Photo, right: Nora Frazin, MSW works full time at Jewish Children and Family Servies and is improving her skills in the psychotherapy of adults using psychoanalytic principles through the Psychotherapy Clinic Fellowship. She is receiving substantial support for the program as a Community Fellow, a therapist in a community or agency setting.
Five months into a Psychotherapy Clinic Fellowship thanks in part to a scholarship as a Community Fellow at the Institute, Nora Frazin, MSW, says the experience has helped her see her work as a clinician at Jewish Child and Family Services in new ways.
“I didn’t even realize how psychodynamic the work I was already doing was, until I learned more in this Fellowship,” says Frazin, 31.
After college, Frazin spent several years working as a college counselor and in other roles in education. She realized she wanted to help in a deeper way when students confided personal concerns in between conversations about career planning. That led her to University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, where she graduated in 2017.
She found work at JCFS with a program for caregivers and children funded by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. “We were doing intensive work with caregivers to help children who have been through trauma, as all kids in DCFS have,” Frazin says. She now sees a range of clients in the Skokie office of JCFS.
As a Psychotherapy Clinic Fellow at the Chicago Institute, Frazin sees several patients each week at the Institute's office in the Loop. She receives weekly supervision of these cases with an Institute psychoanalyst and attends meetings with Adult Clinical Services therapists, among other benefits -- all in addition to full-time work at Jewish Child and Family Services.
Her supervisor there told her about the program, Frazin says. As a clinician working in a community setting, she was eligible to apply to be a Community Fellow, enrolling in the Psychotherapy Fellowship with the aid a substantial scholarship. The aim of this scholarship program is to make advanced psychotherapy training accessible to clinicians in the public sector early in their careers.
The Institute training complements her job, Frazin adds. “I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to pick apart sessions ‘under the microscope,’ really diving in deeply and considering a case in detail with my supervisor at the Institute, Caryle Perlman.”
Committed to working in the community, Frazin says the Institute Fellowship helps improve her skills: “This isn’t my first go round in the professional world, but I’m early in my career as a social worker,” she says. “I’ve only been doing the Fellowship a few months, and already feel like I have such a stronger grounding.”