Training Program

Studio For Change (SFC) is a group private practice located in the Lincoln Park/Lakeview neighborhood, near Advocate Illinois Masonic.  SFC is a counseling practice where adults, teens, children, couples, and families who are experiencing emotional, behavioral or social challenges can figure out what are their next steps in life.  

Our licensed psychotherapists provide supportive and effective counseling and educational services to address a variety of issues and concerns, and help children, teenagers, and adults improve their coping skills, better manage their emotions, and get motivated and prepared to bring about significant, self-selected changes.  Currently, SFC has 11 therapists on staff, and we would like to consider two clinical graduate applicants for the 2021-2022 training year. Both positions will be supervised by licensed clinical psychologists.

Dr. Julia Rahn’s professional journey has taken her throughout the Midwest, with numerous clinical externships culminating in an internship at the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Rahn has developed her practice as program director for a pediatric development center, professor of psychology at two universities in Illinois as well as an entrepreneur. As Director of SFC, Dr. Rahn has sought to create a space within which her clients have access to a rich variety of therapeutic efforts and resources; adding to the Studio’s primary focus on psychotherapy, Dr. Rahn’s practice makes frequent referrals to professionals in nutrition, fitness and hypnosis, and makes frequent recommendations for external resources such as books, art, and social or networking events.

Bibiana Adames PhD

Dr. Bibiana Adames graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, with a minor in Community Psychology.  Since graduating she has worked as an adjunct and a clinical assistant professor, a post-doctoral clinician, an independent life coach, a host/producer at Chicago Public Radio, spent three years at home caring for her son, was the director of a MA training program in clinical psychology, and is currently the Clinical Director of SFC.  Dr. Adames has extensive clinical and research experience working as a mental health care provider within medical and academic settings, and through community-based partnerships.  In addition, her minor in her undergraduate training was in Women’s Studies.  These various opportunities have allowed Dr. Adames to function as a member of multi-disciplinarian teams, and to work with a variety of professional, organizational, community, and cultural groups.  She is a native Spanish-speaker, and she speaks, writes, and reads the language proficiently.  Although Dr. Adames has worked primarily with the Spanish-speaking community in Chicago, overall, she has applied her skills to service a diversity of populations.  Her treatment approach incorporates cognitive behavioral, client centered, systemic, and multicultural perspectives, as well as aspects of mindfulness-based practices.  

COVID Protocols

Since the safety precautions implemented in March of 2020, SFC has smoothly transitioned into primarily a telehealth practice.  This means that most of our clients are receiving services through telehealth, with the exception of a select few for whom social distancing and virtual interactions have resulted in a clinically indicated need for in person treatment.  Our office is equipped with signage that reminds staff and clients to wear masks, maintain appropriate social distance, and sanitize their hands.  Sanitizers are available throughout our office.  Therapists and clients monitor COVID symptoms for themselves and their clients, as well as any known contacts with others experiencing symptoms or who have tested positive for COVID.  In addition, therapists and clients maintain social distance and keep their masks on for the duration of their session.  Thus far, we have not had a positive COVID case among our staff or clients.

Practicum Position Description

  • Open to psychology doctoral level applicants in their second or third year of practicum
  • Start and end dates: Tue, Jul 6, 2021 – Fri, Jun 3, 2022
  • 15-20 hours per week
  • 1 hour per week of individual supervision with licensed clinical psychologist
  • 1 hour per week of group supervision with licensed clinical psychologist 
  • 1-3 hours per week of didactics

Application Requirements

  • Application period: January 4 – February 26, 2021
  • Cover letter and curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation from psychology graduate faculty or clinical supervisors
  • Statement of intent describing your personal and professional goals:
    • How did you become interested in psychology and your current training program?
    • What do you hope to learn during your practicum year?
    • What do you aim to accomplish as a mental health professional?
    • What interests you about SFC?

Please direct any inquiries and all application materials to Dr. Adames (Clinical Director) via email: