Clinical Training Director and Core Faculty
Adler University’s Couple and Family Therapy Department is excited to announce that we are looking for a Core Faculty/Clinical Training Director position to start in fall 2023. The department has a COAMFTE-accredited MA in Couple and Family Therapy (MCFT), a COAMFTE-accredited PhD in Couple and Family Therapy (CFTD), and a Certificate Sex Therapy (CST; we are approved Organization Provider II with AASECT). Adler University, a leader in social justice, is conveniently located in the downtown area of the Chicago Loop. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience.
This position is an administrative/faculty position with primary responsibility and oversight of coordinating CFT students’ practicum and internship experiences. Adler University does not have an internal clinic and students are placed in agencies, hospitals, schools, and private practices (etc.) across the Chicagoland area for the practicum in the MA and PhD. PhD students also develop internship opportunities in consultation with and approval by the Clinical Training Director. The position includes reduced instruction responsibilities as well as service and scholarship. Instruction responsibilities primarily includes supervision (individual and group) provided through our practicum seminars though courses across the department are also available. The Clinical Training Director position is a full-time 12-month* salaried position with contract.
Additional Duties/ Skills:
Participation in faculty and department governance occurs on Tuesdays (in-person and virtually). Courses including practicum seminars are offered in the department between 9-4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays with some exceptions depending on need and projected growth of the department. Elective courses are offered on Fridays and sometimes weekends as scheduled by the instructor. Core faculty are expected to be on campus three days a week. Practicum seminars in the MCFT and CFTD programs are capped at 6 to meet COAMFTE’s definition of group supervision and practicum seminars as well as the state of Illinois’s licensure definitions of group supervision. Courses are offered in fall, spring, and summer semesters. Summer semester is an abbreviated term in May and June and supervision in the MA program (i.e., practicum seminars) runs through July and August.
Work Environment (Physical Demands):
This is an in-person on campus (minimum of 3 days/week) position. The usual and customary methods of performing the job functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 80% sitting, 10% walking, and 10% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.
Universal Core Behaviors
• Operates from a systemic and relational position.
• Effectively expresses oneself in all oral and written communications.
• Exhibits good listening and comprehension skills.
• Keeps others informed, as well as responds, in a timely manner.
• Demonstrates match between words and actions.
• Responds with tact, diplomacy, respect, and composure when dealing with others.
• Promotes the spirit and essence of Adler’s Vision, Mission, Values and Key Strategies through both verbal and written communication.
Teamwork and Collaboration:
• Cooperates with others toward the achievement of common goals.
• Seeks consensus and win-win solutions to problems and conflicts.
• Contributes actively and participates fully in team initiatives.
• Puts success of the team above own interests.
• Builds and maintains constructive work relationships
Responsive to Change:
• Supports changes in the work environment.
• Displays a proactive, problem-solving approach toward work.
• Committed to life-long learning by continuously increasing skills, knowledge, and effectiveness.
• Actively seeks and initiates creative and innovative solutions.
• Exercises sound, accurate and informed independent judgment when needed.
Quality-Driven and Accountable:
• Results-oriented and committed to quality through continuous process improvement.
• Eliminates ineffective activities and closes performance gaps.
• Anticipates and responds to customer needs.
• Monitors own performance, accepts responsibility for actions and actively seeks feedback.
• Meets deadlines and completes projects and activities in professional, timely manner.
• Seeks opportunities to increase productivity and/or reduce costs while maintaining highest quality standards (fiscally responsible).
Support of Vision, Mission, Values, Key Strategies:
• Supports and models Adler’s Values of: social interest, compassion, justice, respect for the individual, honors diversity and difference, intellectual rigor, optimism and collaboration.
• Articulates Adler’s Vision, Mission, and Key Strategies in a way to educate others.
• Demonstrates active commitment in advancing Adler’s Vision, Mission and Key Strategies.
• Exhibits personal integrity, honesty, zeal, and compassion.
• Aligns work processes to advance Adler’s strategic plan and key strategies.
Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of Adler University that all persons are entitled to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) protection. The University does not discriminate against any individual for employment because of age, religion, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status (including unfavorable discharge from the military), or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.
As part of the Adler's equal employment opportunity policy, Adler will also take affirmative action to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces service medal veterans, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.
- Earned doctoral degree from a COAMFTE-accredited Couple/Marriage/Medical Family Therapy program (ABD will be considered with administrative experience)
- AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation or proof of eligibility (i.e., Supervisor Candidate status, with plans for completion within the first year of employment)
- A current Illinois LMFT license (or demonstration of license ability within the first year of employment)
- Academic administrative/leadership experience is a plus
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
- Supervision through practicum seminar courses in either/both the MA and PhD programs
- Teaching courses in the MA and PhD programs
- Manages coverage of the practicum seminar courses and supervision during breaks from
- Instruction and in summer 2 (July and August)
- Manages the required practicum experiences including application, contract, evaluation, and participation for students
- Works with PhD students for their required internship experiences
- Manages current practicum sites including contracts with the site and supervisor
- Manages the cycle of assessment (evaluations of student, site, and supervisor) of clinical training
- Maintains regular site visits as well as manages any student concerns/issues/crises throughout
- practicum and internship
- Develops prospective practicum experiences securing agreements with sites and supervisors insuring they meet the requirements of the programs
- Updates the CFT Department Clinical Training Manual (Fall 2023 update is available upon request)
- Maintains practicum database
- Trains students and supervisors on Time2Track, a clinical experience tracking tool
- Works closely with the CFT Department Chair to maintain consistency across academic and clinical requirements/opportunities across programs
- Participates in faculty governance (service) including Faculty Council and a faculty committee
- Chairs and serves as committee member on dissertations in the PhD program
- Reviews Doctoral Qualifying Exams
- Participates in recruiting and admissions including interview activities for the department
- Provides service to the university and the field through state, regional, and national associations
- Pursues a scholarly agenda including presentations and publications
- Other duties as assigned by the Department Chair
Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The position will start as negotiated. Please prepare a cover letter, curriculum vita, official transcripts, proof of LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation and certificate, description of leadership, teaching, and supervision philosophies, and two letters of recommendation attesting to your ability to meet the position qualifications and responsibilities.
Adler University continues the pioneering work of the first community psychologist Alfred Adler by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities, and advancing social justice.
17 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Any questions about the position can be directed to the CFT Department Chair, Dr. Kristina Brown, at [email protected].