ACEPT Chicago

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.

ACEPT May Conference - Friday, May 14th

The schedule for the May 14th meeting via Zoom will be as follows:

  • 10:00 - 12:00 PM - CE/CEU Webinar featuring Dr. Susan Zoline
    • Webinar Title: The Fraught Nature of Saying Goodbye: Ethical, Legal, and Training Considerations in the Psychotherapy and Supervisory Processes
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM - Break for Lunches
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM - Student Poster Sessions
  • 2:00 - 3:00 PM - Virtual General Meeting

If you are interested in attending either the General Meeting or Presentation to please email ACEPT at

Webinar: The Fraught Nature of Saying Goodbye: Ethical, Legal, and Training Considerations in the Psychotherapy and Supervisory Processes

Termination is an important but understudied stage of psychotherapy, despite its significance, finality, and the powerful feelings it may evoke. Similarly, termination of supervision at the end of the training year has seldom been studied empirically, but is an important component of the training experience. This workshop will address clinical, ethical, legal, and training considerations associated with the termination process in both psychotherapy and supervision. Key ethical considerations, as well as best practice guidelines for guiding trainees through these processes will be reviewed. Case vignettes will be integrated into the presentation to highlight common dilemmas which arise in the termination process for both supervisors and trainees.

Specific topics to be addressed in the workshop include the following: the meaning of termination for clients, trainees, and their supervisors, key clinical, ethical, legal, and training considerations in the psychotherapy and supervisory termination processes, responding to different forms of termination, important guidelines in closure and transfer of cases, parallel processes between psychotherapy and supervisory terminations, and the importance of special attention to the final clinical session or supervisory meeting. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the program when attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. A PowerPoint slideshow will be shared with attendees.

Presenter Biography: Susan Zoline, Ph.D. (Professor of Psychology @ Adler University)

Susan Zoline, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been practicing, teaching, and consulting in the Chicago area for forty years. Dr. Zoline is Professor of Psychology in the PsyD program at Adler University where she teaches Professional Ethics, Clinical Supervision, and Psychotherapy Seminar courses, as well as assisting students with the internship application process. 

She was previously Professor of Psychology and University Fellow at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago, where she taught clinical masters and doctoral students for thirty years. Dr. Zoline's areas of professional expertise include professional ethics, clinical supervision, suicide/violence/abusee asssessment  and intervention, and risk management. Dr. Zoline is a longstanding members of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA) Ethics Committee, which she has co-chaired since 2010, and also serves as IPA Academic Section Chair. 

Additionally, she has served as an expert witness in criminal matters as well as for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation regarding Clinical Psychologist licensure issues. She has worked clinically in a broad variety of settings and regularly consults and provides workshops to mental health and other professionals, both locally and nationally, on topics related to professional ethics.

ACEPT Elections & Awards Nominations Open

ACEPT Awards for Outstanding Clinical Supervisor and Awards for Outstanding Training Site will be presented at the ACEPT Virtual Conference on May 14th, 2021.


ACEPT ELECTION NOMINATIONS: ACEPT 2021 President Elect Nominations Form 

This year we have one position on the ACEPT Executive Committee we would like to receive Nominations for: President-Elect.


The President Elect will learn from the guidance of the veteran Presidents and collaborate with the executive committee to make decisions, problem solve issues, and develop new strategies for bringing our community together. The President-Elect shall oversee the practicum fair, coordinate annual elections, and perform duties assigned by the President.  In the absence of the President or in the event of the President’s inability to act, the President-Elect shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President. The President-Elect shall commence his or her or their one-year term at the meeting at the annual conference subsequent to an election.

The term requirements for this position are as follows:

  • President-Elect: 3 year total term (1 year as President-Elect, 1 year as President, 1 year as Past President).  
  • Please use the form link to nominate an individual for the Executive Committee 2020-2021 President-Elect and complete the form no later than April 2nd, 2021.
  •  All nominees will be contacted to respond with acceptance or decline of the nomination. Voting will occur by virtual ballot prior to the May 14th, 2021 Virtual Conference. 



ACEPT is excited to receive nominations for Outstanding Clinical Supervisor for 2021 and Outstanding Training Site for 2021!  We ask that you please take a moment to complete the following Nomination forms for each award.  

  • Each form is brief for your convenience and we thank you in advance for recognizing fantastic colleagues and sites in our community. 
  • Please note for each nomination we have asked nominators to provide at least one additional person of contact that also may share knowledge about your nominee.  


Outstanding Clinical Supervisor for 2021Outstanding Clinical Supervisor Nomination Form 

We encourage schools, fellow supervisors, and students to complete the nomination form below no later than April 2nd, 2021. 

  • Please also share the nomination form link with your trainees for them to complete. When completing these nomination forms please review the outline in form for aspects of training and supervision that support a nomination for this award. 


Outstanding Training Site for 2021: Outstanding Training Site Nomination Form 

We ask that sites do NOT self-nominate this year; however, we will accept nominations from students/trainees, graduate academic programs, and colleagues who are not employed by the training agency or department no later than April 2nd, 2021.  

  • Please also share the nomination form link with your trainees for them to complete. When completing these nomination forms please review the outline in form for aspects of training and supervision that support a nomination for this award.

Next ACEPT General Meeting - Friday, February 5th

The schedule for the February 5th meeting via Zoom will be as follows:

  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM - Virtual General Meeting
  • 2:00 - 3:30 PM - CE/CEU Webinar featuring Dr. Bill Johnson
  • Presentation Title: The Prototyped Victim and An Expanded View of Gendered Racism

If you are interested in attending either the General Meeting or Presentation to please email ACEPT at 

Webinar: The Prototyped Victim and An Expanded View Of Gendered Racism

Despite international attempts to reduce the insidiousness of oppression, racism remains a seemingly immovable fixture in American society. Research has revealed that White Americans hold negative racial attitudes and often experience resistance against examining White privilege (Bowman, 2010). Missing is an analysis of gendered racism between White women and Black men.  This presentation will highlight prototype victim and prototype perpetrator research to help broaden understanding of White female public displays of racism against Black men. The differences in how White women publicly demonstrate their racism has surfaced frequently with the aid of technology. This new depiction of the White Woman has been coined the ‘Karen.’ The term “Karen” is simply the label for adult White Women who are perceived to behave in a racist way in public. Prototype research is used to expand the construct understanding of gendered racism manifested by White women. The micro example of racism targeted towards Black men will be used to provide historical and contemporary depictions of the aforementioned gendered racism. The presentation concludes with implications for anti-racist clinical training and supervision.


Presenter Biography: Bill Johnson, Psy.D. (Staff Psychologist at DePaul University Counseling Services)

Dr. Bill Johnson II is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He is currently a Staff Psychologist at DePaul University Counseling Services, and sees clients in his private practice. In addition to providing individual and group counseling for university students, he is also responsible for outreach and programming focused on students of African descent. Dr. Johnson graduated with his Doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Wright State University, School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Johnson is licensed as a Psychologist in both Illinois and New York states.  Prior to working at DePaul University, he lived and worked in Victoria, Australia. During this time, he was registered as a clinical psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority and was a member of the Australian Psychology Society College of Clinical Psychology. He has published articles and delivered presentations at national and international conferences on the intersection of race and gender. 


Given the unpredictability of the year ahead, ACEPT has been working on options for virtual meetings, etc, in order to continue our tradition and commitment to a sense of community.  We feel that even though we may not be able to be together in person, we can still create and maintain a solid connection with one another.  Please check for updates regarding upcoming meetings as well as this year's practicum fair.  We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe during this unpredictable time.  

Posting Open Externship Positions (Fall 2020):
ACEPT acknowledges the especially challenging landscape of COVID19 and its impact on clinical training. When reviewing student applications for practicum or for internship, we ask that you keep in mind that student training has been disrupted. Please consider this with regards to direct clinical hours in particular. ACEPT also asks that training sites put trainee safety and health first and follow the CDC/IDPF guidelines in accordance with exposure to COVID, following protocol if/when trainees fall ill or are exposed to COVID. It is important to note that trainees are a vulnerable population as many do not have access to health care due to their role as students.

We also acknowledge that some students have been displaced from their practicum sites due to various concerns that have arisen in relation to the health crisis. We ask for flexibility and understanding due to these unusual circumstances. If any sites have additional flexibility to offer training, please fill out the form HERE. We will be posting lists of practicum openings on our website over the next few weeks.

Become an ACEPT Member

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 placing 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 Application Guidelines  Dates 


Renew your membership for 2017-18 here