LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center (LPC) is an “explicitly inclusive” practice — embracing diversity in all its forms and welcoming clients of all ages, ethnicities, races, spiritual practices and religious traditions, genders and sexual orientations. LifeWorks staff have many years of experience working with transitions, issues and conflicts related to relationships and identities that are marginalized or largely unsupported by society such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer, intersex, asexual, kink/BDSM, non-monogamy, open relationships, polyamory, sex work, etc.LifeWorks provides individual and relationship psychotherapy as well as support groups for adults. We have three locations: Skokie, Lakeview and the Central Loop. Interns are expected to do some of their clinical hours, most supervision and all training modules in the Skokie office.
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Graduate Internship Training
Please note that the APPIC match number for LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center is 215814.
Deadline: December 1, 2021
Match Number: 215814
Length: 1 year
Total Hours: 40 – 45 hrs./wk
Direct Service Hours: 25 hrs./wk
LPC has a passion for working with the populations we serve and a keen interest and commitment to incorporating or deepening the use of a depth approach to psychotherapy and developing their identities as professionals. Interns not only gain experience with a diverse array of presenting concerns but are also involved in a group private practice committed to training and development in an interdisciplinary team environment. Clients typically present with a range of social, emotional and relationship issues ranging from acute to chronic difficulties. Some clients may not have insurance, while others may utilize private insurance. Interns typically engage in at least 20-25 hours of direct service weekly. The remaining clinical hours during the week are spent obtaining supervision, attending onsite in-service modules, consortium-wide didactics and completing relevant reports and notes in accord with practice policies and procedures. In addition, Interns participate in monthly team meetings, a staff process group, case consultations and at least one committee (Equity, Speakers’ Bureau, or Happiness). Upon completion of the Internship experience, Interns will demonstrate competency in domains set forth by APA in treatment, case management and consultation.
The growing visibility and cultural acceptance of non-mainstream identities, lifestyles and relationships has given rise to increased demand for psychologists who can respond competently to requests for professional services from culturally specific clients.
The training program focuses on three elements we consider important to meet the needs of the communities of clients we serve:
- deepening the clinical interviewing, case formulation and therapeutic skills from within a depth psychotherapy perspective,
- strengthening each intern’s identity as a therapist and expanding the capacity to use their unique strengths, experiences and identities as a psychologist, and
- developing cultural competence (attitudes, skills and knowledge) related to LGB, trans and gender non-binary, queer, consensual non-monogamy and kink/BDSM.
The LifeWorks intern training program is lead, managed and overseen by Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Cindy Trawinski, Psy.D. and Elizabeth Duke, Psy.D., who oversee requests for service, case assignments, evaluation of interns and supervision.
Please consult the Training Handbook for more information about the training schedule and trainee benefits at LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center.