Program Information: University of Illinois at Chicago - Counseling Center (M/C 333)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1267
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of Illinois at Chicago
Department: Counseling Center (M/C 333)
Address: 1200 W Harrison Ste. 2010
Chicago, Illinois 60607-7164
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City: 0
Phone: 312-996-3490
Fax: 312-996-7645
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • University Counseling Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jeanette Simon
Chief Psychologist: Niccole Brusa
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 9
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/07/2023
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: 40000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Each intern has their own office, which includes a docking station for their laptop (which can travel between home and the office) and a printer, as well as access to clerical and technical support. Interns can use library, recreational, and computer facilities, and attend athletic and cultural events on campus. There are also University and local discounts available to interns as staff of the University.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical work day includes a variety of tasks: provision of therapy (individual, relationship, and group); intake assessment and crisis intervention; provision of supervision to an advanced doctoral extern; outreach and consultation; and participation in supervision, seminars and meetings.
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? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/01/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2023, 01/05/2023, 01/06/2023, 01/09/2023, 01/10/2023
Interview process description:

As has been the practice for many years prior to the pandemic, interviews will be conducted virtually (zoom with phone as a back-up option).  Interviews are typically 1 1/2 hours long, consisting of a 45-minute individual interview and a 45-minute group interview, all by members of the internship selection committee (which is comprised of clinical staff and two interns).  During the group interview, applicants are asked to respond to a short clinical vignette which they receive during the interview. Typically, we offer an optional open house which is not required and does not improve an applicant's final ranking; it is held for the benefit of candidates who would like to get to know us and our site better.   We have been offering this virtually since 2021 and anticipate continuing to do so. The intern selection committee will review and revise the interview process, as needed, and details will be clearly communicated to candidates. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: See our website for former Interns and their academic programs at:
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): 450
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 0
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
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
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: A minimum of 450 intervention hours are required by the application deadline; this represents a reduction in our typical minimum requirements in response to COVID-19. Applicants who have been matched to the UIC Counseling Center doctoral internship are required to successfully complete a criminal background check. University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.
Program Description

Interns provide individual and group therapy as well as intake assessment, case management, and crisis intervention; supervision for advanced doctoral externs, consultation, and outreach. Possible rotations are available in diversity equity and inclusion; community service; outreach; skills based group; and mind body programs. Seminars include multicultural counseling, group therapy, supervision of supervision, assessment (utilizing the clinical interview as the main assessment tool), and a seminar on various professional issues with rotating presenters.  Along with staff, interns also attend a weekly team meeting for intake disposition, assignment and consultation, and a bi-weekly group consultation meeting.  Interns receive a minimum of four hours of supervision per week. Our student body is extremely diverse in multiiple domains including race, ethnicity, age, SES, religion, sexual orientation, and presenting concerns. There is particular emphasis placed upon a multicultural perspective in all aspects of clinical and professional work. Supervisors have a range of theoretical orientations, including psychodynamic, relational, feminist, multicultural, CBT, ACT and mindfulness. We have an approximate 20 session individual therapy limit with the opportunity for interns to extend services for at least two clients for the entire training year.  Group therapy is unlimited for students and with a staff member, interns co-lead an interpersonal process group for the duration of the training year.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 113 134 158 98 109 127
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 40 40 48 40 40 40
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 2 2 1 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 2 2 3 2 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 3 2 4 2 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 2 0 2 1
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 6 2 6 2 0 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 10 22 56 18 29 34
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 1 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 2 4 1 4 4
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 1
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 2 2 2 1 1 1
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 2 2 2 1 3 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 1 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0