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Our current staff consists of four full-time psychologists, two postdoctoral fellows, three advanced therapy externs, four peer advocates, and two support staff. The clinical staff embraces an integrative theoretical orientation that relies upon psychodynamic/relational, multicultural, feminist, developmental, systemic and cognitive behavioral perspectives. 

RUCC is committed to social justice and multicultural competence and embraces continuing professional development in this area. We utilize a time-limited therapy model (12 sessions) but longer-term cases are permitted. RUCC also offers process group therapy and a psycho-educational group for stress management - each has no session limits. 

Our staff believes that supervision and mentoring are essential in helping trainees advance in professional confidence, competence, and autonomy. Our goal is to support and prepare new professionals to practice psychology with skill, creativity, and flexibility in a complex and ever-changing world.

Advanced Therapy Externship

Located at the Chicago campus, the advanced therapy externship at Roosevelt University Counseling Center begins in mid-August and ends in late May. Following the orientation in early-August; 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. Often externs are on site for 24 hours per week if their schedules encompass the noon lunch hour (when the center is closed).

The externship is at the advanced level and eligible for those students who have completed a therapy practicum (either master’s or doctoral). In addition, preference will be given to applicants demonstrating interest, familiarity, and/or experience in university/college counseling and with giving psycho-educational presentations, workshops, or seminars.

Each week, externs will have 11-12 direct service hours with therapy clients (8-9 hours individual, or 7 individual plus 2 hours group process observation), intake assessment (2 hours), consultation (1 hour) and risk assessment/crisis management (as needed). Externs are expected to work two evenings until 6:00pm, Monday through Thursday. Required training times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am – 1:00pm, in order to participate in meetings and seminars. Externs will have 45 hours of personal leave time, in addition to University holidays.

Throughout the practicum, externs are required to participate in either a clinical seminar or individual supervision in their 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, racial, religious/spiritual, sexual, gender, and other cultural identity factors; as well as educational and career interests.

The Advanced Therapy Externship experience includes:

  • Brief Psychotherapy (12 session model)
  • Long-term Therapy (2-3 clients)
  • Comprehensive intake and Triage Assessment
  • Crisis Intervention (with supervision)
  • Case Management & Referral
  • Consultation to Students, Faculty & 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 offers programs and services through a variety of formats, including workshops, seminars, table events, internet-based information and interventions, and informational brochures and newsletter articles. The content of the wellness programs and services varies depending upon the needs of the University community and the externs’ skills and interests.

Externship 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 traditional, commuter, and international students
  • 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 advanced externs develop their professional confidence, competence, and autonomy. Each supervisor’s goal is that the extern leaves the practicum 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 diagnostic utilization of countertransference are essential.

Externs participate in the following supervision and training activities:

Orientation:

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.

Individual Supervision:

Each extern will receive two hours weekly of individual supervision by a licensed clinical psychologist. Externs utilize audio & video recordings of their therapy sessions in supervision. Supervisors primarily embrace an integrative theoretical orientation that relies upon psychodynamic/relational, multicultural, feminist and cognitive theories.

Group Supervision:

Externs meet one hour weekly with a Postdoctoral Staff member. Content varies according to extern needs and may include emphasis on assessment, therapy and tape listening, theory, ethics, and other relevant topics.

Clinical Seminar: 

Externs and supervisors rotate case presentations during this weekly, one-hour seminar. In addition, supervisors and outside speakers will present on topics primarily focused on therapy, ethics, and specialty populations, with some variation according to extern need and interest. Externs will have the opportunity to develop their oral, written, and case conceptualization skills during the course of the seminar.

Intake Disposition and Staff Meeting:

Clinical staff gathers together weekly to briefly present intake clients and make recommendations for treatment planning. Diagnosis at intake is also emphasized.

Outreach Seminar:

This seminar meets regularly and focuses on how to develop effective wellness programs. Externs are required to develop and implement at least one outreach program in the training year and assist with other programs as requester. They receive consultation, support and guidance on these projects in this seminar led by Senior Staff.

Multicultural Seminar:

This one-hour seminar meets regularly to focus on acquiring knowledge in the area of multicultural issues. The seminar will be led by Staff who will assist externs in exploring their own identity and increasing self-awareness while developing skills to work competently with diverse populations.

Application Process

Applications are being accepted electronically ONLY this year. We will have you fill out a survey with basic contact information and then you will upload your application materials directly in that survey program. Please make sure that you complete the ONLINE application survey and DO NOT send materials to Dr. Murarka by postal mail or email.

Please note that applications are accepted ELECTRONICALLY ONLY by completing the survey link posted here: Applications will be accepted in early February 2018.

Required Application Materials**:
  1. Cover letter including the reasons you seek an externship at the RU Counseling Center
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Copy of transcript
  4. List of academic classes to be completed during externship
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation (PDF version preferred), at least one of which is from a clinical supervisor

**Ideally, all application materials are in PDF form – but the survey will accept other formats such as MS Word.

Please direct questions to:

Andrea Seefeldt, Psy.D. 
Assistant Director & Training Coordinator
312-341-3548
aseefeldt@roosevelt.edu

Application procedures are in adherence with ACEPT guidelines that can be seen at: http://www.aceptchicago.org/practicum-guidelines


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 2018. 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

Qualifications

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 $29,870 for a 12-month period. Benefits include: health insurance, vacation time, and professional development leave time.

Application Process

Applications will open in early December 2017 and close on late January 2018.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Andrea Seefeldt at 312-341-3548 or aseefeldt@roosevelt.edu

Why Train At Roosevelt University?

Come join a university with a mission that matters! For more than 65 years, Roosevelt University has been educating students who want something more than a degree from their education. With a progressive learning environment, we pride ourselves in celebrating the differences each individual brings to our university. The education that happens at Roosevelt comes as much from books as it does from the real world interactions our students share with our faculty and with each other. Come be a part of an institution whose goal is to raise the social consciousness and exact change! It's an important mission and an exciting time to take part in it - record enrollments, a new sports program - even a new Pharmacy college! Come be a part of something truly special in the world of higher education!

Founded in 1945, Roosevelt University is a private not-for-profit institution dedicated to social justice and academic excellence. Located in Chicago and Schaumburg, enrollment is approximately 5300 students, 41% of whom are graduate students. Internationally known for its diverse population, minority students make up about 50% of the total student population, including approximately 4% international students. The average age for undergraduate students is 26 and 30 for graduate students. Students choose from over 80 majors from five colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education, Business, Performing Arts, and the College of Pharmacy.