|Interview process description:
The Training Team at Illinois State University reviews applications and selects applicants for an interview. We generally look for a minimum of 500 hours of supervised practice, including 300 hours of direct clinical services. However, given that many practicum training experiences for the past several years may have been disrupted by COVID-19, we will focus more on whether applicants have acquired the necessary competencies in order to progress to internship training. We will notify applicants by email about their status and whether they have been selected for an interview at the latest by December 15, 2022. If an applicant is selected for an interview, they will be given a link to use in order to sign up for a slot. Interviews are held in early January. This year, interviews will be scheduled on Jan 3-6. Our interviews will be conducted via a HIPAA compliant Zoom platform. If an applicant does not have access to a secure internet connection, a phone interview will be offered. The interviews last approximately 45 minutes and are held with two members of the Intern Selection Committee. Following the interview, the applicant will have a separate and brief 15-20 min phone conversation with the Training Director in order to get any remaining questions answered and to have an opportunity to get acquainted. We offer Zoom (or phone if needed) interviews due to the expense of travel, desire for equity among applicants, and inclement weather that often occurs at this time of year. We recognize that some applicants may be interested in visiting the site prior to ranking decisions and we are open to discussing that option. Our current interns will all serve on the Intern Selection Committee, but if desired, applicants may request a time to speak separately with an intern.
Statement regarding COVID-19:
In mid-March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated changes to clinical service delivery, outreach/programming initiatives, and administrative operations at Student Counseling Services (SCS). All clinical services, outreach initiatives, training seminars, meetings, and supervision sessions were transitioned to online delivery using a HIPAA compliant Zoom platform. Following the quarantine period, most of our staff continued to work from home. Illinois State University closely followed the State of Illinois five phase Restore Illinois plan for guidance regarding the safe re-opening of campus for the fall 2021 semester and in August of 2021, the entire Student Counseling Services staff returned to the office full time. Student Counseling Services continues to deliver some clinical services in person, whereas other services, such as group therapy, continue to be delivered through a HIPAA compliant Zoom platform. Staff and trainees have returned to gathering for in-person meetings, training seminars, and supervision sessions while wearing face coverings. Since Student Counseling Services is classified as a “health care facility,” staff is required to wear face coverings in common spaces, during meetings, and while delivering clinical services. If staff members wish to remove their face covering while alone in their own offices, they are permitted to do so. Commonly used areas and “Zoom rooms” for students are subjected to additional cleaning measures. Illinois State University will continue to follow the benchmarks for the Restore Illinois plan. This means that if infection rates climb, the state may revert to prior phases, which may necessitate that more staff and trainees work from home. University-issued laptops and access to all clinical applications have been provided to staff and trainees. However, internet access will not be provided by the University; therefore, individuals are responsible for ensuring they have a reliable and secure Internet connection. During the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, there have not been any budgetary threats to our internship, externship, or postdoctoral residency programs and at this time, we do not expect there to be.
|We have matched with interns from these programs:
||The class for 2022-2023 includes interns from the University of Iowa, University of North Dakota, Midwestern University, and Wright State University. In prior years we have matched with many programs including the University of Maryland, Southern Illinois University, Iowa State University, Carlos Albizu University, Indiana University, Oklahoma State University, Regent University, Western Michigan University, Spalding University, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, and Loyola University, to name a few.