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.

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.

Substance Abuse Practicum

Training Related to Patient Screening

The purpose of the Substance Abuse Practicum is to provide student trainees with supervised, practical experience in a community mental setting and in the two Joliet Township High Schools. Prerequisite to the practicum and field site experiences is satisfactory completion of all or most of the core courses and approval of the academic faculty for enrollment in practicum.

Community Service Practicum

Exposure to Concepts of Social Justice and Change

The Community Service Practicum (CSP) is a unique non-clinical experience, meant to expose future practitioners to concepts of social justice and social change, and to instill in them the ethos and the skill set necessary to engage in socially responsible practice. Students ordinarily spend six months on this practicum.
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