The Center offers full-time and part-time employment and a yearly Trauma Fellowship for professionals who desire to practice in a dynamic, compassionate clinical environment. The Center for Contextual Change is a group practice that is funded both publicly and privately and services over 400 clients per week in our 3 Chicago area offices. Opportunities for professional growth are abundant as we provide extensive clinical training and on-going supervision using a team-focused approach which is based on The Collaborative Change Model.

Fellowship Program

Collaborative Stage Model Advanced Clinical Fellowship

Overview of the Program:

The Collaborative Stage Model Advanced Clinical Fellowship is a one-year postmaster advanced clinical fellowship designed to enhance and expand one's clinical skills using the Collaborative Stage Model in the treatment of trauma. This program is a unique training experience offering a systemic view of the impact of trauma on the individual's internal and external world that values the interplay between the mind, body and spirit in understanding and treating trauma. The Center draws on a variety of state-of-the-art clinical approaches in its work with trauma incorporating aspects of mindfulness practice, somatic experience, therapeutic yoga and dialectical behavioral therapy. Upon completion of the program, fellows will be certified in the collaborative stage model, given a host of clinical opportunities in treating trauma, and provided an awareness of the impact of trauma on diverse populations.

Benefits of the Fellowship Program:

1) A commitment to Professional Development

The Center is committed to the fellow's professional development by offering a variety of learning opportunities. Fellows will be pared with two supervisors who offer different areas of specialization, your group co-facilitator wail act as a mentor for group treatment for specific populations and you will have an opportunity to collaborate on a variety of complex clinical cases

The advanced clinical fellowship are afforded free access to a variety of trainings, including the year-long Pieces of the Puzzle series; several hours of clinical individual and group supervision/consultation on the collaborative stage model; specific treatment approaches; and working with diverse populations.

Consultation Groups Include:

• Adult Trauma

• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

• Mind-Body Integrated Treatment

• Family and Couples

• Specialized Treatment (Client's with Offending Behaviors)

2) Well rounded approach to trauma treatment.

Fellows will be exposed to a variety of trauma assessments and interventions, treatment of diverse populations (e.g. LGBTQ clients), adults, couples, children and families.

3) Certification in the Collaborative Stage Treatment Model. At the end of the training year fellows will be certified in the Collaborative Stage Treatment Model


Candidates are required to have obtained a masters or doctoral degree in one of the following: Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or other related programs along with one year of post masters clinical experience. Prospective candidates must also hold initial licensure in the State of Illinois (LPC/LSW). Preferred candidates will have group experience, DBT clinical experience and knowledge of the treatment of trauma with adults, families and couples.


Fellows need to be willing to make a time commitment of30 hours per week to the program for one year.

• Provide 18-20 hours/week of clinical work with individuals, families and 2 to 4 hours of co-facilitating groups (1.5 to 2 hrs.).

• Attend I hour of weekly individual supervision

• Attend 1.5 hours of weekly group consultation in specific areas of specialization (fellows are expected to pick at least two areas of specialization) in addition to Ix month DBT consultation group (l .5hrs)

• Attend all staff meetings and staff wide trainings.

• Attend Ix month intergraded seminar (2.0)


Fellows are reimbursed based on percentage for their clinical hours. Clinical hours are direct billable client hours.

Application process:

The Center for Contextual Change accepts applications beginning May 1, 2019 and the application deadline is July 15, 2019. Candidates will be selected by August 15, 2019 for a September 1, 2019 start date. In order to apply please email a resume, letter of intention and copy of your State of Illinois license to  John Hughes at johnh@centerforcontextualchange.org

Clinical Staff Opportunities

We are always accepting applications from those interested in part-time of full-time clinical opportunities at The Center. If you are a licensed clinician and are interested in a career at The Center please email your resume and cover letter to John Hughes at johnh@centerforcontextualchange.org

If your application is selected for further review you will be contacted by Ron Pestana, Director of Advanced Clinical Fellowship. 

The Center offers a private group practice environment with the stability and support of an agency. Full-time staff are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package which includes Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance and Paid Time Off.

The need for care and connection is greater than ever during these unprecedented times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  While we cannot meet people in person, we are currently offering secure video or phone sessions that many insurance companies have agreed to cover due to the unique circumstances.   

If we can be of help, please call our intake line to set up a new appointment.  847-676-4447 ext 2