Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child Trauma
at La Rabida Children's Hospital

Date Posted: 11/8/2019

Job Description

La Rabida Children’s Hospital is offering one full-time fellowship position in the Childhood Abuse and Trauma postdoctoral training program. The fellowship begins Tuesday September 1, 2020 and concludes August 31st, 2021. A stipend of $41,000 is paid and post-docs are eligible for health care and PTO (paid time off) benefits. Administered under the auspices of La Rabida’s Behavioral Health Division, the program offers a broad-based, well supervised training experience for developing pediatric and child clinical psychologists. La Rabida’s Behavioral Health Division is one of the largest in the nation housed within a pediatric hospital, offering a high staff-to-patient ratio. The hospital is a recognized leader in the treatment of abuse and trauma, and serves as a model for hospital-based programs nationwide.

Graduates of our fellowship program find employment in a wide range of settings, including pediatric hospitals; community mental health centers; child guidance facilities; public agencies dealing with physical and sexual abuse; academic settings; and private practices specializing in child psychology.

Program Philosophy and Our Patient Population.

The training model provides a supportive clinical experience with a strong educational component. Postdoctoral candidates will receive exposure to a wide variety of treatment modalities including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) model, Child-Parent psychotherapy (CPP), assessment and treatment for children with sexualized behavior problems, Judith Herman’s trauma-focused phase oriented approach for complex trauma, as well as a family systems approach. Realizing that children and their families function in a larger community and societal context, the La Rabida Chicago Child Trauma Center (CCTC) maintains close working relationships with the many systems involved with our patients (for example, schools, social service agencies, the juvenile justice system, and others).

La Rabida is committed to understanding and respecting cultural and individual differences. Our patient population consists chiefly of African-American children from low income south side Chicago neighborhoods. Department members design treatment protocols that incorporate the individual and cultural needs of our patients and their families. The training program is designed to encourage culturally sensitive conceptualization and understanding of the challenges and dilemmas that may be present when treating urban youth and their families. The CCTC maintains an ecological approach to the care of our patients and their families. Our approach includes factors affecting an individual’s development ranging from environmental stressors and intrapsychic influences to family function/dysfunction to extremely broad socioeconomic and cultural pressures.

Childhood Abuse and Trauma Postdoctoral Training Program.

The fellowship is a full-time program. Clinical activities may include the following:

• Clinical interviews/clinical consultations

• Conducting trauma-focused assessments

• Crisis intervention

• In-patient, trauma-focused Consultations/liaison to medical staff

• Trauma-focused Psychotherapy

• Groups

Clinical responsibility and supervision for all cases rests with our staff of licensed clinical psychologists. Postdocs are provided with approximately two hours of individual supervision, and one hour of group supervision per week. They also attend all clinical staffings. Supervisors are assigned according to their areas of expertise. Each fellow receives supervision from multiple training staff members. Supervision may take place in a variety of formats:

• Traditional report

• Apprenticeship

• Co-therapy/shared sibling cases

The abuse program serves survivors of sexual abuse, physical abuse, exposure to domestic violence, neglect, exposure to community violence and medical traumas, as well as children in the foster care system. Abuse and trauma related services are provided at the hospital, and the Child Trauma Center’s satellite office.

Qualified applicants must have completed, or be currently completing, an APA-approved predoctoral internship with child training. Experience working with children/adolescents with trauma histories is also required. Applications are currently being accepted until December 16, 2019. Applicants will be interviewed until the position is filled. To apply, interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference (directly from the letter writer) to:

Catharine Thomann, Ph.D., Child Trauma Postdoctoral Coordinator
La Rabida Children's Hospital
Chicago Child Trauma Center
1111 E. 87th Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60619

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Job Requirements

  • Ph. D./Psy. D. with child clinical training.
  • Completion of APA-accredited internship.
  • Completion of APA approved graduate program.
  • May consider ABD
  • Experience in a pediatric psychology setting with specific emphasis on medical conditions of childhood.
  • Experience working with children/adolescents with trauma histories required. 
  • Assessment, consultation, treatment, public speaking/teaching skills.

EOE M/F/D/V

Job Snapshot

About Us

La Rabida Children’s Hospital is the only is the only hospital of its kind in Chicago.  We specialize in treatment of chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, abuse and trauma.  La Rabida provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary health services to children across a continuum of care, serving as a model for family-centered care.

La Rabida is a very special place.  Triumphs occur here. Children overcome odds and excel beyond hope. This is where those who serve gain more than they give. La Rabida offers rewarding job opportunities across a wide array of clinical, administrative and support service functions. We also offer psychology training programs in child clinical and pediatric psychology.

Our comprehensive employee benefits program is competitive. Our lakefront location is spectacular. We are an equal opportunity employer. We promote healthy eating and our facilities are smoke free.

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