Doctoral Level Externs and Post-Doctoral Residents

As a doctoral level extern at Pillars, you will build and maintain your own caseload of clients. In addition to maintaining your own caseload, you will gain experience in conducting intakes. Assessment options may be available, as well. We have a variety of project options, such as: starting and running a group for clients, creating informational social media content, creating specific workshops for staff (or clients), etc. We also welcome any ideas you may have as your Pillars Project, which can be discussed with your supervisor. Additionally, our externs participate in our client outreach program for our waitlist. This requires externs to make about three client phone calls a week in which they check in on our clients who are waiting for services to see if there are any additional ways we can support them prior to them being paired with one of our clinicians. 

Doctoral level externs will receive 1 (one) hour of individual supervision by a licensed psychologist, as well as weekly group supervision led by licensed mental health counselors. 

A master’s degree is preferred, but not required. 

Interview process for Doctoral Externs

Pillars follows the ACEPT guidelines for doctoral level interns. Please refer to your school guidelines for the application process. 

Post-Doctoral Residents

Pillars offers a flexible post- doctoral training experience in a private group practice setting. Post-doctoral residents have the option to conduct sessions via telehealth, in-person, or a combination of both at one of 3 locations (Merrillville, Hobart, or Valparaiso). Placement at locations depends on position availability at the time of application.  

Post-doctoral residents expectations:

  • 40 hours of clinical work per week 
  • Minimum of 25 client sessions per week
  • Build and manage individual caseloads 
  • 1 hour of weekly individual supervision 
  • 1 hour of biweekly all-staff group supervision 
  • Monthly all-staff meetings
  • Opportunities to facilitate/co-facilitate groups based on areas of interests
  • Secondary supervision opportunities available based on needs
  • Lead didactic trainings

Benefits for post-doctoral residents include: 

  • Salaried position 
  • Flexible hours/schedule
  • Ten (10) paid holidays
  • 3 (three) Wellness Days
  • PTO 
  • Training Stipend

Interview process for Post-Doctoral Residents

Pillars accepts applications for post-doctoral residents throughout the year. If you are interested in applying, fill out the form below.

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