OUR MISSION

The mission of the Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium (CACTC) is to equip and prepare future psychologists to work competently with underserved persons and their communities through a distinctly Christian perspective. In the context of a multidisciplinary training consortium, a distinct and defined course of study is provided for interns in health service psychology. This training is focused on 9 profession-wide competencies and 2 program-specific competencies (Integration of Faith & Practice, Work with Underserved Populations).

Excellent training of psychology interns through:

  • Experience working with many different underserved persons in a variety of clinical settings (urban and suburban).
  • Exposure to various therapeutic modalities geared to address the specific challenges faced by underserved groups.
  • Exemplars in the profession who share their passion for this work through supervision, mentoring and professional development.
  • Enriched service provision through collaborative research projects geared towards cultivating enhanced perspectives in work with marginalized groups.
  • Extending this enriched perspective to foster a greater number of professionals to work competently with the underserved.

In all things, exemplifying Jesus Christ in work with these persons.

OUR OBJECTIVES

  1. To develop intern’s knowledge of APA ethical standards in the practice of psychology, and the demonstration of behavior consistent with these standards.
  2. To assist interns in the acquisition of a broad range of scientific and clinical knowledge and skills in health service psychology, including the ability to approach cases with a holistic understanding of persons (biological, psychological, systemic, spiritual and social).
  3. To facilitate intern’s development of critical thinking skills regarding the interface between psychological and religious/spiritual dimensions of personhood from a distinctly Christian perspective, while also valuing a diverse range of religious perspectives in their work with clients.
  4. To develop intern’s capacity to both assess, and provide treatment to, a diverse range of persons, especially those who are traditionally underserved by mental health providers.
  5. To develop intern’s multicultural competence in work with a diverse spectrum of client populations and presenting problems.
  6. To provide broad based clinical training in order to prepare interns for licensure as a health service psychologist.

MEET OUR FACULTY & STAFF

Outreach Community Counseling Center (OCCC)

Jessica Marshall, PsyD

CACTC Training Director
Psychologist/Supervisor and Director of Assessment Clinic, OCCC

Dr. Marshall is the CACTC Training Director, as well as a CACTC graduate. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including a child guidance clinic, skilled nursing facilities, a university counseling center and a variety of outpatient community mental health clinics. She provides assessment and consultation services for mission organizations and schools regarding a variety of mental health topics and oversees OCCC’s Assessment Clinic. She has a passion for helping children get access to the resources they need through comprehensive psychological/educational assessments. In addition, she enjoys providing therapy to clients with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and complex trauma histories, particularly those in underserved communities. Dr. Marshall has a Masters degree in Theology and values the ability to integrate faith into her clinical work when appropriate.  (PsyD, Fuller Theological Seminary/Fuller Graduate School of Psychology)

Victor Antonio Argo, MA, LMFT

Program Director/Supervisor, OCCC

Mr. Argo has worked in community mental health for over 30 years, and specializes in work with ethnic diversity issues, domestic violence, family therapy and juveniles on probation. His clinical interests also include supervision and collaborative relationships with interns and providing couples therapy using the Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy approach. His is also certified in EMDR for treating trauma. Mr. Argo provides the supervision for the live supervision team at OCCC, which includes the weekly supervision using the one-way mirror and reflecting team. (MA, Wheaton College)

Brian Post, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Supervisor, OCCC

Dr. Brian Post has been offering individual and marital therapy for over 10 years, and has also taught doctoral-level classes in individual and couples therapy and psychological assessment. He particularly enjoys working therapeutically with adults and strives to offer a safe place where people feel understood and valued. Throughout this work, he welcomes conversations about spirituality and faith. Dr. Post also focuses on supporting couples so that they can not only survive but thrive through the difficult times, especially when they realize that their partner and marriage is not going to fulfill all their hopes and expectations. Finally, Dr. Post enjoys offering psychological assessment as a way to both celebrate who people are and assist them in areas where they struggle. He can help clarify a person’s diagnosis, give in-depth personality descriptions to promote growth, evaluate preparedness for bariatric surgery, fulfill adoption requirements, and determine readiness for missions and seminary training. (PsyD, Wheaton College)

Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC)

Casey Clardy, PhD, MDiv

Psychologist/Supervisor, Director of Behavioral Health, LCHC

Dr. Clardy, a CACTC graduate, is a bilingual (Spanish) behavioral health provider at LCHC serving diverse adult, OB, and pediatric populations in the North and South Lawndale communities. As a community-based clinical psychologist, Dr. Clardy is dedicated to being a bridge builder among the worlds of psychology, faith, and culture in service of underserved populations. Her professional interests include multicultural competence, spiritual & religious coping, severe mental illness, motivational interviewing, clergy consultation, and psychological testing. As Director of Behavioral Health at LCHC, she enjoys supervising staff and consulting with other disciplines to equip LCHC to serve the complex behavioral health needs of the Lawndale population. (PhD, MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary/Fuller Graduate School of Psychology)

Emely de la O, PsyD

Psychologist/Supervisor, Director of Clinical Training, LCHC

Dr. de la O is a bilingual behavioral health provider at Lawndale Christian Health Center. She currently works with children and adults at two LCHC clinics. She also facilitates a Spanish-language behavior management group for young children and their parents, and has co-facilitated stress management groups for adults and socioemotional skills building groups for children and adolescents in the past. Dr. de la O currently serves as the Behavioral Health Clinical Training Director, involved in the development of the training program at LCHC and providing training and supervision to students at the advanced practicum, pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral level. Dr. de la O is passionate about serving underserved communities and views her work at LCHC as ministry. (PsyD, Wheaton College)

Kathryn McLean, PsyD

Psychologist/Supervisor, Assistant Director of Behavioral Health, LCHC

Dr. McLean is a CACTC graduate and a behavioral health provider at LCHC. She provides behavioral health consultation services at two LCHC locations and works primarily with the OB/GYN care team. As Assistant Director of BH, Dr. McLean manages the clinical quality improvement process related to behavioral health, and assists in increasing the utility of electronic medical records for behavioral health. She assists with programmatic decision-making for LCHC related to Medication Assisted Treatment for patients with opioid use disorder. (PsyD, Wheaton College)

Patricia Johnson, PsyD

Psychologist/Supervisor, LCHC

Dr. Johnson is a behavioral health provider at Lawndale Christian Health Center, working at the Homan location. Dr. Johnson provides behavioral health consultations for children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a variety of mental health needs. She also provides services to older adults at LCHC’s new Senior Center. Dr. Johnson provides compassionate care for an underserved population and collaborates with the clinic care team to provide holistic care. She has extensive experience working with some of Chicago’s most under resourced communities. (PsyD, Adler University)

Rebekah Stevenson, PhD, LCPC

Behavioral Health Provider, Supervisor, LCHC

Dr. Stevenson is a CACTC graduate and a bilingual behavioral health provider at two LCHC locations. She provides behavioral health consultation services to patients across the lifespan, treating a wide spectrum of mental health conditions and promoting overall health and wellness. Dr. Stevenson also facilitates a stress management group for adults and a Spanish-language socioemotional skills building group for children. Her interests include addressing the impact of past trauma on current mood symptoms and interpersonal functioning/relationships, as well as women’s health and increasing access to mental health care in underserved communities. She incorporates cognitive-behavioral techniques and client-centered approaches to address emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, and utilizes a trauma-informed perspective to conceptualize current functioning and inform individual patient treatment and care. (PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology)

Dennis R. Bourne, Jr., MA, LCPC

Behavioral Health Provider, Supervisor, LCHC

Mr. Bourne is a behavioral health provider serving patients across the lifespan at two LCHC locations. He also facilitates groups to promote social and emotional skills for children and adolescents in the context of primary care. His interests include addressing trauma, issues related to race and culture, and working with adolescents and families. Mr. Bourne highly values building rapport with patients, as well as ensuring patient comfort with the therapeutic process. He desires to help build bridges between disciplines to provide patients with a smooth experience while receiving care. (MA, Regent University)

Meier Clinics

Lisa Naatz, PsyD, ABSNP

Director of Clinical Training and Assistant Director of Neuropsychology, Meier Clinics
Adjunct Faculty/PsyD Program, Wheaton College Graduate School

Dr. Naatz is board certified in school neuropsychology and provides psychological and neuropsychological assessments for children and adolescents; her assessment specialty areas include autism spectrum, ADHD, and learning disabilities.  Dr. Naatz also works with adolescents and adults in therapy, primarily from a third-wave cognitive behavioral approach; her therapy specialty areas include trauma, anxiety, depression, and grief.  Additionally, she works as an adjunct professor at Wheaton College in the clinical psychology doctoral program.  (PsyD, University of San Francisco)

Benjamin Pyykkonen, PhD

Psychologist/Supervisor, Meier Clinics
PsyD. Program Director and Assistant Professor, Wheaton College Graduate School

Dr. Pyykkonen works with adolescents and adults, primarily from a cognitive-behavioral approach, and also provides psychological and neuropsychological testing at the Meier Clinic in Wheaton. Additionally, he is the director of the doctoral clinical psychology program at Wheaton College. He is actively engaged in academic research examining the cognitive and emotional factors related to a number of clinical conditions, which enhances the effectiveness of his clinical work. These include: dementia, hydrocephalus, depression, neurodevelopmental genetic disorders, HIV, and compulsive sexuality. (PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology)

Kelly Marquie, PsyD

Psychologist/Supervisor, Meier Clinics

Dr. Marquie provides counseling for adolescents, adults, and older adults within individual, family, and marital sessions. She integrates psychodynamic and insight oriented approaches for an eclectic style of therapy to meet the needs of her clients. She provides treatment and supervision as Meier Clinics. (PsyD, Wheaton College)

Kathleen Hayden, PsyD

Psychologist/Supervisor, Meier Clinics

Dr. Kathleen (Kathie) Hayden works with women and men from approximately age 18 through all stages of adulthood. Kathie has also received state-certified specialized training in domestic violence counseling and completed Illinois Certification as a Domestic Violence Professional (ICDVP) in 2008. She is also the director of our Catalyst program, which is a Partial Hospital Adult Day and Intensive Outpatient program helping those that struggle with depression, anxiety and more.  (PsyD, Wheaton College)

Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago (CCCOC)

Rev. Peonita Harris, PsyD, LMFT, CSAT

Executive Director, Supervisor, CCCOC

Dr. Harris has many years of experience in working with conflicted couples recovering from infidelity and betrayal, survivors of sexual trauma, and working with couples and partners recovering from the impact of sexual addiction. She also has specialized training in couples therapy, mood dysregulation, trauma and spiritual integration. Dr. Harris’ goal is to embrace the uniqueness of all individuals as she assists them to discover and experience healing and connection. She is committed to the movement of de-stigmatizing mental illness and to the integration of faith and practice. Dr. Harris is committed to providing a collaborative style of supervision to assist students and staff in providing quality psychotherapy services for an integrative approach to treatment. (PsyD, Adler University; LMFT, Adler University, CSAT, IITAP)

Frances Tung, PhD

Psychologist/Supervisor, CCCOC

Dr. Tung has experience working with children, adults, and families. She has special expertise assisting children with emotional and behavioral difficulties as well helping parents develop strong parenting skills. She also has training in EMDR. Dr. Tung regularly performs psychological evaluations of children and adults for ADHD, learning disabilities, and social and emotional issues. (PhD, Suffolk University in Massachusetts)

Jermaine Thomas, PsyD

Psychologist/Supervisor, CCCOC

Dr. Thomas specializes in working with individuals struggling with early relational trauma, depression, and couple issues. His treatment approach is integrative, as he incorporates perspectives from psychodynamic theory, emotion-focused therapy, the Gottman method, Adlerian therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Dr. Thomas believes that our early experiences, particularly our early relational experiences, lay the foundation for how we view others, the world, and ourselves. He strives to help individuals recover from the pain of their past and he has a passion for working with individuals who seek to learn more about themselves, and desire to grow emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. Dr. Thomas is especially passionate about helping clients form a better relationship with God and fully experience His grace. His style of therapy is relational and clients can expect that he will explore their issues with them without judgment. It is his aim to create a safe space in which clients feel comfortable working through difficult private issues as he provides support along the road to healing.

(PsyD, Adler University).

Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center (CDPCC)

Nancy E. Cochran, PsyD

Psychologist/Supervisor, CDPCC

Dr. Cochran joined the Center in 2005; prior to this she taught adolescents with behavior and emotion challenges. She currently provides therapy to adults of all ages, couples families and adolescents. Dr. Cochran is passionate about helping couples achieve a “conscious relationship” with a focus on trust, communication, intimacy and healthy boundaries. She uses mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and Internal Family Systems therapy to help those struggling with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive thinking, panic attacks, eating disorders, PTSD and self-esteem issues. (PsyD, The Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago)

Jim Natter, PsyD

Executive Director, Psychologist/Supervisor, CDPCC

Dr. Natter is the Center’s Executive Director. He enjoys working with couples and families. He is trained in Immanuel Prayer through Alive & Well Ministries. He received a certificate of completion of a two-year community in spiritual direction. He is certified in clinical hypnosis with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He was on staff with the Navigators for a dozen years discipling individuals and couples in New England. He spent twenty-four years in the Navy and retired in the rank of captain. (PsyD, Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago)

Patricia R. Francis, OP, PsyD, SEP

Director of Counseling Services, Psychologist/Supervisor, CDPCC

Dr. Francis is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Director of Counseling Services at Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center. A Dominican Sister, Dr. Francis is interested in the integration of spirituality, physical health, and psychology to achieve healing, maintain wellness, and promote personal growth and life-giving relationships. Dr. Francis has a particular interest in trauma/PTSD, marital relationships, chronic pain, and mood disorders. Fluent in American Sign Language, Dr. Pat enjoys serving the Deaf Community as well as hearing clients. (PsyD, Illinois School of Professional Psychology)

Elissa McGovern, PsyD

Psychologist/Supervisor, CDPCC

Dr. McGovern is particularly passionate about working with children, adolescents and emerging adults.  She offers clinical services to address depression, anxiety, relational distress, academic concerns, and behavioral issues.  She incorporates play therapy, CBT, and mindfulness techniques into her therapeutic work and also values the integration of faith into the therapy process. She conducts group work relating to social and academic skills, social-emotional development, behavioral management, and boundary setting.  Dr. McGovern utilizes psychological assessments to supplement the work done in therapy and administers psychological and neuro-psychological testing to children and adults for a variety of issues including academic concerns, attention difficulties, learning disabilities, social/emotional concerns, and career aptitude concerns. (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, PsyD)

“CACTC is committed to train up professional psychologists to uniquely serve their clients through a Christian perspective. By working with underserved populations, our interns are able to grow their individual competencies while also meeting the needs of our neighbors here in the Chicagoland area.”

SANDY JOHNSTON KRUSE • FOUNDING DIRECTOR