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The Chicago School is the nation’s leading nonprofit graduate university focused exclusively on psychology and related behavioral sciences.

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  • Prepare to make a difference.

  • Impact. Thats what its all about for you.

    At The Chicago School, youll get the experience youneed to make a difference that mattersor to deepen the

    impact you may already be making.

    No matter what your undergraduate degree, you can start now to prepare for a career in psychology, or to move to the next

    level in a meaningful profession.

    Youll have extensive real-world training opportunities, andyoull work side-by-side with practitioner faculty who

    have a wealth of experience. Youll learn bydoingand from those who already have.

    Read on to learn about the powerfulimpact our faculty and alumni

    are making every day. Your turn is nextprepare to change

    the world.

    Table of ContentsWhy The Chicago School? 4

    Campuses 6

    Clinical Psychology 8

    Clinical Counseling 16

    Marital and Family Therapy 22

    Forensic Psychology 28

    School Psychology 34

    Applied Behavior Analysis 40

    Business Psychology 46

    International Psychology 52

    Organizational Leadership 60

    Sport and Exercise Psychology 61

    Child and Adolescent Psychology 33, 61

    Gerontology 62

    General Psychology 62

    Admission Information 64

  • Why The Chicago School?

    4 Office of Admission 800.721.8072

  • With more than 2,500 students, andcampuses in Chicago, Southern California, and

    online, The Chicago School is the nations leading nonprofitgraduate university dedicated exclusively to psychology and related

    fields. Our approach focuses on training students to be extraordinarypractitioners and is distinctive in several important ways:

    In addition to a traditional internship, youll enjoy a broad range of clinical training, community service, and applied field research opportunities that prepare you to make an impact in a way few other graduates

    can. There is no better place than The Chicago School to learn to make a difference. We are the only professional psychology school named to the Presidents Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal

    recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement.

    Chicago School faculty members do not focus strictly on theory and research, but are active practitioners in their areas of expertise. They bring their years of professional experience

    into the classroom, providing you with a richyet powerfully practicaleducational experience.

    As an independent nonprofit graduate school, The Chicago School provides you with the best of both worlds: a close-knit learning environment that allows for frequent interaction and collaboration with faculty and fellowstudents, and dynamic metropolitan communities that offer a vast range of opportunities for clinical training,

    community service, field research, professional networking, and fun.

    We actively infuse all of our programs with content and projects that build your knowledge of, and competence in, working with people from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and perspectivespreparing you to be a highly effective practitioner in todays

    increasingly global world. The Chicago School has been recognized by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional

    Psychology for significant contributions to the area of diversity.

    Youll be trained by leaders in the field.

    Youll learn by doing and leave with a powerful resume.

    Youll be ready for the global world.

    Youll receive intensive personal mentorship and broad professional exposure.

  • 6 Office of Admission 800.721.8072


    Chicago.Located directly on the Chicago River, ourdowntown campus isjust steps away from Lake Michigan, the theater district, the famed Magnificent Mile,dozens of museums, and some of the worldstop restaurants and clubs.Chicago is often describedas a colorful patchworkquilt of diverseneighborhoods andprovides a truemulticultural environmentfor your educationaltraining.

    As a convenience toworking professionals, and to those in thenorthern suburbs ofChicago, we also offerflexible evening/weekendprograms at the UniversityCenter of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois.

    Online.The Chicago Schoolsonline programs are

    designed to make distancelearning feel anything but distant.

    Youll be able to interact directly withfaculty and fellow students and gain real-world experience in a flexible format that

    suits your lifestyle and needs. Everyprogram requires you to apply what youare learning to your existing work life

    resulting in a relevant andimmediately impactful

    educational experience.

  • Los Angeles. Perhaps best known for Hollywood celebrities, Universal Studios, world-classshopping, and incredible nightlife, Los Angeles also boasts unmatched ethnic, cultural, political,and social diversityproviding unique opportunities for personal enrichment, professionaltraining, and fun. Our Los Angeles Campus is located in the heart of the downtown businessdistrict, just steps from the Metro train station and public parking. Its also just a short drive from the 110, 101, 5, and 10 freeways.


    Westwood. Our Westwood Campus is located in the center of WestwoodVillage, a lively neighborhood next to the UCLA campus and a shortdrive from Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and several public beaches.This urban yet suburban neighborhood is filled with eclectic cafes,high-end restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and more. Studentsof The Chicago School enjoy access to UCLA's libraries and otheramenities, ample convenient parking, and easy access to the 405,101, and 10 freeways.

    Irvine.Located in Orange

    County near the Universityof California at Irvine, The

    Chicago School's Irvine Campusoffers a college-town atmosphere

    surrounded by quaint shops, open-aircafes, and a variety of restaurants. Ourstudents enjoy access to the UC Irvine

    libraries and convenient parking.Were just a short drive to the 405,

    55, and 71 freeways, areabeaches, and Disneyland.

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    The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) is thehighest degree for those who wish to applytheir knowledge as practicing clinicians.Clinical psychologists are rigorously trained invarious theories, tools, and interventiontechniques, and often work with clients whohave experienced severe trauma or seriousmental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolardisorder, or phobias. They conduct clinicalinterviews and psychological testing, createtreatment plans, consult and collaborate withphysicians and other professionals, andprovide multiple forms of therapy that addressmental illness, behavioral problems, andemotional distress.

    Many clinical psychologists choose to work inprivate practice, while others work in hospitals,school counseling centers, substance abusetreatment facilities, mental health clinics, orresidential centers. Some join comprehensivetreatment teams, collaborating with a range ofphysicians and other specialistssuch asthose working in rehabilitation settingsproviding care to patients coping with spinalcord injuries, chronic pain, or variousneurological conditions.

    Some clinical psychologists focus strictly onproviding direct client services, while othersextend their professional work to becomehigher education professors andadministrators, supervisors and administratorsin clinical settings, as well as advocates formental health and social change.


  • Q. You came to The Chicago School to workwith people who dont typically have access to psychological

    treatment. Did the school deliver?A. Absolutely! The Chicago School had well-established relationships with a

    variety of practicum and internship settings. I was impressed by the many opportunities towork with urban, poor populations in neighborhoods across Chicago.

    Q. Can you share specific examples from your days as a student?A. I can vividly remember one professors critique of a widely used measure of intelligence. She challenged me

    to look at the ways that issues such as poverty, social status, and access to educational and cultural experiencescould impact a childs IQ score. In my psychotherapy classes, we frequently discussed how the concepts of power and

    privilege impact a clients psychological health, self-perceptions, and view of others and the world.

    Q. What was learning like outside of the classroom?A. As a student there were many opportunities for me to practice the skills I was developing outside of the classroom.

    One thing I was really focused on was getting experience with a range of population types. For example, The Chicago School assisted in placing me at Hartgrove Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric facility serving children, adolescents,

    and adults from poor, urban communities.

    A. Coursework was designed not only to include traditional models of treatment with mainstream populations, but also anintegration of various cultural groups and systems issues that impact psychologists understanding of human development,

    growth, and treatment.

    Q. Describe the range of experiences available to Chicago School students at Lawrence Hall Youth Services.A. Their experiences are rich in so many ways. For example, I remember one student came to Lawrence Hall Youth Servicesfrom a university counseling center and said he was so appreciative of the opportunity to have his idea about what therapy

    could be stretched and expanded beyond his former ideal of the traditional 45-minute office-based session.

    Q. 95% of Lawrence Hall students graduate from high school. How does it feel to be a part of an organization that has that kind of impact?

    A. I have always been impressed by LHYS