Department : Internship in Health Service Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1673
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium
Department: Internship in Health Service Psychology
Address: Outreach Community Counseling Center
336 Gundersen Drive, Suite A
Carol Stream, Illinois 60188
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 630-871-2100x108
Fax: 630-588-0824
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Consortium
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Consortium
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Jessica Marshall
Chief Psychologist: Jessica Marshall
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 17
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Position Information
Start Date: 08/05/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 29500
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits:
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): The internship requires 2000 clinical hours but absences for holidays, vacations, sickness, dissertation defense, etc will be arranged with supervisors. Interns are not eligible for health insurance through the agency but can apply for subsidized health insurance through Interns are eligible for a library account at Wheaton College. Stipends are as follows: $29,500 for CDPCC, Hesed, Meier Clinics, and OCCC/OCM; $31,200 for CCCOC and LCHC.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site see website ( for site by site descriptions
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? Yes
Details of the above affiliations One intern position is designated for a qualified doctoral student from Wheaton College Graduate School (PsyD program)
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/01/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: 1/12/2024, 1/19/2024
Interview process description:

If accepted for an interview, applicants virtually attend 1 of 2 CACTC Internship Interview Days offered in January (1/12 or 1/19). This will involve formal interviews with different site supervisors, video tours, and informal conversations with current interns. Applicants will be notified via email regarding their application status by 12/15.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adler University, Azusa Pacific University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Boston University, DePaul University, Divine Mercy University, Fuller Theological Seminary, George Fox University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Indiana University, Midwestern University, Southern Illinois University, Regent University, Roosevelt University, Rosemead School of Psychology (Biola), University of Mississippi, University of Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin - Madison, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Wheaton College
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: Yes, by ranking deadline
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):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-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: Yes
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: There is a specific format to be used for contents of cover letter to ensure goodness of fit and clarify rotation interests. See for details. Information about rotation-specific background checks, substance screenings, and COVID vaccinations requirements can be found at:
Program Description

CACTC is a vibrant learning and training community for interns. We have practice locations in a number of clinical contexts (medical clinics, outpatient community clinics/practices) throughout the Chicago metro area (Chicago and Western suburbs of Wheaton, Carol Stream and St. Charles). Supervisors are passionate about training the next generation of psychologists for competent practice as clinical-community psychologists who can work with a wide variety of persons (age, SES, race/ethnic backgrounds, etc.) and presenting problems. Interns have the opportunity to learn from faculty across all sites in weekly didactic seminars. Weekly time is protected for interns to socialize and receive peer consultation.

Mission: To equip and prepare future psychologists to work competently with all persons, including underserved populations (children/ adolescents, BIPOC communities, low income individuals, older adults, etc.) from a distinctly Christian perspective. This is accomplished through: EXPERIENCE working with many different underserved persons in a variety of clinical settings (urban, suburban); EXPOSURE to various therapeutic modalities geared to address the specific challenges faced by underserved groups; EXEMPLARS in the profession who share their passion for this work through supervision, mentoring and professional development; ENRICHED service provision through collaborative research projects geared towards cultivating enhanced perspectives in work with marginalized groups; EXTENDING this enriched perspective to foster a greater number of professionals to work competently with the underserved; and in all things, EXEMPLIFYING Jesus Christ in work with these persons. CACTC has been accredited with APA since 2002.

CACTC Partners: Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center (CDPCC)-Carol Stream, Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago (CCCoC)-Chicago, Hesed Psychological Services-St. Charles, Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC)-Chicago, Outreach-Carol Stream, Meier Clinics of Wheaton, and Wheaton College Graduate School of Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy.  

Rotations: Primary Rotations available all all sites (except Wheaton College). Website: Spanish speaking interns would have many opportunities to use/further develop their Spanish skills in a therapeutic context at all of the sites.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
HIV/AIDS: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Child: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: Experience (21% to 30%)
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
School: Experience (21% to 30%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Administration: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)

Behavioral Health Consultation Model offered at Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC) as a part of their integrated health care model.

Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago (CCCOC) has a focus on school groups throughout Chicago area, consultation/presentations to local community and churches; partnering with local churches to provide mental health care.

Hesed Psychological Services offers a neuropsychology clinic rotation for those interns who wish to specialize in neuropsychological testing of children, adolescents and adults that meets Houston Conference guidelines.

Meier Clinics of Wheaton offers day treatment/partial hospital rotations (focusing on adolescents and adults) that provide extensive training in group therapy modalities;

Specialty in Psychological testing offered at Outreach Counseling Center-Carol Stream (OCCC) - focus on learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, clarifying diagnosis (anxiety, depression) conduct/behavioral concerns in children, adolescents college age and adult populations. Adult testing is focused on clarifying diagnosis, pre-field assessments for those wanting to enter ministry; providing consultation to schools and missions organizations.

Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center, in addition to outpatient therapy and testing services, also provides opportunities for presentations in the community and therapeutic groups and clinical services with older adults. Some opportunities for working with Deaf clients may be available to interns fluent in ASL.

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
Number of Completed Applications: 45 61 36 36 58 72 72
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 34 47 34 33 42 51 40
Total number of interns: 7 6 6 6 7 6 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 6 6 6 7 6 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 0 3 1 1 1 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 5 6 3 5 6 5 3
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 6 6 5 6 7 6 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
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 6 3 0 6 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 31 64 44 46 59
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 2
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 0
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 3
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0