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Clinical Psychology Interns

The Clinical Psychology Internship Program is based on a scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing the ways in which clinical practice and research inform and complement one another. It is designed for individuals who wish to pursue careers in clinical practice, teaching and research.

Trainees are immersed in clinical programs that emphasize expert diagnosis, early intervention, continuity of care and access to a broad range of evidence-based treatments; an educational curriculum that is programmatic, integrative and individualized; and research programs of national standing. Opportunities for generalist training during the internship year abound, as the patient population served is demographically, socioeconomically and diagnostically diverse. Trainees acquire the theoretical, empirical and methodological knowledge necessary to treat a wide range of complex clinical problems within a multidisciplinary setting. Steeped in a rich tradition of training and supported by a wealth of clinical and scholarly resources at Northwestern, this program offers trainees an exceptional environment to complete the final preparations for their professional careers.

Detailed information about our program can be found below and in our Program Handbook 2018-2019 (PDF) and the Internship Program Tables (PDF)

Curriculum

Interns receive broad and intensive generalist training in assessment, diagnosis, case formulation, consultation and individual and group psychotherapy. They receive training in a range of evidence-based treatments, including CBT, BA, DBT, CBT for Psychosis, CBASP and Mindfulness-Based CBT/ACT. They also receive training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and integrated dual-diagnosis treatment.

Training is provided at three sites:

  • The outpatient clinics of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Stone Mental Health Center, a CMHC associated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • ERC-Insight Behavioral Health Centers, a program that provides specialized services in eating disorders, adolescent mental health and mood and anxiety disorders in IOP, PHP and residential treatment settings
  • The Positive Sobriety Institute, an outpatient and PHP program providing specialized alcohol and substance abuse treatment

Interns receive both individual and group supervision, complemented by an extensive curriculum of case conferences, workshops and seminars. Although the focus of the internship year is clinical, participation in research in strongly encouraged and supported.

Admissions Process

Our program participates in the national match and uses the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) standard application form. We strongly support the goals of APPIC and endorse their guidelines. Northwestern University agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at the Feinberg School of Medicine will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant before the day of uniform notification.

National Matching Services, Inc. conducts the matching program for internship programs that are members of APPIC. All applicants to our program must obtain a Request for Applicant Agreement Package from National Matching Services, Inc. and register for the match. Visit the National Matching Services, Inc. website for participation rules, a schedule, a process description or to download an Applicant Agreement. You may also request an agreement be mailed to you from their main office: National Matching Services, 20 Holly St., Suite 301, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4S 3B1. The match code number for the program is 126211.

We accept graduate students who are enrolled in American or Canadian clinical or counseling psychology programs. A strong preference is given to applicants from APA-accredited training programs in clinical psychology founded upon a scientist-practitioner or clinical scientist model.

Three interns are accepted each year. Minority applicants and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Our application deadline is Nov. 1. Invitations for interview are made no later than Dec. 15. Interviews will be held during early January.

 Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • Been admitted to candidacy for a doctoral degree
  • Taken graduate-level courses in personality theory, psychopathology, psychotherapy, psychological testing and professional ethics and completed practica in psychotherapy and psychological testing
  • Defended their dissertation or be near enough to completion that the dissertation defense can be reasonably anticipated during the internship year

 Interviews

Approximately 30 to 32 applicants will be invited for a daylong set of meetings that include an overview of the program, interviews with faculty, an open forum with current interns and fellows and the opportunity to ask questions. Interviews are conducted by the chief psychologist, director of training and at least three other members of our faculty.

 Selection Process

Selection of interns is overseen by the Internship and Fellowship Training Committee. All applications are screened by the director of training. Those applicants who meet requirements are independently rated by at least two faculty members on the Internship and Fellowship Training Committee, including the chief psychologist and director of training. Education, clinical training, research, competency and fit with the program are considered. Applicants are independently rated on a number of foundational and functional competencies: professionalism, reflective practice, scientific knowledge, individual and cultural diversity, interdisciplinary systems, assessment, intervention and research/evaluation. Applicants are also assessed for the fit between their stated internship needs and career aims with the goals, objectives, training plan and resources of the program. The Internship and Fellowship Training Committee then meets and generates a final ranking by consensus.

APA Accreditation

This internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The next site visit of the Commission on Accreditation will be in 2028.

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:


Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
312-336-5979
https://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation
apaaccred@apa.org

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