The Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, Inc. (IHB) is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and partially funded by the Indian Health Service (IHS - Title V Urban funding). It is a nonprofit, culturally specific health care agency that provides medical, dental, mental and chemical health services to children, adolescents, and adults. Within the outpatient mental health department, clients served include about 73% American Indian, 14% Caucasian, 7% African American, and 6% other races.
Training is based on a practitioner model with a primary goal of equipping emerging mental health professionals with the highest quality skills for addressing the health disparities and mental health needs of the urban American Indian community in a culturally sensitive and proficient way. Theoretical orientations of staff are varied and include conceptualization from object relational, systemic, interpersonal, somatic, psychodynamic, feminist and cognitive behavioral perspectives. The two primary rotations are outpatient, with adults and children, and in vivo services provided within an American Indian magnet school setting one morning weekly.
The mental health department, called the Counseling & Support Clinic, or C&S, serves roughly 70% adults and 30% children and families. Individual and family therapy, group therapy, child and adult assessment, cultural/indigenous services, and psychiatric services are provided on-site. C&S also provides integrated behavioral health services within the IHB Medical Clinic to reduce health disparities, and opportunities for consultation with Medical Clinic providers are also available. The department also prides itself on training students in cultural proficiency skills aimed toward the urban American Indian community using what we term the Indigenous Mentorship Model. There are also opportunities to observe or learn integration of cultural and psychological perspectives within treatment.
The agency provides trainees with a wealth of diverse clinical experiences and training opportunities, including urban outpatient treatment, psychological evaluations, collaborative opportunities with culturally-specific schools and other agencies, and topic- or diagnosis-specific group therapy. Many interdisciplinary resources are available to interns, both onsite and in collaboration with other agencies and organizations. Staff are committed to working with urban and culturally diverse children and families, with specialized focus and services on the urban American Indian community.
Our training director, Dr. Luz Angelica Salinas can be reached at email@example.com.