Jay Burke

Jay Burke

DCT, Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Program

  • The Chicago School Irvine
    The Chicago School Los Angeles
Marriage and Family Therapy
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Jay Burke is the Director of Clinical Training for the MA MFT & MA Forensic programs for the Los Angeles and Irvine campuses and has been working with The Chicago School since the Los Angeles campus first opened in Fall 2008. Jay first began his tenure at The Chicago School in the Student Affairs department, initially overseeing the registrar and financial aid processes, and then transitioning to managing veteran affairs, international student services, and career services for the California campuses. In 2011, Jay begun working with the Applied Professional Practice department assisting with the practicum placement process, and in 2013 he moved into his role directly overseeing the MFT practicum placement process.

In addition to overseeing the MFT practicum placement process at The Chicago School, Jay is also enrolled in the Psy.D. Marital and Family Therapy program at The Chicago School, and works in a group counseling practice in Downtown Los Angeles, focusing primarily on college students and early-career professionals.  Jay’s prior clinical work focused on a community mental health population, working in an employee assistance program (EAP), and with patients and their families at a regional cancer center.  

  • B.A., Religion, Baylor University
  • M.S., Human Developement and Family Science, Marriage and Family Therapy Emphasis, Oklahoma State University
  • Psy.D. Marital and Family Therapy, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (in progress)
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Intern # 69464
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • L Bennett, J Burke & D Lechuga. Neurocognitive Profile of Disability Seeking Retired NFL Players with a History of Concussions. American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention. Toronto, Canada, August 6-9, 2015.

  • Burke, J.E. (2015). Providing systemic couple’s treatment, with only one partner present. Presentation at the annual conference of the International Family Therapy Association, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • Whitaker, K., & Burke, J.E. (2015). Motivational interviewing: A practical application for special populations. Presentation at the annual conference of the International Family Therapy Association, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • Burke, J. & Bennet, L. (2014). Impacts of occupational sitting on overall mental health and suggestions for workplace improvement. Poster presentation at the IOOB 2014 conference. Los Angeles, CA. 

  • Burke, J., Glazek, K., & Zanjani, M. (2014). Improvement and predictive factors of trainee clinical competence in practicum. Poster presentation at the Graduate Research Forum at The Chicago School of Professional Pscyhology. Los Angeles, CA.

  • Bennett, L. & Burke, J. Selfies: Self-Expression or Self-Absorption. American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention. Washington D.C., August 7-10, 2014. (Accepted for presentation).

  • Birch, P., Burke J.E., Sinacola, R., Scaglione, C. (2013). Marriage & Family Education, Marriage & Family Therapy: Advancing Family Health Together. Workshop presentation at the National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education annual conference, Irvine, CA.

Select Publications

  • Burke, J.E. (2008). The emotional survival guide for caregivers: Looking after yourself and your family while helping an aging parent. Journal of Death Studies.

  • Burke, J.E. (2008). Baby boomers: Can my eighties be like my fifties. Journal of Women & Aging.

  • Burke, J.E. (2007). Safe Schools Summit Eight Report. Public Strategies Inc.; Oklahoma City, OK.

  • Brosi, W. A. & Burke, J. (2006). Legal service utilization & policy needs of grandparents who raise grandchildren: Final report. The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging; Salt Lake City, UT.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • California Assocation of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Los Angeles Chapter, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • MFT Educators Consortium, Los Angeles County & Orange County, CA
  • American Psychological Assocation


Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.

A: I aim to be a facilitator of conversation. My emphasis is less on telling students what to think or how to approach a situation, but rather to invite conversation and collaboration around the content of the course. Meaning and learning is a shared experience that occurs in relationship with others, and I aim to facilitate this process. 

Q: Please describe your philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.

A: I trained in a program focused primarily on family-systems models of treatment. While most of my work now is with individuals, I continue to maintain a relational lens in understanding and working with pathology. “No man is an island” and all experiences of distress have a systemic and contextual component which I emphasize in my work.  

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

A: Initially I intended to pursue a religious vocation as a career; however I changed my emphasis to psychology as I realized I wanted the technical tools and skills to assist those I worked with. I continue to see spirituality as an important component to overall well-being, and I adhere to a biopsychosocial-spiritual model of treatment.

Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?

A: Take advantage of as many opportunities as possible, both on and off campus. The Chicago School offers a wide array of training opportunities, via on campus didactic and training presentations, and/or through referrals to off-campus presentations and workshops. Take advantage of all of these opportunities to learn to grow as a person and as a professional.