Program Information: 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: 312-662-4044x
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
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Mary Pfeiffer
Chief Psychologist: Mary Pfeiffer
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2021
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 9
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 Two days/week are spent at ACHS, attending supervisions, providing supervision, and attending seminars and didactic trainings. Three days/week are spent doing clinical work at one or more community partner sites 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? No
Details of the above affiliations This internship program is fully affiliated with Adler University. Only Adler University doctoral students are eligible to apply. Students from both the Chicago Campus and the Vancouver Campus may apply.
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 12/03/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/17/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2022
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 psychologists, will meet for an information session, as a group, with the director of training for one hour, and will interview  individually with a staff psychologist for a half an hour. Separately, each invited candidate will schedule an 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.

All interviews will be conducted online this year.

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 (fully affiliated)
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: No
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: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Not 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:
Program Description

The Adler Community Health Services Internship program is exclusively affiliated with Adler University, i.e., only Adler University students are eligible. The program offers 8 full-time positions for Adler students. The primary objective of the program is to prepare interns for entry into the field of professional psychology as socially responsible practitioners. The Adler Internship program provides a well-rounded diverse training experience with possible placements 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 primarily of individual and group therapy, with opportunity to do some couples and family therapy. All training placements have an interdisciplinary team context. Interns will also provide consultations 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 Assessment Case Disopsition and Consultation, 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 the Adler School (at no cost).

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: 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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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:
School: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
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
Number of Completed Applications: 33 33 32 24 24
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 31 33 20 21 22
Total number of interns: 9 6 8 6 9
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 9 6 8 6 9
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 9 6 8 6 9
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 9 6 8 9
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 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
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 9 9 5 8 6
Community Mental Health Center: 4 3 2 2 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 1 0 1 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 1 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 2 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 1 0 0 1
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 1 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 2 4 1 4 5
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0