Training Opportunities

Timothy Murphy School offers a clinical training program. We currently have two trainee positions, outlined below.

Post-Doctoral Clinician

This is a one or two year position for an unlicensed, post-doctoral clinician (PhD or PsyD in Clinical Psychology) who has completed their pre-doctoral internship hours. The next opening begins in July of 2017. The clinician will work as a Registered Psychologist under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. Because we’re a school, post-docs agree to commit to a one or two year placement from late August to mid-July. The post-doc will work four days a week from 8:30 to 3:30. While the post-doc works under supervision, the clinician is expected to work independently. A competitive stipend is available.

The majority of our students are placed due to behavioral symptoms deriving from early childhood trauma and disruption of the attachment system. TMS clinicians therefore need to be familiar with the psychology and treatment of these conditions. Our program is built upon the ARC system (Attachment, Regulation, and Competency), with the book Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Families (Blaustein & Kinniburgh, 2010) acting as our core treatment manual. The ARC model informs individual treatment, our social-emotional competency groups, and the school’s general behavior support system.

Applications will be accepted beginning May 1, 2017. Applicants will need to submit a CV, graduate transcripts (informal is acceptable), 3 letters of recommendation, a de-identified psychological assessment report, and a letter of interest. Please mail your application to Dr. Ash Bowie.

This position provides a broad range of opportunities for both clinical experience and professional development. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Provide psychotherapy to individual students between the ages of 8 and 18. Caseload will hover around 7-9 clients.
  • Facilitate our bi-weekly social-emotional competency groups.
  • Deliver delegated supervision to MFT trainees.
  • Develop and present psychoeducational lectures and workshops for TMS staff.
  • Generate psychoeducational reports.
  • Provide consultation services to school staff and student parents/guardians.
  • Participate in Individualized Education Plan meetings.


  • Awarded PhD or PsyD from an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology.
  • Experience providing individual mental health services to children, preferably with a focus on trauma and attachment-based issues.
  • Prefer at least one year of school-based experience.
  • The capacity to remain calm, focused and professional when faced with unexpected behavioral challenges.

MFT Trainee

Timothy Murphy School has a position for an MFT trainee through Dominican University. Primary clinical duties include treating 3-4 individual clients and assisting the Registered Psychologist in facilitating the social-emotional competency groups. The trainee will also be introduced to psychological testing, implementing behavior management techniques in classrooms, consulting with teaching and clinical staff, case formulation and treatment planning, and laws and procedures related to special education. This is a demanding internship that requires excellent time management, emotional maturity, and the ability to climb a steep learning curve. Benefits include a dedicated office/therapy room, frequent supervision from a licensed psychologist and post-doctoral clinician, and many opportunities to develop your clinical skills and professionalism. Interested candidates should inquire with your program’s training director.

Find out more about our programs at TMS