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 psychodiagnostic practicum prepares training participants to ethically, accurately, and effectively select, administer, score, interpret, and communicate findings of appropriate assessment methods informed by approved and accepted psychometric standards sensitive to the diverse characteristics and needs of clients. In addition to administering, analyzing, and interpreting assessment tools, students learn how to integrate findings into accurate diagnoses and appropriate recommendations.
Specific components of training include the examination of the elements of the clinical interview, including the principles and methods of intellectual, objective, and projective clinical adult, child/adolescent, and forensic assessment. Students gain exposure to the most widely used assessment tools measuring cognitive and socio-emotional functioning and personality. With several licensed psychologists on staff, students benefit from close guidance in clinical practice, individual and group supervision, case consultation, interdisciplinary staffings, and didactic and other trainings. Practicum work in psychodiagnostics is available in Child and Adolescent, Forensics, 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