“I went to graduate school and learned about therapy; I went to Womencare and became a therapist.”
– Mary Clarke, PhD, Fellowship Alum
For over twenty years, Womencare has fostered the development of emerging therapists through the Natalie Haimowitz Postgraduate Fellowship Program, focused on the relational treatment of trauma.
This two-year professional commitment is intended for licensed clinicians with 1-5 years of post-masters psychotherapy experience, but is open to any mental health professionals who desire to augment their knowledge base and deepen their skills in working with trauma survivors.
Our staff of experienced clinicians is committed to nurturing the development of our fellows. Fellows can expect to sharpen their understanding of trauma informed and relational therapy, tend to vicarious trauma, deepen capacities of self-reflection, build confidence, and hone their professional sense of self.
- Provides two-years of experiential training focused on working with trauma survivors within a feminist-relational model.
- Supports fellows in maintaining a caseload of 6-8 clients through weekly individual mentoring and small group supervision. Referrals, office space, administrative and marketing support is provided.
- Offers attendance at all professional workshops and some community workshops, including the 12-hour Summer Institute on the Relational Treatment of Trauma, 6-hour workshop on traumatic transference and countertransference, as well as topics related to the unique dilemmas therapists face with career and life.
- Includes monthly 2-hour participation in the Trauma Consultation Program during the second year of the fellowship.
- Accepts 2-3 fellows per year. Group supervision is comprised of up to 5 fellows, 2-3 first years and 2-3 second years.
Fellows average 12 hours per week at Womencare seeing clients and attending individual mentoring and small group supervision. Additional time is encouraged on certain months to attend professional workshops and community trainings.
Our graduates go on to make a significant difference in people’s lives and to address the social, systemic, and political issues that impact the health and dignity of all people. Graduates of our program have successfully become skilled trauma therapists; leaders, supervisors, and directors in agencies, schools and private practices; as well as professors, program managers, trainers and consultants.
Who We Are Looking For
Our Fellowship Program provides aspiring therapists consistent mentoring and training to gain skills working from a feminist-relational lens, to hone trauma-informed competencies, to build confidence in a professional sense of self, and to tend to vicarious trauma.
As a community, we think deeply about our clients in the emotional, interpersonal, and societal contexts in which their distress emerges. We are invested in becoming a more diverse practice and to build supports for the identities our clients and colleagues hold. We encourage therapists who identify as BIPOC and LGBTQ+ to apply.
- have 1-5 years of post-masters psychotherapy experience and are licensed clinicians
- are committed to working with traumatized and marginalized populations
- are eager to learn
- are passionate about anti-racism and social justice
- value community and connection
Womencare Counseling and Training Center awards partial scholarships based on demonstrated commitment to social justice and serving marginalized populations. In addition, partial scholarships are also available based on need.
- Tuition: $1500
- Reduced Tuition for Therapists of Color: $1200
Monthly payment arrangements are available
Applications are accepted beginning January 1 and are due in our office by March 15. We will respond to all applicants by May 30, though we will only be able to offer interviews to a limited number of candidates. Two to three applicants are accepted per year.
Download Fellowship Application (Document is enabled so that you can type your responses directly on the form)
An information night for the Natalie Haimowitz Postgraduate Fellowship Program is scheduled for Thursday, January 28, 2021. To RSVP, please click here.
Fellows who complete the full 2 years of the postgraduate program are invited to participate in our alumni fellowship directory. The directory can be accessed by qualified alumni and is a source for providing referrals.
Womencare does not offer internship opportunities. Although internships are not currently offered, we encourage graduate students to sign up for email communication, attend our workshops at reduced student rates and consider our Fellowship program after a few years of postgraduate clinical experience.
For further information, please contact our Program Coordinator for the Fellowship Program, Amy Derringer Chandler, LCSW, at 847-475-7003, x 30 or [email protected].
“The fellowship was a deeply fulfilling experience, both professionally and personally. The supportive learning environment at Womencare mirrors some of the most healing conditions that we strive for with our clients — compassion, trust, safety, and connection. The experience allowed me to do my best work and become my best self in the process.” – Heather Pierce, LCPC, Fellowship Alum
“Going through the Womencare Fellowship was a professional and personal life changer for me. …Womencare gave me an opportunity to learn in a community. Learning this way, surrounded by real and caring women, gave me a chance to internalize what I was learning on a deep level. I am forever changed by this experience and have remained connected to the Womencare community.” – Tovah Means, LMFT, Fellowship Alum