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Psychology Internship

Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology

APA (CoA) Accredited
Training program established in 1965
(accredited since 1985)
Multiple rotational experiences
Diverse patient population
Adult and Child Tracks

About the Program

Training in a Level I Trauma Center and safety net hospital

APA (CoA) Accredited Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (one year)

Welcome to the Hennepin Healthcare Psychology Internship Program. We appreciate your interest in our internship program, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and we hope that you will find the following information useful as you search for prospective internship programs. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 | Email: [email protected] | Website:

The Hennepin Healthcare Psychology Internship Program offers both Adult and Child tracks. Our setting offers interns the opportunity to work with an ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse patient population. In addition, being part of a large teaching hospital and level I trauma center provides our interns many unique training experiences.

We believe that a good match between the intern and the internship program is essential. While we emphasize a strong foundation in assessment, consultation, and intervention, we also strive to individualize the internship experience.

We offer four internship positions usually distributed with two interns in each track. Only students from APA-accredited or CPA-accredited graduate programs are considered. Preference is given to applicants from graduate programs in clinical and school psychology, though graduate students from counseling programs, with an interest in pursuing more clinically oriented training, also will be considered. These are one year, full-time positions with the expectation of 2000 training hours.

Aims and Competencies

The overarching aim of our program is to train advanced doctoral level practitioners to provide evidence-based psychological services to diverse populations in multi-disciplinary settings across the continuum of care.  Our specific goals are to prepare interns in the theories and techniques of assessment, intervention, and consultation necessary for an entry-level professional psychology position.

A doctoral internship in clinical psychology from Hennepin Healthcare provides broad and general training that is meant to prepare trainees for an entry-level position in health service psychology.  As a result, we focus on building core competencies for health service psychology. These include the following.

  1. Ethical and Legal Standards
  2. Individual and Cultural Diversity
  3. Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors
  4. Communication and Interprofessional Skills
  5. Assessment
  6. Research
  7. Intervention
  8. Supervision
  9. Consultation and Interpersonal/Interdisciplinary Skills

Training Model

The predominant approach to training is that of an apprenticeship in which the training faculty models clinical skills, professional attitudes, and ethical standards. Experiential learning is emphasized and integrated throughout our program. The internship program adheres to the local clinical scientist model of training.

Over the course of the training year, interns are expected to perform in a progressively more independent manner. Didactic teaching is an integral part of the training and, in accordance with our mission statement, the practice of psychology is guided by the theoretical and empirical knowledge base of the discipline.

Diversity Statement

The Hennepin Healthcare Psychology Training Program is dedicated to an environment of valuing and respecting diversity. We are committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere of openness and trust with our trainees and with our colleagues. We embrace high quality, evidence-based, and multiculturally competent services for our patients and their families.  Our efforts to celebrate and promote diversity are further supported by our Psychiatry Department Diversity Council and the LGBTQ+ Psychology Consultation Group as well as organizational initiatives such as the Trauma-Informed Care Steering Committee and the Mental Health Access Steering Committee.

Salary and Benefits

The internship year typically begins on the first Monday in August with two weeks of orientation. The stipend for the training year is $26,500. Benefits include health insurance and 28 days of PTO (Paid Time Off), which provides paid time off for absences due to any reason including vacation, illness, holidays, doctor appointments, professional conferences, dissertation defense and personal business. Also available are life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, and subsidized dental insurance. As an intern, you would get discounts on metro passes, gym memberships, medications at Hennepin Healthcare pharmacies, care at Hennepin Healthcare, etc. Lastly, interns have four hours per week that may be designated for research or scholarly endeavors.

Please note that interns also have access to professional development funds to support attendance at professional conferences (currently $300/year).

Clinical Training

Core Clinical Training Experiences

The overarching aim of our program is to train advanced doctoral level practitioners to provide evidence-based psychological services to diverse populations in multi-disciplinary settings across the continuum of care. Our specific goals are to prepare interns in the theories and techniques of assessment, intervention, and consultation necessary for an entry-level professional psychology position. The predominant approach to training is that of an apprenticeship in which the training faculty models clinical skills, professional attitudes, and ethical standards.

The program offers two clinical internship training tracks: Adult and Child. While all interns focus on either adult or child populations, they rotate through other areas to develop skills in assessment, consultation, and intervention across the continuum of care (e.g., inpatient to outpatient).

Adult interns schedule regular intakes and psychological evaluations for bariatric weight loss surgery, and adult ADHD screenings in the Adult Therapy Clinic, where they also follow patients for therapy. They complete brief psychological evaluations of adults as part of the Adult Assessment Clinic and provide psychological consultation to medical services at least one afternoon per week. In addition, they are expected to complete the Acute Psychiatric Services (APS) rotation and at least one of the following additional rotations (or more as their schedule and available supervisors allow): Partial Hospital Program (PHP), Adult Inpatient, Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH), Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Service, or/and Neuropsychology.

The Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Service (CAPS) is the home base for the Child interns, who conduct intakes and assessments with children, adolescents, and families on an outpatient basis the entire year. They also follow therapy patients through CAPS. In addition, they provide consultation to pediatric inpatients on the pediatric and other medical services. They are expected to complete the APS rotation. Child Interns also engage in at least one of the following: Adult Therapy Clinic, Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH), or Neuropsychology. The Partial Hospital Program (PHP), Adult Inpatient, and Adult Assessment Clinic rotations are optional.

Adult Assessment Clinic

The Adult Assessment Clinic was established in 1998 to ensure timely provision of psychological services to requesting physicians and other providers in the Department of Psychiatry and throughout the medical center. The clinic also provides a vehicle for training psychology interns in psychological evaluation and health psychology consultation. Adult interns are assigned to the Adult Assessment Clinic at least one afternoon per week during the entire training year. This is an elective rotation for Child interns.

There are two main focuses of this clinic. First, physicians and providers from medical inpatient units in the hospital can request psychological consultations. These often focus on issues such as coping after trauma, behavior management, and pain management. Psychology interns routinely have opportunities to provide consultative services to patients on the Orthopedic, Surgery, Medicine, Neurosurgery, and Burn units. Second, staff psychiatrists from the inpatient service request psychological evaluations to aid in diagnostic clarification and treatment planning.

Adult Therapy Clinic

Adult interns experience a year-long placement in the Adult Therapy Clinic. Child interns may schedule four patients per week in this clinic. Interns are expected to carry their adult therapy cases during their other rotations. A variety of psychotherapy orientations are practiced, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. Both long-term and short-term approaches are used. Interns are taught to implement specific interventions using a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities. The current patient population includes many individuals with serious and persistent psychopathology, and the challenge to develop effective strategies for change is ever present.

Adult Group Therapy

Several opportunities for group therapy experience are available. Adult Interns co-lead groups during their Partial Hospital Program (PHP) rotation and take part in groups during their Inpatient rotation. Interns can also co-lead outpatient groups in the Adult Therapy Clinic depending on the interest and availability of staff and patients. Current group offering include a DBT skills group, Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training groups, a Co-occurring Disorders group, an LGBTQ Interpersonal Process group, and a Mind Body group.

Child Adolescent Psychiatry Service (CAPS) — Assessment

Child interns are assigned to the CAPS for the full year and conduct intake and diagnostic interviews with children and families; administer, score, and interpret the appropriate intellectual, educational, and personality tests; write reports; give feedback; maintain chart records; and engage in various case management duties. They work with schools, community agencies, and the courts as necessary.

In addition, interns provide consultation to pediatric inpatients on the Pediatric and on other medical units. Typical requests range from behavior management issues on the units, to assessment of suicide risk, depression, or psychosis. Psychology staff and trainees are often asked to facilitate communication between a patient and family members when a significant injury or death has occurred. This is an elective rotation for Adult Interns.

Child Adolescent Psychiatry Services (CAPS) — Therapy

In addition to the activities described above, Child interns conduct individual and family therapy. They are expected to see their therapy patients during their off-unit rotations. Presenting therapy concerns include behavioral problems and parenting concerns, as well as a full range of serious psychiatric disorders. Various therapy orientations are taught including cognitive behavioral, family systems, and parenting skills training. Interns are taught to tailor their interventions to the specific needs of the child in the context of his or her particular life situation. This is an elective rotation for Adult interns.


Supervision & Didactics

The Psychology training faculty values the opportunity to work closely with interns in training and supervision. While all staff has adopted an "open door policy," interns are assigned several specific supervisors. Each intern has a primary supervisor who serves as a mentor and coordinates the training experience for the intern throughout the training year. For the Adult interns, the primary supervisor also provides supervision of therapy; for the Child interns, the primary supervisor provides supervision for either assessment or therapy.

All interns receive additional supervision/consultation by attending weekly supervision groups; currently there is a supervision group for psychological evaluations for bariatric weight loss, an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy focused group, as well as a general case discussion/consultation group. Interns also participate in post-group discussions/supervision with the staff therapist or facilitator after group therapy sessions. During rotations, interns work with and are supervised by staff associated with that rotation (e.g., during the Acute Psychiatric Services (APS) rotation interns are supervised by an APS staff member). Other elective rotations, such as Neuropsychology, are supervised by the specific staff on those services. Lastly, individual supervision is provided for all consultation/assessment clinics.

In total, interns receive at least 4 hours of supervision per week, of which a minimum of 2 hours per week are individual supervision.

Training Orientation

The internship year begins with two weeks of orientation, during which the interns are introduced to the faculty and the facility as well as to policies and procedures. The orientation also includes a series of lectures on foundational topics such as interviewing, report writing, mandatory reporting of abuse, working with interpreters, and clinic procedures.


Orientation is followed by three weekly, one-hour seminar series. These series focus on assessment, therapy, and consultation/health services, with increasing complexity of materials being presented as the year proceeds. Additionally, interns are welcome to attend an adult-focused CBT Seminar that is taught to the second-year psychiatry residents in the fall. Other interventions included in the seminars include child-focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, ACT, DBT, CPT, PE, and trauma-focused treatment for children. Further, a series of talks related to professional development issues are presented throughout the year.

In addition to the psychology-specific didactic offerings, the Psychiatry Department sponsors a weekly Special Topics Seminar and a bi-weekly Psychiatry Case Consultation series.  Interns are also encouraged to attend hospital wide trainings on topics such as ethics in healthcare, LGBTQ health, and departmental specific presentations.

During the internship year, two all-day workshops are arranged jointly by several of the local APA (CoA)-accredited internship sites. The workshops focus on diversity and on supervision and ethics.



Acute Psychiatric Services (APS)

All interns complete a rotation on the APS. Nationally recognized, the APS was the first hospital-based center to be certified by the American Association of Suicidology. Interns usually work 10-12 eight-hour shifts in this 24-hour, multidisciplinary center, providing crisis evaluation services to walk-in patients as well as to patients brought in by family, police, providers, or ambulance. Interns work alongside their APS supervisor until they are ready to function more independently.

Adult Inpatient Psychiatry

Interns complete a day a week on the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Service (this is an elective rotation for Child interns). They function as members of an interdisciplinary team that is led by the staff psychiatrist, which includes psychologists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, medical students, and resident physicians. Interns participate in team rounds, where they provide updates and recommendations for patients with serious and persistent mental illness (and often co-occurring addictions). Interns also provide group and individual interventions to patients during this rotation and receive additional training in empirically supported treatments (e.g., motivational interviewing, illness management and recovery, etc.).

Partial Hospital Program (PHP)

PHP provides short-term (usually three weeks) of structured daily programming for patients who are experiencing acute symptoms of mental illness but do not require psychiatric hospitalization. Patients served present with diverse diagnoses, needs, and backgrounds. Most of the treatment occurs in group format, including psychotherapy as well as CBT skills, psychoeducation, occupational therapy, and recreational therapy groups. Interns co-lead a daily therapy group during their time with this service.

Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH)

The Primary Care Behavioral Health service provides integrated behavioral health treatment to patients in HCMC primary care clinics. Health psychologists and interns partner with primary care providers in order to manage the mental and physical health of primary care patients. Behavioral health services include consultation with medical providers, diagnostic assessment, health behavior assessment, health behavior intervention, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychiatric medication consultation by a CNS. In order to meet the needs of the primary care population, behavioral health services are delivered immediately during primary care appointments using problem-focused, time-limited interventions. There are training opportunities in both adult and child/adolescent focused primary care clinics.


While not a required part of the training, many interns choose to gain experience with neuropsychological testing. Neuropsychologists provide assessment of adult, adolescent, and pediatric patients from all hospital departments to assist in diagnosis and treatment planning. Patients with head injury, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, substance abuse, epilepsy, learning disorders, mental retardation, multiple sclerosis, HIV infection, carbon monoxide poisoning, developmental disorders, cortical and subcortical dementias, and psychiatric disorders are regularly assessed. Interns conduct testing and have the opportunity to write reports under the supervision of one of the neuropsychologists.

Health Psychology and Specialty Training Experiences

Health Psychology consultation has become a major focus of our training program in recent years. Physicians, nurses, and other health care providers have become increasingly aware of the role psychological factors play in the acute care and long-term management of many medical disorders. At HCMC, psychologists are important consultants and members of multidisciplinary teams serving the complex treatment needs of patients receiving services through a number of specialty clinics and programs. Interns are encouraged to round out the training year by selecting from the many specialty training experiences available at HCMC, some of which are listed below. If a particular training experience does not formally exist, it may be possible for arrangements to be made to develop appropriate and unique experiences for the intern.

Trauma Services

HCMC is a Level I Pediatric and Adult Trauma Center that provides comprehensive services to accident victims with multiple injuries. Psychological consultation and intervention are built into the critical pathway for patients admitted with new spinal cord injuries and are commonly sought for multiple trauma and burn patients. Psychologists are involved in assessing emotional status and providing counseling and family support. Presenting problems include acute stress disorder, adjustment disorders, depression, delirium, and preexisting conditions such as personality disorders. Consultation to nursing staff regarding behavior management issues is requested on occasion as well.

Burn Center

The HCMC Burn Center is a 17-bed intensive care unit that provides comprehensive care to adults and children with thermal injuries (burns, frostbites, and hypothermia) as well as patients requiring specialized wound care. The Burn Center is part of the HCMC Trauma Services, but is also independently certified by the American Burn Association (ABA). As part of the team approach to patient care, a staff psychologist attends weekly rounds and offers consultation to other team members. Psychological services are made available to patients (and families) by psychology staff and trainees to help them cope with the often traumatic circumstances of the injury, the immediate and long-term psychosocial aspects of the physical trauma, and the post-discharge adjustment to everyday life.


The Child Adolescent Psychiatry Service (CAPS) is in close physical proximity to the large inpatient and outpatient pediatric services. Pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners from the Growth and Nutrition Clinic, Asthma Clinic, other specialty clinics, and general Pediatrics make referrals for assessments, therapeutic interventions, and consultation. Staff and students regularly receive referrals from the Adolescent Clinics, which serve adolescents as well as adolescent parents and their young children. CAPS staff and trainees provide consultation regarding children hospitalized on the general or intensive care pediatric units. Referral issues often include assessment of suicide risk, behavior management issues on the unit, difficulties with medical compliance, general adjustment concerns, and provision of education and support to children and families following traumatic accidents.

Pediatric Brain Injury Team

Working with this team offers a rich opportunity for interns wishing to obtain training and experience in the assessment and treatment of children with acquired brain injuries. This multidisciplinary team manages the acute, rehabilitative, and follow-up care of children and adolescents who have sustained brain injuries. Psychologists and neuropsychologists on the team perform assessment of the patient, participate in family and school conferences, and provide counseling as needed to assist the patient and family in coping with problems arising from the brain injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Clinic

The TBI Clinic and Knapp Rehabilitation Center consist of a multidisciplinary team of professionals (clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, physical therapists, speech therapists, social workers, recreational therapists, and physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians). The clinic provides comprehensive outpatient care to patients of all ages with mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries, stroke, burns, and/or orthopedic injuries. The role of clinical psychology involves providing diagnostic assessment, education, and therapy to patients and families with adjustment to these health problems and/or treatment of comorbid psychiatric disorders. This population also has a higher proportion of patients with substance abuse issues. Trainees may have the opportunity to work with staff in this setting, depending upon clinic needs and available staffing.

Huntington's Disease Clinic

HCMC's Regional Huntington's Disease Clinic offers patients and their families’ comprehensive neurological, psychological, genetic counseling, neuropsychological, and social services. Psychologists participate in the early diagnostic and patient/family educational interventions, as well as provide ongoing individual, marital, and family psychotherapy. All Huntington's patients are evaluated on an annual or biannual basis with a specially tailored battery of neuropsychological tests.

Hennepin Bariatric Center

The Hennepin Bariatric Center is an interdisciplinary team that includes professionals from the departments of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Nutrition, and Psychiatry. Psychologists and trainees perform psychological evaluations of potential bariatric surgery patients, provide evaluation services for medical and psychological interventions, and provide or coordinate further psychological care.

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Find information about program admissions, support, and placement data. The following documents are in PDF format.

What Sets us Apart?

Why is Hennepin Healthcare a great place to train as a Doctoral Psychology Intern?

Our Mission to Provide Exceptional Care
HCMC is a safety net hospital and a nationally recognized Level 1 Trauma Center that serves adults and children/adolescents. A vital part of our mission is to provide exceptional care to underserved and vulnerable populations, regardless of ability to pay.

Academic Medical Center & Teaching Hospital
We were the first teaching hospital in Minnesota. We have a large, engaged, and supportive training staff, with more than 40 psychologists in the Psychology Department. We provide opportunities to develop skills while working on multi-disciplinary teams with a variety of healthcare staff.

Serve a Diverse Patient Population
37% identifying as White/Caucasian
31% identifying as Black/African American
20% identifying as Hispanic/Latino
3% identifying as American Indian/Native American
3% identifying as Asian
4% identifying as “Other”
2% identifying as two or more races

LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Top Performer

Offer a Wide Variety of Clinical/Training Experiences
Provide care as part of the integrated treatment team at a Level 1 Trauma Center
Have opportunities for both inpatient and outpatient training experiences
Develop skills in therapy, assessment, and consultation
Work in our psychiatric emergency room
Gain experience working with patients that have serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI)
Train in health psychology settings
Take on optional experiences in more focused training areas
Integrated primary care, Neuropsychology, etc.
Experience flexibility to help meet your training goals
Take on opportunities to work with both adult and child/adolescent patients, regardless of if you are in the child or adult internship track

Application Requirements

Applications Due November 1

The Psychology Internship Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission of Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 | Email: [email protected] | Website:

The internship program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and participates in the APPIC match. Information about APPIC including Match Policies is available at Submit the following items via the APPIC AAPI at


  • Curriculum vitae
  • APPIC Application for Psychology Internship
  • Official graduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One sample report

Additional Information

Note that the sample report needs to be uploaded under the supplemental materials section. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are applying to the Adult or the Child track. The program codes for the APPIC match are 138013 for the Adult Track and 138014 for the Child Track. Also be sure to include your APPIC match number on the AAPI.

Our program seeks applicants who would thrive in a training setting committed to diversity.  We invite you to comment briefly in your cover letter about how you think you could contribute to this training site and training class in the domains of diversity knowledge, awareness, and sensitivity.

The psychology internship program abides by the APPIC policy of not soliciting or accepting any ranking-related information from applicants prior to the APPIC Match Day.

Selected applicants are invited to attend one of our two Interview Days in early January. During the Interview Days, prospective interns are introduced to the program and staff, participate in individual interviews with the faculty, and tour the facility with current trainees. Unstructured time to interact with faculty and trainees is also provided.

Students from APA-accredited (as well as CPA-accredited) graduate programs will be considered. Preference is given to applicants from programs in clinical, counseling, and school psychology. Adequate preparation for the internship includes completion of basic graduate coursework and 250 practicum hours in intervention and 100 practicum hours in assessment. Experience working with both children and adults is desirable, but not required.

Please note that interns are required to pass their comprehensive exams and have their dissertation proposal approved prior to the start of the internship.

Hennepin Healthcare is committed to providing Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity. Matches to Hennepin Healthcare are contingent upon successful completion of pre-employment health screen, reference checks, compliance with U.S. Government Eligibility Verification form, and background checks including MN Statute 148.01 Sexual Exploitation Act.

About Our Facility

The Psychiatry Department is composed of a 102-bed Adult Inpatient Service, the Partial Hospitalization Program, the Day Treatment Program, Acute Psychiatric Services, Child Adolescent Psychiatry Service, an intensive outpatient DBT program, the HOPE Program (for those experiencing a first episode of psychosis), our Crisis Residence, the Mother-Baby Program, and the Adult Psychiatry Clinic. The department also has an active Consultation Liaison Service, which provides extensive psychiatric and psychological consultation to adult and pediatric patients throughout the medical center.

In addition to the Psychology Training Program, the Department of Psychiatry has been involved in graduate medical education of University of Minnesota medical students and residents for decades. In 1996, the Hennepin-Regions Psychiatry Residency Program was established.


Patricia Castellanos Bio Photo

Patricia Castellanos, PhD

Director of Psychology Training
[email protected]

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