Department : Psychology Department - St. Peter

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2034
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Forensic Services
Department: Psychology Department - St. Peter
Address: 100 Freeman Drive
St. Peter, Minnesota 56082
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Approximately 60 miles from the Twin Cities
Phone: 507-985-2737
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Jessica Garcia
Chief Psychologist: Thanh Son Nguyen-Kelly
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 18
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/14/2024
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: 56397
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns are required to work no more than 40 hours per week. Unused vacation time is paid out after internship.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns typically begin their mornings by reviewing emails, documentation, or planning their workday. They typically participate in a morning rounds meeting on the unit. The rest of their day is filled with a combination of direct patient care (i.e., individual therapy, group therapy, interviews, legal hearing, etc.), didactics, supervision, and documentation/report writing.
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: 11/01/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/01/2023
Tentative interview date: 01/08/2024, 01/09/2024, 01/10/2024, 01/11/2024, 01/12/2024
Interview process description:

For the upcoming training year, all interviews will be conducted virtually to ensure social equity, safety, and consistency across interviewees. Interviews usually take place during the second week of January. The interview process may include a panel interview with members of the Internship Training Committee, individual interview with the Training Director, meeting with current interns, and a virtual tour of our facility. Interviews are conducted using standardized questionnaires. Note that applicants must be able to certify they meet specific physical ability requirements to be eligible for the program. Additional information about these requirements may be located at the end of the site brochure.

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): 75
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 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: Meet MN Department of Human Services personnel requirements, including Human Resources requirements for background check and physical abilities certification statement.
Program Description

Forensic Services (FS) is an APA-Accredited internship site, initially accredited in 2012 for a period of 7 years, and most recently in 2020 received full 10-year reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation.

This unique, supportive, and challenging training program offers an internship experience for students completing their doctoral degree from Clinical and Counseling Psychology Programs. FS is comprised of secure and non-secure inpatient psychiatric units. Patients come to the Forensic Mental Health Program on an involuntary basis, and are sometimes committed by the courts for evaluation or treatment. FS also serves as a statewide treatment facility for persons found not guilty or unable to stand trial by reason of mental illness. The program staff highly value a collaborative and collegial training environment that seeks to train strong generalist clinicians through the provision of supportive and challenging training opportunities based in a developmentally-focused training model.

The FS Doctoral Internship Program strives for excellence in professional training and educational experiences. Internship is viewed as a period of focused professional growth and skill development. The program provides a warm and supportive learning environment. Internship candidates from diverse and underrepresented communities are not only welcome, but strongly encouraged to apply. The program greatly values diversity and takes pride in FS Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology cultivating a workplace and learning environment that promotes respect and inclusion for all people.

FS treats a patient population that is both clinically and demographically diverse. Our patients have a very wide range of diagnoses, covering virtually all the major categories of the DSM-5-TR. The most common primary diagnoses include Schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, affective disorders, and Antisocial and Borderline personality disorders. Additionally, many patients have primary or secondary diagnoses of substance abuse, borderline intellectual functioning, and anxiety disorders.

FS offers training experiences in a variety of clinical settings. We offer major rotations with acute patients, behaviorally stable but actively symptomatic patients, and patients who are stable and preparing to reintegrate into the community. There are opportunities to work with various acuity levels, sex offenses, and competency restoration. These experiences are offered based on intern interest and staffing availability. Intensive didactic trainings are also offered in multicultural competency, professional development, evidence-based treatment interventions, DSM-5-TR, and forensic issues. Interns are typically able to select rotations that best represent their interests and development needs within this highly unique and flexible setting. Please note that this program offers minor rotations in forensic assessment, general assessment, and sex offender treatment; however, these training experiences are not guaranteed and are contingent upon supervisor availability. The program brochure is available on our website and any additional questions regarding the program may be emailed to the training director.


Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: 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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Consultation/Liaison: Experience (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Experience (21% to 30%)
Primary Care: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other: Multidisciplinary team membership


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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: Experience (21% to 30%)
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)
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: Experience (21% to 30%)
Supervision: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: 68 57 65 55 53 61 48
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 19 19 20 22 26 30 28
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3 3 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3 3 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 2 3 2 2 3 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 0 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
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: 0
Psychiatric facility: 3
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0