The Kedzie Center trains a small cohort of advanced graduate and doctoral students in psychodynamic therapy in the community, with a number of opportunities for learning.

We have filled our available training positions for the 2018-19 academic year. We will begin reviewing applications for the 2019-20 academic year on February 1, 2019, and will schedule interviews on a rolling basis.

We are a second year placement for master's students and a therapy placement for doctoral psychology students. Applicants should have some client or human service experience. Students interested in community mental health and psychoanalytic theory are a good match. Bilingual ability is preferred but not required. We specifically seek students who can speak Spanish, Arabic or Korean.

Applications should be sent electronically to The application should include a cover letter, resume, case write up, and 2-3 letters of recommendation.

We follow the ACEPT guidelines and time-frames for psychology students.

Child and Family Seminar

A weekly case presentation with the staff and our clinical consultant, with a focus on family dynamics, child and adolescent development, and working in the community.

Adult Seminar

A bi-weekly seminar conducted by Charles Turk, MD that supports clinical writing and presentation, and which applies psychoanalytic theory to case material.

Professional Development Presentation Series

A series presented by advanced practitioners who share their work and case conceptualization with staff. Presenters have come from the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, Yellowbrick Consultation and Treatment Center, Loyola University, and the Illinois School for Professional Psychology. Presentations have included topics of countertransference, trauma, child bereavement, working with parents, and working with recent immigrants to the United States.

Individual Supervision

Trainees receive at least one hour per week of individual supervision with an experienced, licensed psychotherapist. Supervision is available in most disciplines according to the needs of the student's program.

Student Group Supervision

A weekly clinical seminar conducted by the Training Coordinator.

Other Opportunities include outreach to programs in our service area, participation in our community nights, and attending Chicago Trauma Dialogues hosted at the Center.


Jim Grabowski, MA, LCPC — Clinical Coordinator

Jim Grabowski, MA, LCPC serves as The Kedzie Center's Clinical Coordinator and is responsible for its clinical training program. He earned his Master's Degree at the University of Chicago and is a graduate and faculty member of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis Child Therapy Training program [CAPPT]. He is a member of the faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work. Jim has experience in residential treatment, foster care, and community work; he specializes in child and family treatment. He lectures on child development, clinical process with children, and on clinical work in child welfare. Jim serves as an officer for the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health.

Charles Turk, MD - Consulting Psychiatrist 

Dr. Charles Turk is the Kedzie Center’s consulting psychiatrist.  He also leads staff in a biweekly seminar.  Dr. Turk obtained psychoanalytic training at the Center for Psychoanalytic Study in Chicago. He pursued his interest in treating psychotic and other severely ill individuals as medical director of a partial hospitalization program in a community mental health center in suburban Chicago, for which he received an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in 1992. He was named a psychoanalyst at the Ecole Freudienne du Quebec (EFQ) and is a founding member of the Chicago Circle Association, an affiliate of the EFQ. He is a member of GIFRIC (Interdiscipinary Freudian Group for Research and Clinical Intervention), the parent organization of the EFQ.