Program Information: Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1780
Program Type: Internship
Site: Jewish Child and Family Services (formerly Jewish Children's Bureau)
Department: Psychological Services
Address: Elaine Kersten Children's Center
255 Revere Dr. Suite 200
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City: Northside of Chicago and 20 miles northwest of Chicago
Phone: 847-412-4366x
Fax: 847-412-4360
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
Member of APPIC since: 06/02/2003
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Alysa Slay
Chief Psychologist: Alysa Slay
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 07/20/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 25350
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): mileage reimbursement, Federal and Jewish holidays off
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Each day is different - interns do therapy, testing, provide consultation, receive and give supervision, attend staff meetings, a portion of each day would be spent engaged in a variety of activitities
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? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/01/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Central Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/06/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/06/2020
Interview process description:

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.

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 start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 575
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 150
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 Not 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: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: Employment is contingent upon: • Satisfactory professional reference, previous employment, and education verifications • Proof of required licenses, certifications, registrations, and regulatory documents • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical exam and fingerprinting • Confirmation you are legally authorized to work in the United States
Program Description

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.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


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

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: 48 36 28
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 16 16 16
Total number of interns: 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs:
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 10 10 10
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 50 50 60
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 1 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: 1 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 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 0 1
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: 0 1 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0