Department : Adler Community Health Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1254
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Adler University
Department: Adler Community Health Services
Address: 17 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City: In Chicago
Phone: 312-662-4340x
Training Director Email:
Co-Training Director Email:
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Community Mental Health Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Michelle Anderson
Chief Psychologist: Kevin Osten Garner
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 8
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 31500
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site 1.5 days/week are spent on campus at the ACHS-Chicago office space attending supervisions, providing supervision, and attending seminars and didactic trainings. 3.5 days/week are spent doing clinical work at one or more community partner agencies in the Chicago area.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? Yes
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? Yes
Details of the above affiliations This internship program is fully affiliated with Adler University. Only Adler University doctoral students will be considered in Phase I. This program is partially affiliated in Phase II with Adler University. In Phase II only we will consider non-Adler University doctoral students.
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/24/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Preferred
A Virtual Interview is: Optional
Interview notification date: 12/15/2023
Tentative interview date: 01/08/2024, 01/12/2024
Interview process description:

Each candidate will be invited to attend an interview day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., during which they will participate in two group interviews with staff supervisors, will meet for an information session, as a group, with the Director of Training for 30 minutes and will interview individually with a clinical faculty for a half an hour. Separately, each invited candidate will schedule a 30 minute interview with the Director of Training. The interview with the Director of Training may take place on the interview day, or may take place on another day. Finally, prospective interns will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions with current interns on the interview day.

One interview day will be conducted in-person and one interview day will be conducted virtually.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adler University, Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Does your program require applicants to submit supplemental materials (i.e., an assessment report and/or a case/treatment summary):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not 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: Our partner organizations may require additional screenings including but not limited to: substance/drug screenings, annual flu vaccinations, background checks and immunization records. Trainees are provided specific information when they are assigned to work with a training partner.
Program Description


The ACHS internship with the Division of Community Health Chicago is partially affiliated with Adler University and includes assignment to conduct community embedded services with one or two agencies in Chicago. The program offers 8 full-time positions. In Phase I we only accept Adler University students. In Phase II we accept students from other programs. 

The primary objective of the program is to prepare interns for entry into the field of professional psychology as socially responsible practitioners. The ACHS Internship program provides a well-rounded diverse training experience with clinical training  at one or more of the following: residential rehabilitation facilities for formerly incarcerated adults;  a community medical center; a child and adolescent residential program; and a community mental health program serving persons with severe and persistent mental illness. Training consists  of psychological testing, individual and group therapy, milieu therapy at many sites, with opportunity to do some couples and family therapy. All locations have an interdisciplinary team context. Interns will also provide routine consultations on their clinical cases and psychoeducational programs. Interns will be exposed to individually and culturally diverse populations in an urban setting. Training in various types of psychological assessments include neuropsychological screenings, cognitive, and socio-emotional assessments. Each intern will carry a caseload of 12-14 individual therapy clients and is expected to complete a minimum of 3 assessment batteries over the course of the training year. All interns are assigned two licensed supervisors who they see weekly. The program offers interns a range of supervisors with varying backgrounds and orientations including Adlerian, Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic,  and Humanistic. In addition to providing services to clients, interns are involved in weekly meetings including Theoretical Orientations Seminar, a (bi-weekly) Director's Meeting, a (bi-weekly) Professional Identities group, a  Clinical Supervision Seminar, and an Intern Seminar covering a variety of topics. Interns are taught to develop supervisory/management skills by managing and training externs (i.e., practicum students). Interns are allowed to augment their training through coursework (up to 3 courses) at Adler University (at no cost).

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
People without housing: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Experience (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: Experience (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: Experience (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: Experience (21% to 30%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Exposure (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: Exposure (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: Experience (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Experience (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics: Exposure (1% to 20%)
School: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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: Experience (21% to 30%)
Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Administration: Experience (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary: Experience (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - specialty:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications: 33 33 32 24 24 57 63
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 31 33 20 21 22 37 27
Total number of interns: 9 6 8 6 9 7 8
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 9 6 8 6 9 7 8
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 9 6 8 6 9 6 6
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 9 6 8 9 7 8
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 8 8 8 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 28 26 28 4
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2022-2023 2023-2024
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 1 0
Consortium: 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 1 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0 0
Psychiatric facility: 0 0
Correctional facility: 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0
School district/system: 0 0
Independent practice setting: 5 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0 0
Link to Program's Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data: