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Clinical Employment Opportunities. . .

The Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center considers the integration of theology with the practice of behavioral science to be fundamental to our mission.  As pastoral counselors, our staff are trained in both fields.  This dual perspective allows us to uniquely serve church congregations and parishes in our community.  The churches affiliated with CDPCC trust our clinical expertise while also valuing the Center as a professional and theologically sensitive place to refer.  In addition, our clients can heal and grow in an atmosphere that respects their faith tradition should they wish to bring that dimension into the process.

We invite those interested in joining our clinical practice to apply.

Current Opportunities:

Assistant Executive Director Position

We are seeking a licensed clinical psychologist (Ph. D. or Psy. D.) to join our staff.  CDPCC is a thriving, faith-based, non-profit group practice located in the western suburbs of Chicago.  We are also an APA-approved doctoral internship training site. 

In addition to psychological training, we desire the applicant to have:

  • theological training and experience integrating faith with psychotherapy in order to train staff and students in integrative practices
  • collaborative leadership skills and executive experience

The candidate will build their own practice based on their areas of interest and expertise along with embracing the leadership and administrative responsibility of 15 therapists/trainees and 4 support staff.  The position may include responsibilities with our board of directors, as well.

Essential qualities we seek in a candidate include a pastoral heart, being a team player-coach-leader, and having an ecumenical openness to both Catholic and Protestant traditions.

There is a possibility the successful candidate will advance to the position of Executive Director.  That position will open in February of 2021. 

To apply, please send a cover letter, three letters of recommendation, and a copy of your vita/work history.  We will arrange a Zoom interview for those meeting our requirements.  Further Zoom and in-person interviews by the staff and Board of Directors may follow.

Financial details will be negotiated. 

Applications and questions are to be sent to Patricia Francis, O.P., Psy.D., email contactus@cdpcc.org.  For questions, please call 630-752-9750 x17.

 

Staff Therapist Opportunity

We are currently seeking a therapist who is interested in working with men and adolescent male clients. The ideal candidate has a certificate or degree in theology or pastoral studies (or a willingness to pursue).  Secondary considerations include one or more qualifications:

  1. Leadership abilities with an interest  in a leadership position within the organization
  2. Bi-lingual, particularly Spanish-speaking
  3. Assessment and supervisory experience
  4. Addictions certification (CADC) or other specialties

Candidates who meet these requirements are welcome to apply.

 

Application Guidelines:

When applying, please send the following, together in a single envelope:

  1. A cover letter detailing your interest
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. 3 reference letters

Applicants, please send your materials to: Dr. Patricia R. Francis, O.P. Director of Counseling Services

Practicum Opportunities


Practicum Students Welcome!

 

Our Center considers our participation in the clinical training of graduate and pre-doctoral students a high priority and an important contribution to the field of psychology and mental health services.  CDPCC offers students an opportunity to gain a wide variety of clinical experience under excellent supervision.  Our Center is unique in that its staff is trained in theology, degreed in the behavioral health sciences, and licensed by the State of Illinois.  Thus, our clients know we will respect their religious tradition should they wish to use that as a resource in their healing process and trust our clinical expertise.

Master-level students:
Students enrolled in a Marriage and Family program who are preparing for the MFT license are encouraged to apply.  We also consider students in clinical mental health master of arts programs who are preparing for the LCPC license.  We interview master level students during the same time frame as doctoral level students and make offers soon after the match for doctoral practicum students is finished.

Doctorate-level students:
We offer diagnostic and therapy practicum experiences for students in doctoral programs who are preparing for the clinical psychology licensing.  These same opportunities are also available to students taking part in the CACTC internship program who are in their last year of their doctoral program (see below).

What to expect when interviewing:
We follow the ACEPT and APPIC guidelines and dates in our selection process. Given the volume of applicants, all of our counseling staff participate in the interviewing process.  Students ordinarily have a 45 minute interview with one staff member (i.e., a pastoral counselor or psychologist).  Towards the end of the interviewing calendar, those students deemed to be strong candidates will be invited to return for a brief interview, in order to meet the entire staff and ask any questions that may have arisen since the first interview.


Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center participates in the Wheaton College Practicum Fair held yearly in early December.

Application materials may be sent to Dr. Nancy Cochran, Director of Training, 507 Thornhill Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188.   Please  direct all questions to Dr. Nancy Cochran, at 630-752-9750, ext. 27.      

Therapy and marriage & family practicum applicants, please send your materials to:

Dr. Nancy Cochran
Director of Training
Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center
507 Thornhill Drive
Carol Stream IL 60188

Diagnostic practicum applicants, please send your materials to:

Dr. Elissa McGovern
Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center
507 Thornhill Drive
Carol Stream IL 60188

Application Guidelines:

Students interested in completing a master’s level marriage and family or therapy practicum, a diagnostic practicum, an externship, or advanced practicum  are welcome to apply. When applying, please send the following, together in a single envelope or single email:

  1. A cover letter detailing the type of position you are seeking
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. An official transcript of your coursework
  4. Three reference letters – sent directly from the reference to Dr. Cochran via email through the postal mail
  5. For those requesting an advanced or diagnostic practicum, please send a writing sample or assessment report.

CACTC Internships

CACTC Internships

The Center is pleased to partner with the Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium, which is an APA-accredited doctoral training program. The purpose of the Consortium (CACTC) is to strengthen service delivery to under-served persons and their communities by means of equipping and preparing graduate students to work competently with these groups. 

We consider our participation in the clinical training of graduate and pre-doctoral students a high priority and an important contribution to the field of psychology and mental health services.  CDPCC offers students an opportunity to gain a wide variety of clinical experience under excellent supervision.  Our Center is unique in that our staff are trained in theology, degreed in the behavioral health sciences, and licensed by the State of Illinois.  We respect our client’s religious traditions should they wish to use them as a resource in their healing process, in addition to the clinician’s expertise.

For more information about the Center’s partnership with the Consortium, visit http://cactc.org/where-we-work/cdpcc/.

To apply for a CACTC Internship:
Interested applicants are to apply directly to Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium.  Go to cactc.org/apply and follow the application guidelines there. Please contact Dr. Nancy Cochran, Director of Training, at 630-752-9750 x27 for further questions.

For more information about CACTC training opportunities at the Center, please contact Dr. Nancy Cochran, Director of Training, at 630-752-9750, ext. 27.

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