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| Post Graduate Fellowship

Post-Graduate Fellowship Program (PGFP)

The Post Graduate Fellowship Program at Live Oak is a one-year program (running from June to June) for individuals having obtained a masters or doctoral degree in art therapy, counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, or other related helping professions to gain further education and training. The focus of the program is on the development of advanced clinical skills highlighting our core values: Affirmative Practice with the LGBTQ community, Trauma Informed Practice, Multisystemic & Multicultural Practice, and Creative, Expressive & Body-Centered Therapies. This training is frequently more advanced and expansive than training received in graduate school. Post graduate training programs have existed at Live Oak since 2008. Graduates of these programs have gone on to continue their careers in personal private practices, group practices, and employment at reputable institutions throughout the region. Our training program faculty are composed of adjunct professors teaching courses at graduate schools throughout the area (including the University of Chicago's SSA, The Family Institute, Roosevelt University, and the Chicago School for Professional Psychology), experts in the field, and individuals from communities outside of Live Oak.

Program Overview

Live Oak’s PGFP provides new professionals with the opportunity to develop and strengthen clinical and training skills through two tracks:

1. Psychotherapy Track
The Psychotherapy Track is for individuals looking for advanced clinical training and supervision, with an opportunity to engage in clinical work and accrual of hours for licensure.

Trainees are provided with the following:

  • One hour of individual supervision and one and a half hours of group supervision, weekly, resulting in approximately 50 hours of individual supervision and 75 hours of group supervision, counting toward supervision requirements for LCPC, LCSW, LMFT, and ATR-BC licensure.
  • Participation in monthly 3 hour Friday trainings relating to the above mentioned areas, resulting in approximately 36 hours of CEUs
  • Attendance at any Live Oak training activities (such as LOGIC) at no additional cost, depending on space
  • Referrals, office space, marketing & support on caseload development
  • Opportunity to practice systemically focused psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families
  • Opportunity to co-facilitate group therapy and/or trainings provided to Live Oak or outside agencies

Requirements for successful completion of the Psychotherapy Track include:

  • Attendance at the Live Oak Wednesday staff meeting, second Wednesday of the month
  • Attendance at first Friday trainings each month, 9:00am – 12:00pm (2nd Friday in case of Holidays)
  • Attendance at a 3 da training/on-boarding, June 2017 (dates TBA)
  • Average of 15 hours/week on site at Live Oak
  • A total of 350 client contact hours are expected (Live Oak will attempt to offer as much flexibility as possible in determining schedule)
  • Commitment to the underlying philosophical values of Live Oak
  • Participation in weekly individual and group supervision
  • Completion of all case-related documentation
  • Payment of tuition before the start of the training year

2. Training Track
The Training Track provides advanced training in the areas of Affirmative Practice with the LGBTQ community, Trauma Informed Practice, Multisystemic & Multicultural Practice, and Creative, Expressive & Body-Centered Therapies. This track offers monthly trainings on site at Live Oak. After the completion of 12 months of training, participants will receive a certification to recognize their professional development and accrual of 36 hours of CEUs. Trainees are also provided with the opportunity to attend additional Live Oak training activities (such as LOGIC) at no additional cost, dependent on space.

Requirements for the 12 month PGFP (Training Track) include:

  • Attendance and engagement at monthly Friday trainings
  • Payment of tuition before the start of the training program

Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, or a related field
  • Licensure at the entry level (e.g., AMFT, LPC, LSW, LPC) preferred
  • Ability to function independently
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Prior work in social services, either as an employee or through volunteer experience
  • Preference given to bilingual clinicians, or those who have expertise in our primary areas of practice
  • Flexible schedule in order to complete responsibilities listed above

To Apply
Those interested in applying should fill out the online application with a cover letter (explaining your interest in Live Oak and our values), resume or CV and three letters of reference. To receive maximum consideration, completed applications should be received by February 6th, 2017. Those with incomplete applications will not be considered.

After reviewing the written materials, we will contact applicants who will be moving forward with the application process. Candidates who participate in the next stage of the process will be asked to complete and return a few brief essay questions. Individual interviews will take place in February, and offers will be made by mid-March, at the latest.

Tuition
Discounted tuition is available to those trainees who pay in full at the start of the training program
Psychotherapy track: $1900.00
Training track: $950.00

A non-discounted rate is offered to those requesting a payment schedule. Payment will be made over three months in the first quarter of the program
Psychotherapy track: $2100.00
Training track: $1125.00