Illinois School of Professional Psychology

Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Chicago

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Our Clinical Psychology programs are designed to prepare practitioner-scholars whose scientific, theoretical and practical foundations enable them to meet the challenges of the diverse settings, populations and communities in which they serve.

Personal and Professional Preparation

The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago (ISPP, Chicago) resides in the heart of downtown Chicago, just blocks from Millennium Park and within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, public transportation, and cultural and entertainment venues. Founded in 1976, ISPP, Chicago offers both a Master of Arts (MA) and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology, with each program designed to encourage the personal and professional growth of our students through faculty mentorship, engaging classroom discussions and experiential learning opportunities.

Argosy University, Chicago

225 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1300,
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Phone: 312-777-7600

Clinical Admissions Director

Tina Spears, Ed.D.
tspears@argosy.edu
312-777-7612

Education Verifications

Tyler Shippen
tshippen@argosy.edu

Local Training Sites

ISPP, Chicago is committed to providing quality, practical training experiences for our students. Our approved training sites may include:

  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Psychiatric Hospitals
  • Schools & College Counseling Centers
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Private Practices
  • Residential Treatment Centers
  • Court-ordered Programs
  • Rehabilitation Centers

Our in-house clinic, The Psychological Services Center at Argosy University, Chicago, provides additional practicum training opportunities for students. We also maintain the Lake Michigan Internship Consortium (LMIC), an Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) member consortium that offers local internships exclusively to our students.

Recent News

Chicago Faculty Member Appointed to position at Illinois Psychological Association
Chicago Faculty Member Appointed to position at Illinois Psychological Association

Susan S. Zoline, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Chicago has been named academic section chair of the Illinois Psychological Association. Her term will last for a period of two years.

 

“In this role, I will advocate for the needs and interests of academic psychologists in Illinois as well as working closely with Illinois Psychological Association of Graduate Students, the graduate student section of IPA and ECP, the early career professional section of IPA.   I will continue on as IPA Ethics Committee co-chair as well,” said Zoline. 

 

 

 

 

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Chicago Campus Hosts “Ethical Dilemmas for the Forensic Psychologist”
Chicago Campus Hosts “Ethical Dilemmas for the Forensic Psychologist”

Recently, The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Chicago held a panel discussion centering on ethical dilemmas for the forensic psychologist. The event, “Ethical Dilemmas for the Forensic Psychologist,” was sponsored by the school’s Forensics Forum and International Psychology Club (Division 52).

 

Topics discussed included solitary confinement, torture, racial injustice and human rights in the United States’ prison system. Faculty members Dr. Neal Rubin, Dr. Shanavia Dansby and Dr. Susan Zoline, along with students Danielle Calas and Bianca Vigil provided commentary on these important issues. Both students are working toward a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. Future implications for forensic students and psychologists were discussed, followed by an open forum for questions.

 

See ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/568  for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important information.

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Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Chicago Professor Dr. Neal Rubin Moderates Tenth Annual Psychology Day at the United Nations
Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Chicago Professor Dr. Neal Rubin Moderates Tenth Annual Psychology Day at the United Nations

On April 20, Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Chicago Professor Dr. Neal Rubin, ABPP, moderated the Tenth Annual Psychology Day at the United Nations. The 2017 theme was “Promoting Well-being in the 21st Century: Psychological Contributions for Social, Economic, and Environmental Challenges.” Dr. Rubin has been on the planning committee each year since its inception.

The event is available for viewing on UNWEBTV: http://webtv.un.org/search/promoting-well-being-in-the-twenty-first-century-psychological-contributions-for-social-economic-and-environmental-challenges/5406248224001?term=psychology

He will follow up Psychology Day with a talk on the work of psychologists at the United Nations to a class on Psychology and Human Rights at the University of Chicago on Tuesday, May 16.

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Runs Private Practice in Clinical Psychology, Founder of the Center for Conscious Counseling
Runs Private Practice in Clinical Psychology, Founder of the Center for Conscious Counseling

Dr. Ralph Whetstine

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Chicago in 2005

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Chicago in 2003

Founder and President at the Center for Conscious Counseling

“The core curriculum at The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Chicago provided a healthy foundation of understanding,”

Runs Private Practice in Clinical Psychology, Founder of the Center for Conscious Counseling

Dr. Ralph Whetstine, founder and president at the Center for Conscious Counseling, was named a “Top Doctor in Schaumburg” in January 2017 and was equally acknowledged for his specialization in using both Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapies. 

Dr. Whetstine is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Schaumburg, Illinois. His approach includes a practical, interactive, and solution-focused approach to providing support and feedback to aid clients in resolving their problems.  He describes his treatment philosophy as a blend of “conventional and alternative approaches,” which he provides with compassion and sensitivity to help his clients find solutions to a wide range of life challenges and psychological issues. 

Dr. Whetstine’s career includes work as a therapist at the Anixter Center’s New Focus Program, a post-acute brain injury rehabilitation program in Chicago.  He later moved to a position as a residential manager working with persons with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. Dr. Whetstine was a staff therapist at both the Family Counseling Center of Joliet, Illinois and also for Alexian Brother's Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Illinois in both the Self-Injury Recovery Services (SIRS) program and in the Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Programs. He also took a position as an adjunct faculty.  During this time, he founded his private practice in the spring of 2006. 

When he began searching for an advanced degree programs that met certain criteria having to do with training, reputation, and a reasonable timeline for completion, Dr. Whetstine selected the program at The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University |Chicago.

He states, “the core curriculum provided a healthy foundation for understanding basic concepts in clinical psychology, while also providing a healthy diversity of alternative approaches and knowledge to enrich the core skills I felt I needed to be successful.” Dr. Whetstine adds that input from faculty, particularly Dr. Eli Schwartz, was instrumental to deriving the most from his experience in school. He recommends that students seek out connections with their faculty who can offer both guidance and mentoring.

Dr. Whetstine acknowledges that the completion of the dissertation was a difficult task and recommends that students on this path start their process early.  “The faculty and staff were supportive through their flexibility and understanding of the external challenges that can frequently arise in life.” 

“The practical benefits of my education are that, each day I get to do what I want and love and I owe much of this success to the education I received at [Argosy University].”  Dr. Whetstine notes, however, that, “if you want to own your own private practice, there is a lot you will need to learn. Learning the basics of business such as communication, marketing, accounting, payroll, and good business ethics can be an invaluable adjunct to those whose aspirations include starting their own practice.” 

Dr. Whetstine places a special emphasis on the skill of writing and recommends that students “fall in love with the process of learning and writing—these skills will service you both inside and outside your career.” 

Dr. Whetstine earned two degrees from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University |Chicago—a   Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2003 and a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology in 2005.  When it comes to pursuing the doctoral degree he says, “It’s a personal decision.  Achieving the doctoral level had always been part of my personal vision and I can say it was worth the extra time and effort it took to achieve.”

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