Program Information: Training

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2184
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Mental Health Systems, PC
Department: Training
Address: 6600 France Ave. S., Suite 230
Edina, Minnesota 55435
Country: United States
Metro Area: Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Distance from Major City: 8 miles SW of Minneapolis
Phone: 952-460-9018x
Fax: 952-835-9889
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Morgan Schwartz
Chief Psychologist: Steven Girardeau
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 9
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 28000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Each Intern is afforded their own private, furnished office. New clinical team members also receive a $200 stipend to help personalize their office space. The building where the internship is located has a fully equipped gym that is free for all building tenants.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typcical day will include provision of group therapy and individual therapy. Spread across the week is 4 hours of supervision (two face-to-face, one group, one assessment), 2 hour didactic training, staff training, team case consultation meeting, and time for paperwork/coordination of care/provision of assessments. Interns also spend time coordinating care internally and externally. MHS provides Interns the opportunity to attend external trainings at no cost. MHS also emphasizes work day self-care, so time should also be spent socializing, going for a walk, or whatever works to rejuvenate ones' self.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
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: 12/03/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/17/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

We interview students individually in the early weeks of January.  In 2022, all interviews will be done virtually via the Zoom platform.  Interviewees will spend time with sub-groups of the clinical team including leadership (the Training Director and Director of Clincial Services), clinical supervisors (who will be supervising doctoral interns), clincial staff (to discuss programming, daily life on the team, Q&A), and current interns (for additional Q&A related to the actual internship experience). Historically, interviews have lasted approximately 4 hours.  Applicants will be notified via email of MHS's interest in an interview and a member of the Administrative Team will manage interview scheduling.  

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: University of St. Thomas - MN; Minnesota School of Professional Psychology; Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Marquette University; South Dakota State University; Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology; University of Missouri - Columbia; Arizona School of Professional Psychology; East Carolina University; Georgia Southern University; Carlos Albizu University - San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Mary's University of Minnesota.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
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: Yes
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: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not Accepted
PCSAS-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:
Program Description

The mission of the Doctoral Psychology Internship Program at Mental Health Systems, PC (MHS) is to train Interns to be effective and ethical in their practice of clinical psychology in a community mental health setting. A majority of services provided by MHS incorporate some elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). The goals of training are to assist Interns in developing their own therapeutic style backed by theory, grounded in evidence-based practices.  

The Internship Program provides an initial base training in DBT group and individual therapy.  Interns, when proficient in DBT are provided the opportunity to train in any of our specialty group programs, e.g. chronic pain/mental illness, chemical dependency/mental illness, adolescents, early adolescents, etc.  Throughout their work at MHS, Interns receive training in the provision of individual therapy to clients with a variety of demographics and diagnostic presentations.  Individual therapy is audio and video recorded (with singed consent of the client) and reviewed in supervision.

Interns receive training on the provision of clinical supervision through the supervision of psychology practicum students. The assessment portion of the Internship focuses on developing a competency in case conceptualiazation and diagnostics via select instruments and diagnostic assessments.  At this writing, the assessment portion of the program has focused on Diagnostic Assesments due to Covid-19 and safe practices related test administration standardization.  The completion of outpatient diagnostic assessments emphasizes diagnostics and clear treatment recommendations.  

MHS has a strong team based approach, and as a result internship training will emphasize the development of Interns as the part of a therapeutic team. Interns will be trained in consultation within the MHS team, as well as in consultation with individual therapists, case managers, ARMHS workers, psychiatrists, and other professionals at other agencies.

MHS subscribes to the Local Clinical Scientist model of training. As such, interns are trained to provide evidence-based services and apply information gained by science and research to each unique client. Interns are trained to identify how social, biological, and psychological factors impact a client's mental health experience as well as to use this information in the application of effective therapeutic interventions. An important part of training is identifying transference and counter transference issues, and how this impacts clinical interventions. 

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Assessment: 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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

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
Number of Completed Applications: 31 34 30 38
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 13 21 18 24
Total number of interns: 2 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 1 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 1 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 3 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 3 1 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 2 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 1 11 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 6 30 10
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 1 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 2 0 2 2
Community Mental Health Center: 2 1 1 3 3
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 1 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 1 1 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0