Program Information: Private Practice

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1939
Program Type: Internship
Site: Palos Behavioral Health Professionals
Department: Private Practice
Address: 11800 S. 75th Ave. (Lake Katherine Drive)
3rd Floor
Palos Heights, Illinois 60463
Country: United States
Metro Area: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City: 25 miles southwest of Chicago
Phone: 708-671-8440x
Fax: 708-671-8446
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Private Outpatient Clinic
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
  • Other
Member of APPIC since: 2012
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Julie Johnson
Chief Psychologist: Christopher Higgins
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 11
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 08/24/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 21000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 2 weeks vacation days (10 working days) 1 day for dissertation defense
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical work week includes individual and family therapy, psychological testing, case management, report writing, and potentially group therapy based upon the needs of the practice. Generally, interns receive supervision, complete psychological testing batteries, attend seminars and didactics, complete paperwork in the afternoons, and see therapy patients in the evenings. Typically, Wednesdays are a full training and supervision day. Please see our brochure for more details for the responsibilities of the Intern.
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: 11/04/2019 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: 12/06/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/06/2020
Interview process description:

Interviews will be held the month of January beginning on January 6 - the dates and times are TBD.     The interviews will be individual on-site interviews with several supervisors and current interns as available.  Applicants will be notified by phone or email as to interview status and available dates and times by December 6, 2019.  

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: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 120
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Not Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not 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: Please send a sample psychological testing report without identifying information. We require 3 years of practica experience.
Program Description

Palos Behavioral Health Professionals primarily is a child/adolescent- and family-driven practice. We currently combine the knowledge and expertise of more than 15 clinical staff to offer individual, couples, family, and group therapies. We also offer psychological assessment, psychiatry services, and psychoneurotherapy services. Many of our referrals come from primary care physicians, local school districts, other mental health/medical providers, and as recommendations from other patients. We treat a diverse range of patients in terms of age, diagnosis, and severity.  

Our APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral internship is a significant component in the development of exceptional and independently functioning clinical psychologists. Our internship, based upon the Practitioner-Scholar training model, provides a challenging combination of experiences, offering interns both breadth and depth in their training that is rooted in a balance between theoretical orientation, empirically-based methods, and our staff’s wealth of clinical experience. Through exposure to various theoretical orientations, clinical experiences, and feedback from clinicians within the practice, interns learn and develop proficiency in core clinical and professional competencies, treat a broad range of clinical presentations as a provider and member of a team, and develop their own clinical psychology identity. Training includes clinical exposure, supervision, didactic training, theoretical exploration and development, and consultations with multiple members of the clinical team. 

Please see our website and brochure for more detailed information.



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:
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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 :


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

Exposure to and introduction to psychoneurotherapy (including neurofeedback and CogMed)

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: 40 55
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 15 25
Total number of interns: 2 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 5
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 12 10
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 20 45
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: 3 2 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 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: 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 0
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 2 0
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