Therapy Internship Opportunities

Intern applications will be accepted beginning in January for the following year. Spanish-speaking applicants are encouraged to apply.

Please send your cover letter, resume/CV, and two letters of recommendation/reference to:

Dr. Samantha Orbach, PsyD, Training Director at

Training future clinicians is a strong value at Children’s Research Triangle. Each year CRT offers 4-6 clinical practicum/internship positions to both master’s level and doctoral level students from graduate schools in the Chicagoland area. Clinical therapy interns generally hold the same job responsibilities as staff clinicians. Students maintain a caseload of approximately 10-12 clients. Services are provided at a variety of locations such as the CRT clinic and multiple partner sites to include elementary and high schools, and family support centers. The training program requires that each student is present three days per week: two days of direct service, and Fridays, which are comprised of training, supervision, and paperwork.

Therapy modalities may include individual, dyadic, family, or group therapy. Students are trained to work from an integrative therapeutic orientation, with a strong relational foundation, and sharp trauma-focused lens. We utilize treatments that fit the clients’ needs, and specific evidence-based interventions including: Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Theraplay. Students will also provide clinical case management and advocacy, as needed. Clinical data collection occurs with each client system and contributes to outcome research, upon consent of the client/family. CRT is a fast-paced environment and we work within traumatized systems. Students should be ready to participate in reflective supervision and consultation, with willingness to examine the impact of clinical work on the student’s functioning and vice versa. CRT provides a rigorous year of training intended to help prepare growing professionals to work within the complex systems serving children, adolescents, and families.