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. The system of care is client-centered and family focused, and the types of services provided are dictated by the needs of the consumer and the family. These services are responsive to the cultural, racial, and ethnic differences of the populations served. The primary goal of service delivery is to address the emotional, behavioral, and developmental needs of clients in an attempt to obtain and maintain enhanced levels of functioning at home, in the school, at work, and in the community.
The Counseling/Psychotherapy Practicum prepares students for clinical practice by providing hands-on counseling and therapy experiences under the supervision of qualified and licensed professionals. Supervisory staff are committed to providing an atmosphere that facilitates the integration of knowledge, theory and clinical application. A strong emphasis is placed on developing and applying a theoretically based treatment plan with each client. Additionally, the program stresses the importance of student self-exploration and self-awareness as a valuable clinical tool.
Practicum opportunities in counseling/psychotherapy are available in the Child and Adolescent Program, the Child and Adolescent Crisis Program, the Youth Experiencing Success in Schools (Y.E.S.S.) Program, the Forensics Program, and at the River Valley Detention Center.
Interested and qualified persons should follow the ACEPT schedule and guidelines for application. For information, the website is ACEPT.