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Illinois School of Professional Psychology

Illinois School of Professional Psychology

The Illinois School of Professional Psychology (ISPP) at National Louis University's clinical psychology degree program, aims to prepare graduates to engage the world as health-service psychologists. The program employs a practitioner-scholar model and offers a curriculum designed to prepare clinicians who provide scientifically grounded, theoretically informed, and culturally responsive psychological services.

Combining a strong foundation in the science of psychology, close guidance in clinical practice, and encouragement of growth through experiential learning, ISPP aims to prepare ethical, competent clinical psychologists who respect the multidimensionality of human diversity.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates are trained in the science and practice of psychology, and are able to apply the clinical skills of observation, assessment, intervention, and evaluation to help different segments of our ever-changing society.


  1. Students will critically evaluate the current and evolving body of scholarly literature in psychology and demonstrate knowledge of research methods and the ability to apply this knowledge by completing a clinical research project, and disseminating their research findings.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of ethical and legal standards, application of ethical decision making processes, and ethical conduct in professional activities.
  3. Students will apply the theoretical and empirical knowledge necessary to address the multidimensionality of human diversity and work effectively with issues of difference.
  4. Students will demonstrate self-awareness of the impact of their own social and cultural identities and biases.
  5. Students accept responsibility for their own actions, integrate feedback from peers, colleagues, and supervisors in a non-defensive manner, and behave in a professional manner across settings.
  6. Students will demonstrate professionalism through clear and effective written and verbal communication.
  7. Students will demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and the ability to manage difficult communication well, forming and maintaining productive and respectful relationships with clients, colleagues, supervisors, and other professionals.
  8. Students will demonstrate competency in assessment, including knowledge of psychometric theory, and the ability to select, administer, score, and interpret psychological tests. They will show an ability to make appropriate diagnoses and recommendations for treatment that take into account both personal and cultural client strengths and challenges.
  9. Students will demonstrate competency in intervention by developing, applying, and evaluating evidence-based treatment plans that are grounded in a coherent orientation.
  10. Students will demonstrate knowledge of supervision models and practices
  11. Students will demonstrate knowledge of consultation models and practices, and exhibit respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions.
  12. Students will know and apply the scientific bases of psychology, including affective, biological, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology; and they will demonstrate knowledge of the history and systems of psychology.

Graduates of this program will be qualified for positions as licensed clinical psychologists (provided they pass the appropriate licensure examination).

This program can be completed in as little as four years, however, most students complete the program in five or six years. This program must be completed in seven years.


Enhance your degree and increase your marketability with a concentration in:

  • Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies
  • Health Psychology
  • Trauma Psychology

Each concentration has variations in course requirements.


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