Community and Service: Essential Values of Mental Health Professionals

Community and Service are two of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s (TCSPP) core values which forms it’s unique educational model known as the Engaged Professional Model and in essence redefines the role of the mental health professional.   

Students are introduced to the centrality of service and giving back to their community, from their very first semester.  Their programs give them the opportunity for hands-on practicum, internship, and service experiences designed to engage students and provide the initiatives and activities that can impact the well being of local and global communities.  It also helps put students on a lifelong path of civic engagement, which is considered essential as mental health professionals play an increasingly important role in assessing and helping to enhance quality of life in communities.  Students and faculty performed nearly 1.2 million service hours were performed in 2014 alone, underscoring its importance and value.

Students at The Chicago School are offered both scholarships and fellowships for students to create and implement innovative strategies to positively influence the social, economic and organizational welfare of underserved and diverse communities. Faculty can also apply for grants that will help them to better integrate service-learning and community-building initiatives into their courses.

Serving nearly 4,200 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California at Los Angeles and Irvine; and Washington, D.C., as well as through online programs, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioural and health sciences. The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in Chicago is accredited by the American Psychological Association.  The university is a member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, and is recognized for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy.  With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is considered a leader in professional psychology education.