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Cornerstone Clinical Training Program

The Clinical Training Program was created to provide our community and clients with an option to receive quality counseling through our CAP Program. Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago is offering learning opportunities for doctoral fellows, post doctoral fellows, master’s level students and bachelor level students interested in serving in an urban, multicultural environment.

History of Training Program

CCCOC has been based in the Near North neighborhood of Chicago for over 48 years. Cornerstone began as a vision of LaSalle Street Church pastor Bill Leslie in 1971, who recognized the need for psychological care for church members struggling with deeply embedded emotional and relational problems. Since our founding, the Center has maintained a commitment to providing high quality services to individuals and families with or without the means to access mental health care. Our master’s level training program has been in existence for over 10 years.

Externship / Internship Types 

Doctoral Practicum Externship

 

 

Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago is a faith-based, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) mental health agency, providing exceptional counseling and personal development services to individuals of all ages, couples, and families. Our therapists incorporate evidence-based tools into their work with clients and every client receives individualized care based on their needs and goals. 

Our vision is to make our services accessible to the community, which is why we partner with Chicago area schools, businesses, churches, and other community organizations to provide professional development trainings, seminars and workshops, as well as academic counseling groups for students. We have been practicing in the Near North neighborhood of Chicago for over 48 years and we are a training partner of the Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium, an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited doctoral internship in psychology.

CCCOC offers a 12-month advanced practicum experience. Students must be onsite three days a week with a total of 20 hours a week on site. Friday mornings and afternoons are required. Applicant must be able to work a minimum of one evening a week (3p-9pm), the other hours may be split between two other days.

 

Training Experience

Students will provide individual psychotherapy working with both children and adults, family psychotherapy, and psychological assessment. Students will have an opportunity to serve a wide diversity of clients with mild to moderate psychopathology.

Students will also be providing a minimum of one professional presentation and two case presentations throughout the training year to a group of peers and during staff meetings.

Training opportunities include outreach and consultation, professional presentations, and evidence-based treatment training on anxiety related disorders including OCD, GAD, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, PTSD, Phobias. Training in couples therapy, including the Gottman Method and EFT.  Training in psychological testing will also be available.  Applicants with experience in couple therapy will also have opportunity for further training and experience in this modality.

 

Supervision

Students will receive 1 hour/week of individual therapy by a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, 1 hour of group supervision, and other supervision as needed.

Students will also participate in bi-monthly team meetings.

There will be opportunities to consult and seek supervision from other therapists at CCCOC.

 

Holidays and Time Off

Students will have major holidays off such as Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day.

Students will also receive the equivalent of two weeks of vacation (typically 6 practicum days off).

Students will also receive milage reimbursement in accordance with CCCOC policy.

 

Starting Date

Starting date of the position is negotiable depending on prior school and internship commitments. However, a start date of August 2, 2021 is preferred.

 

Qualifications

Enrolled in an APA-Accredited Doctoral Psychology program.

One year experience in a therapy practicum.

Demonstrate strong interest in and experience with diverse clients, strong multicultural competence, ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team, and the ability to articulate their approach to integration of faith and practice.

Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well as strong planning and organizational skills.  Other vital characteristics are the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, flexibility, and healthy self-care practices. 

  • Excellent organizational, strong multi-tasking abilities and time management skills.
  • Keen attention to detail in paperwork completion. 
  • Comfortable working both in a team setting and autonomously.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor with members, colleagues, and collateral contacts consistent with organization’s ethics and code of conduct guidelines.

 

Required Application Materials:

1. Cover Letter

2. CV 

3. Three Letters of Recommendation 

4. Graduate Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)

 

Application Deadline: 

August 1, 2021. Applications can be sent by email. 

 

Send Applications To: 

Christine Collins, MA, LCPC, NCC, CADC

Clinical Director

Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago

1111 N. Wells, Ste 400

Chicago, IL 60610

ccollins@chicagocounseling.org

 

 

The Master's Level Internship

Take The Next Step in Your Training

Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago is a faith-based, not-for-profit (501(c)(3) mental health agency, providing exceptional counseling and personal development services to individuals of all ages, couples, and families. Our therapists incorporate evidence-based tools into their work with clients and every client receives individualized care based on their needs and goals.

Our vision is to make our services accessible to the community, which is why we partner with Chicago area schools, businesses, churches, and other community organizations to provide professional development trainings, seminars and workshops, as well as academic counseling groups for students. We have been practicing in the Near North neighborhood of Chicago for over 48 years and we are a training partner of the Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium, an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited doctoral internship in psychology.

At Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago, we are fully committed to making sure you receive outstanding clinical experiences, expert teaching from therapists who are passionate about their work, and an environment focused on your personal growth and well-being. We are proud of our programs’ excellence and at CCCOC; you will become a vital part of our organization.

Master’s level interns must be currently enrolled at accredited social work, counseling program or marriage and family program. Our internships are a good fit for students interested in a fast-paced, community and school-based settings. It is a unique program that allows students who are passionate about working with children and adolescents the opportunity to experience what it is like to be part of the classroom as an academic coach, mental health consultant, and advocate for social emotional development. 

Under the direct supervision of a LCPC, LCSW, LMFT the intern will support an array of evaluative, direct, andconsultative/collaborative services to enhance the educational outcomes of students enrolled in the Title I programing with CPS, as well as other after-school community partnerships. Interns will carry out their daily responsibilities across the entire city and will have the opportunity to provide services to students ages K-12. 

In addition, students will provide individual psychotherapy for clients in our main office in accordance with the internship program requirement.

 

Responsibilities of the Position:

  • Provide pre-referral and intervention services, such as collaborating with classroom teachers, principals, and parents to determine goodness of fit for student with the Academic Counseling program. 
  • Perform multifactor assessments including an appraisal of all or some of the following (in accordance with referral questions): cognitive, social, adaptive, achievement, and emotional status. 
  • Gather information from school personnel who know the student as part of the assessment process 
  • Identify students’ particular strength(s) and weakness (es) as a learner, modifying curricula to meet individual student needs. 
  • Advise teachers and other school personnel on methods to enhance school and classroom setting to provide environment to maximize the student’s achievement. 
  • May attend IEP/504 meetings, where appropriate, to advocate for Academic Counseling student needs 
  • May counsel students individually and/or in groups to assist students with personal, social, and emotional adjustments. 
  • Complete all required paperwork in a comprehensive, timely and accurate manner.
  • Completion of all assigned paperwork in a timely fashion, such as individual and group documentation, attendance reports, service plans and evaluations as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Provide accurate and timely information to the supervisor on all topics and issues important to the well-being of clients.
  • Attend staff and team meetings as assigned by a supervisor. 
  • Must complete 16hrs a week and must include daytime availability and access to transportation.

 

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in a Master’s degree in a related field (School Psychology, Educational Psychology, School Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Child Psychology, Social Work) 
  • Love for working with children, strong social skills, and demonstrated ability to communicate with students, families and school personnel.
  • Experience working with students from different social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. 
  • Foreign language ability (e.g. Spanish, Polish, Arabic) a plus, but not required. 
  • Excellent organizational, strong multi-tasking abilities and time management skills.
  • Keen attention to detail in paperwork completion. 
  • Comfortable working both in a team setting and autonomously.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor with members, colleagues, and collateral contacts consistent with organization’s ethics and code of conduct guidelines.
  • Must have a reliable mode of transportation and be able to travel to different sites in the city of Chicago

 

PLEASE NOTE:  

All interns are expected to work at least 16 hours per week, work Fridays as it is a required meeting day. The internship will begin August 2021 (with a required 40hr training program that will be scheduled from August 10 - August 20, 2021) and the commitment runs through June 2022. 

 

Required Application Materials:

1.  Cover letter

2.  CV 

3.  Names of three references 

4.  Graduate Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)

5.  CCCOC application for employment will be provided after initial review of these materials.

 

Application Deadline: 

August 1, 2021. Applications can be sent by email. 

 

Send Applications To: 

Christine Collins, MA, LCPC, NCC, CADC

Clinical Director

Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago

1111 N. Wells, Ste 400

Chicago, IL 60610

ccollins@chicagocounseling.org

 

The Bachelor's Level Internship

Choose a Site That Offers Great Experiences From Outstanding Clinicians 

Your BA Internship is an exciting time for you to begin to develop skills for your future studies in psychology.

Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago is a faith-based, not-for-profit (501(c)(3) mental health agency, providing exceptional counseling and personal development services to individuals of all ages, couples, and families. Our therapists incorporate evidence-based tools into their work with clients and every client receives individualized care based on their needs and goals.

Our vision is to make our services accessible to the community, which is why we partner with Chicago area schools, businesses, churches, and other community organizations to provide professional development trainings, seminars and workshops, as well as academic counseling groups for students. We have been practicing in the Near North neighborhood of Chicago for over 48 years and we are a training partner of the Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium, an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited doctoral internship in psychology.

Currently, Cornerstone is seeking a bachelor’s level intern to specialize and assist in tasks related to the administration and clinical sides of psychology and counseling. This is an unpaid internship; however, it can often count towards course credit. The successful candidate will provide a combination of the following skills:

 

BA Clinical Internship

 

The BA intern will specialize and assist in tasks related to the administration of clinical services. They will assist in the main office with admin responsibilities as well as support the Intake team. The intern will have the opportunity to interact with all clinicians as well as the directors of the organization. 

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum two years undergraduate education with successful completion of one or more of the following courses: psychology, sociology, or counseling. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Strength in organization and attention to detail. 
  • An ambition to succeed in a professional and dynamic work atmosphere. 
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to be assertive. 
  • Able to work independently as well as on a team. 
  • Experience in Microsoft software environment. 
  • A desire to work in a professional environment. 

Internship Responsibilities: 

BA Internships will include many of the following responsibilities. Responsibilities vary depending on the semester, specific intern interests, and needs of the Center throughout the year.

  • Assist in working alongside therapists in group counseling for community agencies.
  • Assist clinical staff in development and preparation of group counseling sessions.
  • Assist staff in development and preparation of seminars and workshops for the community. Some workshops may require weekend attendance. .
  • Compile research regarding current and future program opportunities at CCCOC.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings for one hour and didactic meetings for one hour with the clinical and administrative staff of CCCOC.
  • Attend one hour weekly supervision with clinical staff at CCCOC to process clinical responsibilities. Attend periodic meetings with the administrative staff regarding responsibilities.
  • Read professional articles and dialogue with supervisor on content and process.
  • Contribute to professional research development through data entry and processing. This may include data from client sessions and/or from academic counseling groups.
  • Support Clinical Intake, Human Resources and Administrative functions.

Internships times and dates are flexible to fit in with interns’ schedules, though we do ask for a minimum commitment of approximately 12 hours a week for 16 weeks. Ideally, a student will be able to devote two days to being on site or at one of our partnership sites. Our staff and didactic meetings are also required and are held on Fridays from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for bachelor level students who are interested in the field of psychology or counseling to gain an in-depth understanding and experience of the inner workings of a not-for-profit Christian counseling center.

 

BA Business Administrative Internship

The Business Administration Intern will directly assist the Office Coordinator and Marketing Coordinator with a wide range of projects related to administrative management, HR compliance, recruiting, onboarding/orientation, employee benefits, and volunteer intern programs.

This internship is designed to be both educational and practical. In this position, the intern will learn how to take skills she or he may have acquired in school related to his or her particular areas of interest, and apply them in a professional setting. They will gain a better understanding of the role that Operations can play in a non-profit setting, and be better prepared to work in the arena of human resources, and the non-profit sector. The candidate will also have opportunities to network with other programs and clinical staff.

The Business Administration Intern will learn the practical application of:

Human Resources:

  • Steps in the recruiting and hiring process.
  • The importance of employment law and compliance, especially regarding employment eligibility, confidentiality, proper maintenance of employee files, and forms management.
  • The interrelationship of HR in the areas of new employee paperwork, payroll issues related to on boarding and termination, use of a payroll management database, and report generation.
  • Employee benefits management issues related to plan renewal and open enrollment, benefits enrollment and termination, troubleshooting employee benefits issues, and the customer service aspect of benefits oversight.
  • The development of HR policies and procedures to govern operations.

 

Marketing:

  • Assist with content development to support organizational and program promotion.
  • Support the development of marketing resources as needed for events and other needs. 

 

Qualifications:

  • Current or recent enrollment in a graduate or undergraduate degree program with an interest and aptitude to work in Human Resources, or non-profit management/administrative fields.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and handle numerous assignments simultaneously.
  • High level of organization and ability to work independently and multitask.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and internet applications.
  • Student Member of SHRM a plus

 

Required Application Materials:

1.   Cover letter

2.   CV 

3.   Names of three references 

4.   CCCOC application for employment will be provided after initial review of these materials.

 

Application Deadline: 

August 1, 2021. Applications can be sent by email. 

 

Send Applications To: 

Veronica Perez

Office Coordinator

Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago

1111 N. Wells, Ste 400

Chicago, IL 60610

vperez@chicagocounseling.org

Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago