APA Accredited Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology


The doctoral internship in health service psychology at Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1989. The most recent APA site visit occurred in June 2012 and the doctoral internship received full accreditation for seven 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
E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org

Introduction to CCS

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 17,000 students. CCS serves the campus community by providing counseling, crisis response, assessment, outreach, consultation, and training. Our services include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultatoin and liaison relationships with campus partners, outreach programs on various mental health and college student development topics, and graduate student training.

All CCS clients are currently enrolled NIU students. The average age of clients is 22-23, with approximately 58% identifying as women, 38% identifying as men, and 2.5% identifying as another gender identity. Approximately 45% of clients identify as students of color. CCS also serves an increasing number of both first-generation and non-traditional 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 7 licensed counseling or clinical psychologists, 1 post-doctoral counselor, 1 licensed professional counselor, 2 licensed clinical social workers, 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).