HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants are to apply directly to CACTC, but are able to rank each CACTC site separately according to their primary rotation interests. All application documents must be received by November 9.

All applicants are to use the AAPI Online. Applications received through the AAPI Online will include the following items:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • AAPI application (which includes essays and the DCT’s verification of eligibility and readiness)
  • All graduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation.

CACTC also requires the applicant to submit an additional sample (de-identified) psychological evaluation.

In addition, applicants must include specific information in their cover letter, using the CACTC’s Cover Letter Requirements document as your guide. If this required information is not included, the application will no longer be under consideration. 

For those applicants who are invited for an interview, a CACTC Statement of Mission and Faith will need to be signed as a part of his/her application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the CACTC Statement of Mission and Faith prior to submitting application to CACTC to ensure “goodness of fit.” Any questions or comments about this Statement of Mission and Faith should be directed in writing to the CACTC Director prior to submitting application to the CACTC internship program.

NMS MATCH NUMBER CODES

The following are the APPIC Internship Matching Program Code Numbers for the Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium-Internship in Professional Psychology (Program #1673):

  • 167313 Outreach Community Counseling Center (1 position)
  • 167314 Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago (1 position)
  • 167315 Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling (1 position)
  • 167316 Lawndale Christian Health Center (1 position)
  • 167317 Meier Clinics-Neuropsychology (1 position)
  • 167318 Meier Clinics-Clinical (2 positions)

Applicants must register for the NMS match in order to be eligible to match with CACTC. Applicants may request an Applicant Agreement Package from NMS through the Matching Program web site at www.natmatch.com/psychint or by contacting NMS directly at 716.282.4013.

The Rank Order List will be submitted to the National Matching Service by the first Wednesday in February. Results of the Match will be released to all parties at the end of February. Personal interviews will be coordinated with qualified candidates in January. Persons no longer under consideration will be notified by December 15.

Because “goodness of fit” between intern and internship program is important, CACTC encourages interns to participate in on-site interviews in order to obtain sufficient information regarding CACTC sites and supervisors. Even so, CACTC is aware of the expensive nature of the interviewing process and will grant phone interviews in very exceptional cases.

The intern selection process involves both the criteria established by the Consortium Steering Committee and the employment standards of the primary site. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. CACTC will follow all APPIC guidelines, including those pertaining to the Internship Matching Program, which is considered legally binding.

Applicants who are matched with CACTC for internship need to successfully complete the employment process requested by their primary site:

  • Application for employment
  • Reference checks
  • Physical exam
  • Background check
  • All other state required forms for working with children as required

Consistent with APPIC policy 4a, appointment of interns is contingent on interns satisfying all of the aforementioned aspects of the employment process in a satisfactory manner. Applicants may visit the APPIC web site for more information about this policy.

APPLICATION TIMELINE

SELECTION CRITERIA

To be considered for internship through CACTC, applicants must have:

  1. Completed all graduate course work for the doctoral degree
  2. Passed doctoral comprehensive exams
  3. Completed a minimum of 1200 total hours of supervised doctoral practica (which includes direct service hours, supervision and support time)
  4. Demonstrated an interest in, and the aptitude for, the integration of Christian faith with clinical practice in work with diverse range of persons
  5. Demonstrated an interest in, and the aptitude for, work with underserved persons and their communities
  6. Demonstrated excellent skills both interpersonally and in written form
  7. Experience in providing psychological evaluations to children, adolescents and/or adults
  8. Completed application (including the more detailed requirements of the CACTC cover letter)
  9. Signed a CACTC Statement of Mission and Faith

Applicants are considered based on coursework, practica and/or experience that demonstrate preparation for practice in a multi-disciplinary community treatment setting.

Applicants will also be considered on the basis of their articulated goals, previous experience, writing skills and solid clinical training in assessment and intervention. Given CACTC’s emphasis on a collaborative team approach, individuals who demonstrate good interpersonal skills, emotional maturity, the ability to take initiative and to be adaptable will be more strongly considered.

Congruent with the CACTC mission, priority will be given to those applicants who demonstrate an interest in learning to work more effectively with underserved populations and a commitment to the integration of Christian faith with clinical practice.