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Sanford Health Behavioral Health Practicum Student - Thief River Falls in Thief River Falls, Minnesota

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Sanford Health is one of the largest and fastest-growing not-for-profit health systems in the United States. We're proud to offer many development and advancement opportunities to our nearly 50,000 members of the Sanford Family who are dedicated to the work of health and healing across our broad footprint.

Facility: Thief River Falls Downtown Campus
Location: Thief River Falls, MN
Address: 120 Labree Ave S, Thief River Falls, MN 56701, USA
Shift: Day
Job Schedule: PRN
Weekly Hours: Varies
Salary Range: $17.50 - $28.00

Department Details

Our clinical team includes 4 psychologists, 1 psychiatrist, 4 psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and 12 masters level therapists. We are a busy, dynamic practice committed to providing care to diverse patient populations and we appreciate regular collaboration with each other. We have regular department case consultations to support wellbeing and enhance clinical care.

Job Summary

The Behavioral Health Practicum Student requires a broad, yet solid, understanding of human behavior and theories of counseling. May work with a wide range of patient populations and presenting issues, requiring a foundation in a variety of treatment modalities. This role is a team-based role where responsibility for patient well-being is diffused among the treatment team and the overall responsibility lies with a clinical supervisor or admitting provider. The Behavioral Health Practicum Student assesses patient needs, develops treatment plans, and implements treatment interventions specific to patient needs. Continually assesses patients' progress and revises treatment plans and interventions accordingly. Documents treatment sessions and provides patient progress updates to interdisciplinary team, as needed. May educate patient support members about patient issues and interventions. May refer for additional clinical services or to specialists, as needed. Must stay current on emerging issues in the profession.

The Behavioral Health Practicum Student may work in a variety of settings, with duties varying by setting. In a clinic setting (other than primary care; in certain markets primary care may be permitted as part of a Sanford approved, structured training program), the Behavioral Health Practicum Student conducts scheduled face-to-face counseling sessions designed to assess and improve patients' emotional, mental, and behavioral health. In a hospital setting, the Behavioral Health Practicum Student may have a broad scope of duties, depending upon assignment. Hospital assignments include psychiatric inpatient treatment and/or specific hospital units. Psychiatric inpatient treatment duties include development, implementation, and evaluation of treatment plans, individual and family counseling, and consultation with all mental health professionals. Hospital unit duties include crisis intervention, assessment, and referral. In a community setting, the Behavioral Health Practicum Student coordinates and provides treatment for patients with severe and persistent mental illness. This may include community-based interventions aimed at improving daily living skills, social skills, and self-regulation skills. Consults with a multi-disciplinary team to ensure treatment compliance. In a residential setting, the Behavioral Health Practicum Student coordinates and provides treatment for patients requiring a higher level of care than outpatient therapy; however, do not meet the criteria for psychiatric inpatient treatment. Treatment occurs at the residential treatment facility and includes a broad range of duties: assessment and screening, individual and group counseling, development, implementation, and evaluation of treatment programs, and consultation and coordination with a multi-disciplinary team.


Currently enrolled in a qualified college or university pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree in the area of social work, psychology, counseling, or with permission, another degree in a behavioral health science, and seeking internship or practicum placement within Sanford Behavioral Health as a requirement of the degree program.

No experience required. Preference given to individuals with work experience in the delivery of services to persons with: mental illness, substance use disorders, emotional disturbances, traumatic brain injury or developmental disabilities.


Sanford Health offers an attractive benefits package for qualifying full-time and part-time employees. Depending on eligibility, a variety of benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, work/life balance benefits, and a generous time off package to maintain a healthy home-work balance. For more information about Total Rewards, visit .

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Sanford Health has a Drug Free Workplace Policy. An accepted offer will require a drug screen and pre-employment background screening as a condition of employment.

Req Number: R-0178859
Job Function: Behavioral Health and Dependency
Featured: No