Community-based Training Settings

Community Mental Health Services

Adler Community Health Services (ACHS) provides community mental health services, informed by the mission of Adler University, through clinicians who promote, engage and advance socially responsible practice via partnerships with community facilities. ACHS has been recognized as a leader in the provision of services for the underserved.

The ACHS service delivery model is designed to provide culturally-appropriate and evidence-informed clinical services to underserved youth, adults, couples, families, and groups presenting with a wide range of mental health and substance use problems that may be a product of trauma exposure, community and social stressors, opportunity gaps, and/or biological influences.  

ACHS is composed of three divisions, the Division of Community Health Chicago, the Division of Community Health Vancouver, and the Division of Juvenile Justice Illinois, each with unique service programs.  The Division of Juvenile Justice Illinois trains doctoral psychology students through a health services psychologist model with an emphasis in forensic psychological practice.  In addition, students are educated in the social and policy issues surrounding youth and incarceration.

Illinois Youth Center at St. Charles

The Illinois Youth Center-St. Charles is a 300 bed facility for adolescent males aged 13 to 20 years old.  It is located in the far western suburbs of Chicago (about 50 miles west of downtown).  IYC-St. Charles includes a Reception and Classification unit, a medium security general population, and a special treatment unit for youth with serious mental illness.  Interns will have exposure to youth in all of these populations.  There are approximately 100 acres of grounds with ten different housing units within the fence.  Originally, IYC-St. Charles was a residential facility for juveniles, and dates back to the early 1900’s.  Mature trees, brick buildings, and a small lake are found on the grounds.  Each housing unit, or “cottage,” is assigned a psychologist, a youth and family counselor, and security staff.  Each youth is seen in an interdisciplinary case staffing once per month and is mandated to attend school (on grounds) until they obtain their high school diploma or GED.  All youth are eligible to receive services and can request to participate in a variety of mental health services including group and individual therapy.  Mental health treatment services, medical services, and educational services are all provided on grounds at this facility.