Program Information: Counseling and Consultation Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1270
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Northern Illinois University
Department: Counseling and Consultation Services
Address: 545 Lucinda Ave
Campus Life Building 200
DeKalb, Illinois 60115-2854
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City: 65 miles west of downtown Chicago
Phone: 815-753-1206
Fax: 815-753-9110
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jennifer Kestner
Chief Psychologist: Tim Paquette Ph.D.
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
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: 30000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Required employee contribution to individual retirement fund of employee's choosing, per state law
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Each day interns provide various services consistent with a university counseling center setting. This includes individual and group counseling, triage (initial consultation) appointments, crisis support, consultation, and outreach. Interns also develop diagnostic, referral, and substance use assessment competencies that are integrated into the services we provide. During the spring semester, interns supervise a practicum student and attend supervision of supervision. These opportunities and services are incorporated into an intern's daily schedule with supervision meetings and weekly training seminars.
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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Applicants who receive an interview invitation are scheduled for a video interview in January. Interviews are 50 minutes with two members of the selection committee and are followed by a separate 15-minute phone call with a current intern so the applicant can ask questions about the internship program and other related information. After the interview process is completed, candidates are welcome to schedule a tour or virtual tour of CCS as we continue to follow all health and safety guidelines at that time. Scheduling a tour/virtual tour is optional and does not improve a candidate's final ranking. 

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: 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:
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: Per university policy and state law, the official offer of a doctoral intern position is contingent on successful completion of a criminal background check (see CCS internship program website for additional details).
Program Description

The CCS doctoral internship in health service psychology is designed to assist interns in integrating the science and practice of psychology using a developmental mentoring training approach. The internship training focuses on providing psychological services as both an art and a science with the translation of theory and research into effective generalist practice. Our internship program incorporates the following training aims:

  1. The first program aim is to offer training and experiences to develop profession-wide competencies, including individual counseling, group counseling, assessment, crisis intervention, consultation and outreach, and supervision

    Interns provide individual counseling, co-facilitate a therapy group with a senior staff member, and meet with clients for initial consultation appointments. They regularly consult with on-campus and off-campus partners, and develop and implement outreach presentations. Assessment training is focused on diagnostic, referral, and substance use services that are integrated into the services we provide to the NIU student population. Interns also provide supervision to a practicum student during the spring semester and attend supervision of supervision meetings. We do not provide formal research training as part of the internship experience, although we support interns in completing their own doctoral research and incorporating research/literature into their work as specified above.

  2. The second program aim is to assist interns in developing profession-wide competencies related to their professional identities, values, attitudes, and behaviors as well as their communication and interpersonal skills.

    This process goes beyond clarifying and solidifying a foundational theoretical orientation and related counseling skills to developing increased awareness of individual strengths, areas for growth, and an emerging professional identity in a variety of roles. We are committed to providing interns experiences that are sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity as they engage in the daily responsibilities of psychologists who work in university counseling centers.

    One way our program meets this aim is through a year-long specialization focus in a clinical area of interest. The specialization component allows interns to develop both breadth and depth of competencies in their area of interest while exploring the existing literature and integrating it into their practice. Each intern specialization plan also includes a multicultural component focused on a designated student population that intersects with the clinical area of interest. Once the specialization area is decided upon at the start of the internship year, an intern works with her or his specialization supervisor to develop a specific plan with identified goals across a variety of activities. The range of activities includes clinical interventions (e.g., individual and possibly group counseling), outreach programming, and consultation and collaboration with others on campus. 

  3. The third program aim is to integrate individual and multicultural diversity competency as well as ethical/legal competency into the development of the competencies specified above. This occurs within the context of an intern's provision of various clinical services, discussions in supervision, and training seminars that are offered in these areas as well as the diversity of CCS clients, who reflect the diversity of the NIU student population.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income:

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: 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
Number of Completed Applications: 57 60 44 61 25
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 30 28 20 35 22
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 3 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 14 6 14 4 7
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 40 10 32 21 32
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: 1 1 2 0 3
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
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 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 2 2 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 1 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: 1 0 1 3 3
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 1 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0