Therapy Internship Opportunities

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 typically have a caseload at any given time of approximately 10-12 clients/client systems, depending on the site(s) at which the student is placed. Services are provided at a variety of sites, including the CRT clinic, elementary or high schools, family support centers, or a domestic violence shelter. 

The training program requires that each student is present three days per week, two of which are direct service days, and Fridays, which are comprised of training, supervision, consultation, and paperwork. Therapy modalities may include individual, dyadic, family, or group therapy. Students are trained to work from an overall 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 include: Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC), Theraplay, and STRONG Families. Students will be trained on and supported in providing a variety of support and treatment interventions. Students will also provide clinical case management and advocacy as needed. Clinical data collection occurs with each client system and this data is used for 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, thereby openly identifying the impact of the 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 of child and family work.

Our therapy intern team for the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 internship year has been finalized. Applications will be accepted in January 2020 for the following internship year. If interested at that time, please send your cover letter, resume/CV, and two letters of recommendation/reference to Samantha Orbach, PsyD at