Program Information: Student Counseling Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1279
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Illinois State University
Department: Student Counseling Services
Address: 320 Student Services Building
Campus Box 2420
Normal, Illinois 61790-2420
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 130 miles southwest of Chicago
Phone: 309-438-5096x
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: Regina Meyer
Chief Psychologist: Regina Meyer
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
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: 35568
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): Own office, computer with internet, state of the art video-recording capacities, University privileges, library access, professional development/travel funds, HIPAA complaint telehealth platform (if needed)
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns may see 3 clients, conduct an initial consultation appointment, participate in supervision, and attend a meeting or training seminar on a typical day. Some days interns participate in group therapy, provide outreach, or may spend time working on a setting specific rotation project.
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: 11/11/2021 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: 01/03/2022
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.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
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.
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: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 0
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 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:
Program Description

With our developmental-mentoring training model, we are committed to excellence in training in the context of a comprehensive service delivery system that offers clinical, career, training, psychiatric, and developmental services to a diverse university community. The three aims of the internship training program are: 1) To provide training in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of high quality, professional, and comprehensive psychological services to clients in a counseling center setting. Activities include training in individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and assessment. 2) To provide training in the general practice of professional psychology. The intent of this aim is to provide assistance to interns in the process of professional identification, integration and socialization, and development of multicultural competency. Activities include intern training seminars and case conferences, diversity seminar, and professional development activities to assist interns in the process of professional identification, integration of learning, and socialization. Focus on professional ethics and multicultural sensitivity, humility, and competence is emphasized. 3) To provide training in a variety of activities associated with university counseling centers. Our training program offers a broad scope of training opportunities designed for a university population, some of which may vary depending on the current focus of the center. All interns will obtain training and experience in our Program Specific Competency of Preventative Programming. This competency entails involvement in a variety of activities commonly associated with counseling centers including liaison work with an academic support unit or another University entity and engaging in various forms of outreach services and sponsored programs such as the Voices of Discovery cultural dialogue program. In addition, interns will gain further experience in activities commonly associated with counseling center work by involvement in a setting specific option each semester. The focal area will allow interns to address profession-wide competencies of intervention at a group or organizational level. Interns are expected to develop skills in one of the setting specific options each semester; options include supervision, research and program evaluation, eating disorder prevention, multicultural outreach, adminsitration skill development, and athletics consultation. Interns will have an opportunity to offer daytime emergency services beginning in the fall semester and overnight on-call emergency services beginning in the spring semester. A clear strength of the internship program is the amount and quality of supervision. Each intern receives three hours of individual clinical supervision from two clinical supervisors, one and a half hours each week for case conference, and a half hour of co-leader supervision of group. In addition, interns have the opportunity to interact with and to be supervised by professional staff in group psychotherapy, supervision of supervision, and crisis intervention. Interns receive supervision in all professional areas which reflects our commitment to training. Student Counseling Services has a strong commitment to anti-racism, cultural humility, and deconstruction of White supremacy. As a staff, we gather for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion meetings weekly in order to review our efforts and actions toward these goals and interns are a valued part of these meetings. The program was re-accredited in 2017 for 10 years by the American Psychological Association. Questions about accredidation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington DC 20002, Phone: (202)335-5979/ Email:  Web:


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: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

While some of our clients present with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, cultural issues of many kinds, and health issues, our campus is a predominantly white campus, with college students that are mostly of a traditional age. We strive to provide a diverse training experience by assigning clients with different backgrounds and presenting concerns to achieve a rich and diverse training experience. Our testing and assessment involves personality testing, clinical assessments, and vocational assessments, but we do not offer testing for learning disabilities, intelligence testing, or projectives. We typically do not train in manualized treatments but draw on evidence based practice to inform our approach to treatment, being mindful of the client's needs and cultural background, and including research evidence about building effective therapy relationships. Training provides some opportunities to engage in multidisciplinary care, working with providers such as psychiatrists and eating disorder specialists in primary care through our ECATT (Eating Concerns Assessment and Treatment Team).

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: 49 59 52 31 51
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 30 32 32 31 32
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 4 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 0 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 1 2 3 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 3 2 1 2
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 7 0 3 0 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 39 29 36 10 20
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 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 2 2 1 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 1 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: 1 1 1 1 3
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 1 0 1 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 2 2 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 1