Department : Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2573
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Provisional Membership
Site: Kartta Group
Department: Psychology
Address: 324 West Superior St
620 Medical Arts
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 150
Phone: 218-606-1797
Fax: 651-925-0039
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Private Outpatient Clinic
Additional Agency Types:
  • Consortium
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Sara Vaccarella
Chief Psychologist: Megan Paris
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/07/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site During the course of the internship, interns will learn to balance clinical and forensic caseloads within a private practice setting. Interns will participate in balanced daily training activities that include psychotherapy with outpatient and forensic populations, assessment with outpatient and forensic populations, and research, given the overlapping rotations. Supervision and didactic trainings are integrated into the weekly schedule.
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: 11/30/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/17/2023; 01/19/2023
Interview process description:

The Training Committee receives and reviews all applications. Applications that meet the selection criteria will be ranked by the Site Supervisors. Applicants with the highest rankings will be invited to interview. Interviews are conducted virtually and include a group interview that orients applicants to the site and introduces supervisors, an individual structured panel interview, an opportunity to ask questions of current trainees (pre-graduate to post-doctoral), and a writing sample. Applicants should plan for the interview process to be spread out over the course of 8 hours, with breaks included. All components of the interview will be conducted remotely via Google Meets. Interviews will be conducted on 01/17/2023 and 01/19/2023. Requests to meet with specific staff are welcome.

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: 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: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: Yes, by start of internship
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):
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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 Kartta Group/MAPBHC psychology doctoral internship consortium offers structured training experiences across two primary focus areas (“tracks”), each with three rotations that run concurrently. The Aim of this internship is to prepare psychology doctorate students to effectively balance the demands of private practice, focusing on a blend of forensic and clinical populations and referral sources, to include developing competence in navigating the ethical, legal, and practical intricacies differentiating between these populations. The internship runs for 12 months, with interns being exposed to and practicing the duties of a psychologist. Interns will apply their current knowledge while learning new skills and perspectives. Interns will develop a higher-level ability to conceptualize client needs and direct interventions. By the completion of the internship, interns will be prepared to practice with a higher level of independence under supervision, while fulfilling their post-doctoral training requirements. 

The Kartta Group/MAPBHC internship consortium maintains internship opportunities that are twofold, and include developing competence in clinical interventions, as well as assessment. This dual competence development is reflected in the two tracks offered, including one primary placement at MAPBHC (i.e., Therapy Track) and the other primary placement at Kartta Group (i.e., Assessment Track). While the tracks include primary placement at one location, the interns are expected to rotate through the other opportunities. For example, interns primarily placed at MAPBHC will primarily focus upon clinical intervention and therapy, while also rotating through evaluations and research, and have opportunities for exposure to forensic practices. Conversely, the intern primarily placed at Kartta Group will specialize in assessments and court-related matters, but also be expected to rotate to MAPBHC and maintain a small clinical caseload, as well as engage in a research project. The simultaneous rotation and experience is in reflection of the consortium’s values that the development and training of a well-rounded practitioner, however specialized in later practice, includes broad clinical understanding and experience to avoid underdevelopment of key foundational skills.

Interns will be supported in sequenced programming that includes didactic training specifically tailored to each track, including clinical practices, forensic practices, ethical issues, cultural sensitivity, and professional development. The internship is sequential, meaning interns are begun on cases of lesser complexity or demand, and the complexity of the cases they are assigned to are reflective of their development across the year. For both internship tracks the focus remains on developing competency in precise diagnostic formulations, tailoring clinical intervention (or assessment selection) to the client's presentation, and fostering an active practice of professional self-reflection to pursue the highest standards of practice. The consortium offers a unique experience of training in private practice, offering the opportunity to work with a variety of clientele, including adults, adolescents, and couples or family systems. The Kartta Group/MAPBHC internship endeavors to foster interns' development to an extent that at the conclusion of the year, interns are abreast of evidence-based practices, routinely reflect on ethical considerations, and regularly practice professional reflection, to equip them to pursue continued work in the community as private practitioners, whether working in the clinical or forensic realm.

The third rotation is research-based, which provides interns with additional opportunities to learn and grow through advanced empirical knowledge and application during their internship.

The internship follows a practitioner-scholar model of training, which focuses on an academic and investigative approach. Interns rely upon evidence-based best practices to guide assessment, treatment planning, and intervention. This is accomplished through intensive individual and group supervision, and didactic opportunities. Supervision further helps the intern to apply ethical practice and develop competency in the provision of psychological services.

In summation, interns will provide direct services, including individual therapy and psychological assessment; engage in research; receive supervision and didactic training; and will act as part of a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals in treatment planning and applying mental health interventions. Interns are expected to be part of a client’s treatment team and are treated as part of the greater team of mental health practitioners at both MAPBHC and Kartta Group.


Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy:
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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 : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child: 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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Counseling: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: 5
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 4
Total number of interns: 1
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 1
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 20
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 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
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 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 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 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
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