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APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship

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Program Basics

The APA-accredited internship in health service psychology at the Village of Hoffman Estates Department of Health and Human Services is a 12 month, 40 hour per week, full time internship program. Interns are expected to be on site Monday through Friday, with three required evenings. HHS hours of operation are Monday –Thursday, 8:30am-9:00pm, and Friday from 8:30am -5:00pm.

The internship begins the Tuesday after Labor Day in September and is completed at the end of August. The internship offer is contingent on the passing of an employer paid background investigation and drug screen.

Click here to download our Internship Handbook.

APPIC Site Number: Internship: #1276

HHS Training Staff:

Director of Training:

  • Audra Marks, Psy.D.

Supervisory Staff:

  • Monica Saavedra, Psy.D. (Director of HHS)
  • Ed Dunkelblau, Ph.D.
  • Caren Gardner, MS
  • Lauren Nichols, Psy.D.


Clinical Experience

Interns are expected to carry a weekly caseload of 18-20 clients. Caseload is made up of individual adults, adolescents, children, families and couples. Interns are also expected to complete a minimum of 3 comprehensive psychological assessments during the course of the training year.

In addition to psychotherapy and clinical assessment, Interns are also expected to complete weekly intakes for the first 6 months of the training year, after which they are involved in training practicum students to complete intakes and overseeing the intake process for the remainder of the training year.

Common presenting problems of clients include (but are not limited to) depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, externalizing disorders, adjustment disorders, marital difficulties, parenting difficulties and school problems.

Students are trained in:

  • Individual, Couple, and Family Psychotherapy
  • Multicultural Competence
  • Community Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Intake Assessments
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Outreach & Prevention

Opportunities exist for work in:

  • Employee Assistance Programming
  • Career Counseling
  • Community Prevention Program Development
  • Group Psychotherapy & Skill-based Groups
  • Community Health Services
  • Applied Research

Click here for more detailed information included in our Internship Handbook.



The supervision experience at Health and Human Services is varied and intensive. Within supervision and seminars, there is a strong emphasis on self-reflection as it is an important element of professional and personal development. Interns receive 3 hours of individual supervision each week. In addition to individual supervision, Interns also receive one hour of weekly group/dyadic supervision. Interns are expected to audio and/or video record all psychotherapy sessions (with client consent) and this material is reviewed during weekly supervision meetings.  

Support, encouragement, and critical feedback are utilized to help students develop professional abilities that fit their own interactive style and enhance their therapeutic effectiveness. Interns are encouraged to discuss countertransference related to clients in supervision as it increases understanding of the self and clients. It is also helpful to discuss dynamics within the supervisory relationship, in an effort to create stronger and more supportive relationships within supervision. 


Click here for more detailed information included in our Internship Handbook.


Training Seminars & Didactics

Psychotherapy Seminar

Interns participate in a weekly Psychotherapy Seminar. This seminar focuses on the theory and practice of psychotherapy with particular attention to applied family psychotherapy skills. The seminar is experiential and didactic including case presentations, family of origin genogram presentation, role playing, and live supervision.

Multicultural Competence and Community Psychology Seminar

Interns participate in a weekly experiential and didactic Multicultural Competence and Community Psychology Seminar. This seminar focuses on increasing a therapist's self awareness, knowledge and skills as it relates to their work in the community and with diverse clients and settings.

During the year, students develop and implement programs designed to improve and sustain the health and well being of the residents in Hoffman Estates. The research based prevention programs seek to prevent the possibility of future development of severe health and/or mental health conditions that would otherwise require intensive treatment.

Current community prevention programs include:

  • Self-esteem & Body Image groups for elementary school aged girls
  • Social and Emotional Development Group for elementary school aged girls & boys
  • Leadership Development Group for elementary school aged girls & boys
  • Autism Parent Support Group
  • Community Education & Awareness Projects on a variety of topics
  • Employee Assistance Program Training

This Seminar trains students on evidence based community work. Students will discuss the importance of self awareness, knowledge and skills while working with clients and communities, learn theories on community prevention work, participate in community prevention projects and activities, learn the steps for developing a program, and implement a community prevention program.

A core focus of this seminar is to encourage a student's further growth of their competencies in issues of diversity. This focus is integrated into the seminar by asking students to share and process their reactions to content and experiential exercises. Process groups and presentations that require interns to engage in self-reflection around their own culture and identities is a required component of this seminar. 



Intern Salary: $23,000
The salaried Internship includes HMO medical coverage (nominal charge), 7 holidays, and 10 personal/vacation days of paid time off.

HHS does provide interns with maternity/paternity leave in accordance with the Village of Hoffman Estates employee policy regarding maternity/paternity leave. This information can be found in the Village of Hoffman Estates Employee Handbook. Prospective applicants that have questions about this policy are encouraged to contact the Human Resources department of the Village. 


Interns have access to a variety of physical amenities to assist them in providing services throughout the year. Each intern has their own private office space, complete with computer and individual phone and extension. In addition, Interns have access to a play therapy room, sandtray room, large conference room, and five additional therapy offices. In addition, Interns are able to use rooms and meeting spaces that are part of Village Hall for community-based projects and awareness month projects, as needed. The facilities at HHS are accessible for those with disabilities. 

Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data

Please click here for information on trainee admissions and support, as well as outcome data for the last 3 internship cohorts. 

How to Apply

Application materials should be direct to:

Audra Marks, Psy.D, Director of Training
Village of Hoffman Estates
Department of Health and Human Services
1900 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

Internship Applicants:

  • Cover Letter 
  • Standard APPIC application - can be downloaded from the APPIC website
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Graduate Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Comprehensive, de-indentified psychological assessment report

Application Deadlines: All applications must be received by the following dates:

  • Intern: November 14, 2019* (Applicants selected to interview will be notified by December 15, 2019)

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 listed above.  Additionally, your signed application agreement and fee for registration for the Matching Program must arrive at National Matching Services, Inc office no later than 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


The internship program at the Village of Hoffman Estates Department of Health and Human Services is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The internship in health service psychology was awarded 10 years accreditation, with the next scheduled site visit to be held in 2029.

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: 

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: