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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1939
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: MiraCare Neuro Behavioral Health
Department: Private Practice
Address: 11800 S. 75th Ave. (Lake Katherine Drive)
3rd Floor
Palos Heights, Illinois 60463
Country: United States
Metro Area: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City: 25 miles southwest of Chicago
Phone: 708-671-8440x
Fax: 708-671-8446
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Private Outpatient Clinic
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Private Psychiatric Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Julie Johnson Psy.D
Chief Psychologist: Christopher Higgins
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 18
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 08/05/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 12
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 31000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 2 weeks vacation days (10 working days); 1 day for dissertation defense; 5 sick days, 6 holidays and 2 additional days of significance or religious holidays
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical day includes supervision, 5-6 clinical hours (type depending on track), documentation, and other clinical support activities. Please see our brochure for more details about our Clinical Tracks, responsibilities, goals and expectations of the internship.
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: 11/12/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is:
Interview notification date: 12/15/2023
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Interviews will be held the month of January beginning on January 6 - the dates and times are TBD.  To provide greater equity and access and decrease the costs associated with interviews for prospective candidates, we will continue to only offer virtual interviews.  We will provide updates as we have more information regarding dates, times, and lengths of the virtual interviews.  There will be an opportunity to meet with the Training Directors, supervisors, and current interns of each track.  

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, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus, Illinois School of Professional Psychology/NLU, Midwestern University, University of Northern Colorado, California Lutheran University, Carlos Albizu University-Miami Campus, Midwestern University - Glendale, Nova Southeastern University, , Ponce Health Sciences University, Eastern Kentucky University, University of Indianapolis, University of Hartford, and Azusa Pacific University.
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 start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 450
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable): 550
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable):
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 Not 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: Other requirements include a sample psychological testing report without identifying information for the testing track. We require 3 years of practica experience. Anticipated hours in the fall semester will be noted in the application review process. Upon starting the internship, MiraCare requires a COVID vaccination (or complete an exemption or declination form), a background check and drug test. If you are matched to a track that will be in the hospital, you will be required to have a flu and Hepatitis B vaccine or complete a declination form. A TB test is also required.
Program Description

MiraCare Neuro Behavioral Health (formerly Palos Behavioral Health Professionals) primarily is a child/adolescent- and family-driven practice. We are housed in the MiraCare System which includes all levels of care: inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient services.  Our Internship Program offers three different tracks that include one of more of these levels of care.  We currently combine the knowledge and expertise of more than 20 clinical staff to offer individual, couples, family, and group therapies. We also offer psychological assessment, psychiatry services, and psychoneurotherapy services. Many of our referrals come from primary care physicians, local school districts, other mental health/medical providers, and as recommendations from other patients. We treat a diverse range of patients in terms of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, diagnosis, and severity.  

Our APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Doctoral Internship Program is a significant component in the development of exceptional and independently functioning clinical psychologists. Our internship, based upon the Practitioner-Scholar training model, provides a challenging combination of experiences, offering interns both breadth and depth in their training that is rooted in a balance between theoretical orientation, empirically-based methods, and our staff’s wealth of clinical experience. Through exposure to various theoretical orientations, clinical experiences, and feedback from clinicians within the practice, interns learn and develop proficiency in core clinical and professional competencies, treat a broad range of clinical presentations as a provider and member of a team, and develop their own clinical psychology identity. Training includes clinical exposure, supervision, didactic training, theoretical exploration and development, and consultations with multiple members of the clinical team. 

Please see our website and brochure for more detailed information and infomation about our three different trakcs.




Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Low income: Yes
Other: Partial Hosptializations

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: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Group Therapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Experience (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
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 :


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

Exposure to and introduction to psychoneurotherapy (including neurofeedback)


We have three different clinical tracks that you can choose to apply to.  Please see our brochure for a description of each:

Assessment and Outpatient Therapy

Outpatient Therapy and Acute Care Therapy

Outpatient Therapy

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: 40 55 36 54 56 96
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 15 25 28 32 32 70
Total number of interns: 2 5 6 8 8 16
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 5 6 8 8 16
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 0 0 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 4 6 8 8 15
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 5 6 8 8 15
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 12 10 6 8 10 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 20 45 58 56 44 66
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: 1
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 0
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 7
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0