Serving the Graduate Psychology Community since 2003

Welcome to ACEPT!

The Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training Sites (ACEPT) was formed in November 2003 by psychology graduate programs and training sites seeking to improve the structure and ethical standards of the practicum application process for graduate students. The graduate programs and training sites that have agreed to adhere to the following standards have committed themselves to abiding not only to the letter of the guidelines, but also the spirit as well.

ACEPT promotes ethical and respectful conduct throughout the practicum application process. Constructed in an atmosphere of mutual collaboration between schools, sites, and students, these guidelines clarify the responsibilities and roles of all parties, specify acceptable and unacceptable conduct, and promote professional courtesy.

Join us at the 8th Annual ACEPT Conference on May 15, 2020 at Loyola University!

RSVP forms will be posted soon.  We will be offering 3 CE/CEU ethics credits at our conference this year, as well as breakfast, lunch, and a student poster presentation competition.  The ACEPT general meeting following these events includes the awarding of the 2020 Outstanding Training Site and 2020 Outstanding Supervisor, as well as the announcement of new elected positions in the ACEPT Executive Committee.  

8:15 - 8:45am: Check in and refreshments
9 - 12:15pm: 3 credit CE/CEU Presentation on Ethics (title TBA)
12:15 - 1:15pm: Lunch and Student Poster Presentations
1:15 - 1:30pm: Poster Presentation Winner announcement/Conference Closing
1:30 - 2:30pm: ACEPT General Meeting

Loyola University, Water Tower Campus
111 E. Pearson St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Presenter Information:

Keith Baird, PhD. ABPP and Licensed Clinical Psychologist

President, Heritage Professional Associates

Fellow, the Academy of Clinical Psychology and the Illinois Psychological Association

Former Member & Chair, Ethics Committee, Illinois Psychological Association

William Carroll, JD & PhD, and Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Professor, John Marshall Law School (retired)

Former Member, APA Committee on Legal Issues

Former Legal/Clinical Consultant, Ethics Committee, Illinois Psychological Association

William Gorman, PhD. ABPP and Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Staff Psychologist, Heartland  Alliance / Marjorie Kovler Center

Clinical Associate Professor, Depts. of Psychology & Psychiatry (retired), and 

Clinical & Training Director, Counseling Center, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago (retired)

Former Member & Chair, Ethics Committee, Illinois Psychological Association

Thank you to all who joined us at the 2019 Practicum Fair!

We very much hope you enjoyed meeting others in the community, prospective trainees, and learning more about our field in the CE presentation.  We appreciate everyone's attendance and support, but we always strive to make this event better.  To give us feedback on this event please click here if you attended as a site, and click here if you attended as a student.  

ACEPT membership benefits your training programs in a number of ways.  A one-year membership as a clinical training site includes a table for your site at the Annual Practicum Fair to network with sites and meet prospective applicants; quarterly meetings with CE/U speakers and events pertinent to clinical training; a forum to discuss and problem solve issues related to training; a venue to network with training directors and supervisors from the schools and clinical sites; and use of the ACEPT website and google group to post information and advertise services

ACEPT provides guidelines around the practicum match process; supports students, graduate programs, and sites in this process; and promotes a welcoming training community emphasizing togetherness and belonging.  ACEPT does not oversee the appropriateness of sites for students or graduate programs.  For more information, please visit our Membership Tab above.  

Questions about membership may be directed to ACEPT Secretary listed under Executive Committee. Member registration form and schedule of dues are listed above in Membership Renewal.

ACEPT 7th Annual Conference

Thank you for those who attended the 7th Annual ACEPT Conference!

The Conference was a great success as we learned about:

Clinical Training in a Divisive Era: Creating Space for Complex Perspectives and Multiple Viewpoints

3 CE/CEU's were available to attendees and we would like to thank Dr. Johnson and Dr. Sharma for their incredible presentation!  For more information see the description below.  


Resist, Reflect, Reset: Committing to Complex Conversations in Polarizing Times

Presenters: Kelli Johnson, Ph.D., & Rahul Sharma, Psy.D.

Program Description:

The social, cultural, and political environments in which we live have a central role in one’s lived experience and worldview.  As psychologists, our professional roles do not necessarily immunize or insulate us from those factors whose impact reach us in deeply meaningful and personal places.  In a time of overt and escalating polarization, the space that connects who we are as people to how we engage with our work is fertile ground for both internal and external conflict.  When these polarizing elements manifest in the daily interactions that are a core part of our academic, clinical, and supervisory responsibilities, it may require difficult internal and external dialogues.

The goal of this program is to engage the audience in committing to engaging in the complex conversations that arise when multiple and disparate viewpoints are in play.  The presenters will focus on resisting oppression, critically self-reflecting, and resetting one’s attitudes about difficult conversations. These tasks will be addressed through both didactic and experiential content designed to identify impediments to productive dialogue around polarizing issues, as well as strategies for maintaining connection to the “other” as part of facilitating open and ongoing communication.

Learning Objectives

After attending the intermediate-level workshop, participants will be able to:

(1) Identify examples of internal and external dialogues precipitated by one’s 

      social/political/cultural environment.

(2) Identify multiple factors that impede productive dialogue.

(3) List multiple strategies for facilitating difficult dialogues.

Presenter: Kelli Johnson, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Department Chair, Clinical Psychology PsyD Program

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana

Biography: Dr. Kelli Johnson currently serves as Department Chair for the PsyD program in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Xavier University of New Orleans (TCSPP-XULA).  Prior to her current role, Dr. Johnson served as Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Schaumburg from 2011-2018. She has been licensed as a psychologist in Florida and Illinois, and is in the process of obtaining licensure in Louisiana.

Dr. Johnson earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami in 2002.  She completed both her internship and postdoctoral residency at the University Counseling Center at Florida State University, where she went on to become a member of the staff following licensure, specializing in work with students of Color and marginalized populations, in addition to providing clinical supervision for practicum students and predoctoral interns. She was also concurrently an adjunct faculty member at Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College.  Dr. Johnson then served as Assistant Director and later, as Interim Director of Training at the Counseling Center at The University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was responsible for the coordination and administration of the advanced therapy externship and APA-accredited Predoctoral Internship, respectively.

In addition to her clinical and academic activity, Dr. Johnson has served in multiple roles in the professional community.  She completed a 3-year term as President-Elect, President, and Past President for the Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT).  Dr. Johnson also served for three years as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) in her role as Chair of the organization’s Ethnic Racial Diversity Committee (ERDC).  In this role, Dr. Johnson’s focus, consistent with the Council’s and ERDC’s goals, was promoting the integration of issues of ethnic/racial diversity throughout the organization’s programs and activities, as well as facilitating the development of ethnic/racial diversity in the curricula of member schools.  Dr. Johnson has been an active accreditation site visitor for the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), since 2007, and more recently, a site visitor for the American Psychological Association (APA).

Dr. Johnson’s professional interests and presentations include a focus on multicultural/diversity issues, social justice in psychology, professional identity development, and the role of each in training and supervision.

Presenter: Rahul Sharma, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Consultant, Therapist, Trainer, Educator

Biography: Dr. Dr. Rahul Sharma received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1998, specializing in multicultural psychology. He is former Director of the University of Chicago's Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention, initially reporting to then Associate Dean Michelle Obama. He contributed a chapter on South Asian men’s roles in addressing violence against women for a book addressing domestic violence in South Asian communities. He won an award from the Vagina Monologues’ V-Day Celebration for his commitment to address sexism and violence against women.

Dr. Sharma served as an Associate Professor at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (ISPP) at Argosy University, Chicago and Chair of its Diversity Concentration. In addition, Dr. Sharma is also founder and bassist/sitarist for the intercultural award-winning music group Funkadesi, comprised of diverse members (Indian-American, African-American, Jamaican, Latino, and European-American) who are musicians, activists, educators, and healers.

Dr. Sharma has used music as a vehicle for community-building, self-understanding, cross-cultural communication, and social justice principles. Dr. Sharma is a Trained Health Rhythms Facilitator and advanced Adolescent Protocol Facilitator, and has integrated Remo Drums’ evidenced-based health-promoting and social-promoting protocols with proven multicultural group techniques to spawn healing, personal growth, group cohesion, and dialogue among a variety of populations. In 2017, Dr. Sharma was the recipient of the Joyce Foundation Award, commissioned to co-write a musical piece to be performed by hundreds of musicians, aiming to provide arts opportunities for youth in violence-prone environments. The critically acclaimed performance took place in September 2018. Recently, with members from Funkadesi, 

Dr. Sharma led an experiential plenary session for 180 conference participants, teaching each person various cultural rhythms, playing together as a whole community, and relating the experience to fundamental concepts of diversity, social justice, and deepening Inter-cultural community. Dr. Sharma is also training Evanston’s entire Police Department on mental health response, integrating issues of diversity and community concerns.

Save the Dates

When we can we do our best to offer two sites for our meeting dates in order to accommodate our community's work locations and schedules.  All meetings with two locations have web-meeting capabilities.  

2019-2020 Meeting Dates

August 2

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (we are in need of a site in the suburbs as a satellite meeting site - feel free to volunteer!)

- November 8
South Campus Therapeutic Day School in Palatine and Center on Halsted

- December 6
PRACTICUM FAIR at Roosevelt University

- February 7
DePaul University and Midwestern University

- May 15
ACEPT CONFERENCE at Loyola University in Chicago

2019-2020 Practicum Guideline Dates

-Friday, January 31, 2020-

First day students can send out applications

-Monday, March 2, 2020-

Date by which students should be notified of interview status

-Friday, March 13, 2020-

Pre-Notification Day

-Monday, March 16, 2020-

Notification Day

-Wednesday, March 18, 2020- 

Clearinghouse Process Begins

Match/Directory Committee Recommendations

The Match/Directory Committee compiled the feedback from the ACEPT community about the potential to develop a practicum, match process and/or a universal site directory, and discussed the benefits and drawbacks of both options. See the committee's recommendations below:

Match/Directory Committee Recommendation to the ACEPT Executive Committee


ACEPT Application Guidelines  Dates 


Renew your membership for 2017-18 here