Training Programs

APA Accredited Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology

The doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology at Counseling & Consultation Services (CCS) has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1989. The most recent APA site visit occurred in June 2012 and the CCS doctoral internship program received full accreditation for 7 years. CCS has also been accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services since 1981. 

The Commission on Accreditation can be reached at:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979

Introduction to Counseling & Consultation Services

The mission of CCS is to support the academic, emotional, social, and cultural development of students through the various services we provide. We embrace all diversity including race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual identity/orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, age, citizenship and ability. We promote cultural awareness, understanding, and sensitivity as part of the diverse community at Northern Illinois University.

As part of the Division of Student Affairs, CCS is the designated campus mental health center whose primary mission is service to NIU's 19,000 students. CCS serves the campus community by providing counseling, assessment, crisis response, outreach, consultation, and training. Examples of such services include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, diversity-focused initiatives, liaison relationships, outreach programs, consultation with faculty and staff, and graduate student training.

All CCS clients are currently enrolled NIU students. The average age of clients is 22, with approximately 55% identifying as female and 45% identifying as students of color. CCS also serves an increasing number of non-traditional and veteran students. In keeping with the national trend of university counseling centers treating students with more serious psychological concerns, CCS serves clients who have received mental health treatment, been prescribed medication, and/or been hospitalized before attending college.

CCS professional staff currently consists of 8 licensed counseling or clinical psychologists, 1 licensed clinical professional counselor, 1 licensed clinical social worker, and 1 master's-level advocacy services coordinator. The training program consists of 3 doctoral interns and 5 practicum students. Therapeutic orientations of senior staff include interpersonal/relational, psychodynamic, client-centered/humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, multicultural, developmental, and feminist. Senior staff are members of national professional organizations and CCS is a member of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA), Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services (ACCCCS), and Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD).