Adult Day Treatment (ADT) Internships

The Adult Day Treatment (ADT) program offers an intensive group psychotherapy experience for clients to help reduce the effects of mental illness and provide skills training to empower clients to live in the community independently. It is client-centered; focusing on individual participant needs as well as offering added support and learning through the group dynamics. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with peers who can relate to and understand their mental health concerns in a non-judgmental supportive environment.  ADT consists of group psychotherapy and intensive therapeutic services, for adults who are struggling with mental illness. The service ratio is 1:2, group psychotherapy to rehabilitative interventions/intensive therapeutic services.

Compensation: This internship offers competitive compensation to student interns, recognizing the value of your contributions to our program and clients. Interns are paid a monthly stipend each month that they are a student intern with Nystrom.

Patients Served:

Individuals ages 18+ needing more intensive/structured support as a step down from inpatient or partial hospitalization or a step up from less intensive services. Patients are individuals experiencing symptoms which are impairing their thoughts, mood, behavior, or perception and that interfere with the ability to function in daily life.

Internship Training Goals:

ADT interns are responsible for co-facilitating ADT groups, completing paperwork, such as progress notes, treatment plans, and functional assessments. ADT interns are expected to assist in crisis situations, such as when a client is a danger to themselves or others. ADT interns are expected to attend ADT meetings and training as scheduled.

Length of internship and requirements:

  • Length and weekly schedule requirements: ADT internships are typically 9 months, beginning in September and finishing in May. We require that ADT interns be present at their internship site for 20 hours/week.
    • Attend weekly ADT staff meetings
    • Attend weekly supervision session with assigned supervisor, who is a licensed clinical mental health professional
    • Attend the monthly Internship Cohort Meeting from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month
    • Attend quarterly ADT training
    • Attend three one-hour long video Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) each month at Nystrom & Associates, Ltd.
  • Educational degree: students must be pursuing a master’s degree in either social work, marriage and family therapy or psychology at an accredited university

Locations of Internship:

All Minnesota Locations that have ADT programming accept interns in ADT

Application Process:

  • We accept applications throughout the entire year on an ongoing basis. We are not able to guarantee every internship at every Nystrom site.
  • Please go to our employment opportunities page and apply to the “ADT Internship Application” role.
  • If you have questions prior to applying, please direct them to
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