Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and/or Mental Health Practicum Students & Clinical Trainees

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Life Development Resources has been providing quality Mental Health Services to the South Metro for over 30 years. Our desire to help our community live abundantly has always been a cornerstone for our services. Life Development Resources has teamed up with Dakota County Community Corrections to facilitate an in-house culturally responsive therapeutic-based program for youth who participate in the Dakota County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court (JDTC). We are currently recruiting for 2 part-time mental health practicum students and clinical trainees actively working towards licensure.


This position is paid. The Clinical Trainees will be working primarily with a diverse adolescent drug court population face-to-face, via telehealth, and in a therapeutic group setting. The trainees are expected to have experience working with multicultural youth (preferably justice-involved youth), be respectful of lived experiences, and demonstrate an on-going expansion of one’s own awareness and understanding of culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The group program is called H.E.A.T. 4 Youth (H4Y), a culturally specific and responsive program for male youth designed to empower youth and strengthen character. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, the trainees will co-facilitate the H4Y group. The trainees will also be trained in DBT (Dialectic Behavior Therapy) and will provide individual and group services to youth and parents.

The program location will be located at a Dakota County government center in West St. Paul, MN. Dates and times of the H4Y program are to be determined.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Client program orientation, and discharge
  • Complete diagnostic assessments
  • Facilitate H.E.A.T. 4 Youth (H4Y) group curriculum to clients
  • Provide individual and family therapy
  • Provide DBT therapy in a group and individual setting
  • Consult reference material such as textbooks, manuals, and journals to identify symptoms, to make diagnoses, and to develop approaches to treatment
  • Develop and implement individual treatment plans
  • Discuss the treatment of problems with clients
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling or treatments, and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, then modify plans and diagnoses, as necessary
  • Interact with clients to assist them in gaining insight, defining goals, and planning action to achieve effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment
  • Obtain and study medical, psychological, social, and family histories, by interviewing the individuals or families, and by reviewing records
  • Refer clients to other specialists, institutions, or support services, as necessary
  • Write reports on clients, and maintain required documentation
  • Communicate progress notes with the drug court team

Practicum Student and Clinical Trainee Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in or recent graduation from a Master’s Degree or Doctoral degree program in counseling or related field, from a program that is CACREP or CHEA accredited (DHS)
  • Must be actively working towards licensure
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be free of chemical use problems for at least the two years immediately preceding their hiring and must sign a statement attesting to that fact
  • Must pass DHS required background check
  • Must document competence in screening for and working with clients with mental health problems, through education, training, and experience
  • Have flexible availability to meet the needs of the clients and the clinic
  • Work a minimum of 20 hours per week


  • $3000 monthly stipend, minimum of 20 hours per week
  • Free supervision of licensure hours included
  • Experience working with community corrections, justice-involved youth
  • DBT training costs included in offer