Restoration Counseling and Community Services (RCCS) is seeking talented, person-centered individuals who are interested in gaining experience toward obtaining licensure as an alcohol and drug counselor or dual licensure (drug counselor and mental health therapist). An internship/practicum at RCCS is a comprehensive training experience where students learn about all aspects of client care in the treatment setting. We offer practicum placements at our Minneapolis Men’s and Women’s Intensive Outpatient Clinic. LADC internships are paid for the second half of the 880 hours.
RCCS Core Values
We do what we say. We manage our programs honestly and directly, accept responsibility for our actions, and follow through on commitments and promises.
Human capacity knows no bounds. We believe that all individuals possess the ability to make positive life changes and contribute to the good of their communities.
Good enough is not in our vocabulary. We continuously strive to exceed expectations in all we do and don’t settle for less. Our clients and communities depend on it.
About the Program
What You’ll Learn
- Get practical experience in all “12 Core Functions” during internship
- Obtain knowledge and understanding of how the criminal justice system works, especially in relation to dual diagnosis treatment
- Attend and co-facilitate group lectures and presentations
- Sit in on 1-1 sessions with the goal of conducting sessions in order to learn the process of individual counseling
- Build up to facilitating sessions with supervision
- Co-facilitate process groups with assigned LADC/supervisor
- Attend weekly case reviews with staff to discuss client cases
- Learn how to chart on client’s progress weekly
- Create individual treatment plans to address client’s needs
- Learn how to complete discharge summaries
- Participate in weekly meetings with the assigned intern supervisor to review progress, discuss experiences, set goals, review hours, etc.
How it Works
Clients at RCCS are adults that may have a primary substance use or co-occurring disorder. They come from all different backgrounds and life experiences. Typically we’ll see individuals that may have prior criminal-justice involvement, a lack of social support, financial concerns, and unstable housing. They often experience mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and biopolar disorders.
In order to qualify for an internship, applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in a program which offers course credits for internships.
DHS background checks are required. Interns must follow all departmental policies and procedures, and follow all ethical and professional standards of their applicable boards.
Interns on this track are required to complete an 880-hour LADC internship schedule. They will carry a caseload of individual psychotherapy clients. This includes completing diagnostic assessments, co-facilitating or facilitating mental health education groups, and meetings with clients for therapy sessions. In addition, dual-track interns have weekly supervision provided by a licensed mental health professional.
RCCS offers two internship lengths, based on each individual student’s internship
requirements through their educational program.
Choose from (1) 440-hour or (2) 880-hour internship, which is required for co-occurring
dual-track internship. The second half of the internship (880) is paid and a minimum of
25-hours per week is required.
If you’re attending a college or university that provides course credits for internships (LADC / Mental Health), then we encourage you to apply.
For qualified interns, there’s an opportunity to “earn while you learn” during the second half of your internship. In fact, many of our graduating interns are offered full-time positions at RCCS.
Currently, we are accepting internship applications for the following positions:
On your application form, please indicate which position you’re applying for.