Internships and practicums
Vona Center for Mental Health offers internship and practicum opportunities for graduate students who seek experience working with children and their families in a variety of therapeutic settings. These programs are out-patient, intensive, home-based or school-based, and include individual, family and group treatment modalities.
Interns may assist staff and/or provide direct services with supervision. There are many opportunities to learn about mental health services for children and families. To enhance their training and learning experiences, interns attend Vona Center for Mental Health’s multidisciplinary case consultation and in-service trainings.
There are additional opportunities to learn clinical documentation including diagnostic assessments, individual treatment plans, treatment plan reviews, progress notes and discharge summaries and a variety of assessment tools and outcomes measures.
Vona Center for Mental Health programs are located in New Hope, Minneapolis, northern Anoka County, Faribault, and St. Cloud and at school sites in the metro area. Practicum and field placements typically run from the August through the end of May, however arrangements can be made to begin in the summer. Vona Center for Mental Health programs run year-round and internship and practicum opportunities can range from six months to a year.
Master’s level practicum/field placements available in:
- Social work
- Marriage and family therapy
Also available are Pre-doctoral Therapy Practicum’s or Pre-doctoral Assessment Practicums. Pre-doctoral psychology students looking for their assessment and therapy practicum experience may apply for a position in Vona Center for Mental Health's outpatient program. Students typically gain experience with diagnostic assessment, psychological assessment and testing, individual therapy, family therapy and group therapy. Practicum students consult and collaborate with a range of team members and community providers, including psychiatrists, social workers, psychologist, case managers, school staff and county workers.