Dr. Kati Wax has been supervising all levels of Doctoral candidates as well as Master's degree level trainees since 2009.  She founded Lincoln Park Psychology with the goal of providing supervision and consultation to professionals willing to continue their growth in the field.  In addition to running a robust and well-developed Post-Doctoral Fellowship training program, Dr. Wax offers supervision to those needing their next tier of licensure, as well as consultation for fully licensed professionals.  Of all things, Dr. Wax considers herself a trainer, dedicated to elevating the profession by preparing future clinicians to be the best in their field of expertise.  We interview for therapist and Postdoctoral Fellowship positions on a rolling basis. Please see the information below regarding the program and how to apply.  

Overview

The Postdoctoral Fellowship program at Lincoln Park Psychology accepts graduates of Psy.D. or Ph.D. programs into our twelve-month, full-time training experience. The training program is designed to help postdocs refine and perfect their clinical skills in key areas of practice, all while functioning as a valued member of our team. We emphasize training in fundamental and complex clinical skills with a primary focus on Individual, Group, and Family Therapy, as well as Crisis Intervention. We work with the interests of the Post-Doctoral Fellow while also providing a broad experience with diverse clients.  Post-Doctoral caseloads are not only diverse in clinical presentations, but also in age, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Ultimately, the main training goal/objective is to continue the professional growth of the Post-Doctoral Fellow in such a way that, by the end of the training year, the future psychologist feels confident in the ability to competently function independently as a clinician, with the ability to practice in accordance with the highest standards of care. 

 

Fellows are exposed to best-practices through a variety of training, supervisory, and structured learning opportunities. Consistent supervision is provided by Licensed Clinical Psychologists, ensuring growth in the areas of competency, intervention, and within the self of the therapist.  The Fellowship program is therapy-based, thus formal diagnostic opportunities are not available to the Postdoctoral Fellows at this time.  


Postdoctoral Fellows receive clinical training and supervision in accordance with the standards set forth by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.  The Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct can be found at https://www.apa.org/ethics/code/.

Structure

  • At least twelve consecutive months - full-time (minimum of 35 hours per week as required for licensure)

  • Illinois licensure eligibility requires 1750 hours of supervised practice (Direct Service, Indirect Service, Training, and Supervision hours easily attainable at our site)

  • Although some client schedules can accommodate daytime hours for therapy sessions, many therapy sessions occur in the evenings on can occur on the weekends as well (so your schedule may be flexible)  

  • Individual and family therapy sessions are readily available with the added possibility of group therapy opportunities (COVID and population dependent

Fellowship Benefits

  • Competitive pay structure (Pay Range: $40,000.00 - $65,000.00 per year)

  • Optional Health Insurance Benefits

  • Flexible hours

  • Postdoctoral Fellows are covered under the practice's liability insurance

  • Already established clinical practice

  • Featured spot on our website

  • Options to develop programs

  • Use of comprehensive electronic health record system

  • Business cards and marketing materials

Evaluation Process

Evaluation is an active, ongoing process throughout the fellowship period.  All evaluations will entail an active discussion, regarding areas of strength and weakness, between trainee and supervisor.  Formal, written evaluations will occur at least twice throughout the course of fellowship training.  These evaluations will be filled out by the Clinical Supervisor and will be reviewed, in detail, with the Fellow.  

Application Process

We accept applications from future and current doctoral program graduates who have met or will meet all the requirements of graduation set forth by their graduate program institution.  We are currently accepting applications for immediate hire (full-time/part-part time/supplemental) as well as for the 2021-2022 training year.  To be considered for first round of interviews for the 2021-2022 training year, please submit applications by December 30th, 2020 to Dr. Kati Wax at lincolnparkpsychology@gmail.com.  Click on our Career Opportunities page to download our employment application and don't hesitate to call Dr. Wax at (312) 248-9490 with any questions.

Required Application Materials:

  • Cover letter

  • CV

  • Names of three references or two letters of recommendation 

  • Graduate Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)

  • APPI essays (optional but recommended)

COVID-19 considerations
The practice is currently providing all services via our secure HIPAA compliant video platform; however, it is unclear as to what the fall of 2021 will bring so we plan to be flexible with the needs of our therapists as well as our clients, based on recommendations from the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago.  

 
 

Clinical Training Elements

Individual Therapy: Postdoctoral Fellows are provided supervision regarding individual therapy and applying evidence-supported clinical interventions with clients of various presentations and diagnoses.  Postdoctoral Fellows may be exposed to a variety of creative interventions across a broad array of conceptual theory including Narrative Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Care, Humanistic/Existential viewpoints, Adlerian, and Psychodynamic principles, to name a few. 

 

Group Therapy: At Lincoln Park Psychology, we believe highly in the power of the group process to affect change, especially in children/adolescents and those on the Autism Spectrum.  This option is currently contingent on COVID-19 restrictions and is often contingent on client interest; however, we advertise and market our groups based on current trends and needs.  Postdoctoral Fellows may receive training in group therapy, with the possible opportunity to develop group curriculum/programming throughout the training year.  Relevant topics have included: healthy self-image, managing bullying behaviors, healthy peer relationships, social skills, etc.    

 

Family Therapy: Lincoln Park Psychology believes that most success comes from engaging children/adolescents while working in tandem with the family system.  All Postdoctoral Fellows offer and provide family therapy where available and indicated.  Postdoctoral Fellows are provided with comprehensive supervision that facilitates the acquisition and refinement of evidence-based family therapy skills. 

 

Ethics:  Postdoctoral Fellows are provided training in the legal and ethical standards in psychology, and the state of Illinois.  Clinical Supervisors review the legal and ethical issues that arise with the fellow's caseload on a weekly basis.  Clinical Supervisors engage the Postdoctoral Fellows in a discussion about the pertinent legal and ethical issues related to the case, as well as help them identify how to navigate these issues. ​

 

Diversity:  Our Postdoctoral Fellowship training program maintains a required competency in diversity issues, and provides multiple experiences throughout the year to ensure that trainees are both personally supported and well-trained in this area.  These training experiences include, but are not limited to provision of treatment to diverse populations, structured learning activities on diversity related topics, as well as group supervision processing of these components.  Postdoctoral Fellows are provided with opportunities to work with a diverse population of children, adolescents, adults, and families with diverse demographics including age, cultural, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliations and beliefs, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to regularly discuss the diversity factors that are at play in each client's life as well as in the therapeutic relationship and process. 

 

School Consultation: When working with a child or adolescent client, we may find the need to work not only with the family system, but the other main system at play in their lives: the school.  It is possible that Postdoctoral Fellows will suggest or be asked to do a school observation, review a student's IEP, or make recommendations for how to best navigate school life.  In these cases, Postdoctoral Fellows receive comprehensive supervision from Dr. Wax regarding how to assess when this service is needed, how to plan accordingly, how to read an IEP, and how to work in tandem with a school system/classroom.  

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Supervision Philosophy

Lincoln Park Psychology's aim is to produce competent, ethical, and independent practitioners into the psychology profession.  Therefore we follow both a developmental and an integrative approach to supervision.  We believe in the notion that we are all growing continuously and that becoming an "expert" in our field is a life-long journey that may never even be attained.  Each clinician has unique experiences, tendencies, and patterns which feeds into an individual style of clinical interaction with clients.  Our supervisors use supervision/consultation to identify these stylistic components in order to hone in on strengths and set goals for the future development of skills.  In addition, at Lincoln Park Psychology we promote a clinician's confidence through identifying and settling into a "style" of assessment, treatment planning, and intervention, resulting in increased client growth.  

At Lincoln Park Psychology we are proud of our commitment to helping others grow in the field  Therefore, we offer ongoing individual supervision for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) looking to gain supervision hours toward eligibility for the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) exam.  LPCs receive at least one hour of structured, consistent clinical supervision from either an LCPC or a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, consistent with the requirements to sit for the LCPC exam.  Our supervisors are also available on an as-needed basis to help with crisis management and risk assessment, as well as discuss complex cases in the moment.  Dr. Wax is committed to growing your clinical competency and your confidence in your abilities, as well as solidify your chosen style in working with clients.  

To apply: please click here to see our Career Opportunities.