The Essentials: Chicago
- Psychology Schools: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, DePaul University, National Louis University
- Online Psychology Schools: Adler School, University of Phoenix, Argosy University
- Median Annual Psychologist Salary: $90,563*
- Potential Area Employers for Psychologists & Counselors: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Weiss Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital
Psychology Schools in Chicago
By Kimberly Ross
At The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, tailor your psychology degree to your interests with programs like international psychology, clinical forensic analysis, organizational leadership and business psychology. Not only the largest graduate school of its kind in the U.S., it is also the only one in the Midwest that offers a degree in clinical forensic psychology.
The Adler School of Professional Psychology is the oldest independent school of psychology in North America. Besides an array of master's degree and doctoral degree programs in psychology, the school offers certificate programs in various fields, including clinical neuropsychology, substance abuse counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy. Students can also choose unique concentrations, such as these:
- Advanced Adlerian Psychotherapy
- Art Therapy
- Child and Adolescent Psychology
- Traumatic Stress
- Primary Care Psychology
Other notable colleges where you can earn a psychology degree in Chicago include DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago.
Licensure and Psychology Associations
To work in Chicago as a licensed psychologist, counselor, marriage and family therapist or social worker, you will need to meet the guidelines set by the designated Illinois board for your area of study. For additional support throughout your career, you will want to consider joining a local or state association that pertains to your field, such as these:
- Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology
- Illinois Counseling Association
- Illinois Psychological Association
- Illinois School Psychologists Association
- National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter
These associations provide professionals with a forum for discussing issues related to their psychology field, a resource for continuing education opportunities and in-depth information on pertinent topics.
Sources: Salary.com's January, 2014 Survey; Psychologist.
*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.