Department : 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: 309-438-5397
Training Director Email:
Co-Training Director Email:
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: Megan Gu
Chief Psychologist: Carrie Haubner
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2024
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: 37548
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
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns may see 3 clients, conduct a triage 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 StudentsYes
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: 11/10/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/15/2023
Tentative interview date: 01/02/2022-01/08/2022
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 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, 2023. 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 the weekdays between January 2-8, 2024. 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 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.


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 2023-2024 includes interns from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Spaulding University, and California Baptist University. In prior years we have matched with many programs including the University of Maryland, University of North Dakota, Wright State University, 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.
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): 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 0
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Does your program require applicants to submit supplemental materials (i.e., an assessment report and/or a case/treatment summary):
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:
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. 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, 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 hour 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. 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
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
People without housing:

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: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
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 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications: 49 59 52 31 51 45 72
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 30 32 32 31 32 33 45
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 4 2 2 2 2 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 0 2 2 2 2 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 1 2 3 2 2 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 3 2 1 2 2 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 7 0 3 0 2 0 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 39 29 36 10 20 12 21
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2022-2023 2023-2024
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0 0
Consortium: 0 0
University Counseling Center: 4 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0 0
Psychiatric facility: 0 0
Correctional facility: 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0
School district/system: 0 0
Independent practice setting: 0 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0 0
Link to Program's Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data: