Required Minor Rotations

An internship with Sanford Health prepares interns for doctoral-level independent practice in clinical psychology by providing interns exposure to various professional roles, treatment settings, and clinical acuities. All interns are required to participate in minor rotations during their internship year to gain training experience related to inpatient behavioral health, hospital consultation, and rural behavioral health. Rotation schedules and placement details are pre-determined based on the intern’s Primary Site placement.

Each rotation provides a unique learning experience that enhances the intern’s clinical, diagnostic, and assessment skills and knowledge. For each rotation, interns participate in treatment team meetings, site-specific didactic trainings, supplemental supervision, as well as other tasks that are delegated by the supervising psychologist. The following are brief descriptions of the rotations:

Detroit Lakes Clinic (DLC)

The Sanford Health Detroit Lakes Clinic (DLC) is a multi-specialty group practice located in Detroit Lakes, MN. The clinic is located 45-miles from the Fargo/Moorhead Metro area. It features providers of family medicine, internal medicine, audiology, general same-day surgery, women’s health, podiatry, dermatology, optometry, psychology, psychiatry, and physical therapy. Additionally, there are 20 specialist providers who rotate through DLC monthly to keep services close to home for their patients. Interns placed at Primary Sites located in the Metro area will have the opportunity to provide clinical services, such as individual psychotherapy and care collaboration, in a rural setting with a diverse patient population. This rotation will last 6-months, and interns are expected to be on-site one day per week. Interns will receive training in various therapeutic modalities, including but not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy, prolonged exposure, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused brief therapy.

Traumatic Stress Treatment Center (TSTC)

Located in Fargo, ND, the Traumatic Stress Treatment Center (TSTC) provides specialized trauma services, including clinical psychotherapy, psychological assessment, psychiatric management, case management, and social support services to children, adolescents, young adults, and families. There is significant collaboration with many multidisciplinary partners, including pediatricians, nurse practitioners, psychiatrist, social workers, child protective services, law enforcement, and prosecutors. Patients present at TSTC from a variety of backgrounds for a range of behavioral health concerns. Some patients travel from geographically remote regions as child behavioral health specialty services are scarce in this region. Presenting problems for children and families include child abuse, sexual assault, medical trauma, motor vehicle accidents, traumatic grief, involvement in the foster care system, caregiver substance use disorders, and homelessness. Many patients present with co-morbid anxiety and depression. Interns will conduct initial intake assessments and provide individual, family, and group therapy interventions. Interns are trained n a variety of modalities, including but not limited to, but are not limited to, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression and Anxiety, and Exposure Therapy.