Site: Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago

About Cornerstone

CCCOCCornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago (CCCOC) provides exceptional counseling and personal development services to individuals all of all ages, couples, and families. CCCOC is a non-profit counseling center located in the diverse Near North neighborhood of Chicago; it was founded in 1971 as a ministry of the LaSalle Street church and has grown into an independent, full service mental health center. All staff are committed to CCCOC’s mission, vision, and core tenets.

Mission

Cornerstone empowers people to reach their spiritual, relational and emotional potential through exceptional counseling and personal development services.

Vision

For all people to access tools to reach their maximum potential, because holistic well-being is the cornerstone of a thriving community

Tenets

  • Practicing social justice through holistic therapy services
  • Cultural competence
  • The integration of faith and practice

Location

CCCOC is located just north of the Loop (Chicago’s downtown and business district), and sits between the historically Gold Coast area to the east and a mixed-income region to the west. There are currently four satellite offices: Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, IL, a western suburb; Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church on the south side of Chicago; New Life Community Church in the Portage Park neighborhood; and First Evangelical Free Church on the north side of the city. All offices are accessible by public transportation and major highways.

Services

CCCOC provides comprehensive mental health services that include individual, couples, and family counseling; psycho-education groups and seminars; and psychological assessment services for populations of all ages administered by doctoral level clinicians. To fulfill our social justice tenant of making mental health services accessible, our Client Access Program (CAP), ensures that cost does not prohibit potential clients from obtaining and maintaining quality psychological services.

A truly distinctive aspect of CCCOC’s mental health services is its commitment to going into the community to deliver services. This commitment has led to partnerships among various school and afterschool programs to deliver Social and Emotional Learning education to students with the greatest need. CCCOC currently works in over 25 neighborhoods throughout Chicago, including some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods in the city. CCCOC also leads professional development workshops in a variety of settings, including schools, churches, and other community-focused organizations. CCCOC actively works to develop partnerships with a broad array of organizations in surrounding neighborhoods to make quality mental health services accessible and to enhance the quality of services available utilizing creative, relevant, and culturally sensitive strategies. CCCOC seeks to enhance accessibility of services in offering appointments on weekdays from early morning to late evening in addition to daytime Saturdays.

In addition to the school and after-school based services, CCCOC has developed a unique partnership model of working with local churches and pastors. Through church partnerships, we offer an array of services including on-site therapy, congregational seminars and workshops, consultation, ministry readiness and preparation assessments, and mental health awareness events. The specific partnership is tailored to the interests and needs of each congregation while working to reduce the stigma of mental health issues within the body of Christ.

Clinical Assignments/Caseload

An internship at CCCOC is rigorous and fast-paced, requiring the ability to work independently, problem solve, and maintain excellence in service provision. CCCOC interns are treated like team members and while expectations are high, students are fully supported by our clinical and administrative staff. CCCOC is committed to developing the whole therapist, and to making a significant investment in interns through direct supervision, engaging didactic experiences, and professional development opportunities. The internship requires schedules with evening and weekend hours and a vehicle to enable transportation to partner locations in the community.

Interns who are completing their primary rotation at CCCOC will carry an outpatient caseload of 15-20 hours of direct client contact. Interns who are completing their secondary rotation at CCCOC will have exposure to our community based work as well as exposure to the administrative aspects of running a practice and program evaluation. Hours will typically start below this level of contact and build throughout the course of the first few months of the rotation. Interns will have the opportunity to work with children, adolescents and adults in individual, couple, family or group modalities. Psychological testing and report writing opportunities are also offered. Interns will also gain experience in trauma informed care, and incorporation of positive psychology. Interns should expect to complete a minimum of 4 full psychological batteries during this primary rotation and may also participate in leading groups. Interns will also have opportunities to work in school and after-school settings with high risk students providing group and individual therapy with the goal of enhancing academic success. Interns will be required to have completed basic levels of training with Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). Caseloads will consist of a combination of services offered in community settings and more traditional psychotherapy experience in our central location. Interns carrying a therapy caseload in the office may be scheduled to work on Saturdays. Interns in the child/adolescent track will be trained in PCIT (Parent Child Interactive Therapy).

In addition to direct client work, interns will write psycho-educational articles for CCCOC’s newsletter and blog, and are encouraged to submit work to conferences or related publications. There will also be research opportunities including participation in data collection, analysis of clinical outcomes, preparation of proposals and participation in presentations. For interns involved in both primary and secondary rotations, opportunities to work with the administrative team on client intake, program development, marketing, and grant writing are also available.

 

PROGRAM FOCUS AREAS

In addition to generalist training, CCCOC offers the opportunity to have more focused training either with children and adolescents or with adults, depending on the student’s particular interests, experience, and preferred populations. Students in either focus area can expect to participate in the activities outlined in the general program description; however, student’s training will prioritize the populations and services specific to their focus.

In the upcoming training year, CCCOC will be accepting applications for the child and adolescent focus or the adult focus programs. Generalists are welcome to apply.

Child and Adolescent Focus:
  • Student’s direct clinical hours may focus on serving children, adolescents, and their families through social and emotional learning services at school and after-school programs, individual and family psychotherapy, as well as psychological assessment.
  • Seminar opportunities will focus on professional development and parent involvement trainings within a school environment, churches, and lunch and learn presentations at pediatric offices.
  • Students will assist CCCOC staff with research and program development on the evidence-based curriculum utilized for social and emotional education.
Adult Focus:
  • Adult focus students will work primarily with individuals, families, and couples through traditional psychotherapy.
  • Seminar opportunities will focus on professional development within a business or religious organization. Students in the adult track will lead 2-3 healthy relationships workshops which are offered throughout the training year at the CCCOC offices.

CONTACT CORNERSTONE COUNSELING CENTER OF CHICAGO

1111 N Wells St, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312.573.8860  |  Fax: 312.255.0362
www.chicagocounseling.org