Couples Therapy Practicum / Post-Grad Fellowship

September 2023 – September 2026

Program Testimonials

 Here’s what the Fellows that have come before you have said about their experience:

Program Details

The Relationship Therapy Center practicum or post-graduate fellowship is a 3 year position in the field of couples therapy.  The position will fulfill the supervision and clinical contact hour requirements for full LMFT licensure in the state of Minnesota.  A small cohort of practicum students, recent graduates, and/or LAMFTs will be chosen for this unique opportunity.  We will dedicate the next three years to helping you become an incredible couples therapist! Benefits of this program include: a comprehensive training program that exposes you to different models and methods of couples therapy; individual, dyadic, and group supervision; the training and technology to become proficient in Feedback-Informed Treatment (FIT); a full and diverse client caseload without needing to do any of your own marketing; administrative and billing/insurance support; access to an extensive database of resources; a fantastic and dedicated community of high-quality and experienced therapists; and a compensation package commensurate with the position and your experience in the field.

Program Prerequisites and Candidate Selection Philosophy

We believe that personality is much more important than experience.  We do not expect for you to have any experience in couples therapy. We are looking for therapists who have a passion for relationship therapy and have a strong enough personality to hold the therapy room.  We also are looking for individuals with a collaborative bend. Therapists of color are strongly encouraged to apply!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in counseling, marriage & family therapy, social work, psychology, or other related field
  • An ability to commit to the entire 3 year program
  • An honest and sincere respect for relationships of all kinds, and a commitment to providing the best care possible
  • Cultural responsiveness; awareness of your own cultural identity and the ability to learn from and respectfully relate to other cultural backgrounds and heritages

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Training in couples therapy or experience working with couples
  • Addiction training or experience working with individuals experiencing addiction
  • Sex therapy training or education
  • Knowledge of specific trauma models

Position Benefits

This is a full-time paid 3 year position.  We offer a competitive compensation package.  Total compensation (including all benefits) adds up to $53,000-$61,000 per year before incentives.

RTC also provides:

  • 50% health insurance premiums coverage. 
  • A profit sharing plan in which we match up to 4% of your salary to a 401(k).  
  • Incentives for additional client contact hours.  
  • Liability and malpractice insurance.  
  • 4 weeks of paid leave per year.   

Core Tasks of the Program

Core tasks of the fellowship or practicum program include:

  • Developing a specific and personalized structure for couples therapy, including an assessment process, cohesive theory, and personal repertoire of activities and interventions to use both in and out of session
  • Learning how to identify and assess risk, and help couples experiencing commonly-presenting complaints and conflicts
  • Recognizing your own triggers and enforcing your own boundaries within the therapy room, and engaging in continual self-care
  • Understanding and practicing the non-clinical aspects of therapy such as documentation 

You can download the full document here: “Core Tasks of Becoming an Effective Couples Therapist at RTC.”  

Training Modalities

Our model of training is influenced by three practices:  

  1. Supervision, training, mentoring, and self-of the-therapist discussion are core to our training. Supervision occurs in individual, dyadic, and group formats and allows therapists to receive direct feedback on actual cases.
  2. Feedback-Informed Treatment (FIT), which is an electronically delivered system which solicits feedback and tracks outcome in each therapy session.  FIT has been shown to increase outcomes of associate level clinicians by up to 4 times. The accountability of FIT helps therapists ensure they are providing the highest level of care possible.  
  3. We believe that different couples methodologies and theories work for different personalities and different clients.  While we will give you concrete theory and skills to become a competent couples therapist, we strongly encourage and coach all of our therapists to actively develop a couples therapy engagement style that works for their own particular set of values, temperament, and skills.  

Application Timeline & Process

We will conduct two separate rounds of interviews for this fellowship. The first round of interviews will be in-person and the second round of interviews will be virtual. Applicants are only required to attend one round of interviews. The timeline is as follows:
January 30, 2023: Applications for the first round of interviews are due by the end of the day on this date. Incomplete applications cannot be processed. You will be notified of your application status within one week of your application submission. If selected, you will be invited to interview for the program on Interview Day. Applications submitted on or after January 31, 2023 will only be considered for the second round of interviews.
February 15, 2023; 8:00am-2:30pm: In-Person Interview Day for round 1 selected candidates. You will be interviewed as a group by training staff and other hiring team members. Your interview will include a therapy segment. Please plan to be available for the entire day. You will be notified of your acceptance status no later than one week after this date.
March 29, 2023: Applications for the second round of interviews are due by the end of the day on this day. Incomplete applications cannot be processed. You will be notified of your application status within one week of your application submission. If selected, you will be invited to interview for the program on Interview Day. Applications submitted on or after March 30, 2023 will only be considered if space opens up in the fellowship.
April 14, 2023; 8:00am-2:30pm: Virtual Interview Day for round 2 selected candidates. You will be interviewed as a group by training staff and other hiring team members. Your interview will include a therapy segment. Please plan to be available for the entire day. Your will be notified of your acceptance status no later than one week after this date.
September 11, 2023: The Fellowship/Practicum begins on this date. If you have extenuating circumstances that would prevent you from starting on this date, there is a space on the application to elaborate. Our program director will be in touch to discuss your options.

Below are the links to the application forms for each program. Please be mindful of the following:

  • This is an online-only application. The form is compatible with computer, tablet, and mobile devices. 
  • Allow yourself 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete your application.
  • The application includes a video recording segment. Please be prepared to briefly film yourself answering some questions. This includes ensuring you are in a place with appropriate lighting and minimal background distractions. You can use your phone for your recording!

Clinical Training Staff

Jebediah J. Sawyer, MA, LMFT
Clinic Owner & Supervisor
(he/him)

Jeb was the first Gottman-Certified therapist in Minnesota and he is the only Certified Feedback Informed Treatment Trainer in Minnesota.  Jeb has extensive training in couples therapy, including specialized training with Susan Johnson, Michael White, Daniel Wile, Brent Atkinson, and several other prominent therapists.  He also specializes in trauma treatment through EMDR and Pia Mellody’s trauma specific therapy. Jeb is the Co-Founder of the Relationship Therapy Center and the Co-Creator of Intensive Couples Counseling - a proprietary program designed to get couples moving and help couples that traditional couples therapy can not. Jeb’s style in supervision is to give a comprehensive understanding of what will be covered and then use a clear, and systematic approach to help you know where we’re going and why. Jeb lays out the roadmap and helps everything make sense.

Theresa M. Benoit, MA, LMFT
Clinic Owner & Supervisor
(she/her)

Theresa has extensive training in couples therapy - including specialized training with Susan Johnson, Michael White, Daniel Wile, Brent Atkinson, and several other prominent therapists.  She also specializes in trauma treatment through EMDR. She also is the Co-Founder of the Relationship Therapy Center and the Co-Creator of Intensive Couples Counseling. Her style in supervision is focused on deliberate practice, infused with laughter and group support-- helping you practice and perfect each step with a sense of humor.

Amanda Tapper, MA, LMFT
Clinical Director & Supervisor
(she/her)

Amanda truly understands what makes an excellent couples therapist. As a seasoned Intensive Couples Counseling (ICC) practitioner, Amanda has worked with hundreds of couples in crisis, and her knowledge and experience – and ability to keep a cool head – are invaluable for anyone wanting to learn how to help clients and couples thrive. Amanda’s years of experience working with affair couples and First-Responder couples have led her to develop a practical but compassionate approach, which she brings directly into her supervision style.

Callie McMillan, MS, LMFT
Training Director
(she/her)

Callie is a natural learner and instructor, which makes her the perfect fit to be our Fellowship Training Manager! Not only does she manage RTC’s extensive resources database full of suggested interventions and techniques for all kinds of issues, but she has previously curated and run a sex therapy course for our clinicians. Her passion for encouraging others (and pushing herself!) to learn and grow is insatiable, and she is especially knowledgeable about sex therapy, LGBTQIA+/polyamory/kink issues, and trauma using the Post Induction Therapy (PIT) and Brainspotting approaches. Plus, as a pioneer member of our clinic’s first fellowship program, she knows exactly what material to present to make sure that our fellows are getting top-of-the-line training.

Erin Egertson, MA
Cohort Manager
(she/her)

Erin is an exceptional therapist, though she is humble and would never brag about her abilities to transform relationships. She has specialized training in EMDR, making her uniquely skilled in working with couples and individuals struggling with trauma. Erin funnels her passion for helping people become their best selves into our Self of the Therapist groups. In these groups, Fellows learn more than just how to deal with cases – they also explore ways in which their own life experiences may be affecting their work in the therapy room. Erin is welcoming and warm, using humor readily and always encouraging her Fellows to blossom into the best therapists they can be. Fellows in Erin’s cohort can count on always having a cheerleader in their corner!

Carol Hoopman, MA, LMFT
Cohort Manager
(she/her)

Carol’s calming presence, earnest passion for growth, and non-judgmental and honest approach to relationships make her both a fantastic therapist and a fantastic cohort manager. She is one of RTC’s resident specialists in helping couples who are healing from an affair or sex addiction, which are fairly common dynamics in the couples that our clinic serves, so you are sure to get a TON of support from her around these topics! Carol also facilitates one of our clinic’s longest running support groups, so she is a natural facilitator for our Self of the Therapist groups, in which fellows can expect to be guided towards honest and constructive self-reflection beyond just standard case consultation. Carol’s style is collaborative, encouraging, and resourceful, and she can’t wait to help the fellows in her cohort become phenomenal couples therapists.

Gregg Schacher, Ph.D, LMFT
Supervisor
(he/him)

Dr. Schacher received his Ph.D from the University of Minnesota and has been working in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy since 2003, and as one of our most sought-after therapists at RTC since 2015. His client retention rate and ability to build rapport are the stuff of legends, and he brings that same energy to his group consultations. His extensive experience with diverse populations means he has a lot to offer therapists who need recommendations, resources, and guidance. 

Kristi Murchie, MA
Fellowship Coordinator
(she/her)

Kristi wears multiple hats at RTC (and they all look great on her!) In addition to seeing clients and completing her own fellowship at our clinic, Kristi coordinates all of the logistics of our clinic’s Fellowship Program, from recruiting quality therapists and answering questions to making sure that our fellows have everything they need once they’re settled in. Kristi is there to make sure that fellows are supported on a day-to-day level, even if that just means having someone to talk to.

If you have further questions, please e-mail our fellowship team at fellowship@mncouplescounseling.com