Postdoctoral Psychology Residency
The postdoctoral residency is designed for graduates of doctoral psychology programs who wish to refine their competencies in differential diagnosis, assessment, intervention, and consultation while developing additional competency in areas of interest. Our mental health team is an important part of the multidisciplinary team as the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation acknowledges the high co-morbidity rates between substance use and mental health disorders and recognizes the importance of treating mental health disorders in order to improve recovery results and overall patient health. Note that interested applicants are not required to have extensive experience in treating substance use disorders in order to be considered for this position. We have found that generalists do well at applying their skills to our program, and the training program will provide supervision, training, and support to help with developing specialized skills in diagnosing and treating co-occurring disorders. Training at our Mental Health Centers fosters the development of competent, responsible, and ethical professionals with advanced clinical skills.
The training program integrates research into practice with an emphasis on mentoring and self-directed professional development. The program relies on a scholarly approach, using research, education, and science to enrich training content and clinical practice. This includes intellectual inquiry and the development of core skills such as assessment, psychotherapy, consultation, and multidisciplinary teamwork based on a framework of evidence-based practice. This integrated model guides residents in the analysis and application of knowledge, research, and scholarship necessary for more advanced clinical practice.
The Hazelden's Mental Health Centers' training philosophy is based on an active learning environment that is multidisciplinary in nature. Self-appraisal and regular feedback are integral components to the training experience. We are committed to providing postdoctoral residents with:
- An advanced level of clinical practice
- Opportunities to work with individuals struggling with substance use disorders
- The opportunity to identify and work toward individualized training goals
- Appropriate weekly supervision from licensed psychologists
- Ongoing evaluation to ensure competency in advanced clinical skills
The training experience provides residents with the skills necessary to think critically and to evaluate the findings of research-based knowledge within the context of a broad base of practical experience. Residents become educated consumers of empirical research through exposure to empirically-evaluated approaches to treatment.
Prospective postdoctoral residents must plan to complete an internship in psychology and graduate from a counseling or clinical psychology doctoral training program before the start date of residency. Completion of an APA approved internship is preferred. Residents are expected to be experienced and familiar with basic principles of psychological test administration and interpretation, psychological interviewing, individual and group psychotherapy, consultation, and scholarly inquiry.
Stipend and Benefits
The stipend for the residency year is $40,000.00. Residents also qualify for employee benefits, which include group medical, dental, group life, and disability insurance. Hazelden Betty Ford also offers a retirement plan, paid holidays, 4 weeks of personal time off, and other benefits. Postdoctoral residents may also take advantage of many opportunities provided by Hazelden's Mental Health Centers. As part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, there are several continuing education opportunities available throughout the year. Time devoted to conference workshops and licensure examination may also be available at your site. All supervision will be provided onsite and additional opportunities to gain training in providing supervision may also be available.
Center City: Postdoctoral residents at Hazelden in Center City are provided the opportunity to gain additional experience working with a variety of mental health conditions in an adult population ages 18+ with substance use disorders. Clinical services include diagnostic interviewing, individual therapy, group therapy, psychological assessment and interdisciplinary consultation with both male and female populations primarily in residential and day treatment settings. There are also opportunities to work with clients in our Health Care Professionals Program and our Legal Professionals Track. For additional information, or to submit your application, contact Sarah Beth Beckham, PsyD, LP.
Hazelden's Mental Health Center
Dr. Sarah Beth Beckham, Training Director
P.O. Box 11, CO7
Center City, MN 55012-0011
St. Paul: Postdoctoral residents based at Hazelden in St. Paul have an opportunity to hone individual therapy skills with adults in recovery. Postdoctoral residents are guided in further incorporating Motivational Interviewing strategies and techniques with current therapy tools to support Twelve Step recovery. Other clinical services may include conducting chemical use assessments, psycho-educational lectures and group therapy. Consultation with onsite psychiatry, mental health, nursing, and chemical dependency staff provides interaction with a team of professionals. Postdoctoral residents will be expected to provide some evening or weekend hours and may be invited to receive further training at suburban locations, including an adolescent outpatient clinic. For additional information, or to submit your application, contact Sarah Nowak, PhD, LP.
Hazelden's Mental Health Centers
Dr. Sarah Nowak, Mental Health Supervisor
680 Stewart Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102-4199
Plymouth: Postdoctoral residents at Hazelden in Plymouth are provided the opportunity to gain additional experience with a variety of mental health conditions in an adolescent and young adult population ages 12-25 with substance use disorders in the residential program. In addition, outpatient clinical services are offered to adolescents and young adults through the outpatient program. Clinical services include diagnostic assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, psychological assessment and chemical use assessment. For additional information, or to submit your application, contact Leslie Adair, PhD, LP, LMFT.
Hazelden's Mental Health Centers
Dr. Leslie Adair, Director
11505 36th Ave. No.
Plymouth, MN 55441-5398
Springbrook: Postdoctoral residents at Hazelden in Springbrook are provided the opportunity to gain additional experience working with a variety of mental health conditions in adult male and female populations ages 18+ with co-occurring substance use disorders. There are also opportunities to work with clients in our Trauma Program and LGBTQ Track. Clinical services include diagnostic assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, psychological assessment and interdisciplinary consultation. For additional information, or to submit your application, contact Shari Melton, PsyD, LP.
Hazelden's Mental Health Centers
Dr. Shari Melton, Director
1901 Esther Street
Newberg, OR 97132-9529
Recruitment for Hazelden's Mental Health Centers' postdoctoral residency is competitive. In the evaluation of postdoctoral applicants, emphasis is placed on the concordance of the applicant's training, interests and experiences with the primary training and clinical opportunities offered through our facilities. Evaluations emphasize the individual's previous clinical training, course work, professional attributes, interpersonal and writing skills, and supporting letters of recommendations. A subgroup of applicants will be invited for interview. The residency is usually one year, generally beginning between July 1 and September 30; however, exceptions may apply. Please inquire about the start date at your specific site(s) of interest.
Applications are accepted throughout the year. The recommended deadline for applications is February 1.
- Official graduate transcripts.
- Three letters of recommendation from supervisors familiar with your clinical work and/or research.
- Letter of interest indicating your postdoctoral residency and career goals.
- A current curriculum vitae.
- A copy of your doctoral degree (or verification of eligibility and readiness from your school's Director of Training confirming you are on track to complete your doctorate prior to the residency start date).
- A copy of any relevant publications (recommended but not required).
Note: If you are a current intern with Hazelden's Mental Health Centers, a letter of interest and current curriculum vitae updating your training progress is sufficient.