The clinic will accept practicum application materials for the 2017-18 training year between 12/15/16 and 1/31/17. Practica run for either 9 or 12 months, depending on students' needs. Though not required, year-long placements are preferred in order to assure clients the highest level of continuity between trainees. The Clinic offers both psychotherapy and assessment practicum placements.
Practicum students enjoy the benefits of operating within the larger training program, which offers monthly agency-wide consultation, grand rounds, and an invited speaker series. Weekly individual supervision is with a staff psychologist and/or LMFT, depending on students' eventual licensure track.
For therapy practicum, the program typically takes master's or doctoral students from Couples & Family Therapy, early childhood (infant mental health), or child-focused degree programs. The placement requires at least 20-hours and at least two evenings per week. In our experience, the educational quality of a practicum is negatively correlated with a student's concurrent credit load, and students are encouraged to begin practicum only after completing the majority of their degree requirements. Prerequisite coursework includes ethics, counseling theories, and psychopathology. We will take 2 practicum students for the 2017-18 training year that fit into one of the following placements:
- Child & Family Therapy
- Early Childhood Mental Health*
- Child Psychological Assessment (Doctoral students only)
*New for 2017, the clinic will offer an early childhood mental health practicum palcement. This placement is open to master's or doctoral psychology students focused on learning evidence-based therapeutic techniques with very young children and their caregivers.
Admission to the training program is competitive. Application materials are accepted between December 15 and January 31 each year for both June and September starts. To apply for a practicum placement, email your resume/CV and letter of interest to Dr. Kristen Stevens, Training Director, email@example.com. Letters should broadly outline your learning goals and commitment to the common good and explicitly state the type of degree program you are in as well as the placement you are seeking. Application materials are due on or before 1/31/17. Materials will be reviewed in December and January for both June and September starts. Interviews are typically done individually in January with the clinical supervisor and may include current trainees. Finalists will be required to submit writing samples.
Note: All practicum placement offers are contingent upon successful completion of reference checks and background checks including Minnesota Statute 148.01 “Minnesota Sexual Exploitation Act.” This statute requires Lorenz Clinic contact employers from at least the last five years to determine whether any sexual exploitation of clients has occurred. Applicants who do not successfully pass these background checks will be dismissed from the placement.
Current Practicum Students & Alumni:
- Callie Albaugh - University of St. Thomas (2017-18)
- Kallie Osmundson - University of St. Thomas (2017-18)
- Alison Inhelder - University of St. Thomas (2016-17)
- Bailey Erdrich - University of St. Thomas (2016-17)
- Drea Tuott - University of St. Thomas (2015-16)
- Kim Stewart - University of St. Thomas (2015-16)
- Carly Jarvinen - University of St. Thomas (2015-16)
- Morgan Brumbaugh - St. Mary's University of Minnesota (2015-16)
- Jordan Weitzel - University of Wisconsin Stout (2014-15)
- Kamila Stafin - University of Wisconsin Stout (2013-14)
- Nova Abrahamson - St. Mary's University of Minnesota (2012-13)