Jim Theisen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Training and Clinical Psychology faculty member at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (MSPP). Dr. Theisen joined the MSPP in 2005 as a half-time core faculty member, providing weekly individual supervision for practicum students who did not have doctoral-level licensed psychologists available on their sites as well as teaching the Psychodynamic Theory and Therapy course. Beginning in fall 2007, he moved to full-time core faculty status and became the Director of Internship and Advanced Practicum Training, a position in which he served for four years. As an Associate Director of Training, he works primarily in the area of practicum training. He continues to teach Psychodynamic Theory and Therapy in addition to courses including Consultation and Supervision as well as Psychotherapy and Spirituality. Jim has an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, where he also earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1995.
After completing his internship at the University of Minnesota Psychology Internship Consortium, he worked at the Anoka–Metro Regional Treatment Center (AMRTC), a large state psychiatric facility where he provided supervision and training for students, interns and staff members in the disciplines of psychology, psychiatry, social work and nursing. He served as the Director of Student Training and the Internship Program in Psychology at AMRTC and worked as the Clinical Director of two innovative Community Unit programs. After leaving AMRTC in 2002, Jim worked as a psychologist at Hamm Clinic, a psychodynamically-oriented, non-profit community mental health clinic, which focuses on providing quality mental health services to diverse and underserved populations. In this position, he provided direct mental health services primarily to adult clients and provided education, training and supervision to interns, post-graduate fellows and community professionals through the clinic’s education and training program. While at Hamm Clinic, he was the Research Clinical Coordinator and developed a psychotherapy group for parents of infants and young children.