Site Name: Jewish Child and Family Services (formerly Jewish Children's Bureau)
Department: Psychological Services
JCFS will host at least 42 different interview days for intern candidates. The interview day will consist of a rotating interviews with different members of the department, as well as current interns. The on-site interview process will take approximately 2.5 hours. Once the interview process is complete, the Intern Selection Committee will rank order intern candidates. Phone interviews will follow a similar format and be scheduled within the rotation of on-site interviews. Approximately 16 applicants are interviewed each year. Interviews are typically conducted in early to mid January. Applicants will be notified by email if they are being invited to interview. Interviews are typically scheduled in the first 2 weeks of January.
Applicants will be ranked and notified of internship offers in accordance with the APPIC guidelines.
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM GOALS AND PHILOSOPHY The JCFS internship program adheres to the philosophy that children, adolescents, and their families benefit from a range of individualized services that are based on assessed needs and strengths. JCFS realizes that client progress can take a long period of time. Therefore, JCFS clinicians have the luxury of doing long-term treatment. JCFS believes clinicians should have a strong generalist foundation in clinical practice prior to specialization. JCFS training reflects this philosophy by offering opportunities to enhance core skills, as well as opportunities to develop specific areas of professional practice and interest. The goal of the JCFS internship program is to prepare interns for future independent practice. This internship hopes to provide interns with a chance to develop a variety of skills related to being a professional psychologist. These skills go beyond clinical practice and include: program planning and development, consultation, supervision, and research. JCFS hopes the interns will leave with a sense of confidence and competence in each of these areas. The primary focus and purpose of the JCFS intern training is to assure breadth as well as quality of training.Interns will be assigned to one of 2 regions within JCFS. The Metro Region serves the North-side of Chicago and Skokie area. The Suburban Region serves Northbrook, Buffalo Grove, and other nearby suburbs. 2-4 hours of dissertation time can be arranged each month with the Director of Training. Interns receive a minimum of 3 hours a week individual supervision, a weekly intern seminar, and 1.5-3 hours per biweekly participation in the Psychology Seminar and/or other agency trainings. Dissertation supervision is available as needed. Interns are given the opportunity to serve as a secondary supervisor to an extern.
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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
www.jcfs.org or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.