Internships, Fellowships, Practicums, and Dietetic Training

Training Overview

The Emily Program provides progressive care that inspires courage and changes lives one at a time. The Emily Program was founded in 1993, by psychologist Dirk Miller, to offer personalized care for all individuals struggling with eating disorders. Over the last twenty years, The Emily Program has grown into 6 outpatient clinics in Minnesota, 2 residential facilities, 2 outpatient clinics in Washington state, adolescent specialty treatment, and family care services. As leaders in the field of eating disorders, The Emily Program faculty shares in developing the most up to date and effective treatment in eating disorders through multiple research projects with the University of Minnesota. Further, The Emily Program faculty maintains expertise in the field of eating disorders by participating with the Academy of Eating Disorders, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and the Residential Eating Disorder Consortium to provide the most effective and comprehensive treatment, care, and training.

The Emily Program is committed to strong evidence-based practice and excellence in training. All clinical staff are highly trained in eating disorder interventions and participate in regular supervision and training to enhance skills, maintain excellence, and learn emerging techniques and therapies. World renowned University of Minnesota psychologist and researcher Dr. Carol Peterson leads The Emily Program Training Department, including clinical training for practicum students, doctoral interns, post-doctoral fellows, and residents. The Emily Program, in conjunction with The University of Minnesota Department of Food Science and Nutrition, also offers the only eating disorder specific internship for dietetic interns. 

Our professional training program emphasizes evidenced based practice on a multidisciplinary team in the treatment adolescents and adults with Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge Eating Disorder (BED), and Compulsive Overeating (COE). The multidisciplinary team includes psychologists, psychiatrists, primary care physicians, dietitians, nurses, social workers, and family therapists.

Training Goals

The individualized focus of treatment at The Emily Program transfers to that of training. Supervision goals are set at the start of the training term, and amended quarterly to address intern specific skill development and acquisition. Training progressively moves the individual toward increased autonomous practice through the succession of each quarter. The individualized training supports the development of future practitioners who:

  1. practice competently and ethically,
  2. are able to provide psychological services in diverse clinical settings, are motivated to continue their own personal and professional growth,
  3. welcome collaboration with practitioners of other disciplines, have attained particular skill in working clients with eating disorders,
  4. are aware of their own strengths and limitations and the impact those strengths and limitations on their practice of psychology, and
  5. are sensitive to individual differences and to the possible effects of multicultural issues
  6. upon diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative relationships.

Training at The Emily Program maintains a strong focus on the interpersonal development and awareness of the future practitioner. Eating disorders are complex and dynamic, people suffering have often survived aspects of physical or relational trauma. In an effort to train future practitioners to best provide care, we believe it necessary to provide adequate focus on the practitioners' sense of self as a developing therapist. This focus on the self as therapist is maintained throughout the training, in supervision, didactics, and the intern group.

Application Process

The application process varies depending on each practitioner's educational requirements for their specific field of work. Click on the professional training option below to get more information and find out how to apply for that specific opportunity.

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