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Practicum Externships


The Genesis Therapy Center offers an 11 month counseling practicum placement for masters and pre-doctoral students in clinical psychology.

The clients served by students will be children, adolescents and adults; individuals, couples and families.

Student trainees will commit a minimum of 3 days to The Genesis Therapy Center. Students need to be available on ALL Thursdays until 1:00 p.m. for Genesis staff meetings, group supervision and didactic consultations which are held on this day. The remainder of the student’s hours will be scheduled dependent upon office availability and the student’s academic schedule. Each student should expect to work at least one evening until 9:00 p.m. or on Saturdays for their clinical hours. The practicum will start with an orientation on the first Saturday of August. This orientation is mandatory.

In addition, there is a whole-staff retreat in February from 3:00 p.m. on a Friday until 3:00 p.m. the next Saturday. This retreat is also mandatory.

The practicum will last through the last week of June (longer if more direct service hours are needed). Time off from the practicum is limited to one week of vacation, a maximum of 5 sick days, and Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day and July 4th. Vacation days must be approved by the Site Director and your individual supervisor.

Practicum students at Genesis must have the ability to work autonomously and be self-directed in addition to being able to work as part of a team. They also must be able to get to a variety of our locations throughout the Chicago Metro area.

Training: Direct Service Activities

Psychotherapy (7-9 outpatient hours per week not including client hours in the schools): Student trainees will be encouraged to carry several long-term psychotherapy cases as a way of gaining a more intensive clinical experience. Building gradually, the student trainee will be expected to carry a caseload of 7-9 individuals or couples per week. Advanced Therapy students will be expected to carry up to 12 hours of clients
each week.

School Program: Participation in the school program will require Tuesdays from 9:00 am until 3:30 p.m.

Outreach (1-2 hrs. per week): With the assistance of staff, students will help plan, develop and present brief workshops that address issues relevant to the sites where we are located. In addition, students will be expected to participate in community expos/health fairs and with our annual KidPower benefit. (Mandatory – October 25, 2015).

Group psychotherapy (1-2 hrs. per week): Students will be expected to co-lead the various on-going groups at Genesis (Social skills groups for children, parent support groups, STEP, etc.).

Training: Supervision and Clinical Training Activities

Supervision: Students will receive one hour of individual supervision per week. Review of taped sessions will be required of all students. In addition, at least twice in the training year, live supervision will be provided.

Externs will be required to participate in the extern supervision group which will meet three times/month for one and a half hours for a total of 4 ½ hours per month.

Supervision Schedule:

  • 1st, 2nd and 4th Thursdays meet in Oak Lawn from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m
  • 3rd Thursday of the month is our agency wide staff meeting in Oak Forest at 7:30 a.m.

Didactics: Genesis Staff present on various topics throughout the year. Didactics occur following the Thursday supervision groups.

Additional trainings are offered by GTC staff on topics relating to populations served.

Monthly professional development meeting with Bruce Bonecutter, Ph.D. which takes place on a Saturday morning either in Oak Park or in downtown Chicago.

Students will be expected to present cases both in student only groups as well as in groups with the staff as a whole. More frequent supervision is always available in the event of a difficult case or situation.

Training: Indirect Service Activities

These activities include the following but are not limited to: Participation in marketing activities such as fliers and mailings; database maintenance of referral sources; creation of articles and material for the newsletter, website and social media; preparation time for cases and group sessions; readings as assigned by supervisor; and becoming familiar with the Mission of The Genesis Therapy Center and developing an understanding of how not-for-profits function.

The Genesis Therapy Center follows ACEPT guidelines for practicum placements

We require a cover letter, transcript, curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation with all applications. For further information, please email us at info@genesistherapy.org.