Clinical Externship

This position is open to doctoral students in Family Social Science who wish to remain clinically active throughout their academic program.

  • Job Title: Clinical Externship
  • Direct Supervisor: Assistant Training Director
  • Compensation: Competitive, commensurate with credentials and experience
  • Location: All locations

The Position

Each year, Lorenz collaborates with the University of Minnesota School of Family Social Science and other doctoral programs to offer opportunities for doctoral students wishing to remain clinically active alongside school. The workload is much less than what is expected of a practicum student, and is scheduled around the candidate’s class schedule, which enables students to focus on their academic program while maintaining a minimum level of clinical activity. This position is paid and open to pre-licensed clinicians. Externs have the opportunity to provide direct therapy with couples and families. Candidates with interest in working with young children and their families are especially encouraged to apply.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide clinical services (conducting diagnostic assessments, treatment planning, psychotherapy, day treatment, and discharge planning) for clients
  • Carry and maintain a psychotherapy caseload as defined by clinic, in-home or center-based as needed
  • Provide Crisis assistance as needed
  • Attend and participate in individual and/or group supervision, case consultation, Grand Rounds, business meetings, and other meetings as required by the Clinic
  • Comply with DHS and insurance standards for clinical documentation
  • Strictly comply with licensing board rules and APA and AAMFT Codes of Ethics
  • Maintain professionalism in all interactions with staff, patients, and business associates of the Clinic
  • Bill appropriate procedural codes accurately and timely, while keeping abreast of billing issues and discuss with patients when necessary
  • Assist in intermittent peer-reviews of patient files
  • Adhere to additional directives by applicable direct clinical and administrative supervisors
  • Other duties as assigned


  • A master’s or doctoral degree in psychology, clinical counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Social Work, or similar field from a regionally-accredited academic program.
  • Must comply with requirements for licensure or board certification as a mental health professional including supervised practice in the delivery of mental health services for the treatment of mental illness, or
  • Be a student in a bona fide field placement or internship under a program leading to completion of the requirements for licensure as a mental health professional

Training Program

Lorenz Clinic focus is that it is a training clinic. Our existing training program includes master’s-level family therapy practicum placements, post-master’s fellowships, and a postdoctoral 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. The clinic has a rich schedule of invited speakers; recent speakers have included Drs. Froma Walsh, Mac Baird, Irvin Yalom, Bruce Perry, Pauline Boss, Sue Johnson, Mary Catherine Bateson, and Harry Aponte. More information about the larger training program can be found here or by contacting the Training Director, Dr. BJ Suarez.

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.


Clinical Externs enjoy being part of an organized group learning dynamic. The program features a training cohort with many enriching learning activities. Fellows can receive most required licensure supervision and numerous opportunities for continuing education including monthly case consultation and didactic trainings. Full-time externs are eligible for employee benefits.

Covid 19 and Lorenz Clinic

Lorenz Clinic works to ensure the safety of our team and clients. To do so, we have implemented a series of requirements, as well as practices, to support our team during this challenging time. These requirements include: full vaccination (unless fully remote or exempt for medical or religious reasons), required masking, and strict adherence to CDC guidelines related to exposures, infection, and our work environment.

Understandably, issues related to Covid can and will impact our program participants. To help mitigate some of those challenges we have made the following accommodations: A Zoom interview process, client and supervision meetings held in a hybrid environment (combination of in-person and virtual), and a flexible PTO policy for unexpected Covid-related absences.

Our policies are evolving as things change and guidance is adjusted. We are doing what we can to make sure our team feels supported and able to fully execute their roles.

To Apply

To apply for this position, email your CV and a cover letter to Dr. BJ Suarez, Training Director, 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 Clinical Externs & Alumni

  • Connor Callahan, M.S. – University of Minnesota (2020-present)
  • Erin Guyette, M.S. – University of Minnesota (2020-present)
  • Kimberly Stewart, M.A. – University of Oklahoma (2019-20)
  • Eugene Hall, Ph.D. – University of Minnesota (2018-20)