The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Counseling Services offers Predoctoral Advanced Externship and Postdoctoral Fellowship training. At SAIC, we are committed to providing excellent training and support for our trainees as they engage in clinical and professional services to serve the SAIC student body. Our philosophy of training reflects our value in helping pre-professionals and new doctoral graduates develop advanced skills in multiculturalism, ethical provision of services, and professional identity. Our trainees are exposed to Counseling Services' essential roles and functions, including counseling and psychotherapy, crisis intervention, consultation and outreach programming.


Externship Program


Overview

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Counseling Services offers advanced practicum externship opportunities. Our focus is providing brief, integrative psychotherapy to a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate, international and domestic art students. We are committed to providing our clients with ethical and supportive treatment and to provide our trainees with the tools for success in their work with our student population.

Our value in training is to increase the skillset and confidence of our trainees through a focus in the following areas: brief therapy, intake assessment and triage, consultation, clinical documentation, and crisis intervention. Additionally, we focus on general competencies such as ethical practice, multicultural competence and professional development.

Expectations

Externs are expected to be on-site for 20 hours a week (two full days plus one half day) throughout the academic year (late August until the end of May), and will receive two hours of individual supervision as well as one hour of seminar each week. One hour of supervision is provided by a licensed clinical psychologist and the other by a postdoctoral fellow. Typically, Tuesday mornings from 9:00–10:00 a.m. are required for the practicum seminar, subject to change. Externs are expected to carry a caseload ranging from 8–12 individual psychotherapy clients. In addition to providing psychotherapy, each extern is expected to also conduct intake assessments, crisis intervention, clinical consultation, and provide referrals/recommendations. Externs are also expected to participate in relevant on-site training to enhance their experience.

Eligibility Requirements

This is considered an Advanced-level Practicum. Interested applicants should be enrolled and be in good standing in a doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology. Applicants should have already completed at least two years of doctoral level practicum experience (basic/intermediate and diagnostic) and have experience providing psychotherapy. Candidates should also have some prior exposure to and interest in psychodynamic and/or existential-humanistic theories.

Application Procedure

SAIC Counseling Services training program is not an ACEPT member, but we welcome applications from students whose schools have membership to this organization. We offer interviews on a rolling admission basis until all positions are filled, starting mid-February.

When the application process begins in mid-February, interested applicants should submit the following materials:

Writers can choose to email the letter directly to Dr. Sirota or via the applicant.

Questions

Please email all materials and/or questions to:
Sara Sirota, Psy.D., Training Director
Counseling Services, SAIC
ssirota1@saic.edu


Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


Overview

SAIC Counseling Services offers two postdoctoral fellowship positions for each academic year. Our focus is providing brief, integrative psychotherapy to a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate art students. We are committed to providing our clients with ethical and supportive treatment and to providing our postdoctoral fellows with the tools for success in their work with our student population and in their role as clinicians, consultants and supervisors.

Our value in this program is to increase the skillset and confidence of our fellows in the areas of brief therapy, consultation and collaboration with other professionals, crisis intervention, clinical documentation, and clinical supervision. Additionally, we focus on general competencies such as ethical practice, multicultural competence and professional development. Specifically, our goal is to help our postdoctoral fellows achieve the following by the end of the training year:

Fellows are expected to be onsite for 35 hours per week. This is a 12-month fellowship typically beginning September 1 and ending August 31 of each academic year. The structure is designed to include hours and clinical experiences to support the application for licensure.

Fellows will receive one hour of individual supervision by a licensed clinical psychologist. Postdoctoral Fellows are included in staff meetings, such as weekly clinical and consultation meetings as well as monthly Wellness Center staff meetings. Postdoctoral fellows are also expected to participate in relevant on-site trainings/meetings to enhance their experience.

Each position is expected to carry a caseload that meets the needs of the center. Postdoctoral fellows will provide one hour of weekly individual supervision to two Advanced Therapy practicum trainees. Fellows will be included in the walk-in and after-hours clinical crisis consultation rotation with ample training and support.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates will have obtained a Ph.D. or Psy.D. from an accredited (APA) program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology by or near the start date of the fellowship. A completed psychology internship is required. Postdoctoral hours cannot be accrued until the degree is conferred.

Candidates must have strong clinical skills in treatment, assessment and crisis intervention. College or university counseling center experience and an understanding of outreach and consultation activities is preferred. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and high level of attention to detail are essential.

Application Requirements

Both positions have been filled for the 2016–2017 academic year. We will begin soliciting applications starting in January for the following academic year. At that time, applicants can submit requested information through the SAIC Employment page. You will be asked to upload the following:

Writers can choose to email the letter directly to Dr. Sirota or via the applicant.

Questions

Please email all questions to:

Sara Sirota, Psy.D., Training Director
Counseling Services, SAIC
ssirota1@saic.edu