Center on Halsted’s Behavioral Health Department offers clinical training opportunities for students completing their Masters or Doctorate in clinical psychology, counseling, or social work.
Prospective trainees for the 2023-2024 training year are invited to attend our Hybrid Open House on Friday, January 20th, 2023 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This is an opportunity to hear about our clinical Behavioral Health training programs, meet our clinical team, and talk about our application and selection processes. The Open House will be offered in person; however, prospective trainees are welcome to join virtually as well. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Tuesday, January 17th: HERE
We approach training from a developmental model, as our cohort is typically diverse in terms of program and level of previous training. We do our best to meet trainees where they are and provide them with the tools and support they need to grow into behavioral health professionals. We look for students who value social justice and are looking for a training site that will ask them to bring their full selves to the work that they do and to engage in self-reflective learning, as these are values we hold as supervisors and professionals. We believe strongly in constructive feedback as an important element for growth, and we want students who are open to giving and receiving feedback with supervisors, staff, and their cohort members.
Training Program Requirements
The Behavioral Health training program offers clinical training for students completing their Masters or Doctorate in a behavioral health field. Trainees in this program are supervised by clinicians in the Behavioral Health department and see clients with a wide range of presenting concerns. This is a great program for students who are interested in gaining a broad clinical experience within the LGBTQ community.
Direct Clinical Service:
Trainees will spend approximately 50% of their time in direct service with clients. This typically looks like a caseload of approximately 11 therapy clients, one group, and one intake per week.
Trainees meet with their primary supervisor (a LCSW or Licensed Clinical Psychologist) for one hour each week. During this time, trainees have the opportunity to discuss cases, professional development concerns, and their experience in the training program overall. In accordance with best practices in supervision, trainees complete a minimum of four audio recordings and four live observations each year. Trainees also attend weekly group supervision where they will give two case presentations during the year. In addition to structured supervision experiences, trainees are also encouraged to consult with staff members as needed and both trainees and staff sit in cubicles, allowing for a milieu supervision experience.
LGBTQ Behavioral Health Training Consortium:
This weekly training meeting brings the trainees from Center on Halsted and Howard Brown Health together for didactic presentations on topics specific to working with the LGBTQ community. Some of the topics include intimate partner violence in LGBTQ relationships, substance use in the LGBTQ community, and kink in the LGBTQ community. These trainings are meant to help deepen and expand conversations around these and other topics, an opportunity that is often not offered in clinical training programs. Presenters are local clinicians who are considered experts in working with the LGBTQ community. The training consortium is also an excellent opportunity for trainees to network with students from other schools and disciplines, along with professionals working within the LGBTQ community.
Our trainees follow a 24-hour/week program, where schedules are created with as much flexibility as possible. Behavioral Health Services operates Monday through Thursday 9:00am–9:00pm and Friday 9:00am–6:00pm. Trainees are required to include one evening (until 9:00pm) in their schedule. In addition, trainees are required to attend weekly group supervision, support, and consortium meetings on Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Students may revise their schedules each semester, as needed. Trainees will begin their training year in August with an orientation and will end their time with us at the end of May. During these 10 months trainees can expect to accrue approximately 900 hours.
The Behavioral Health training program accepts applications from the following:
Students pursuing Doctoral degrees in clinical or counseling psychology at APA accredited programs seeking advanced placement.
Second year social work graduate students attending CSWE accredited social work programs.
Graduate students attending CACREP accredited counseling programs.
Students interested in applying should submit the following materials:
Resume or CV
Three letters of reference
• Letter of readiness written by the Director of Training or Field Placement Liaison at your school. The letter should include that you are a student in good standing, you have completed the necessary coursework to allow you to do clinical work in the field, and that your school is in support of your intent to begin training.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Confirmation of receipt of completed application will be provided via email. Please send applications to:
Center on Halsted follows the guidelines set forth by the Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT) for Doctoral students. For more information about ACEPT, please visit their website at www.aceptchicago.org. The timeline for the 2023-2024 training year is as follows:
January 27, 2023 – Applications can be mailed
February 10, 2023 – Applications close
March 24, 2023 – Pre-Notification Day (9am-4pm). Practicum students who are first choice for placement will be notified that they will be offered a space for the 2022-2023 training year
March 27, 2023 – Notification Day. Practicum students will be given formal offers of practicum positions via email beginning at 9 am
Masters level students are not required to follow the same application dates as Doctoral students; however, they are encouraged to send their materials beginning January 27th, 2023 to increase their chances of receiving a training position. To receive full considerations, applications must be received by February 3rd, 2023. Masters positions will be filled as soon as qualified applicants have been identified.