Program Information: Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1780
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Jewish Child and Family Services (formerly Jewish Children's Bureau)
Department: Psychological Services
Address: Elaine Kersten Children's Center
255 Revere Dr. Suite 200
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City: Northside of Chicago and 20 miles northwest of Chicago
Phone: 847-412-4366x
Fax: 847-412-4360
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Alysa Slay
Chief Psychologist: Alysa Slay
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 07/11/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 27300
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): mileage reimbursement, Federal and Jewish holidays off
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Each day is different - interns do therapy, testing, provide consultation, receive and give supervision, attend staff meetings, a portion of each day would be spent engaged in a variety of activitities
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: 11/05/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

JCFS will host at least 2 different virtual interview days for intern candidates. The virtual interview day will consist of a rotating interviews with different members of the department, as well as current interns. The  interview process will take approximately 2.5 hours. Once the interview process is complete, the Intern Selection Committee will rank order intern candidates. For the 2022-2023 training year, we will be conducting all interviews virtually, and sharing a virtual tour of our facility.  In keeping with the recent APPIC Board of Directors survey data (July 15, 2021) and guidance, we will be doing all virtual interviews and tours of our facility.  Approximately 16 applicants are interviewed each year.  Interviews are typically conducted in early to mid January.  Applicants will be notified by email if they are being invited to interview. 

Applicants will be ranked and notified of internship offers in accordance with the APPIC guidelines.

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 Chicago School, Adler University, Roosevelt University, Spaulding University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Midwestern University, Loyola University and more
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 start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 575
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 150
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology 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: Employment is contingent upon: • Satisfactory professional reference, previous employment, and education verifications • Proof of required licenses, certifications, registrations, and regulatory documents • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical exam and fingerprinting • Confirmation you are legally authorized to work in the United States ***As of September 5, 2021, JCFS Chicago does require that all clinical staff (including interns and practicum students) in the outpatient mental health programs are fully vaccinated for COVID19 and that proof of vaccination is submitted to the Human Resource Department. Exceptions can be made for medical and/or religious beliefs. Individuals who are unable to be vaccinated will be required to have at a minimum weekly COVID19 testing in order to be on site.
Program Description

Our program’s specific aims are anchored in the profession-wide competencies expected of a health
service psychologists and around which our training program is structured. Our aims align with
these competencies which in turn guide the development and implementation of our program, the
expectations for our interns, and evaluation of our program’s outcomes. Our program aims to:
Generalist Health Service Psychologist
To recruit and train ethical, skilled, and culturally sensitive health service psychologists who will be
prepared for entry level practice and postdoctoral practice working with children, adolescents, and
families in a clinical setting. Our intern selection process, experiential training activities tied to service
delivery, supervision, and didactic training experiences support this aim.
Integration of Practice and Science
To provide training in the practice of taking an evidence-based practice approach to assessment,
intervention, and consultation with diverse populations. We strive to support interns in developing the
skills to apply clinical theory and empirical research into case conceptualizations, treatment planning,
and clinical interventions. This is accomplished through seminars, individual supervision, consultation,
group supervision, readings, and familiarizing interns with an evidence-based practice approach that
balances available research, clinician expertise, client’s presentation, and the overall system in which
one is practicing.
Professional Identity
To facilitate intern’s professional identity as health service psychologists by providing a training
experience whereby the intern balances the many roles a generalist practitioner may have (ex.
therapist, evaluator, consultant, and supervisor). Psychology supervisors serve as role models for
this type of practice and Intern Seminar time is devoted to discussions of professional issues for
entry-level psychologists such as licensure requirements, continuing education opportunities, career
development, and work/life balance.
Collaboration and Openness to Learning
As an agency comprised of psychologists, social workers, speech and language pathologist,
occupational therapists, substance abuse specialist, grief & loss specialists, educators, community
resource specialist, and career counselors, we value the role collaboration plays in service delivery
and ongoing learning. We aim to develop the intern’s capacity to work collaboratively with psychology
colleagues and professionals from other disciplines both within and outside our organization.
Throughout internship, interns are given opportunities to meet one on one with Directors of the
Community Counseling Center (LCSWs) during orientation, they attend the bi-weekly Community
Counseling Center staff meetings along with psychology supervisors, social workers, and trainees from
other disciplines. A key component of the training year is serving as a consultant to the Integrative
Pediatric Therapies program, providing regular access to a multi-disciplinary team for their own cases,
in addition to providing consultation. Interns are consistently linked to agency specialists for input and
resources related to their clients. Lastly, interns are encouraged by supervisors to pursue learning on
their own as it relates to their clients.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: 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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
School: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Religion/Spirituality: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

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: 48 36 28 27 32
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 16 16 16 16 16
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 2 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 2 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 1 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 10 10 10 10
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 50 50 60 50
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 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 1 1 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 1 0 0 0 1
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: 0 0 1 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 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: 0 1 1 2 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0