** Our field training program is offered to advanced-year students and interns only, interested in learning and practicing somatic approaches to treating unresolved trauma and attachment wounding.

Students will have an opportunity to experience and get practice in setting up and maintaining a private practice. Some of the main leaning focus will be: trauma and attachment focused clinical work with individuals, couples, and groups; how to convert practice theory into practice methods; ways to combine practice methods, theories, and approaches effectively; clinical techniques in mindfulness; how to build and maintain a client base from nothing; strategies for effective marketing; refining progress note taking skills; effective ways to assess and diagnose individuals; how to create succinct case formulations; bringing social justice into healing; insurance billing; how to navigate conversations relative to private payment; and strategies for providing ethical practice. Upon completing this placement, the hope is that you will have all the skills and experience needed to run a successful practice regardless of setting.

In this placement you will:

  • be supervised closely and attentively by our Director/Supervisor, Ezra Post, MSW, LCSW, SEP.
  • provide therapy services without monetary compensation at our low-fee trauma clinic
  • may or may not be sharing your field experience with another student
  • be sharing facilities, supplies, and coordinating with others
  • receive basic supplies, such as pads, pens, chart folders, and tissues.
  • be required to furnish approved recording equipment if your university requires you to record sessions for supervision
  • be required to keep all client files, client information, and progress notes in the building behind a locked door and in a locked cabinet, unless otherwise indicated by your field supervisor.
  • be a part of monthly group case consults and trainings

Concerning the marketing component of the placement, students may be asked to do some of the following: work with social media, develop publicity, write news paper articles and/or give an interview to a local news paper or magazine, attend regular meditation groups and/or community events. This is in addition to graduate work, and will be counted as non-clinical hours as part of the field experience. 

Students will be required to fully comply with all the rules of their particular program as stated in their university field manual, as well as any field guidance they receive from their instructors. Students will also be required to comply with the rules and customs of this field placement, as outlined herein, and by their field supervisor. Likewise, their field supervisor is responsible for providing students with field supervision, assisting students in developing a client base, and adhering to the guidelines of the student’s field placement and learning needs as indicated in their university’s field manual and by their university’s field department.

Finally, it is important for students to continually develop skills for receiving and providing for others, feedback. To do this effectively, one must, among other things, observe one’s own motivations in relationship, and appropriate timing. Using feedback as a tool will help enhance your field placement experience and deepen what you are able to provide for the people you serve. In this placement, you will receive guidance in cultivating feedback skills as well as other skills to be successful.  

For more information about this field training experience, or to obtain an application, please send an email to our field supervisor, Ezra Post, MSW, LCSW, SEP.