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 MXC Wellness Center Practicum Details

The Malcolm X College Wellness Center Team welcomes Master's graduate students in clinical/counseling psychology or social work seeking a Therapy practicum placement and Doctoral graduate students seeking a  Diagnostic, Therapy, or Advanced practicum placement.    

Please note that due to CoVid-19 we are currently 100% remote services for health and safety reasons in the '20-'21 training year.  We follow science based best practices and will move to hybrid services (remote and in-person) as conditions allow in the '21-'22 training year.


Our team is multi-disciplinary and celebrates diversity.  We have a robust training program and a lively workplace!  


#Trainee Positions  

Masters Clinical/ Counseling  

Masters Social Work  

Doctoral Diagnostic  

Doctoral Therapy  

Doctoral Advanced  

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 Our ideal applicants for practicum are:  
  • Invested in personal and professional growth.
    • Interested in examining own and group cultural bias, privilege, and dynamics.
    • Committed to discussing self-care and able to offer appropriate support to peers.
    • Commitment to furthering clinical understanding, knowledge, and interventions.
  • Celebratory of cultural and individual diversity.
  • Active focus on creating and supporting a warm and compassionate environment for clients.
  • Ability and willingness to refine and advance current writing skills.
  • Considers bio-psycho-social influences on client presentation, life events, and interventions.
Supervisor Philosophy: With four (4) full-time licensed clinicians on staff, supervision is central to our training experience. Everyone receives 1 hour of weekly individual supervision with their primary supervisor, 2-3 hours of Group Supervision weekly, 1-3 hours monthly with a secondary supervisor, in-session consultation, and daily open door policy access to licensed clinicians.  You are supported in your clinical work at all times.

If you have any questions about applying, please e-mail us at: .

Our Clinical Team

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Dr. Schweitzer is the Clinical Director and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.  She received her degree at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University in Chicago, IL.  Her previous experiences includes working in such settings as a residential substance abuse facility with a MISA program, 4 year college counseling center, community mental health, and a psychiatric hospital.  She has supervised clinical staff and students at both the practicum and internship level.  She has taught graduate and undergraduate level psychology classes for the last 14 years, and continues to teach as an adjunct professor in Chicago area graduate schools.  She opened the Malcolm X College Wellness Center in 2012, and has been delighted to serve the students of City Colleges of Chicago since then.           

Dr. Schweitzer’s orientation is humanistic in conceptualization and attitude and she also utilizes interventions from cognitive behavioral approaches such as DBT.  She firmly believes in demonstrating a healthy interactional style with flexibility of approach, transparency, and honoring the differences between herself and others’ process as a way to role model an adaptive and relational style.  For training and supervision, her approach is developmental and includes goals of competency, self-reflection, ability to accept feedback, and integration of personal and professional identity.   

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Ms. Ramirez is a Bilingual Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
 with a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University Chicago. Prior to working at Malcom X College, Jenniffel worked as Behavioral Health Coordinator at Alivio Medical Center. There she directed the Behavioral Health Program in six medical health centers and three school-based sites. She received the 40-hour Domestic Violence training as she provided administrative and clinical supervision to the Domestic Violence Program clinicians. She has supervised clinical staff and master level internship and practicum students.  
Jenniffel applies cognitive behavioral and solution-focused approaches in therapy; she believes in creating a therapeutic alliance with individuals to actively work towards achieving goals, healing, and empowerment. At Malcolm X College she provides supportive counseling and focuses on creating an environment where students can feel safe and heard as they explore life’s challenges.  Her approach to training and supervision is developmental, acknowledging the supervisee’s current stage and providing feedback and support appropriate to that developmental stage. 

Ms. Seals is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Dominican University’s School of Social Work. Prior to working at Malcom X College, Porcia worked as a Medical Social Worker at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. There she provided patient and family education that promoted wellness and increased knowledge of the healthcare system. Additionally, she provided psychosocial interventions to decrease hospital readmissions which included crisis intervention, coping with post-hospital care needs and linkage to community resources. Her previous experiences includes working in such settings as addiction recovery and rehabilitation center, employee assistance program, insurance providers and Catholic Charities of Chicago. She has contributed to hospital wide initiatives, multidisciplinary treatment teams and supervised a master level internship and practicum student.

a’s orientation is existential, as she believes that there is a meaning to all life experiences. She believes in the importance of building healthy relationships founded on mutual respect and empowerment. She values the privilege to walk alongside individuals as they work towards their journey to healing. Her approach to training and supervision aims to use self-awareness and feedback to foster an environment for personal and professional development. 

Emily A. Hallendy, PsyD, Staff Psychologist (She/Her) 

Dr. Hallendy is a Clinical Psychologist with a Doctoral Degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. Prior to working at Malcolm X College, she worked in the Homeless Veteran’s Rehabilitation Program at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (Lovell FHCC). During her time at Lovell FHCC, Dr. Hallendy provided psychological services for active duty military members and veterans within outpatient, residential, and inpatient levels of care. As part of the services she provided at Lovell FHCC, she emphasized in areas of trauma-related disorders, substance use disorders, serious mental illness, and homelessness. Her previous experiences also includes working in such settings as dual-diagnosis substance abuse facility, acute psychiatric hospital, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. She has assisted in psychology program development, served on psychology trainee committees, contributed to multidisciplinary treatment teams, and supervised doctoral level practicum students.  


Dr. Hallendy approaches treatment through acceptance and commitment therapy under relational frame theory. She also utilizes interventions from additional third-wave approaches such as DBT, and traditional and manualized cognitive-behavioral protocols such as cognitive processing therapy, CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I), and prolonged exposure. She believes in helping individuals identify their values towards creating a personally meaningful life. She helps individuals address struggles in life through increasing cognitive flexibility and acceptance of distressing thoughts and emotions. For training and supervision, her approach is developmental wherein she meets the supervisee at their current stage of training while providing feedback and support in creating growth in competency, self-reflection, and autonomy.

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