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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2090
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Minnesota Sex Offender Program
Department: Department of Human Services
Address: 1111 Highway 73
Moose Lake, Minnesota 55767
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Moose Lake (Match #209011) is 45 miles South of Duluth, 90 miles North of Mpls/St. Paul. St. Peter (Match # 209012) is approximately 70 miles South of Mpls/St. Paul.
Phone: 218-565-6038
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Other
Additional Agency Types:
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Lauren Herbert
Chief Psychologist: Lauren Herbert
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 20
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
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: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 1 Floating Holiday.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns participate in a variety of training opportunities within four rotations: diagnostic evaluation, treatment assessment, treatment rotation, and research.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
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: 11/30/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Optional
A Virtual Interview is:
Interview notification date: 12/08/2023
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2024
Interview process description:

In the past, MSOP hosted in-person group interviews.  Through the COVID-19 pandemic we learned how to offer virtual interviews with ease.  We plan to continue to offer virtual interviews.  In-person interviews are optional and if something an applicant would like to consider, we likely will be able to offer a physical tour and an opportunity to meet with several current supervisors, and our current interns.  For the virtual interviews, we have created virtual tours and ways for applicants to interact with and meet supervisors, staff, and interns as well.  


How to obtain application info: Email the Program
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):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
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
PCSAS-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: One writing sample, which is in the form of a psychological report or written case conceptualization with any identifying information deleted.
Program Description

The MSOP Psychology Doctoral Internship Program is an individual site with two tracks.  One track is located in Moose Lake, MN (Match #: 209011)and the other is in St. Peter, MN (Match #: 209012).  Moose Lake admits clients to the program who are on judicial hold or who have been civilly committed.  Once a client has been finally committed, he/she is given the opportunity to participate in treatment.  Phase I, Phase II and non-treatment participants currently reside at the Moose Lake facility.   In Phase I treatment, clients learn emotional self-regulation, behavior management and they establish their motivation for change.  These treatment targets establish the foundation for success in the later phases of MSOP treatment.  In Phase II treatment, clients identify and address the underlying issues of their offending behaviors, which include their sexual and non-sexual motivations and decision making related to their sex offenses and general offending patterns.  Once clients have successfully completed Phase II treatment, they are transferred to St. Peter to begin their Phase III treatment work.  Moose Lake, MN is in the upper half of the State and approximately 40 minutes from Duluth, which is right on Lake Superior. 

The MSOP-St. Peter campus is comprised of continued conventional programming (Phase II and Phase III), the Alternative Program (Phase I, II, and III), a program designed for clients with executive functioning deficits, and Community Preparation Services (CPS), a location designed for clients who have been granted transfer outside the secure perimeter by the Special Review Board (SRB) and the judicial appeal panel, for the later stages of MSOP treatment.  St. Peter is in the lower half of the State and approximately an hour from the St. Paul/Minneapolis metro area.  

Our Psychology Doctoral Internship Program is best suited for students seeking experiences within a secure program providing sex offender treatment to civilly committed clients that will complement their previous training. Successful applicants will possess a solid foundation in psychological assessment and therapeutic intervention, will have completed or be in the process of completing a formal dissertation, and must have successfully defended the dissertation proposal prior to the internship start date. Doctoral students from Clinical and Forensic Psychology programs who have obtained approval from their faculty and are internship-eligible may apply. Students from APA-approved programs are preferred. MSOP is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.


Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities:
International Students:
Low income:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Experience (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Crisis Intervention: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy:
Long-term Psychotherapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: Experience (21% to 30%)
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other: Supervision of students as available


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Experience (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments:
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Research: 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 2023-2024
Number of Completed Applications: 20 8 24
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 15 7 22
Total number of interns: 3 2 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 2 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 1 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 2 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 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: 2
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 2
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0