.

The mission of the Doctoral Psychology Internship Program at MHS is to train and teach Interns to become effective professionals in the practice of clinical psychology in a community mental health setting. MHS subscribes to the Local Clinical Scientist model of training. Interns are trained to provide evidence-based services and apply information gained by science and research to each unique client. Interns are trained to identify how social, biological, and psychological factors impact a client’s mental health symptoms and to use this information in the application of effective therapeutic interventions.

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