Graduate Psychotherapy Training

Dr. Christine Dietz (center) is the Center’s Director of Professional Education. She is also a counselor and spiritual director. Pictured here with the 2017-2018 student cohort, Danielle Lloyd and Melissa Reyerson-Slifer, both who have successfully moved on as licensed clinicians. The Center has helped prepare more than 100 clinicians in the past 25 years.

The Graduate Psychotherapy training program for master’s level graduate students will be on pause for the 2021-2022 academic year. We will continue the residency program for post-master’s graduates working toward licensure. Please check back in the fall of 2022 for updates on the master’s level program. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

How Do I Apply?

  • Read the description of our program and the Frequently Asked Questions on this webpage.
  • Decide if this is the right program for you. Our program runs from September through May and we do not accept trainees mid-year.
  • Submit a resume, a list of graduate courses completed, a clinical case summary (real or hypothetical) that demonstrates your approach to practice, and references from someone familiar with your clinical skills (typically a practice class instructor or a practicum supervior) to Christine Dietz, Ph.D, L.I.S.W.,
  • Applications will not be considered until all the requested materials have been received.

This program is designed for students completing graduate level programs in mental health related fields who are seeking an intensive psychotherapy training experience. The program provides a multifaceted learning and practice environment designed around a model of professional formation. This model emphasizes the integration of knowledge and skill with the personal and professional identity of each person in training. Attention is also given to the integration of a focus on body, mind and spirit with the student’s theory and practice of psychotherapy.

The program is designed as a one-to-two-year clinical experience with strong didactic and supervision components. Key components of the program include: three didactic seminars, individual and group supervision, intake staffing consultation groups, interdisciplinary case conferences, a spiritual connections conference focused on integration of spirituality and psychotherapy, and periodic evaluations of progress toward one’s own learning objectives.  Participants see clients at the Center. Schedules and hours are determined subject to the needs of each student’s academic program, personal needs and Center needs and resources.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions for more information

A second year is optional upon recommendation of the supervisory staff and faculty.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Center offers postdoctoral fellowships subject to the needs and resources of the Center. Postdoctoral fellowships provide advanced training in the provision of psychological services in a clinical setting. Weekly peer and individual supervision is a priority. The fellow will meet the requirements for licensure regarding postdoctoral supervised experience in the state of Iowa. Postdoctoral fellows will provide individual, group, couple and/or family counseling. Based on clinical training and interest, they may also provide assessment, teaching and/or supervision/consultation. Other individualized learning goals are open to discussion. Fellows are encouraged to contribute creatively with ideas and competencies that enhance the Center. For more information about postdoctoral fellowships, or to apply, please contact Kelli Hill, Ph.D., Clinical Director,

Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Christine Dietz

Program director:

Christine Dietz, Ph.D., L.I.S.W., Director of Clinical Training

Christine Dietz is a licensed independent social worker, spiritual director and Reiki Master. She is the Center’s Director of Clinical Training. She received her M.S.W. from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a graduate of the Lev Shomea Training Program for Spiritual Direction in the Jewish Tradition. Christine’s focus in counseling is on helping people reconnect to their innate wholeness and renew their sense of hope and possibility. She works with people experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, life transitions, chronic illness, grief and loss, and relationship issues. She also offers individual and group spiritual direction to people from all faith traditions. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and Spiritual Directors International.