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Training Program

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 Sandtray Room extern office  HHS Loby Intern Office
Left to right: Sandtray therapy room; Extern Therapy Office; HHS waiting room; Intern Office

About the Department and Hoffman Estates

Health and Human Services is a municipally funded outpatient community health and mental health service facility in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Hoffman Estates is approximately 35 minutes from Chicago. The community is diverse socioeconomically, ethnically and racially. Click here for demographic information on Hoffman Estates.

For over 30 years, the department has provided individual, couple, and family psychotherapy training with a stength-based approach toward its clients.

Health and Human Services provides intensive clinical experience and supervision. Caseloads include families, individual, adults, adolescents, children and couples.

In addition to clinical work, Health and Human Services has a strong focus on prevention work. During the year, students participate in a year-long community project as well as several small outreach projects.

HHS Intern and Practicum students show off a display

HHS Intern displays her monthly awareness project: The Chain of Hope

Clinical & Supervisory Staff


  • Monica Saavedra, Psy.D.

Assistant Director & Director of Training:

  • Audra Marks, Psy.D.

Supervisory Staff:

  • Ed Dunkelblau, Ph.D.
  • Caren Gardner, MS
  • Lauren Nichols, Psy.D.


Note for Internship Applicants: The Hoffman Estates Department of Health and Human Services Department internship training program 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 internship applicant. Under this agreement, HHS is required to make all internship offers through the Matching Program. Therefore, all applicants must be registered for the APPIC Matching Program. Applicants can obtain a “Request for Application Agreement Package” from National Matching Services, Inc. The web address is

To be considered for this internship, we must receive your application materials by the date specified.  Additionally, your signed application agreement and fee for registration for the Matching Program must arrive at National Matching Services, Inc office by the stated deadline in order for your name and code number to be registered in the “Listing of Participating Applicants.”

Questions regarding the application process can be e-mailed to Judith Aldana, Administrative Assistant at  or call 847-781-4850

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