Masters and doctoral-level students from The Chicago School’s Forensic, Counseling, Community Mental Health Counseling and PsyD programs are eligible to apply for practicum training. Applicants should have an interest in community and forensic mental health, although, trainees may choose to weight their training experience toward forensic or non-forensic work. Most trainees seek a blend of cases and find their experience most enriched by highly diverse caseload. Each year our training cohort of 7 – 9 includes masters and doctoral therapy and diagnostic practicum trainees.
The January 2020 launch ceremony for Interwoven Community Counseling Center
As a community mental health center, Interwoven draws referrals from across Chicago and reflective of city’s diversity. The Forensic Center is a leading provider of services ordered by the Cook County Domestic Relations Court. The Outpatient Fitness-to-Stand-Trail Restoration Program provides trainees to the opportunity to work with person found incompetent to stand trail due to a mental illness, cognitive impairment, or both. Together, these three referral streams provide trainees with a richly diverse caseload with an emphasis on serving primarily less advantaged, under-served communities. Recently, Interwoven initiated mental health services at a near-west side, low-income, housing development, thus, providing an additional opportunity for community based-work.
A typical trainee caseload might include the following types of cases: court-ordered family therapy, therapeutic supervision visitation, or reunification therapy; court-ordered individual therapy for adult, teen, or child; one or two fitness restoration; and a mix of individual cases through Interwoven.
The 2019-20 team of student trainees, clinical supervisors, and staff