|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 in 2020 and perhaps 2021 were disrupted by COVID-19, for the coming year we will suspend this requirement and instead 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, 2021. 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 3-7. 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. If the pandemic is controlled at that time, we can discuss that option. Our current interns will all serve on the Intern Selection Committee, but if desired, applicants may request a time to speak briefly 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 and outreach services were transitioned to online delivery using a HIPAA compliant Zoom platform. In addition, all meetings, training seminars, supervision sessions, case conferences, and professional development activities were also transitioned to an online format. Illinois State University has been closely following the State of Illinois five phase Restore Illinois plan for guidance regarding the safe re-opening of campus for the fall 2021 semester. Because the state of Illinois met the requirements for transitioning into Phase Five of the plan during the summer of 2021, the university will return to a full “in-person campus experience,” meaning all classes and most students activities will take place in person for the fall 2021 semester. Student Counseling Services will likely deliver some clinical services in person (depending on client and clinician preferences and availability of space), whereas other services, such as group therapy, will be likely be delivered through a HIPAA compliant Zoom platform. Many SCS staff will return to the office in the fall of 2021 but may continue to deliver some services through Zoom. Some of the smaller meetings, such as supervision sessions and training seminars will be offered in person, whereas larger meetings may need to be conducted via Zoom with staff remaining in their individual offices. Additional future guidance related to our classification as a “health care facility” may impact the policies regarding face covering usage in the office. Currently, cloth face coverings must be worn in common spaces, during meetings, and while delivering clinical services. If staff members wish to remove their cloth face covering while alone in their own offices, they are permitted to do so. Commonly used areas and “Zoom rooms” for students will be 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. In that case, University-issued laptops and access to all clinical applications will be 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 2021-2022 includes interns from Western Michigan University, Midwestern University, Ball State University, and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In prior years we have matched with many programs including the University of Maryland, Southern Illinois University, Iowa State University, Carlos Albizu University, University of Iowa, Indiana University, Oklahoma State University, Regent University, Spalding University, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, and Loyola University, to name a few.