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Lorenz Welcomes Training Faculty

As the new academic year begins, Lorenz Clinic is thrilled to share some landmark enhancements to its training program that involve both people and program.  

The notion of professionalism implies one doesn’t just work in their field, they work on their field— for society’s benefit.  This sense of social obligation is the keystone upon which our system has been built.  The means through which Lorenz clinicians engage in professionalism are many and range from research and teaching to policy work and continually improving their practice.  The primary way the clinic as a whole embodies a sense of professionalism is in its service as a training clinic, doing its part to address constraints in mental health access through fostering growth in the field of qualified clinicians.

This fall, after months of preparation, the clinic will begin an initiative that will usher in training program faculty, process and content experts with distinct competency sets.  In conjunction with the clinic’s training director, Dr. BJ Suarez, these faculty will serve as the primary leaders for the clinic’s various training placements.  This represents a significant investment in both the level and organization of training activities and solidifies the training program’s course approaching various levels of accreditation.  

Lorenz is thrilled to announce its first two training program faculty are Drs. Sarah Cherwien Hoel and Michelle Sherman, who recently joined the clinic in August and September respectively.  Both are consummate professionals who have mentored seemingly countless clinicians, and in the case of Dr. Sherman, researchers in the field.

Sarah Cherwien Hoel, PsyD, LP, will primarily be holding the post-master’s fellowship and doctoral psychology internship programs.  Dr. Cherwien Hoel is no stranger to the clinic, having served as its inaugural outpatient clinical director.  She has earned a reputation as a fine diagnostician, interpersonal process-focused clinician, and very dear, model colleague to many.  She also has uncommon clinical breadth, having taught at the doctoral level and worked in a variety of applied settings including outpatient, in-home, psychiatry-focused clinics, and university-based counseling centers.  At the time of its inception, the post-master’s fellowship program was novel in Minnesota; Dr. Cherwien Hoel helped develop it and knows the program’s history and value more than most. She returns to Lorenz from the University of St. Thomas counseling center where she served as a staff psychologist and supervisor within the APA accredited predoctoral intern program.  Dr. Cherwien Hoel will be based in Victoria full-time. 

Michelle Sherman, PhD, LP, ABPP, will lead the continued development and eventual accreditation of the clinic’s Couples and Family Psychology specialty postdoctoral fellowship.  She will also lead the clinical externship, a unique placement for doctoral students at the UMN School of Family Social Science wishing to maintain clinical activity during the last leg of their academic journey.  Dr. Sherman is both board-certified in Couple and Family Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (for the non-psychologist readers, achieving board-certification and confirmation as a fellow of APA are the two highest distinctions in the field of psychology).  She is the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice and is the current treasurer of the American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology.  Dr. Sherman comes to Lorenz from the University of Minnesota Medical School where she most recently served as Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and as a supervisor in their Primary Care Behavioral Health Fellowship program.  She also has broad competence as an interventionist but is an expert in couples therapy.  Dr. Sherman will be full-time and based remotely with the Rosemount team.

Training faculty leading placements, over time, will add considerable organizational bandwidth, institutional relationships, and thought leadership to Lorenz’s already strong programs while continuing to leverage the considerable talents of its existing, diverse supervisory staff.  The clinic has prioritized starting with leads for a few key placements and anticipates applying the model to other areas of training like research and clinical practica over time. 

In closing, I’d like to editorialize a bit about how personally excited I am that our clinic has chosen this strategic path and provided for such expanded investment in training.  Many clinics on Main Street don’t have a bona fide training director, let alone expert faculty leading disparate training placements.  Indeed, for most systems, developing sufficient organizational complexity to support good training is typically a challenge that spans multiple careers and professional generations.  

The advent of faculty here at Lorenz is emblematic of our values as a system, an outgrowth of our leaders’ clinical and business acumen, and above all, a testament to Dr. Suarez’s stalwart leadership.  It will enable the training program to expand its already considerable contributions to the local community and make good on its charge to advance the field itself.

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