Adler Juvenile Justice Internship

Adler Juvenile Justice Internship Program Goal

The primary objective of Adler Community Health Services' (ACHS) American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited Adler Juvenile Justice Internship Program (AJJI) is to prepare interns for entry level clinical psychology practice who are grounded in the foundational scientific knowledge of the profession and who have applied functional skills for competent practice. A second and related objective is to prepare interns for entry-level practice that integrates socially responsible practice skills and an appreciation of social justice issues. Upon completion of the internship program, interns will have developed proficiency in key areas of clinical intervention, diagnostic assessment, professional development, multicultural issues, and professional ethics and standards.

The program is a collaboration between Adler University and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.  ACHS provides behavioral health services to incarcerated male youths at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles, IL. 

The Adler Juveline Justice Internship Program at Adler Community Health Services is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), and is a member of the Association of Psychology Post-Doctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).

Program Outcomes

Upon completion, Adler Juvenile Justice Interns are expected to demonstrate:

  • entry-level competence in effective relationships as a means of engaging and helping other;
  • entry level competence in consultation, diagnostic and assessment, and intervention skills;
  • entry-level competence in clinical supervision and management of professional activities;
  • entry-level competence in the knowledge, respect and sensitivity for individual and cultural diversity dimensions and integration of intersectionality in clinical practice;
  • appreciation for holistic understanding of individuals and competency applying contextual, systemic and structural influences on health and wellbeing into clinical assessment and interventions;
  • commitment to the highest standards of professional ethics; and
  • understanding and application of the local clinical scientist model

For information on how to apply for the Adler Juvenile Justice Internship program, admission criteria, and selection procedures, visit the application page.

Click here for the Adler Juvenile Justice Internship program brochure.

Internship Admission, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Click here for the aggregate post-doctoral positions of the previous three intern year cohorts.

Click here for the internship program admission requirements.

Click here for the internship program financial and benefit support.

Core Clinical Training Team

  • Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D., Executive Director
  • Cara Murphy, Psy.D., Director of Training
  • John Tirado, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist
  • Wendell Carpenter, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist
  • Kevin Whitson, Psy.D., Mental Health Treatment Administrator IYC

Accreditation

The Adler Juvenile Justice Internship Program at Adler Community Health Services is accredited by the American Psychological Association.  The Commission on Accreditation of the APA can be contacted at:

Commission on Accreditation
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First St. NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979
apaaccred@apa.org