Hamm Clinic is an Outpatient Community Mental Health Agency offering training opportunities for pre-doctoral psychology interns, social work interns, and psychiatric residents. Pre-doctoral psychology interns focus primarily on psychotherapy and psychological assessment. Trainees have the opportunity to utilize a longer-term therapy model, when it is clinically indicated for the client. As a community mental health center located in downtown St. Paul, pre-doctoral psychology interns have the opportunity to work with culturally and economically diverse clients. Hamm Clinic only serves adults, opportunities to work with children are not available.
Individual psychotherapy is the primary form of psychotherapy training. Therapy orientation is theoretically integrative and research-based, with a focus on anti-racist/anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, psychodynamic, process-oriented approach to treatment; emphasis is placed on mastery of the core components of a psychotherapy, and to developing skill in psychodynamic interventions. There are opportunities for couples, family, and group therapy.
Psychological assessment is an essential part of the psychology training at Hamm Clinic. Familiarity with the MMPI-2 is required. Pre-doctoral psychology interns learn to select appropriate assessment tools for a given problem, administer, score, and interpret tests correctly. They also learn to provide feedback in a therapeutic manner, both in writing and verbally, to the client and to the referring clinician.
Hamm Clinic provides clinical services using a multi-disciplinary approach. Psychiatry staff are on site. Pre-doctoral interns learn to work closely with psychiatrists who value and support the role of psychotherapy as an important and effective treatment. Psychiatrists at Hamm Clinic take the time necessary to understand patients and work with their therapist. Multidisciplinary clinical teams meet weekly to review and consult on clinical cases.
Intensive supervision throughout the training year is provided by clinicians with a dedication to professional training. Formal training includes: 2 hours/week of individual supervision, 1-2 hour/week of psychological testing supervision, 1 hour/week multidisciplinary treatment team consultation/supervision, 1-2 hours/month of discipline specific group supervision, 1.25 hours/month in-service training, and 3-hours/week of didactic seminars on psychotherapy-related topics. This year’s seminar offerings include, but are not limited to: Treatment and Diagnosis, Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppressive Practice, Psychodynamic Therapy, Facilitating Process and Skill Groups, Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Panic, Working with Trauma, Transference and Countertransference, Resistance, Personality Disorders, CBT of Anxiety, Working with Seniors, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, Working Cross-Culturally in Therapy, Working with Latinos/Latinas, and Working with the Body and Emotions in Therapy.
At Hamm Clinic treatment and diagnosis relies heavily on clinical data gathered in interview and using psychological assessment tools. The therapy process emphasizes the relationship between the therapist and the client. A commitment to consultation in planning and reviewing clinical work is strongly supported. Hamm Clinic has a long history of using clinical outcome data to inform the therapeutic process. Pre-doctoral interns are trained to integrate treatment outcome data to help guide their clinical process and treatment decisions.