Program Information: Behavioral Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2203
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Primary Care Psychology Associates
Department: Behavioral Health
Address: 160 E. Grand
Suite 500
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Country: United States
Metro Area: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 847-686-0090x127
Fax: 847-686-0090
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Private Outpatient Clinic
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Shauna Freedman
Chief Psychologist:
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 8
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/27/2022
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: 24000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Professional Development Stipend of $150 to be used towards conferences/workshops.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Intervention, assessment, trainings, supervision, consultation
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?No
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: 11/04/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/22/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/12/2022
Interview process description:

Applicants will be invited for a virtual interview. Interview days will be approximately 3-4 hours and include: individual interviews, group interview, and lunch with current interns. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
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: Yes
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by start of internship
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: 550
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Not 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 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:
Program Description

Primary Care Psychology Associates (PCPA) is a private group practice of psychologists and social workers. PCPA offers dynamic outpatient health psychology services to adult and pediatric populations throughout the Chicagoland area. PCPA has strong relationships with local primary care providers, including Internal Medicine and Pediatric Providers, Specialists, and Psychiatrists. Services provided include evidence-based time-limited therapy, long-term therapy services, psychological assessment, and consultations with physicians.

PCPA’s mission is to promote behavioral health across the lifespan through easy-access, excellent interdisciplinary team and integrated care. PCPA is committed to providing the highest quality of assessment, consultation, and therapy services. We work in collaboration with the primary care and specialty physicians, as well as community agencies to foster patient wellness and satisfaction in a warm, therapeutic, and respectful manner. Training at PCPA is unique in that Interns gain first hand experience in being a core part of a group practice merged with ongoing collaboration with offsite Primary Care Providers.

Psychology Internship Program Overview

PCPA’s psychology internship has two tracks (Pediatric Psychology and Adult Behavioral Medicine). 

Our 12-month psychology internship is designed to integrate your formal academic preparation with comprehensive clinical training. The aim of the clinical training experience is to expose interns in both tracks to the following:

  • Assessment, treatment, and consultation within a range of treatment modalities 

  • Opportunities to consult with primary care physicians

  • A variety of theoretical orientations (e.g. cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, relational-interpersonal, family systems, solution-focused, ACT, Adlerian)

  • Diverse developmental (children, adolescents, adults, elderly) and ethnic populations.


Pediatric Psychology Track  - (MATCH CODE: 220311)

The pediatric psychology division of Primary Care Psychology Associates, LLC includes clinicians who provide therapy, assessment, and consultation for children, adolescents, and families. As an intern within this division, you will be exposed to a range of difficulties commonly presented in children and adolescents, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep difficulties, and adjustment difficulties. Training will also focus on health-related issues as they impact psychological and family functioning.

Adult Behavioral Medicine Track  - (MATCH CODE: 220312)

The adult behavioral medicine division of Primary Care Psychology Associates, LLC includes therapy (individual, couples, or family) and assessment (Psychoeducational Testing, Full Psychological Evaluations, and specific diagnostic clarification). Common presenting problems include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, adjustment to illness, life transitions, ADHD, relationship concerns, managing medication compliance, and managing chronic physical illness. 


Why an Internship with PCPA?

  • Opportunity to gain experience and learn the ins and outs of group practice

  • Become a part of a team where we treat each other with respect and professionalism.

  • From externs to the CEO, we all work here and take pride in the practice environment we create together

  • Obtain outstanding training in health psychology in an outpatient setting

  • Opportunity to consult with leading primary care physicians throughout the Chicagoland area

  • Gain direct clinical hours providing therapy and assessment services to a wide range of presenting problems with diverse populations

  • Learn evidence-based treatments within a short-term therapy model

  • Work and learn within a supportive and caring environment with a dynamic supervisory team of dedicated Psychologists

  • Work in the heart of downtown Chicago and one of Chicago’s most exciting neighborhoods-- all accessible by public transportation

 ****Please note, PCPA requires that all employees and trainees are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and that proof of vaccination is submitted to the Human Resources Department. Exceptions can be made for medical and/or religious beliefs****

For more information, please see PCPA's Psychology Internship Training Brochure that can be found on under the Training/Career Opportunities Tab. 

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:

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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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 :


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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:
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)

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: 123 103 0 61 92
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 25 25 0 17 24
Total number of interns: 3 3 0 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 0 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 0 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 0 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
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 10 15 0 10 10
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 12 28 0 20 30
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: 3 3 3 0 3
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 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: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 3 0 0 1
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 0 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: 1 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 2 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 1 0 2
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0