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Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Roosevelt University Counseling Center offers 2 Postdoctoral Fellowship positions for psychology doctoral graduates who seek advanced clinical training in university counseling center work with an urban, multicultural, undergraduate and graduate student population. The 2 positions are full time for one calendar year at the downtown Chicago campus. The start date is August 1, 2016. The duties include: providing individual (both short-term and long-term), couples and group counseling; initial intake interviews; crisis intervention; case management; consultation and outreach with students, faculty, staff and parents; supervision of practicum students; and other duties as assigned. The Fellows will spend at least 60% of their time providing clinical services.

The Fellows will be providing non-clinical services such as outreach programming and consultation to the Roosevelt University student, staff, and faculty community on a regular basis. Outreach and consultation are a critical educational and networking component of The Counseling Center program and postdoctoral experience. The responsibilities vary widely throughout the year.

The Fellowship is designed to provide both generalist training and specialized experience working with a diverse population of university students regarding a range of mental health and developmental concerns. The Fellow will participate in a clinical training seminar, staff meetings, and intake disposition team meetings. In addition, the Fellow will have the opportunity to take an active role in supervision of the advanced practicum trainee supervision through leadership in their group supervision and multicultural seminar.

Training Opportunities

Clinical Experience

The Postdoctoral Fellows will have the opportunity to develop advanced clinical skills with a highly diverse client population across many domains including presenting problems, psychopathology, and development and life-stage issues; socioeconomic, cultural, racial and religious backgrounds and sexual orientations; and educational and career interests.  Postdoctoral Fellowship experiences include:
  • Brief individual and couples’ therapy (12 session model)
  • Long-term therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Intake and triage assessment
  • Crisis evaluation
  • Case management and referral
  • Consultation to students, faculty and staff

Outreach Experience

Postdoctoral Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with other members of the Roosevelt community. The Counseling Center staff offers programs and services in 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 trainees’ skills and interests. Opportunities may include:

  • Writing an article for our Illuminations newsletter
  • Developing and presenting seminars or workshops
  • Training and in-services for Resident Assistants
  • Orientation and first year student programming
  • Sexual responsibility and drug prevention programming
  • Creation of an original outreach project

Training and Supervisory Experience

Fellows have the opportunity to provide:

  • Group supervision of advanced externs
  • Lead multicultural seminar for advanced externs
  • Participate in the extern selection and postdoctoral fellowship searches in the Spring semester
  • Participate in the weekly supervisory team meetings

Supervision & Training

The Counseling Center staff is committed to training and shares the philosophy that supervision and mentoring are essential in helping a post-doctoral candidate to advance in professional confidence, competence, and autonomy. Our goal is to support and prepare new professionals to move forward with skill, creativity, and flexibility into professional positions in a range of settings, with a focus on counseling centers. All supervisors are licensed clinical psychologists in the state of Illinois.

Individual Supervision

The Postdoctoral Fellow will receive at minimum 2 hours of supervision a week with a licensed clinical psychologist. Supervisors primarily embrace an integrative theoretical orientation that relies upon a psychodynamic/relational emphasis, utilizing multicultural, feminist, developmental, systemic and cognitive behavioral theories.

Supervision of Supervision

The Postdoctoral Fellowship cohort will participate in a weekly seminar that will include supervision of supervision, group supervision, and professional development topics.

Clinical Seminar

During this weekly, one-hour seminar, the Fellows, Externs, and Psychologists rotate case presentations and didactic presentations. Topics primarily focus on therapy, ethics, and multi-cultural competency, with some variation depending on need and interest. In addition to honing consultative skills, the Postdoctoral Fellow will also have the opportunity to further his or her oral, written, and case conceptualization skills during the course of the seminar.

General Information


Applicants must have completed all degree requirements for a Ph.D or Psy.D in Counseling or Clinical psychology at the time of employment. Preference will be given to candidates from APA-accredited academic programs who have completed APA-accredited internships. The strongest applicants will demonstrate a professional commitment and interest in university or college counseling centers and student development.

Compensation and Benefits

The position’s stipend is $29,000 for a 12-month period. Benefits include: health insurance, vacation time, and professional development leave with potential funding.

Application Process

Applications will open in early December and close on January 22, 2016.

Click here to apply.

Required materials to apply:

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (at least 2 from clinical supervisors) 

** Please note that the online HR application asks for a list of three references who will then be contacted by email to directly upload a letter of recommendation.

Roosevelt University welcomes women, LGBT, disabled, international, minority-classified individuals as applicants for all positions.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Kusha Murarka at 312-341-3548 or



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