Department : Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1764
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Minnesota Department of Corrections
Department: Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee
Address: 1010 West 6th Avenue
Shakopee, Minnesota 55379
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Distance from Major City: 4 locations in the state
Phone: 952-233-3897
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Adam Piccolino
Chief Psychologist: Adam Piccolino
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 19
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 09/06/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 30000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): A total of 15 leave days (vacation, sick, and dissertation proposal/defense) can be used by the interns & 11 state holidays (unpaid). Free DOC-sponsored training sessions for psychologists. Interns will be allotted a specified time while onsite to work on their dissertation.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical work day may vary based on the facility to which the intern is assigned. Start and end times may vary based on the facility; however, interns are expected to complete work within the 8 hour work day. Interns typically begin their day by reviewing emails, documentation, or planning their day. Clinical experiences onsite at each facility include individual and group counseling, psychological testing and assessment, staff meetings, consultation, and group and individual supervision.
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: 11/14/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Applicants will be invited to interview through a combination of email and telephone communication. We will begin interviewing in early January 2023 and interview for approximately three weeks.  Please note that we cannot accommodate requests for in-person interviews or on-site tours due to current state guidance for COVID-19, however, this may change based on changing protocols for correctional environments as we near the interview dates.  Virtual interviews will be scheduled for approximately two-three hours with a panel of 2-3 members of the training committee. Applicants are invited to interview by Microsoft Office Teams or by telephone if the other platform is not accessible to the applicant.  Interviewees will be encouraged to contact former interns and/or the Training Director may be able to put you in contact with former students or current staff.

This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. 


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
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 start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
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
Non-Accredited 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: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: In the State of Minnesota, interns must pass a comprehensive criminal background check that is completed as part of the final hiring process to begin the internship training program. In addition, a current, valid, and unrestricted driver's license is necessary. Interns will be required at their own expense to complete a Mantoux prior to the start of the internship year as part of the hiring process.
Program Description

The MN DOC Psychology Internship Program is a member of Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). The MN DOC was awarded APA accreditation in October 2020.  Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979 Email: Applicants can access program information from the MN DOC public website or directly contact the TC.  (

Internships are offered at four correctional facilities.  Please review the MN DOC Psychology Handbook and the MN DOC Psychology Internship website for additional information on the four facilities.  Doctoral Psychology Internship / Department of Corrections (


The Stillwater facility is a close (a security level between Maximum and Medium) custody facility with a population of about 1200 adult, primarily male incarcerated individuals. The Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater (MCF-STW) has many special programs.  The behavioral health staff includes a licensed doctoral psychologist, licensed master-level social workers, mental health therapists, and substance use disorder counselors. Behavioral health staff at this facility provide a wide variety of services, including the following: diagnostic testing and assessments, individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, frequent consultation with the numerous disciplines within the facility, and release planning services. An intern at this site can expect a wide diversity of clients and referral issues ranging in complexity and severity of illness.

MCF-Lino Lakes

The Lino Lakes facility is a medium custody "campus" with large substance use disorder and sexual offense-specific treatment programs (SOTP). SOTP provides direct services to incarcerated individuals, including the following components: assessment, treatment planning, individual and group psychotherapy, psycho-educational classes, and release planning. SOTP serves approximately 270 adult male incarcerated individuals at a given time, many of whom also experience co-morbid mental illness, chemical abuse/dependency, and traumatic brain injury. The intern will work with team clinicians, including licensed drug and alcohol counselors, sexual offense-specific therapists, release planners, and psychologists (who conduct psychosexual assessments and provide ongoing mental health services).


The Shakopee facility is the MN DOC’s only adult female facility. MCF-Shakopee currently houses over 600 incarcerated individuals of all custody levels. The Behavioral Health Department at MCF-Shakopee includes a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, master’s-level licensed clinicians, licensed alcohol and drug counselors, and two release planners. The intern will be involved in a full range of services, including, but not limited to, completing various assessments (i.e., intake assessments, substance use disorder assessments, diagnostic assessments, and comprehensive mental health assessments inclusive of psychological testing). Additionally, MCF-Shakopee offers the intern a wealth of opportunities to provide brief and long-term individual therapy as well as opportunities for group facilitation. Using a developmental supervisory approach, additional activities (e.g., crisis management, multidisciplinary case consultation) are selected to prepare interns for a future career as a psychologist in a variety of settings.

MCF-Oak Park Heights

The Oak Park Heights facility is a maximum-security prison. The facility is unique as it has specialized units that operate comparable to an inpatient medical unit and an inpatient psychiatric unit. Onsite, a team of Psychology staff provides individualized services to incarcerated individuals who reside on the Mental Health Unit (MHU), Transitional Care Unit (TCU), restrictive housing, and those residing in the general population. The Psychology Department provides individual psychotherapy services, group psychotherapy services, assessment, crisis intervention, and consultation. On the MHU, treatment services are centered on assessment and mental health stabilization of complex cases involving serious and persistent mental illness, personality disorders, and civil commitment. Services provided on the TCU are focused on assessment and treatment of mental health concerns with the opportunity to provide assessment and monitoring to those with medical concerns necessitating a hospital-level of care. This facility is an ideal training site for an intern interested in gaining experience in outpatient and inpatient care.


Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Physical Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Learning Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Developmental Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Geropsychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Counseling: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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
Number of Completed Applications: 26 15 9 5 33 60
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 20 9 9 0 20 28
Total number of interns: 3 1 4 0 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 1 2 0 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 1 4 0 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 1 3 0 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 0 1 0 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0 0 14 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 0 0 50 37
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 1 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 1 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 1 1 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 1 0 1 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 1 0 0 0 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 1
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0