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Advanced Therapy Externship

About The Advanced Therapy Externship

Located at the Chicago campus, the advanced therapy externship at Roosevelt University Counseling Center begins with an orientation in mid August and ends formally in late May.  Following orientation, each extern will assume the schedule negotiated with the Training Coordinator. Externs are expected to be on-site for 21 work hours each week over a period of 3 or 4 days. The Counseling Center closes at noon for a one-hour lunch each day, during which time there are no clinical activities. Often externs are on site for 24 hours per week if their schedules encompass the lunch hour.

Each week, externs will have 11-12 direct service hours with 8-9 hours of individual therapy, 2 hours of intake assessment and risk assessment/crisis management (as needed). Externs work two evenings until 6pm, Monday through Thursday. Required training times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am – 2pm, in order to participate in meetings and seminars. Externs will have 6 days of personal leave time during the course of the externship, in addition to University holidays.

Throughout the externship, externs must be actively engaged in either a clinical seminar or individual supervision in their clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program. Prior to seeing clients, each trainee must provide written proof of coverage under an occurrence-based, professional liability insurance policy with $1,000,000/$3,000,000 minimum limits, that is to be maintained throughout the practicum contract.

Clinical Experience

Externs will gain experience working with a highly diverse client population across many domains including presenting problems, psychopathology and life-stage issues; socioeconomic, cultural, racial and religious backgrounds and sexual orientations; and educational and career interests.

Externship experiences include:

  • Brief therapy (12 session model)
  • Long-term therapy (2-3 clients)
  • Potential for couples and/or psycho-educational group
  • Comprehensive intake and triage assessment
  • Crisis intervention (with supervision)
  • Case management and referral
  • Consultation with students, faculty and staff

Outreach Experience

Externs will have the opportunity to collaborate with other members of the Roosevelt community by providing outreach services. The Counseling Center staff offer programs and services through a variety of formats, including workshops, seminars, table events, interactive games, internet-based information and interventions, and informational brochures and articles. The content of the wellness programs and services varies depending upon the needs of the University community and the externs’ skills and interests.

Externs will participate in a regularly scheduled outreach seminar. This seminar focuses on how to develop effective wellness programs. As externs select their outreach projects for the year, they receive consultation, support and guidance on these projects. One hour every other week is set aside for the meeting; this time may also be utilized to work individually with the Outreach Coordinator, Postdoctoral Fellow, or with fellow externs or Peer Advocates (Roosevelt students who assist us in wellness activities) as needed.

Externship outreach opportunities include:

  • Developing and presenting a seminar or workshop
  • Writing an article for our Illuminations newsletter
  • Training and in-services for Resident Assistants
  • Orientation activities for international students and others
  • Sexual responsibility and drug prevention programming
  • Creation of an original outreach project

Supervision and Training

The Counseling Center staff is committed to training and shares the philosophy that supervision and mentoring are essential in helping externs develop their professional confidence, competence, and autonomy. Each supervisor’s goal is that the extern leaves the externship with an understanding of how to effectively comprehend and intervene in their clients’ lives in a grounded manner that integrates theory, technique, and practical understanding with a basic respect for the individual. Although training focuses on client material and process, the extern’s developmental needs, theoretical integration, and recognition and diagnostic utilization of countertransference are essential.

Externs will begin the externship year participating in a training orientation. Our orientation is focused on the key theoretical, technical, ethical, multicultural and diagnostic issues that relate to the delivery of services in a university setting. Didactic readings are utilized. In addition, the externs will continue their training in a weekly Clinical Seminar in which the externs, staff and postdoctoral fellow rotate case presentations, and staff and outside speakers present on a variety of didactic presentations related to therapy, ethics, and specialty populations. Trainees will also participate in a weekly Intake Disposition and Staff meeting where staff gathers to briefly present intake clients and make recommendations for treatment planning; as well as a biweekly Diversity Seminar where externs will explore their own identity and increase self awareness while developing skills to work competently with diverse populations.

Throughout the year each extern will receive two hours weekly of individual supervision. Externs utilize audio recordings of their therapy sessions in supervision. Supervisors primarily embrace an integrative theoretical orientation that relies upon psychodynamic/relational, multicultural, feminist and cognitive theories. In addition, externs will also receive one hour weekly group supervision and supervision of their intake assessment and consultation experiences. 

Application Process

Required Application Materials:

-Cover letter including the reasons you seek an externship at the Roosevelt University Counseling Center
-Curriculum vitae
-Copy of transcript
-List of academic classes to be completed during externship
-Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from a clinical supervisor

Direct applications to:

Kusha Murarka, Psy.D.
Roosevelt University Counseling Center
430 S. Michigan Avenue
AUD 470 
Chicago, IL 60605

Application procedures are in adherence with ACEPT guidelines.

Applications will be received between February 6, 2015, and February 13, 2015. 

For additional information, please contact  Dr. Kusha Murarka at 312-341-3548,


Roosevelt University Counseling Center
430 S. Michigan Ave. AUD 470 - Chicago, IL 60605
1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd. Rm 114 - Schaumburg, IL 60173 - (312) 341-3548