Illinois psychologists have a history of community service. When a tornado hit Plainfield, Illinois in 1991, the Illinois Psychology Association partnered with the American Red Cross to provide much needed mental health crisis intervention to the victims. The practice of psychology continues to be an important asset to the state today. Students can choose from one of 23 APA-accredited doctoral programs in the state and begin their journey to become a licensed psychologist.

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The state of Illinois requires psychology license candidates to graduate from a doctoral program, complete a practicum as well as both a pre- and a post-doctorate supervised experience, and pass a national exam.

Psychologist Licensing in Illinois

Licensed psychologists in Illinois are permitted to do the following:

  • Evaluate, test and provide treatment to patients with mental, emotional, and developmental disorders
  • Evaluate and treat alcoholism and substance abuse
  • Render services to individuals or groups

Psychology Licensing Authority in Illinois

The Illinois Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board protects public health, safety, and welfare by issuing licenses and regulating psychologists in the state.

Psychologist licensure candidates in Illinois must have completed the following steps:

Received a doctoral degree in clinical, school, or counseling psychology (or an equivalent) from an American Psychological Association (APA) or Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology approved program

Completed a practicum

Completed a pre-doctoral internship

Completed a supervised post-doctoral experience

Passed the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP)

Other Licensing Criteria
  • The psychology doctoral program must include the following seven core content areas: scientific and professional ethics in psychology, biological basis of behavior, cognitive-affective basis of behavior, social basis of behavior, individual differences, assessment, and treatment modalities.

  • The practicum must be 400 hours of direct clinical psychology services under the personal supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist. At least 40 hours must be in direct face-to-face contact with the supervisor. The 400 hours cannot count towards the two years of supervised experience.

  • The 1,750-hour pre-doctoral internship must be completed in between 50 weeks and 24 months at a post-practicum level. At least one hour per week must be in face-to-face individual supervision and two hours weekly must be spent in learning activities. The intern must gain experience in direct clinical psychology and may be paid or unpaid.

  • The post-doctoral experience must be 1,750 hours of clinical experience obtained within 50 weeks to 36 months under the direct and individual supervision of a clinical psychologist. At least one hour per week must be in direct face-to-face supervision. The candidate must be evaluated as satisfactory or better by the supervisor and can be paid or unpaid.

Psychology Licensing Exams in Illinois

Psychologist candidates in Illinois must pass the national Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP).

Recognized Psychology Specializations in Illinois

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • School Psychology

Specialization Requirements

  • Candidate must meet all other licensure requirements

License Renewal

  • Licenses must be renewed biennially. Licensed psychologists must complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years, at least three of which must relate to the ethical practice of clinical psychology.
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Psychologist Salary and Employment Trends in Illinois

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in Illinois vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Illinois 4.7%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Illinois 16.3%

Number clinical, counseling and school psychologist and psychologists, other, employed 2014

Nationwide 115,810

Illinois 4,680

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To learn more about psychology education programs, licensure, and economic data in Illinois, please visit the following resources.

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