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APA Accredited Doctoral Internship Program

The doctoral internship program at UIC Counseling Center has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1986. The program was most recently re-accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA) in 2013. Our next site visit is scheduled for 2020. The CoA can be contacted at the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation 750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002-4242 Phone: 202-336-5979 TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123. The Center is also accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services.

The internship is a full-time, 40-45 hour/week program that incorporates a developmental model of training, encouraging increasing levels of independence for trainees as their capabilities expand, while supervision is maintained as the cornerstone of the training program. The internship is 2000 hours and is structured with approximately 75% time for direct and indirect services and 25% time for supervision and didactic seminars. As part of the staff, interns are invited to participate in many of the administrative structures and functions of the setting, including clinical meetings and the Multicultural Staff Meeting. Input from interns and is highly valued and remains an integral part of helping to shape the quality and direction of our training programs.

The Counseling Center is staffed by Licensed Clinical Psychologists, Staff Therapists, and a Psychiatrist, and emphasizes direct service provision. The Counseling Center functions as the comprehensive mental health agency for the UIC student community. As such, clinical intakes, crisis intervention, individual psychotherapy, couples therapy, general and specialized group therapies, case management, systems linkage and advocacy are major responsibilities for all psychological staff, interns and externs. The Counseling Center also affords considerable opportunities to work with other disciplines and programs across the University.

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