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 doctoral internship program was last reviewed by the APA in June 2019 and accredited for 10 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

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, age, socioeconomic status, religion, political affiliations, 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 16,600 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, consultation and liaison relationships with campus partners, outreach programs on various mental health and college student development topics, and graduate student training.

Clients and Staff

All CCS clients are currently enrolled NIU students. The average age of clients is 22-23, with approximately 60% identifying as women, 38% identifying as men, and 2.5% identifying as another gender identity. Approximately 47% of clients identify as persons of color. CCS also serves an increasing number of both first-generation (30%) and non-traditional students. Consistent with the national trend of university counseling centers serving 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 five licensed counseling or clinical psychologists, three licensed clinical social workers and two post-doctoral counselors. The training program consists of three doctoral interns and four 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).