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Clinical Placements (MA)

Fieldwork, Internship I & II

All students are required to complete one (1) clinical fieldwork placement followed by one (1) internship divided into two (2) semesters for a minimum of six (6) months to earn their Master of Arts degree.  [A student may be held back from Internship at the discretion of DCAT faculty if there are concerns during Field Placement, see Student Focus Form and Criteria for Discontinuance]. 

Information describing placement sites is kept on file for students to explore prospective sites.  A Clinical Coordinator is available to advise students in their choices.  It is often suggested that students choose Internship sites that serve their thesis interest and meet research requirements.  Selecting sites serving different developmental populations, diverse pathologies, and various clinical settings is required between Fieldwork and Internship. 

The Clinical Coordinator will set up appointments with students early in the semester prior to their placement to discuss their interest.  The student then sets up his/her own interviews (s) with the prospective Site Supervisor to determine placement acceptance. 

Site Supervisors must have a minimum of a Master of Arts degree in a related clinical field if they are not an ADTR (ACADEMY OF DANCE THERAPISTS REGISTERED).

Professional, Legal & Ethical Responsibilities (Fieldwork - Course #70-6515), Internship I/Clinical Supervision (Course #70-6589), and Internship and Clinical Supervision Seminar (Course #70-6590) include the following:

Fieldwork Requirements (approximately 200 hours of supervision total):

  1. 16 hrs/wk on-site for 10-12 weeks (total 160 - 192 hours)
  2. Weekly group supervision for 2 hours with ADTR Academic Supervisor @ CCC(24 hours total)
  3. 1 visit by ADTR Academic Supervisor and 2 visits if no on site ADTR supervisor
  4. Weekly on-site supervision by Site Supervisor

Internship I Requirements:

  1. 20-24 hrs/wk for 15 weeks (total 350 hours)
  2. Weekly group supervision for 2 hours with ADTR Academic Supervisor @ CCC
  3. At least 1 visit by ADTR academic Supervisor and 3 visits (6 hours one-on-one) if no
    on-site ADTR Site Supervisor
  4. Weekly on-site supervision by Site Supervisor

Internship II Requirements:

  1. 20-24 hrs/wk for 15 weeks (total 350 hours)
  2. Weekly group supervision for 2 hours with ADTR Academic Supervisor @CCC
  3. At least 1 visit by ADTR Academic Supervisor and 2 visits (4 hours one-on-one) if no
    on-site ADTR Site Supervisor
  4. Weekly on-site supervision by Site Supervisor

Total Internship time must be at least 700 hours. 

Sites Past and Present include:

A Friend's Place • Abraxas Youth & Family Services • Accessible Arts • Advocate Bethany Hospital • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical CenterAlexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital • Anixter Center - CRS/Wellness • Anixter Center/New Focus Program • Asian Human ServicesBethany Methodist HospitalBetween Friends • Casa Central • Chicago Children's Center for Behavioral HealthChicago Vocational School • Children's Memorial Hospital • Columbia College Counseling Center • Community Connections • Core Center • Council for Jewish Elderly • Deborah's Place • Esperanza • Evanston Athletic Club • Gateway Foundation • Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School • Glenkirk • Good Samaritan Hospital • Grace House • Hancock Center • Hartgrove Hospital • Heartland Health Outreach • Hephzibah Children's Association • Hope Institute Learning Academy • Horizon Hospice • House of Welcome • Institute for Therapy through the Arts • Jesse Brown VA Medical Center • Joy Knapp School  • Kovler Center/FACES • Lake County Addictions Treatment Program • Lake County Health Department • Lakeshore Hospital • Leyden Family Services • Lieberman Geriatric Health Care • Little City • Loretto Hospital • Lutherbrook • Lydia Home • Maryville Academy • Michael Reese Hospital • Mount Sinai Hospital • Mutual Ground, Inc. • Namaste School • Northwestern Memorial Hospital • Norwood CrossingOur Lady of Charity School (United Stand Counseling Center) • Our Lady of Tepeyac (United Stand Counseling Center) • Rainbow Hospice • Ray Graham Training Center • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago • RICE Children's Center • Riveredge Hospital • RUSH Presbyterian Hospital • Sarah's Inn • Seguin Services Inc. • St. Anthony Hospital • St. Elizabeth's Hospital • Streamwood Hospital • Stuart G. Ferst School • Thorek Hospital • Thresholds/Sinai Psychiatric & Behavioral Health • Timberline Knolls • UCAN • United Stand Counseling Center • Victor C. Neumann • Westlake Community Hospital • Westshire Nursing Rehabilitation Center • Yellowbrick • Youth Guidance