Primary Care Psychology Associates (PCPA) is a private group practice of psychologists, social workers, and licensed marriage and family therapists integrated within the primary care medical settings. PCPA is co-located within Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) outpatient practices (Internal Medicine and Pediatrics). In addition to NMG, PCPA is integrated within Children’s Gastroenterology Specialists and Lake Forest Pediatrics.
PCPA’s mission is to promote behavioral health across the lifespan through easy-access, an excellent interdisciplinary team and integrated care. We are committed to providing the highest quality of assessment, consultation, and therapy services. We work in collaboration with the primary care and specialty physicians, as well as community agencies to foster patient wellness and satisfaction in a warm, therapeutic, and respectful manner. Training at PCPA is unique in that training includes the opportunities to obtain experiences in group practice merged within the exciting field of integrated healthcare
Our APA accredited internship site offers a primary care experience under the supervision of a team of clinical psychologists who work within the Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) model. Our Psychology Internship has two tracks (Adult Behavioral Medicine and Pediatric Psychology ).
Pediatric Psychology Track - (MATCH CODE: 220311)
The pediatric psychology division of Primary Care Psychology Associates, LLC includes clinicians who provide therapy, assessment, and consultation for children, adolescents, and families in the primary care setting. As an intern within this division, you will be exposed to a range of difficulties commonly presented in children and adolescents, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep difficulties, and adjustment difficulties. Training will also focus on health-related issues as they impact psychological and family functioning. In addition to therapy and psychological evaluations, interns will have the opportunity to learn about and provide behavioral health consultations for children presenting to their pediatrician's office for a medical appointment. These consultations are an opportunity to learn firsthand about collaborating with medical staff in a primary care setting, while also providing brief behavioral health assessment and interventions for families. Training has a strong emphasis on empirically-based practice.
Adult Behavioral Medicine Track - (MATCH CODE: 220312)
The adult behavioral medicine division of Primary Care Psychology Associates, LLC includes working in a collaborative setting with Primary Care Physicians, Dermatologists, Physician’s Assistants, Medical Assistants, and Nurses. Integration of services is under the philosophy of the Patient Centered Medical Home where many services are available to patients under one roof. The Psychologists and Interns working within our clinics offer therapy (individual, couples, or family) and assessment (Psychoeducational Testing, Full Psychological Evaluations, and specific diagnostic clarification). Common presenting problems include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, adjustment to illness, life transitions, relationship concerns, managing medication compliance, and managing chronic physical illness. Throughout the year interns will build competency in interdisciplinary team functioning, skills specific to working in primary care, selecting appropriate interventions, documenting in an electronic medical record, and managing an independent clinical case load.
Our 12-month psychology internship is designed to integrate your formal academic preparation with comprehensive clinical training. The aim of the clinical training experience is to expose interns to the following:
- Assessment, treatment, and consultation within a range of treatment modalities (individual therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy)
- Opportunities to work with specialists in multiple disciplines (primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, nurses, medical assistants, and physician’s assistants).
- A variety of theoretical orientations (e.g. cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, relational-interpersonal, family systems, solution-focused, ACT, Adlerian)
- Diverse developmental (children, adolescents, adults, elderly) and ethnic populations
For more information, please see PCPA's Psychology Internship Training Brochure that can be found on www.pcpachicago.com under the Training/Career Opportunities Tab.