Standing with Future Professionals

Over the past 25 years, United Stand has evolved into a highly competitive training site for university students who are pursuing Masters and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology and related areas. Every year United Stand receives hundreds of applications for a training position in assessment, counseling, and/or integrated services from university students competing for an opportunity to become a part of United Stand's mission to make living and learning a more positive experience for children, adolescents, and families.

Students who join United Stand's teams participate in a range of learning activities beyond those required by their universities. Possibilities include the development of prevention, afterschool, or other programs; the creation of professional development workshops, training sessions, and consultation for principals and teachers; the participation in team responses to school and community crises; and the facilitation of support groups and informational sessions for parents and families.

  • "Thank you for all of your support and confidence in me and also for this wonderful opportunity. It has changed my life in so many good ways."

  • "I am so glad that organizations like United Stand exist for kids and so happy to have worked in a system set up to help them each reach their unique potentials."

  • "I wanted to thank you for an incredible semester. Looking back on my first few reports, it's amazing to see how much I have grown. Thank you for always supporting me, encouraging me, and helping me to be the best diagnostician and person I can be."

  • "I enjoyed being part of a community that is so truly dedicated to serving Chicago's children. I find it both exhilarating and refreshing to know that there are professionals who will rise to this challenge."

  • "You have such a way of making me feel confident and inspired when working with the children and families… The way your genuine care and spirit shine through in the work you do with these families makes it nearly impossible to leave United Stand. I believe in the work we're doing because I have already seen the differences we've made in the families."