Training Programs

APA Accredited Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology

The Counseling & Student Development Center (CSDC) has been accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services since 1981 and our doctoral internship program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1989. The most recent APA site visit occurred in June 2012 and the CSDC doctoral internship program received full accreditation for 7 years.

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 CSDC

The mission of the CSDC is to support the academic, emotional, social, and cultural development of students. We value an atmosphere that is welcoming and comfortable for all individuals, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, citizenship, and ability. We embrace diversity and strive to foster and promote awareness, empathy, and cultural competence within a multicultural environment.

As the only mental health agency whose primary mission is service to a campus of 22,000, CSDC serves the NIU community through counseling, assessment, crisis response, outreach, consultation, training, and educational services. Examples of such services include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, services for students of color, outreach programs, consultation with Housing & Dining staff, and graduate student training. Faculty and staff are served through consultation and outreach.

All CSDC clients are currently enrolled NIU students. The majority of clients are 18 to 25 years old, two-thirds are female, and one-third identify as students of color. In keeping with the national trend of university counseling centers treating students with more serious psychological concerns, CSDC serves a significant percentage of clients who have received mental health treatment before attending college. For example, recent CSDC clients have reported a history of taking psychotropic medication, previous counseling experiences, and previous psychiatric hospitalization.

The CSDC professional staff currently consists of 6 licensed counseling or clinical psychologists, 1 licensed clinical social worker, 1 licensed clinical professional counselor, 1 full-time psychiatrist, and 1 full-time nurse practitioner. The training program consists of three doctoral intern positions and five practicum student positions. Therapeutic orientations of senior staff include interpersonal/relational, psychodynamic, client-centered/humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, multicultural, developmental, and feminist. To view our current staff roster click here. Senior staff are members of national professional organizations and the CSDC 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).