Clinical Training Opportunities

Northeatern's Counseling Services provides training opportunities for those pursuing careers in Clinical Psychology. We offer both Postdoctoral Fellowships and Predoctoral Therapy Practicum placements.


Mission and Philosophy of Training

In the context of the larger University, Counseling Services provides an environment rich with opportunities for learning and deepening skills. In many ways more a community mental health center than a traditional college counseling center, our office provides services for a community that is broadly diverse across all dimensions and that presents an equally broad range of clinical issues. Postdoctoral fellows and predoctoral practicum students participate in all aspects of our office's activities. We view clinical training as an advanced apprenticeship in a service environment committed to ongoing learning, professional independence and reflection about practice.


Characteristics of the student body and our clients

One of the most diverse universities in the Midwest, Northeastern has a population that represents students and staff members from a wide range of ages, ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic levels, gender identities, and cultural and religious groups. Over 60% of Northeastern's students are the first in their families to pursue a college education, and many are "non-traditional" students, coming from groups underrepresented in higher education. Significant numbers of returning adults also compliment this diversity. Because many of our students are in the process of a life transition, they experience high levels of stress as they balance the often competing worlds of school, work, and home.

Below is a table with demographic characteristics of NEIU's Counseling Services population, based on the most recent data from Fall 2012. Client utilization data over the past several years indicate that Counseling Services' clientele closely follows the pattern of NEIU's overall population, including both ethnic background and age. Approximately 90% of the treatment provided last year took the form of individual sessions, with additional couple/family therapy, and group counseling.


 
NEIU Counseling Services Client Profile - Fall 2012
 
Age Average 28.2 yrs
Gender Female 66.1%
Male 33.3%
Ethnicity African American 10.1%
Asian American 7.9%
Caucasian 33.3%
Hispanic 27.0%
Native American 0.3%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.2%
Multiracial 12.2%
Non-Resident Alien 4.3%
Unknown 9.5%


About Counseling Services

Student Health & Counseling Services is a service unit within the Division of Student Affairs, the area responsible for the many non-academic and co-curricular support needs of our students. Some of the other service units within the Division of Student Affairs include Campus Recreation, Student Leadership Development (formerly Student Activities), Academic and Career Advising, Student Disability Services, and TRIO Student Support Services. Within this milieu, Counseling Services provides counseling services, outreach efforts and crisis intervention to Northeastern students, along with consultation services for university faculty and administrative staff.


Services Provided

Counseling Services provides a range of outpatient clinical services to university students and staff members. Primary clinical activities include individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy, as well as outreach and consultation services.

A short description follows:


Individual Psychotherapy

Individual psychotherapy is the most common service modality. What characterizes individual treatment at Northeastern is the very diverse client population, representing a wide variety of background characteristics and clinical presentations. Psychological services include crisis intervention and both brief and longer-term treatment.


Couple & Family Psychotherapy

Although individual therapy is predominant, Counseling Services also provides couple and family therapy. Whether clients are seen individually or in couples is determined primarily by client need and the clinical judgement of the therapist. During recent years, approximately 5% of the office's sessions involved couple or family treatment.


Group Psychotherapy

All clinical staff are encouraged to help develop therapy, support and psychoeducational groups on campus. These groups frequently have a specific focus to address the needs of target audiences, and are sometimes sponsored in collaboration with other service units. Previous groups have included an ongoing psychotherapy process groups, as well as counseling groups focusing on specific target populations and issues, such as anxiety management, stress management, parenting skills, a women's group and a group for students of color.


Outreach and Consultation

All clinical staff are encouraged to help develop therapy, support and psychoeducational groups on campus. These groups frequently have a specific focus to address the needs of target audiences, and are sometimes sponsored in collaboration with other service units. Previous groups have included an ongoing psychotherapy process groups, as well as counseling groups focusing on specific target populations and issues, such as anxiety management, stress management, parenting skills, a women's group and a group for students of color.


Timelines, Application Processes & Specific Details

For specific information related to Postdoctoral or Predoctoral Therapy Practicum, click on the appropriate link:
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Predoctoral Therapy Practicum

If you have other questions about our clinical training program, contact Dr. Miki Koyama at (773) 442-4650 or m-koyama@neiu.edu.