Program Information: Internship in Health Service Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1673
Program Type: Internship
Site: Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium
Department: Internship in Health Service Psychology
Address: Outreach Community Counseling Center
336 Gundersen Drive, Suite B
Carol Stream, Illinois 60188
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 630-871-2100x208
Fax: 630-588-0824
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Consortium
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Consortium
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
  • Other
Member of APPIC since: 2000
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jessica Marshall
Chief Psychologist: Jessica Marshall
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 14
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Position Information
Start Date: 08/03/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 27040
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): library account at Wheaton College; additional benefits (dental insurance, life insurance, vision insurance) vary by site
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site see website ( for site by site descriptions
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? Yes
Details of the above affiliations One intern position is designated for a qualified doctoral student from Wheaton College Graduate School (PsyD program)
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/10/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Central Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/15/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/17/2020
Interview process description:

If accepted for an interview, applicants attend 1 of 2 CACTC Internship Interview Days offered in January (1/17 or 1/24).  The interviews are typically all day and involve formal interviews, site visits, and informal conversations with current interns.  Applicants will be notified via email regarding their application status by 12/15.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by ranking deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: Yes
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: There is a specific format to be used for contents of cover letter. See for details.
Program Description

CACTC is a vibrant learning and training community for interns. We have practice locations in a number of clinical contexts (medical clinics, outpatient community clinics/practices) throughout the Chicago metro area (Chicago and Western suburbs of Wheaton and Carol Stream). Supervisors are passionate about training the next generation of psychologists for competent practice as clinical-community psychologists who can work with a wide variety of persons (age, SES, race/ethnic backgrounds, etc.) and presenting problems. In the context of our consortium, CACTC interns practice at a primary rotation (4 days/week) and a secondary rotation (1 day/week) at a different CACTC site; this provides broader and varied training experiences and supervision to round out the training experience.

Mission: To equip and prepare future psychologists to work competently with all persons, including underserved populations (children/ adolescents, racial/ethnic minorities, low income individuals, older adults, etc.) from a distinctly Christian perspective. This is accomplished through: EXPERIENCE working with many different underserved persons in a variety of clinical settings (urban, suburban); EXPOSURE to various therapeutic modalities geared to address the specific challenges faced by underserved groups; EXEMPLARS in the profession who share their passion for this work through supervision, mentoring and professional development; ENRICHED service provision through collaborative research projects geared towards cultivating enhanced perspectives in work with marginalized groups; EXTENDING this enriched perspective to foster a greater number of professionals to work competently with the underserved; and in all things, EXEMPLIFYING Jesus Christ in work with these persons. CACTC has been accredited with APA since 2002.

CACTC Partners: Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center (CDPCC)-Carol Stream, Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago (CCCoC)-Chicago, Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC)-Chicago, Outreach Community Ministries (OCM)-Wheaton/Carol Stream, Meier Clinics of Wheaton (for their Clinical and Neuropsychology departments) and Wheaton College Graduate School - Dept of Psychology.  

Rotations: Interns located at primary site 4 days/wk, secondary site 1 day/wk. Primary and Secondary Rotations are available at all sites (except Wheaton). Website: Spanish speaking interns would have many opportunities to use/further develop their Spanish skills in a therapeutic context at all of the sites.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Family Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Developmental Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Child: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
School: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)

Behavioral Health Consultation Model offered at Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC) as a part of their integrated health care model.

Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago (CCCOC) has a focus on school groups throughout Chicago area, consultation/presentations to local community and churches; partnering with local churches to provide mental health care.

Meier Clinics of Wheaton offers day treatment/partial hospital rotations (focusing on adolescents and adults); Neuropsychology clinic rotation for those interns who wish to specialize in neuropsychological testing of children, adolescents and adults that meets Houston Conference guidelines.

Specialty in Psychological testing offered at Outreach Community Ministries/Outreach Community Counseling Center (OCCC) - focus on learning disabilities, ADHD, ASD, clarifying diagnosis (anxiety, depression) conduct/behavioral concerns in children, adolescents college age and adult populations. Adult testing is focused on clarifying diagnosis, pre-field assessments for those wanting to enter ministry; consultations to schools and missions organizations.

Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center, in addition to outpatient therapy and testing services, also provides opportunities for presentations in the community and therapeutic groups and clinical services with older adults. Some opportunities for working with Deaf clients may be available to interns fluent in ASL.

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or experiences may be available at all consortium sites, and some internship programs may not have updated this information recently. Please consult the program's web site or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Number of Completed Applications: 45 61 36
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 34 47 34
Total number of interns: 7 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 0 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 5 6 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 6 6 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 6
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 31
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 4 6 6
Community Mental Health Center: 0 1 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 1 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 1 3
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 3 4 3
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 1 0 0