Mental Health Practitioner (Intern/Practicum Student or Clinical Trainee)

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A Mental Health Practitioner is defined as:

  • An Intern/Practicum student who is enrolled in a behavioral health graduate program in order to be knowledgeable and competent in the treatment of a variety of emotional disorders and is in need of completing an internship or practicum training position for their graduate degree or;
  • A Clinical Trainee who is a graduate of a Masters program in a behavioral health related field who is working to accumulate licensure hours for one of the Minnesota Boards.

The intern/practicum student or clinical trainee is responsible for direct client care under supervision by a licensed mental health professional. This person will get the opportunity to develop a caseload of their own and may be providing in-office therapy, DBT, or in-home skills and/or therapy for the CTSS program. Requirements to be a candidate for one of these positions include:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to practice competently and ethically
  • Ability to provide psychological services in diverse clinical and in-home settings
  • Motivation to continue their own personal and professional growth
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with other providers and support staff
  • Awareness of their own strengths and limitations and the impact those strengths on client care
  • Sensitivity to individual differences and to the possible effects of multicultural issues
  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule
  • Has a valid driver’s license and auto insurance
  • Experience working with children preferred


  • Provide skills training, crisis assistance and in some cases psychotherapy for clients
  • Maintain confidentiality of client’s protected health information at all times
  • Provide regular updates by phone or email to key stakeholders in each case
  • Participate in individual and group supervision a minimum of 60 minutes per week
  • Participate in monthly staff meeting and follow all LDR policies and procedures
  • Earn a minimum of 20 CEUs every two years on topics necessary to do the assigned position
  • Maintain clinical records in compliance with LDR policies and procedures, insurance carriers, Minnesota and Federal law and relevant ethical boards policies and regulatory standards
  • Provide other functions as required or assigned for effective operations of the clinic


  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a behavioral science/related field from accredited college/university and (a.) have at least 2000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of mental health services to recipients with mental illness or (b.) be fluent in the non-English language of the cultural group to which at least 50% of the practitioner’s clients, complete 40 hours of training in the delivery of services to recipients with mental illness, and receive clinical supervision from a mental health professional at least once/week until the requirements of 2000 hours of supervised experience are met; or
  • Have at least 6000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of mental health services to recipients with mental illness (hours worked as a mental health behavioral aide I or II under CTSS may be included in the 6000 hours of experience for child recipients); or
  • Be a graduate student in one of the mental health professional disciplines and formally assigned by accredited college/university to an agency or facility for clinical training; or
  • Hold a master’s or other graduate degree in one of the mental health professional disciplines from an accredited college/university; or
  • Be certified as a tribal mental health practitioner serving a federally recognized Native American tribe.

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Though our physical locations are closed, Life Development Resources (LDR) provides Telehealth (online-like Facetime or Skype) services. Therefore, current clients of LDR can use such services so that there is no interruption of their care during a time of social distancing to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. We also continue to accept new clients as long as we have availability.

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