Program Information: Adler Community Health Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1261
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Adler University-Division of Teen & Wellness Opportunity
Department: Adler Community Health Services
Address: 17 N. Dearborn
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Country: United States
Metro Area: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City: Chicagoland area
Phone: 312-662-4000
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 & Lead / Director: Cara Murphy
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 1
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
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): Attendance at a select professional conference.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The Interns conduct individual, group and family therapy sessions, in person or via telehealth. Group and individual supervision, training/seminars, and staffings/team meetings occur weekly on certain days of the week.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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 Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology students are eligible to apply for the program.
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 12/07/2021 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, and to support a safe and equitable process, all interviews will be done virtually. These are individual interviews and include meeting with Training Director and Clinical Supervisor(s). Interviews are scheduled from late December through January, and candidates will be notified by Dec. 15th by email of their interview status and scheduling will commence. Candidates will also have the opportunity to meet with current interns or post doctoral resident to get an overview of the program and setting from their perspective.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: 2017-2018 - Adler University (2) & University of Indianapolis 2018-2019 - Adler University, Argosy University & Antioch University 2019-2020 - Alliant International University San Francisco, National Louis University Tampa & Adler University 2020-2021 - Adler University & Alliant International University - San Diego 2021-2022 - Adler University (2) & Mercer University - Atlanta
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 application 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: 4
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 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: Passing of an Illinois state background check, drug and TB screening are required prior to beginning internship training.
Program Description

Adler University's Adler Community Health Services (ACHS) Division of Teen and Wellness Opportunity (TWO) provides extensive clinical behavioral health services for the youth (and their families) in the community who are involved or are at-risk to become involved in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).  Until last year, most of the services provided were within a DJJ facility.  However, due to the decrease in juveniles placed in facilities throughout in IL, ACHS – TWO now is providing similar services to youth and their families in the community through community-based programs, such as Youth Outreach Services (YOS) and After School Matters (ASM).  The program is under Adler University, which is located in downtown Chicago, but the internship service delivery is done by telehealth or onsite within community based centers in the Chicagoland area, such as the YOS Irving Park or Melrose Park locations. The program follows a practitioner-scholar training model; activities include  group, individual and family therapy, assessment, consulting, and intake and diagnostic interviewing. Each intern receives a minimum of 2 hours of individual supervision and 2 hours of group supervision per week from two different licensed clinical psychologist supervisors.  Seminars include: Ethics & Professional Development, Assessment, and Intervention & EBP.  Diversity, self-care and self-reflection are integral parts of the program. Additional training occurs in a monthly training day, and interns are sent to additional (paid) professional trainings each year. Familiarity with Adlerian/Individual Psychology is not required of applicants but interns must demonstrate values consistent with social responsibility, social justice and commitment to working with underserved populations.  Interns will be provided the opportunity to supervise practicum students.  Correctional or forensic experience is not required.  Strong foundation in adolescent development, trauma-informed care and assessment is preferred. 

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
School: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary:
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: 88 63 51 49 42
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 23 23 20 24 26
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 2 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 2 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 0 1 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 3 1 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3 2 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 10 12 15 3 20
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 42 15 38 42 52
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 2 3 3 2
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 0 0 2
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 1 1 0
Correctional Facility: 2 2 2 2 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 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: 0 1 0 0 0
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