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Internship Training Activities

Interns provide clinical services in the form of individual, group and family treatment as well as intake, crisis intervention and assessments. They receive two hours of individual and two hours of group supervision each week, attend weekly seminars and didactics, a monthly offsite training day and participate in other meetings and seminars throughout the internship. Clinical services and training are primarily provided at the Illinois Youth Center with the monthly full day training occurring at the Adler University campus. Interns have access to the electronic journal resources of Adler University, IT support and attendance at numerous workshops and activities provided by the University to support their internship training and learning opportunities. 

Typical Clinical Activities for Interns

Direct individual therapy - 10 hours per week (approx. 8-10 cases)

Crisis intervention/Brief treatment services - 8 hours per week (approx. 10 cases)

Intake services - 2 hours per week coverage

Psychological assessment/testing - Minimum of 6 comprehensive batteries over course of training year

Weekly Supervision

Individual supervision - 2 hours per week (1 hour with two different licensed clinical supervisors)

Group supervision - 2 hours per week with a licensed clinical supervisor

Triage meeting - 1 hour per week culminated from a brief daily required meeting with the Mental Health Treatment Administrator

Monthy Seminars

Diversity and Socially Responsible Practice - 1 hour 

Evidence-based Practice - 1 hour 

Clinical Supervision - 1 hour 

Special Topics/Invited Speakers - 1 hour

Formal Case Conceptualization - 2 hours 

Weekly Seminars

Assessment - 1 hour 

Intervention - 1 hour

Ethics and Professional Development - 1 hour

Other Meetings and Activities

Extern Supervision/Mentorship - 1 hour weekly

Monthly Therapy Case Conference - 12, two-hour sessions

Monthly Program Review - 12, one-hour meetings

Monthly Youth Center Mental Health Department meeting - 12, one-hour meetings


Each intern is assigned two training supervisors who are licensed clinical psychologists. Interns meet one hour per week for supervision with each of the two supervisors. Interns also participate in a two hour group supervision meeting weekly with a licensed training supervisor.