SamaraCare is 50-years-strong thanks to a culture that believes in providing progressive, life-changing services to those who need us. We were founded on Christian beliefs that continue to guide our attitudes and behaviors. Every day we feel called to serve all people, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic background or socioeconomic status.
With compassionate, goal-oriented treatment, we help clients address the issues, needs and hopes that concern them and guide them to develop new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. In the community, we look to establish a clear voice that de-stigmatizes mental health care and inspires people to get the help they need.
SamaraCare Counseling offers a training program to pre-doctoral practicum level psychology students. Students have the opportunity to learn the foundational elements of the behavioral sciences in an outpatient community mental health setting with a wide range of clients.
Our Pre-Doctoral Practicum Training Program is a one year training program. Students develop basic competency in the areas of case conceptualization, treatment planning, outcome evaluation and therapy. We also have therapy practicum students do some assessments as well. We familiarize students with issues relevant to the integration of religious, spiritual and existential perspectives and clinical practice. We accept advanced therapy practicum students as well.
Students in practicum training will provide direct clinical services to children, adolescents and adults under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist. One aspect of our training program includes working at a local food pantry, Loaves and Fishes, by being in the milieu and then seeing clients at our Center. Training is a minimum of 1600 hours of supervised professional experience. For more information contact Lauren Friedrich at 630-357-2456 Ext 41 or email her at LFriedrich@samaracarecounseling.org