Post-Master’s Fellowship

Lorenz Clinic offers a post-degree, pre-licensure employment experience suited to MFT, social work, and Counseling graduates working toward licensure. This fellowship is a two-year, structured supervision and continuing education placement. Post-master’s fellows receive supervision in the provision of outpatient psychotherapy. The site offers strong training in clinical documentation and features individual supervision, small group supervision, grand rounds, didactic trainings, monthly case consultation, and a rich invited speaker series. Licensure/clinical supervision for post-master’s fellows is with a BBHT, BOSW, and/or BMFT approved supervisor; Administrative supervision is with a staff psychologist.

Fellows function as Mental Health Practitioners embedded within the larger clinic and enjoy close, multi-disciplinary collaboration with professionals and other trainees. Fellows can expect to gain the majority of their post-degree licensure supervision during the experience, but they are strongly encouraged to find at least some licensure supervision outside the clinic in the interests of cross-pollination.

Job Title: Mental Health Practitioner II
Licensure: N/A
Classification: Full-time, exempt
Annual Stipend: $51,000-$55,000 (includes supervision and training)

The Position

Lorenz Clinic of Psychology is reviewing applications for Post-Master’s Fellow (Mental Health Practitioner II). This position is open to pre-licensed clinicians looking to work on their declared licensure track within a structured and vibrant clinical training program. Candidates with interest in working with young children and their families are especially encouraged to apply.

The fellowship is a unique position that involves a post-master’s, pre-licensure clinical fellow functioning in an applied clinical role as a Mental Health Practitioner within the clinic’s outpatient training program. The position is designed to be a two-year, temporary placement for pre-licensed clinicians who have earned master’s degrees in psychology, clinical counseling, or family therapy and who are accumulating post-degree supervised work for licensure. This position will include carrying a caseload of outpatient psychotherapy clients in addition to attending training events within the clinic’s training program. This position requires flexibility in hours to meet patients and supervisees when they are available. This placement will likely be housed at either the Victoria, Chaska, Prior Lake, or Rosemount clinic.

Training Program
Lorenz Clinic is that is a training clinic. Our existing training program includes master’s-level family therapy practicum placements, post-master’s fellowships, and a post-doctoral psychology fellowship supervised by licensed psychologists and family therapists. Because the training program is an outgrowth of our fierce dedication to serving the underserved, we offer significantly reduced fee services to those in financial need. Training rotations are typically 2 years. The clinic has a rich schedule of invited speakers; recent speakers have included Drs. Mac Baird, Irvin Yalom, Bruce Perry, Pauline Boss, Sue Johnson, Mary Catherine Bateson, Harry Aponte, Peter Zells, and David Hong. More information about the larger training program can be found here or by contacting the Training Director, Dr. BJ Suarez.

Job Duties
Job duties include but are not limited to:
• Ability to provide clinical services to a wide variety of populations (i.e., ages, populations, diagnoses, etc.) under clinical supervision
• Ability to provide clinical services to children primarily
• The provision of clinical services including conducting diagnostic assessments, treatment planning, psychotherapy, and discharge planning for patients of the clinic
• Attending and participating in individual supervision, monthly case consultation, Grand Rounds, business meetings, and other meetings as required by Clinic
• Providing intermittent didactics within clinic’s training program
• Compliance with clinic documentation standards
• Ability to conduct supervised practice with children of all ages and their families
• Compliance with licensing board rules, APA and AAMFT Codes of Ethics, and DHS regulations
• Maintain professionalism in all interactions with staff, patients, and business associates of clinic
• Keeping abreast of billing issues and discussing same with patients when necessary
• Assisting in intermittent peer-reviews of patient files
• Carrying psychotherapy caseload as defined by clinic
• Ability and availability to meet clients during times that work for them (typically at least 2 later evenings per week)
• Ability to work hours as scheduled by the clinic
• Ability to work a 5-day workweek
• Adherence to directives by applicable direct clinical and administrative supervisors
• Compliance with clinic and training program policies and procedures
• Other duties as assigned

Requirements
• A master’s or doctoral degree in psychology, clinical counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Social Work, or similar field from a regionally-accredited academic program.
• A declared licensure track in Minnesota with active pursuit of licensure attainment (full licensure not required)
• Compliance with respective board rule related to pursuit of licensure
• Reasonable progress towards licensure attainment within two years
• Ability and willingness to service patients primarily on an outpatient basis (with some services done in-home or in the community as cases demand)
• Flexibility to meet when patients are available to meet (usually requires some evenings)
• Evidence of a high level of professionalism within the field
• Strong clinical acumen and judgment
• The ability to effectively provide services to young children and families
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team
• Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills
• Ability and willingness to provide services to children, adolescents, and families
• Ability to respect diversity and integrate issues of culture into case conceptualizations
• Ability to engage with patients who may be ambivalent about treatment
• Ability to adapt interventions to patients’ strengths, skills, and developmental levels
• Commitment to empowering patients to solve their own problems when necessary
• Ability to intervene decisively, when necessary, to protect patient safety
• Ability to set appropriate boundaries and limits for best practice
• Ability to comply with clinic documentation standards

The Clinic
Lorenz Clinic is a private, outpatient practice focused on the mental health needs of children, families, and adults. While the majority of our services are provided under the umbrella of managed care, we have community partnerships that allow us to service those without insurance. Located on the edge of the Minneapolis Metropolitan area, our four locations (Victoria, Chaska, Prior Lake, and Rosemount) are located approximately 30 miles south/southwest of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul and provide needed psychological services to both suburban and rural communities. In addition to its clinical mission, the clinic has a vibrant training program.

Benefits
Post-Master’s Fellows enjoy being part of an organized group learning dynamic. The program features a training cohort with many enriching learning activities. Within the compensation package, Fellows receive most required licensure supervision and numerous opportunities for continuing education including monthly case consultation and didactics.

In addition, as a full-time employee, you are eligible for paid time off, paid holidays, access to employer-sponsored group medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 401(k) with employer match, short-term disability insurance, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and supplemental life insurance.

To Apply
To apply for this position, email your CV and a cover letter to Dr. BJ Suarez, Training Director, employment@lorenzclinic.com. In addition to your strengths, cover letters should broadly outline your professional goals, commitment to the common good, and a brief narrative of your experience providing psychotherapy. Applicants who are invited to interview may be asked to provide writing samples and a letter of recommendation from a past clinical supervisor.

Current Post-Master’s Fellows & Alumni

  • Megan Malaski, MSW – University of Michigan (2021-present)
  • Arsalan Kouser, M.Ed. – Clemson University (2021-present)
  • Chanel Lopez, MA – St. Mary’s University (2021-present)
  • Ashley Utz, MSW – University of St. Thomas (2021-present)
  • Sarah Mehanna, MA – St. Mary’s University (2021-present)
  • Megan Fredrickson, MA – St. Mary’s University (2020-present)
  • Danielle Palm, MA – Crown College (2020-present)
  • Brittany Johnson, MSW – University of St. Thomas (2020-present)
  • Amy Backus, MA – University of St. Thomas (2020-2021)
  • MaryBeth Ehlert, MSW – University of St. Thomas (2020-2021)
  • Emily Jaeger, MS – St. Cloud State University (2019-2021)
  • Haley Guetter, MS – St. Cloud State University (2019-2021)
  • Ali Kanan, MA & MS – Ball State University (2019-2021)
  • Abbie Poush, MSEd. – University of Wisconsin, Superior (2019-2021)
  • Kim Stewart, MA – University of St. Thomas (2019-2020)
  • Eugene Hall, MA – University of St. Thomas (2017-2019)
  • Christine Jones, MA – University of St. Thomas (2017-2019)
  • Katelyn Schwartz, MA – University of St. Thomas (2017-2019)
  • Gillian Koch, M.Ed. – William & Mary (2017-2019)
  • Melanie Reuss, MS – Minnesota State University Mankato (2017-2018)
  • Claire Pieper, MSW – St. Louis University (2017-2019)
  • Abby Wulfing, MA – University of St. Thomas (2016-18)
  • Andrew Dahlen, MA – University of St. Thomas (2016-18)
  • Carly Jarvinen, MA – University of St. Thomas (2015-17)
  • Georgia Nesbitt, MA, MS – University of St. Thomas (2015-17)
  • Andrew Clemens, MA – University of St. Thomas (2015-17)
  • Kamila Stafin, MS – University of Wisconsin – Stout (2014-15)
  • Amy Gloudeman, MS – Marquette University (2013-15)
  • Laura Hughitt, MS – Marquette University (2013-15)
  • Jenny Hoglund, MS – St. Cloud State University (2012-14)

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The clinic offers an APPIC-listed post-doctoral fellowship in Couples and Family Psychology. The placement starts in September each year and requires a full-time, year-long commitment.  Post-docs function in an applied, clinical role and receive structured training in the provision of supervision. Post-docs help organize the clinic’s grand rounds and provide a limited number of didactics in the larger training program. Direct client contact includes the provision of psychotherapy and contextually-informed psychological testing (if testing is a learning goal).

The fellowship features a rich invited speaker series, monthly grand rounds, and regular case consultation in addition to seminars in systems, couples therapy, assessment, and clinical supervision.

The fellowship is in the spirit of a practitioner-scholar model and requires a doctoral degree from an APA-accredited graduate program. The strongest candidates for this specialty fellowship typically have graduate-level training in family therapy in addition to psychology. If invited to interview, applicants will be required to submit two letters of recommendation and two writing samples (one testing evaluation, one therapy diagnostic assessment). The fellowship includes a competitive annual stipend and requires a full-time, year-long commitment. Admission is competitive, as we select from a national pool of family specialists. The placement is designed to meet the requirements for licensure as a psychologist in Minnesota; candidates pursuing dual-licensure as an LP/LMFT will receive the requisite amount of board-approved licensure supervision to fulfill licensure requirements of both respective licensing boards.

The Position

This position is open to pre-licensed clinicians looking to work on their declared psychology licensure track within a structured and vibrant clinical training program. The fellowship is a unique position that involves a pre-licensure clinical fellow functioning in an applied clinical role as a Mental Health Practitioner within the clinic’s training program. The position is designed to be a one-year, temporary training placement for trainees with doctoral degrees in psychology who are accumulating post-degree supervised work for licensure.

Job Duties

Job duties include but are not limited to:
• Carrying psychotherapy and assessment caseload as defined by clinic
• Ability and availability to meet clients during times that work for them (typically at least 2 later evenings per week)
• Ability to work a 5-day workweek and offer appointment times that work for clients
• Ability to provide clinical services to a wide variety of populations (i.e., ages, populations, diagnoses, etc.) under clinical supervision
• Ability to conduct supervised practice with children of all ages and their families
• The provision of clinical services including conducting diagnostic assessments, psychological evaluations, treatment planning, psychotherapy, and discharge planning for patients of the clinic
• Attending and participating in individual supervision, monthly case consultation, Grand Rounds, business meetings, and other meetings as required by Clinic
• Providing intermittent didactics within clinic’s training program as assigned
• Compliance with clinic documentation standards
• Compliance with licensing board rules, APA Code of Ethics, and DHS regulations and guidelines
• Maintain professionalism in all interactions with staff, patients, and business associates of clinic
• Keeping abreast of billing issues and discussing same with patients when necessary
• Assisting in intermittent peer-reviews of patient files
• Adherence to directives by applicable direct clinical and administrative supervisors
• Other duties as assigned

Requirements

• Completion of an APA-accredited doctoral degree in psychology prior to start date
• A declared licensure track in Minnesota with active pursuit of licensure attainment (full licensure not required)
• Compliance with respective board rule related to pursuit of licensure
• Reasonable progress towards licensure attainment within one year
• Ability and willingness to service patients primarily on an outpatient basis (with some services done in-home or in the community as cases demand)
• Flexibility to meet when patients are available to meet (usually requires some evenings)
• Evidence of a high level of professionalism within the field
• Strong clinical acumen
• An expressed interest in working with children and families
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team
• Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills
• Ability and willingness to provide services to children, adolescents, and families
• Ability to respect diversity and integrate issues of culture into case conceptualizations
• Ability to engage with patients who may be ambivalent about treatment
• Ability to adapt interventions to patients’ strengths, skills, and developmental levels
• Commitment to empowering patients to solve their own problems when necessary
• Ability to intervene decisively, when necessary, to protect patient safety
• Ability to set appropriate boundaries and limits for best practice
• Ability to comply with clinic documentation standards
• Ability to maintain a full caseload as defined by clinic

Benefits

Postdoctoral Fellows receive two weeks of paid time off, paid holidays, access to employer-sponsored group medical and dental insurance, 401(k) with a company match, short-term disability insurance, long-term disability insurance, life insurance.

Application Process

Admission to our training program is competitive. Placement starts in September each year and requires a full-time, year-long commitment. 

To apply for a training placement, please complete our online application. If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified via email. The clinic’s selection policies are modeled on the APPIC selection guidelines. If you have questions about how to apply, please contact the Training Director, Dr. Brandon Suarez. The training brochure is available here.

Note: All postdoc offers are contingent upon successful completion of reference checks, I9, 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.

 

Alumni of the Postdoctoral Fellowship program include:

  • Morgan Bobo, Ph.D. – Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (2020-21)
  • Gillian Tibbetts, Psy.D. – Adler University – Chicago (2019-2020)
  • Kerry Thompson, Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin, Madison (2018-2019)
  • Sarah Atkins, Ph.D. – University of North Texas (2016-17)
  • Mary Benson, Psy.D. – University of St. Thomas (2016-17)
  • Ia Xiong, Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (2016-17)
  • Jacquelyn Wright, Psy.D – University of St. Thomas (2016)
  • Erica Vien, Psy.D. – Chicago School of Professional Psychology – D.C. (2015-16)
  • Ross Barr, Psy.D. – School of Professional Psychology – Forest Institute (2015-16)
  • Kristen Stevens, Psy.D. – University of St. Thomas (2015)
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