Student Clinical Training Program

Student Clinical Training Program

Training for Interns and Practicum Students

The Clinical Training Program of the Behavioral Health Division of the Will County Health Department is an APPIC (Association of Postdoctoral and Internship Centers) accredited and ACEPT (Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training) member program that trains interns and practicum students from the numerous universities and professional schools in the Chicagoland area and from all other parts of the United States.

In addition to providing direct mental health service delivery, training staff assist with administrative functions, conduct outreach services, and participate in community projects and initiatives, such as Road to Reality and the Chicagoland ACEPT Practicum Fair. Additionally, they attend and participate in health department meetings, staffings, and events. 

The training for students offers applied practice of clinical psychology in a community mental health setting, a school-based mental health program (Youth Experiencing Success in Schools-Y.E.S.S.), the youth and adult crisis programs,and the forensic program.  In addition to direct service delivery and case management, students participate in weekly didactic training along with group and individual supervision. Doctoral candidates and Bachelor and Master level students are prepared for clinical practice and to be future leaders in service delivery, teaching and training. The supervisory training staff is comprised of several licensed psychologists who take a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary approach to service delivery, clinical application, teaching and instruction.

Adult Psychiatry

Adult Psychiatry

Providing Community Based Mental Health Outpatient Services

Adult Psychiatric Services are now handled at the Will County Health Department Community Health Center. Call 815-727-8670.

Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

Provides Training to Doctoral Interns

The APPIC accredited Professional and Clinical Psychology Internship Program’s mission is to provide an organized training and educational experience in psychology to doctoral interns and to assist participants in developing proficiencies in the provision of psychological services to adults, children, families, and legally-involved individuals, in preparation for the role of clinical psychologist.

Psychodiagnostic Testing Practicum

Prepares Interns to Properly Assess Clients

The Professional and Clinical Training Program is part of the Division of Behavioral Health Programs of the Will County Health Department and a longstanding member of ACEPT (Association of Chicagoland Externship and Training). The training programs serve adults, children, and adolescents with serious emotional illness, and often chronic mental illness. Also included are forensic mental health consumers.

Services Provided

Description of Services

Comprehensive Psychiatric Outpatient Services shall be in accordance with the services set forth by DHS/DMH Medicaid Rule 132:
  • All services shall be provided by physicians licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987.
  • Such physicians are either Board-Certified or Board-Eligible in psychiatry with experience in providing clinical psychiatric services to adults


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Provides Community Based Mental Health Outpatient Services

Serving the Will County area in two separate locations the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatric Services provide community-based mental health outpatient services through a staff of two Board Certified psychiatrists with specializations in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for those children and adolescents who are experiencing serious emotional disturbance. Priority for receiving services is reserved for those individuals being discharged or deflected from a community or State Operated Facility (SOF) inpatient psychiatric unit. Patients discharged by a SASS referred community hospital C&A inpatient unit or Saint Joseph’s Medical Center comprise by far the majority of patients served on a priority basis. Also included are Medicare, Medicaid and Medicaid Expansion recipients.

Contact Central Intake at 815-727-8521 (8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday).



Eligibility for Services

Who is Eligible

Adults 18 years old and older who meet the following criteria:

  • Persons who have had multiple, or lengthy admissions to an SOF and/or community-based inpatient psychiatric facilities.
  • Persons who may be at imminent risk of hospitalization or who may be in need of less restrictive but still more intensive services that are available in the community.


Admissions Process

Contact Central Intake at 815-727-8521 (8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday). 

An Admissions staff member will process your request for services, review your eligibility for service, and if you meet our admission criteria, schedule an appointment with a counselor.

Services Provided

Description of Services

Comprehensive Psychiatric Outpatient Services shall be in accordance with the services set forth by DHS/DMH Medicaid Rule 132:
  • All services shall be provided by physicians licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987.
  • Such physicians are either Board-Certified or Board-Eligible in psychiatry with experience in providing clinical psychiatric services to children and adolescents


Eligibility for Services

Who is Eligible

Adults 17 years old and younger who meet the following criteria:

  • Children and Adolescents who have had multiple, or lengthy admissions to a SOF and/or community-based inpatient psychiatric facilities.
  • Children and Adolescents who may be at imminent risk of hospitalization or who may be in need of less restrictive but still more intensive services that are available in the community.
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