Sankofa Psychological Services, LLC is dedicated to providing training and preparation for doctoral graduate students in psychology. Sankofa Psychological Services, LLC, offers a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and depth-oriented approach toward graduate level psychological training. Training and education are key elements of Sankofa’s mission. The Sankofa training program has its roots in existential-humanistic and psychoanalytic therapies, as well as multiculturalism, cognitive and behavioral skills, and community-based care. While continuing to nurture this tradition, the program has grown to include expanding treatment modalities within our field and incorporate them into our training model. Our values include training highly ethical, independent, and responsible Clinical Psychologists who will give excellent care to adults, children, and families using an integrative approach that fits the needs of the individual clients and families.


Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Sankofa is pleased to partner with John Marshall Law School to offer a one-year, full-time post-doctoral fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Fellow will provide a range of services, including individual therapy, group therapy, wellness workshops, cognitive assessment testing, and psychological/emotional assessment testing. This one-year fellowship meets criteria for licensure at the doctoral level as a clinical psychologist in Illinois. Requests for Fellows seeking out-of-state licensure can usually be accommodated.
Salary: $35,000
Benefits: Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO insurance, AD&D insurance, short-term disability insurance, 12 paid days off, and travel support. Benefits package effective upon first date of employment. Subsidized parking available.
Location: Work in the heart of the Chicago Loop, surrounded by public transportation, close to retail and restaurants, steps from Grant Park and museums.
Professional development: Take part in a multi-level training experience with students in psychology, counseling, and marriage and family training. Assist in designing outreach programs and wellness workshops for highly motivated law students.
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Assessment Externship: Sankofa offers training in psychological assessment for personality features, complex psychiatric diagnosis, symptom clarification, learning impairment, and cognitive issues. A weekly diagnostic seminar provides the opportunity to discuss test data and case material, as well as two group supervision meetings for scoring and administration techniques. Trainees will complete approximately 10-18 full assessment batteries throughout the training year, on clients ranging from school-age to geriatric, with referral questions including psychiatric clarification, disability evaluation, learning assessment, fitness for duty, and chronic psychological problems. All Clinical Psychology doctoral students are welcome to apply.

Advanced Therapy and Assessment Externship: Sankofa offers training in psychodynamic and existential psychotherapy for individuals and groups. Clients present from school-age to geriatric with a wide range of clinical issues, including trauma, mood, anxiety, life transition, family conflict, relationship issues, and behavioral problems. Specialized training and supervision is available for play therapy for children, models of psychodynamic psychotherapy, existential-humanistic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. In addition to therapy, advanced externs conduct 5-10 assessment batteries throughout the training year. Clinical Psychology doctoral students with at least one year of assessment experience and one year of therapy experience are encouraged to apply.

Sankofa Psychological Services is accepting trainees for the 2016-2017 assessment practicum and advanced therapy practicum.

For more information, contact Dr. Julia Burrell-Smith at