JCFS is proud to have an established and comprehensive clinical training program for individuals on the path to becoming a clinical psychologist.
We offer the following training tracks:
- Therapy and Advanced Therapy Practicum
- APA-accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship
- Diagnostic Practicum
- Post-Doctoral Internship
For over 18 years, JCFS has been accepting students from affiliated universities in the fields of social work, psychology, special education, speech/language therapy, dance/movement therapy and art therapy. Our diverse services allow for rich learning experiences in foster care, group homes, outpatient counseling, intensive therapeutic services, early intervention and therapeutic special education. We are committed to structuring training experiences that provide professional development for both staff and students. We value trainees from diverse backgrounds and strongly encourage applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds to apply to our program.
All of our trainees become integrated members of the Psychological Services department, attending in-services and training seminars alongside staff members. In addition, our trainees regularly contribute to the agency’s blog and the “Moment for Multicultural Competence” monthly newsletter.
JCFS has collaborative relationships with many schools and institutes. In recent years, we have accepted trainees from the following institutions:
- The Chicago School ARGOSY (Illinois School of Professional Psychology), Chicago and Schaumburg campuses
- Adler School of Professional Psychology
- Midwestern University
- Roosevelt University
- Wheaton University
- Loyola College, Maryland
JCFS has a longstanding psychology extern training program for both diagnostic and therapy externs currently enrolled in a doctoral level clinical psychology program. Each training year JCFS offers Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced practicum placements for doctoral level students. JCFS offers a comprehensive practicum placement focused on providing students with high quality supervision and didactic training, a diverse and challenging client population, as well as experience working within a multidisciplinary team and agency. The training year begins mid-August and ends in late June.
Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship Training
Jewish Child & Family Services(JCFS), offers an 1850-hour (minimum), APA Accredited* one-year, pre-doctoral internship in professional psychology to qualified graduate students from clinical or counseling psychology programs. The primary goal of the JCFS internship program is to prepare interns for future clinical practice as entry-level professional psychologists who can work competently with children, adolescents, and families. The educational philosophy of the JCFS psychology internship program is based on a Practitioner-Developmental-Apprentice model. This model is based on a training mission emphasizing direct clinical practice consistent with the tradition of professional psychology training in the United States (practitioner), facilitating the transition from intern to professional psychologist (developmental), and providing consistent guidance for quality clinical service delivery, as well as, personal and professional growth (apprentice). Taken together, each of these categories builds upon an intern’s prior training in psychology and provides a training experience that is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity.
At the core of the JCFS mission is service delivery. In addition, professional psychology training emphasizes direct clinical work. Therefore, clinical practice is the primary medium that fosters the educational and professional growth of interns while they are at JCFS. The primary focus and purpose of the JCFS internship program is to assure breadth, as well as quality of training in regards to an array of professional practices.
For more information regarding doctoral-level training opportunities in Clinical Psychology (PhD/PsyD only), please contact Alysa Slay, Psy.D., Director of Psychological Services.
For information on non-doctoral internships at JCFS, please contact Ed Reed.