The Greenhouse

A Post-Graduate Psychotherapy Training
Developed & sponsored by
LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center

ARE YOU…

– A recent grad or just licensed clinician?

– Looking for distinctive, clinical experience with alternative expressions of sexuality, erotic orientations and/or relationship configurations?

– Want support to develop  your identity as a therapist?

– Looking for long-term psychotherapy experience?

– Wondering how to use yourself (your thoughts, feelings, perceptions, reactions) more effectively in the therapy session?

The Greenhouse may be right for you.

Lifeworks G-3ABOUT THE GREENHOUSE

The Greenhouse is a post-graduate psychotherapy training and mentoring program for recent grads, newly licensed clinicians and others who want to develop specific therapeutic skills & cultural competence with clients including those who actively identify as or are exploring sexuality, erotic identity, gender and non-normative relationship configurations such as LGB, trans and gender queer, non-monogamous (open, swinging, poly affective or polyamorous relationships) and kink/BDSM. Supervision and clinical discussion rest on depth psychotherapy theories and perspectives (including psychodynamic, Jungian and process-oriented models).

  • Develop cultural competence and knowledge related to LGB, trans and gender queer, non-monogamy and kink/BDSM
  • Strengthen your identity as therapist and use your unique strengths
  • Deepen your clinical skills from within a depth psychotherapy perspective

The Greenhouse’s tuition-free, 12 month program provides:

  • Payment for clinical hours
  • 4-6 clinical sessions per week, the equivalent of 240 clinical hours during the program year
  • 40 hours of individual supervision
  • Weekly in-service training topics such as:

Clients, Communities & Cultures: LGB, trans, gender queer, kink & poly
Depth Psychotherapy: The purpose of problems
Therapist Identity Development: Finding your unique strengths
Using Therapist Bias: A lifelong process
Professional & Personal Roles & Boundaries in Small Communities
Working with Clients who Identify as Non-normative

Clinician/participants are expected to:

Attend a one day Orientation on December 4, 2016.
Attend a half day Administrative Training on January 8, 2017.
Hold a steady caseload of 4-6 weekly clients and complete 240 clinical hours.
Attend 40 weekly individual supervision sessions.
Attend and participate in weekly in-service training (Friday mornings, 9-11 am).
Attend and participate in monthly cohort learning group (on the 4th Friday of each month, 9 am -noon).
Attend and participate in monthly team meetings (first Thursday of each month, 3 -4:30 pm).
Attend and participate in other relevant learning opportunities within the practice.
Invest in learning, growth and development thru all aspects of the program.

On average a commitment of 10 hours per week is expected with some weeks being lighter and some being heavier.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING, JULY 23, 2 – 4 pm

Is the Greenhouse right for you?
We will host an info meeting on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at LifeWorks’ Skokie office, to share and answer questions about:

Philosophy of the program
Program elements & expectations
Supervisors, instructors and mentors
Application process

Have questions now? Download FAQs for Greenhouse 2017

RSVP for the Informational Meeting to [email protected]

CANDIDATES WILL HAVE:

  • A license-eligible MA, Psy.D or Ph.D in one of the mental health disciplines
  • A passion for working with LGB, trans, gender queer, non-monogamous and/or kinky clients
  • An interest and commitment to incorporating or deepening the use of  a depth approach to psychotherapy*
  • 2 letters of reference, at least one from a current supervisor of clinical work
  • Fluency in a non-English language a plus, not required
  • Interest in relationship work a plus

*Depth psychotherapy (includes psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, Jungian or analytical psychology and process-oriented psychology or process work)  is based on two key propositions:  1. that the unknown or less familiar aspects of ourselves often hold the keys to healing; and 2. that the problems or conflicts that bring us into therapy are pointing us towards our own wholeness.

TIMELINE:

Applications (below) will be accepted from May 15 thru September 1, 2016.
Introductory meeting about the program is Saturday, July 23, 2016.
The 2017 Cohort 2 application deadline is September 1, 2016.
Acceptance decisions for Cohort 2 will be announced November 17, 2016.
Program Orientation Day is on December 4, 2016.
Greenhouse Cohort 2 begins January 2, 2017.

Spaces are limited.
4-6 clinician/participants will be selected.

Application Form 2017 

For more information, please contact Pat Cochran, Psy.D. at [email protected]