Department : Mental Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1660
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Hazelden's Mental Health Centers at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Department: Mental Health
Address: 15251 Pleasant Valley Road
Center City, Minnesota 55012
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Distance from Major City: Center City is 40 miles northeast of Mpls/St. Paul. Plymouth is 12 miles west of Minneapolis.
Phone: 651-213-4762x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Other
Additional Agency Types:
  • Psychology Department
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Erin Miers
Chief Psychologist: David Wells
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 08/12/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 36519
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Doctoral interns receive up to 15 days for vacation/sick leave; 5 professional development days for completing their dissertation then may use time for attending external trainings and taking the licensure exam; and some HBFF holidays off. Interns may be assigned to work some holidays and will be given the opportunity to take days off to make up for working. At least once per month, HBFF offers free CEU trainings to staff and interns on topics of mental health, addiction, ethics, and cultural competence. At the Center City site, the gym is available. Both sites have trails and nature areas nearby for going for walks and engaging in self-care. In addition to the stipend, an additional $300 per month is provided in order to make an effort to offset costs to doctoral interns seeking health insurance.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Doctoral interns complete mental health diagnostic intake assessments/interviews, provide individual and group therapy, engage in reciprocal consultation as part of the multidisciplinary team, and are active in providing in risk assessment and crisis intervention. Limited testing opportunities may be available as testing is often not advised for our patients in early sobriety. Doctoral interns co-lead group supervision of master's level students in the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Doctoral interns are provided 4 hours of supervision and 2 hours of didactic training each week along with additional time to meet with mental health providers informally for consultation. Additional tasks include email, documentation, treatment planning, continuing care recommendations, and possibly providing patient and graduate school lectures. Doctoral interns treat patients in an addiction treatment facility focusing on the mental health issues co-occurring with addiction. Treatment is focused on assessment and stabilization to reduce risk of relapse and promote mental health. Doctoral interns are assigned to 3 rotations during the training year. They provide services on their assigned unit(s). Doctoral interns are trained to be well rounded providers and learn to work in a fast paced environment providing trauma informed, ethically sound, individualized care with cultural humility. All patients in treatment are in the day treatment or residential level of care for addiction services and additionally may be provided medical, psychiatric, spiritual, and mental health services. The program follows the disease model of addiction and utilizes the 12 Steps. Our patient population is diverse. Patients come from around the country and around the world to attend treatment. Our population represents the full range of socioeconomic status. We welcome those of all religious beliefs and non-believers. We offer an additional support group for individuals identifying as LGBTQ+, recognizing the additional risk in regards to their addiction and need for a sense of community in this population. We have a history of training supervisees identifying of minority status. The training program is dedicated to providing a safe training environment for all our trainees. We welcome and encourage diverse applicants. Training supervisors are dedicated to providing multiculturally-appropriate supervision and bringing diversity into the supervision experience. The training program has developed a diversity sub-team to provide a structure for trainees and staff to improve inclusion experiences and improve our efforts to recruit and retain diverse staff and engage in best practices in providing clinical services.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/15/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/11/2023
Tentative interview date: 12/18/2023-01/29/2024
Interview process description:

Interviews will be provided virtually using WebEx technology and occur from about 8:30-12:30 CST. Interviews typically occur in mid-December through late January.  Applicants will have the opportunity to learn about the training program from the training director and supervisors in a 1 hour introductory video in advance. They will attend a Q & A meeting with current doctoral interns to help the interviewees determine if the program is a good fit.   Applicants are interviewed by staff clinicians in a three part interview process with multiple staff involved. Interview questions include the themes of assessment, therapy, and professional development. We also offer an optional open house for those who want to tour our facilities before making their decision about ranking our site. 


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: We have matched with students from the following schools since 2010 (in no particular order): Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Palo Alto University, University of St. Thomas, Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Rosalind Franklin, Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy-Tampa, Loma Linda University, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Georgia Southern University, William James College, University of Minnesota, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Irvine, and DC campuses, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of Indianapolis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology Carlos Albizu University-Miami, Adler University, Chicago, California School of Professional Psychology, Ponce School of Medicine, Argosy University-Hawaii, Pacific University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of South Dakota, University of Maryland CSPP at Alliant Alliant International
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 0
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 0
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: Doctoral interns are required to sign a form confirming two years freedom from chemical use problems. A chemical use problem is defined as either (1) chemical use that affects the job, job performance, or program or (2) any individual who has been in chemical use treatment during the past two years. Applicants may contact the Training Director with questions. If an applicant questions their status, please contact the training director to assure requirements are met before matching with our program. We encourage applicants in recovery to apply.
Other Requirements: Application and admission requirements include: 1. Enrollment in a clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program accredited by the American Psychological Association. 2. Completed Association of Postdoctoral Psychology and Internship Centers (APPI) application. 3. Passed Comprehensive Examination through doctoral program. 4. Current academic vita. 5. Official transcript of all graduate work. 6. Three letters of recommendation from sources with direct knowledge of clinical experience, strengths, and interests. Internship positions are contingent upon applicants satisfying the following eligibility requirements: 1. Freedom from chemical use problems. Chemical use problems is defined by (1) either a chemical use that affects the job, job performance or program or (2) any individual who has been in chemical use treatment during the past 2 years. 2. Successful completion of a background check. 3. Completion of a 2-step baseline tuberculin skin test screening (Mantoux testing). Please contact the Training Director to consult regarding eligibility requirements. Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation policies and legal or human resources staff may be referred to as references on these matters, under the direction of the training director.
Program Description

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation/Hazelden has been saving lives and restoring families from addiction for more than 70 years. We offer every patient the best chance of lifelong recovery. The training program is part of the mental health department within a residential addiction treatment facility treating co-occurring disorders.  The mental health department provides treatment to individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, focusing on mental health symptoms and disorders which may affect individuals' ability to maintain sobriety and stability in order to engage in active recovery. Interested applicants are not required to have previous experience working with substance use disorders. Rather, this training program is seeking applicants ultimately who share an interest in gaining education, training, and experience with a wide range of general and wide ranging clinical presentations including co-occurring disorders. The internship program focuses on training doctoral interns to be generalist health service psychologists able to work in a variety of settings, including addiction treatment centers, with skills to treat a wide range of symptom presentations. 

The program is offered at the Center City location serving adults, and the Plymouth location designed to serve adolescents and young adults.  Both the adult and adolescent/young adult tracks provide the opportunity for trainees to experience rotations on treatment units. Each rotation includes experience in consultation with a multidisciplinary team, diagnostic assessment, risk assessment and crisis intervention, individual therapy, and group therapy. The additional opportunity for training in treatment of health care professionals as a rotation may be available in the adult track. Interested applicants apply for the location/track they are most interested in.  Applicants may apply to be considered for both tracks or just one.  Ultimately, the doctoral intern will be assigned to the site/track matched with in the formal match process.

We would like to underline that there are opportunities for doctoral interns to further develop self-awareness, cultural sensitivity and humility and utilize their cultural knowledge in clinical practice in our program. We value this work being done at the training program, the mental health department, the site, and the organizational levels as we have developed programming to promote growth in the training program all the way up to  to the work being done by the national HBFF DEI committee. The internship training supervisors are dedicated to providing multiculturally-appropriate supervision and bringing diversity and equity into the supervision experience. We welcome diverse perspectives on our team and strive to be inclusive.

Note that over the past 10 years, 60% of our interns continued training at HBFF as postdocs at one of our Minnesota locations (Center City, Plymouth, or St. Paul) or in Newberg, OR.  Over 50% of our interns and postdocs became employees of HBFF at one of our locations around the country.

There are two match numbers for our internship program, corresponding to the two training tracks. Applicants may apply to one or both tracks. PLEASE SPECIFY IN YOUR MATERIALS WHICH TRACK(S) YOU ARE APPLYING TO. The track match numbers are:

    • 166012 Adolescent/Young Adult Track (Plymouth location, treating patients ages 12 to 25 years)
    • 166013 Adult Track (Center City location, treating patients 18+)

See our website which includes a brochure and training manual with detailed information about Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and our internship training program.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Other: health care professionals, legal professionals

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Experience (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Experience (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy:
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : Exposure (1% to 20%)
Other: Training in a 12 Step-based facility providing co-occurring addiction and mental health services utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach


Health Psychology:
Women's Health: Experience (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Experience (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Experience (21% to 30%)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Experience (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024
Number of Completed Applications: 55 44 41 48 52 49 40
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 34 35 33 34 36 36 35
Total number of interns: 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 5 3 6 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 4 4 4 3 4 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 2 2 2 3 2 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 7 5 9 0 0 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 35 50 18 9 9 28
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 1
Psychiatric facility: 0
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 2
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 3