Jay Burke



Jay Burke

Adjunct Faculty

  • Campus:
  • Los Angeles
Accreditation Affairs
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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.

Education History
Degree Institution
B.A. Religion Baylor University
M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy Emphasis, Oklahoma State University
Psy.D. Marital and Family Therapy The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (in progress)
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Member California Assocation of Marriage and Family Therapists
Member Los Angeles Chapter, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Member MFT Educators Consortium, Los Angeles County & Orange County, CA
Member American Psychological Assocation
Marriage and Family Therapy Intern # 69464
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Career/Workplace Issues Career Counseling
Career Development
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Anxiety Disorders
Domestic Violence Spousal/Partner Abuse
Marriage & Family Couples Counseling
Family Therapy
Relationships and Dating
Psychology Subdisciplines - Marriage and Family
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Brief Therapy
Constructivist/Narrative Theory
Family Systems Theory
Positive Psychology
Solution-Focused Counseling Therapy

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.

Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.

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.

Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.

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.

Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

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.

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

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.