Child and Family Seminar

A weekly case presentation with the staff and our clinical consultant Judy Bertacchi, M.Ed., LSW, 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.

Judith Bertacchi, M.Ed., LSW - Clinical Consultant

Judith Bertacchi is a locally and nationally recognized mental health professional and child development consultant. She has taught at the Erikson Institute for Advanced Studies in Child Development, the University of Chicago's School of Social Work (SSA), The Chicago Institute for Clinical Social Work, and The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP) among others.  She was a founding member of the Illinois Infant Mental Health Association and an Executive at the Ounce of Prevention Fund.  In addition, she was Director of the Virginia Frank Child Development Center of Jewish Child and Family Services.  Currently, Judith participates in PATTH, Pathways to Access Hope and Healing, a program of the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center, offering ongoing learning to staff of local agencies sharing theory and interventions for traumatized children and their families. 

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.