Doctoral Intern Training

Psychological Consultations is a founding member of The Illinois Psychological Association Predoctoral Internship Consortium (IPAPIC). The mission of IPAPIC is to offer quality psychology training in diverse settings to doctoral interns in the state of Illinois, while also creating networks between trainees, agencies, IPA, and IPA members. IPAPIC endeavors to join together training organizations in the state of Illinois to create opportunities for Illinois psychology interns. A vision of IPAPIC is to grow each and every year by joining with new organizations to offer new training prospects. An important mission of IPAPIC is to offer services to under served communities. By linking agencies, IPAPIC is able to offer such services, since training and supervision responsibilities are shared by the consortium. Currently Center for Personal Growth (215813), Genesis Therapy Center (215816), Khalil Center (215812), LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center (215814), and Psychological Consultations (215811) are IPAPIC consortium partners. During the training year, interns will collaborate with other interns in the consortium to participate in various learning activities, as well as on an advocacy project with IPA. IPAPIC offers excellent training opportunities in therapy, assessment, and supervision. To apply to one of the sites in the IPAPIC, please apply through the APPIC website and directory. The IPAPIC APPIC Match number for the consortium is 2158XX, where the XX represents the track specific match number. When applying and ranking, please use the match numbers for the specific IPAPIC training sites.

The APPIC Match number for Psychological Consultations is 215811.

To view or download the official IPAPIC Training Handbook in PDF form, click here.

Psychological Consultations (PC) operates a one-year (12-month) Doctoral Internship training program as part of IPAPIC, running from July 1st to June 30th annually. The deadline for internship applications is Friday December 1, 2018 by 11:59pm. PC strives to provide a structured, organized, pre-planned internship training program designed to provide interns with beneficial clinical experiences. Through a sequence of ever increasing training responsibilities and challenging experiences, trainees work towards mastering the skills necessary to become independent professionals. We strive to provide an unmatched breadth and quality of training and experience. Our goal is to involve our trainees in every aspect of providing direct clinical psychological services to our clients and provide trainees with hands-on experience managing a successful private practice.

PC focuses heavily on therapy, assessment, supervision, and administrative activities. Clients at PC come from a wide range of backgrounds — many from the LGBTQA community — with diverse presenting concerns and are generally seen on a long-term basis. Clients range in age from school-age to older adults. Presenting concerns most commonly include mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, learning disabilities, adjustment disorders, childhood disorders, and eating disorders.

PC also offers ample opportunities for psychological testing. Evaluations often consist of cognitive, personality, projective, and neuropsychological measures in an integrated battery, providing a unique opportunity to develop skills in integrating objective, projective, and neuropsychological data into a comprehensive report. Dr. Sarlo has extensive experience with projective measures, especially the Rorschach, as well as many neuropsychological measures. Trainees are encouraged to develop skills that will hone them into effective evaluators, and so PC emphasizes the development of proficiency in test selection, administration, and scoring.

Supervision is seen as a critical part of the training process at PC. As part of the application process, and throughout the training year, trainees are expected to articulate goals and objectives and measure their progress towards said goals. Supervisors at PC operate clinically from a heavily psychodynamic framework, and as such, trainees are encouraged to openly discuss transferential and countertransferental reactions in supervision. Internship trainees receive a minimum of two hours per week of regularly scheduled face-to-face individual supervision with two different Licensed Clinical Psychologists in good standing. For information about the supervisors, please visit our Associates page. Supervision is designed to review the trainee’s caseload and to address a wide range of clinical, ethical, diversity, and professional development issues. Supervisors operate from a developmental model, encouraging areas of strength while also attending to growing edges. Internship trainees do not just receive extensive individual supervision: they also provide direct supplemental supervision for 3-6 externs who are in their diagnostic, therapy, or advanced practicum placements. In addition to providing weekly individual supervision, internship trainees lead a two-hour weekly group supervision meeting for the externs. Once per month, all internship trainees participate in an intern-only consortium-wide meeting where they are free to connect with each other, process clinical and professional issues, and support each other in the internship training process in an informal setting.

Finally, trainees participate in the administrative functions of running a private practice and an APPIC-approved internship consortium. Trainees will gain experience working with insurance companies and handling billing, as well as assisting with managing the day-to-day operations of a private practice. The Doctoral Intern at PC has also traditionally acted as the Administrative Intern for the Illinois Psychological Association Predoctoral Internship Consortium (IPAPIC) and is involved with organizing Consortium-wide didactics, authoring and editing training materials for both the externship and internship application processes, evaluating internship and externship applicants, and coordinating other Consortium-related activities.

Internship training at PC provides a unique mix of diverse activities and training opportunities. Trainees complete a contiguous twelve-month training cycle (July 1st to June 30th) where they complete approximately 2,000 hours of experience. Trainees are expected to work full-time, 40-45 hours per week. Trainees are paid via stipend, totaling $19,845 annually, paid in $381.63 weekly installments. The stipend is not based on clients’ ability to pay. The deadline for internship applications is December 1, 2018 at 11:59pm. For more details, view or download the IPAPIC Training Handbook in PDF form by clicking here. Trainees’ time will be generally broken down into the following domains:

1. Direct face-to-face time spent in clinical diagnostic assessment including but not limited to interviewing and psychological testing. 5 hrs. weekly
2. Direct face-to-face interventions including but not limited to individual, group, and family psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, psychoanalysis, hypnosis, bio-feedback and behavioral modification. 10-15 hrs. weekly
3. Face-to-face direct supervision of others providing direct clinical psychological services. 8 hrs. weekly
4. Primary responsibility for design and implementation of psychological research that includes the provision of clinical psychological services requiring clinical judgment and decision based upon the specific needs and concerns of the subject/clients (Dissertation research). 2 hrs. weekly
5. Writing reports related to clinical diagnostic assessment, including time spent scoring and interpreting assessment results. 4 hrs. weekly
6. Documentation of clinical activities; this includes progress notes, treatment plans and other clinical documentation. 3 hrs. weekly
7. Formal individual face-to-face supervision with primary supervising psychologist regarding psychological services rendered directly by trainee. 2 hrs. weekly
8. Formal face-to-face group and individual supervision dealing with clinical psychological services directly rendered by the trainee. This activity may include supervisors other than the primary supervisor completing this form and may include supervisors other than psychologists. 1 hr. weekly
9. Attendance at clinical seminars or other formal planned didactic experiences that involve clinical material. 2 hrs. weekly
10. Informal supervision including peer supervision, case conferences where on occasion trainees clinical work is discussed. 2 hrs. weekly
11. Assisting others by administering and scoring structured tests and conducting standardized interviews, assisting others in teaching, research, and data collection not meeting the criteria set forth above. 2hrs. weekly
12. Significant involvement in psychological research not meeting the criteria set forth in item #5 above. 1 hr. weekly
13. Other psychological duties 1-2 hr(s). weekly
Total: 40-45 hrs. weekly