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Will County


Mental Health

River Valley Internship Brochure

Application For Employment



The Mental Health Program within the River Valley Detention Center is comprised of a comprehensive mental health team providing services to male and female detained youth ages 10 – 17.  Almost three quarters of these youth live in Will County, with about one quarter from Kankakee County, and periodically youth are detained from collar counties due to overflow from other detention centers.  A variety of mental health interventions are available for detained youth, including court-ordered psychological evaluations, mental health intake assessments, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, crisis intervention and disciplinary segregation reviews.  Out-of-detention interventions for youth under court supervision or on probation include court supervision or on probation include court-ordered psychological evaluations, behavioral health screenings, individual therapy and family therapy.  Program goals have been to expand our out-of-detention services in both counties to provide continuity of care once youths are released to their communities.  All of the mental health programming is conducted with the use of evidenced-based therapeutic approaches such as cognitive-behavioral individual therapy and group therapy, reality-oriented therapy, supportive and educational interventions such as used in substance abuse and social skills work.  Family therapy sessions are focused on identifying problems and working on solutions.  Treatment plans are developed with an agreement between the youth and his therapist on measurable outcomes. 


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about river valley psychological services

River Valley Detention Center (RVDC) is a 102 bed facility that is located in Joliet, Illinois. Developed as a joint venture between Will and Kankakee Counties, RVDC is a temporary placement center for male and female juveniles between the ages of ten and eighteen awaiting Court decisions on their cases. Only minors who have allegedly committed a delinquent    offense may be detained. In order to be detained, a juvenile must be considered a danger to the community or themselves, likely to flee the jurisdiction of the Court, or have been taken into custody under a warrant.

 Will County Court Services - Juvenile Probation Department provides supervision and monitoring of youth who have been placed on probation or court supervision following adjudication. The department also oversees youth on no court action status through a diversion program.

Mission Statement

The mission of River Valley Psychological Services is to promote the emotional, social, and  psychological well-being of   legally involved youth and to facilitate change within a safe, structured, and encouraging environment, while  remaining sensitive to cultural and individual diversity.


River Valley Psychological Services

River Valley Detention Center Services (RVDC)

· Court-ordered individual therapy

· Court-ordered psychological testing 

· Crisis management for detained youth

· Psycho-educational groups

· Daily assessment of stability for youth on special detention status, such as suicide watch or segregation

· Completion of a clinical interview/intake with each detained youth

· Inter-professional collaboration with  probation officers, public defenders, assistant state’s attorneys, medical staff, and administrators

Juvenile Probation Division Services

· Court-ordered psychological testing

· Outpatient individual therapy, family therapy, and psycho-educational groups with youth on probation, intensive probation, court supervision or informal supervision in Will County

· Risk assessment and crisis intervention

· Case management

· Inter-professional collaboration with  probation officers, public defenders, assistant state’s attorneys, and administrators


practicum eligibility


· Doctoral level students

· Master’s level students (probation only)

· Diagnostic, therapy, and advanced practicum students

· Experience with adolescents and an interest in working with the forensic population preferred

· Ability to work as a team member, as well as independently


practicum requirements


· A one year commitment (12 months)

· Minimum 2 day a week commitment for total of 16 to 20 hours

· Participation in weekly individual and group supervision

· Working collaboratively with detention and probation department staff, medical department, and administration


diagnostic practicum

· At both RVDC & Probation Department

· Conduct intake assessments 

· Complete a minimum of 8-10 comprehensive psychological batteries

               therapy practicum

· At Juvenile Probation Department only

· Complete intake assessments 

· Conduct outpatient psycho-educational groups, individual therapy, and family therapy with legally involved youth

· Conduct risk assessments and provide crisis intervention services

     advanced practicum

· Provide court-ordered inpatient individual therapy

· Co-lead psycho-educational groups

· Complete intake assessments with all detained youth

· Provide individual and family therapy on an outpatient basis (probation only)

· Provide crisis intervention counseling

· Complete at least 4-6 psychological evaluations ordered by the Court by the requested date

· Make recommendations to the Court regarding the youths’ needs and prognosis

     Interested students please include the following in your application packet:

 · Copy of Transcripts (unofficial accepted)

 · Cover Letter (indicate if interested in RVDC, Juvenile Probation Division or both)

 · Curriculum Vitae

 · Assessment Report Writing Sample

 · Three letters of recommendation


Please mail all materials as one packet to:


Zorana Jeffries, Psy.D.

Director of Clinical Training

River Valley Justice Center

Psychological Services

3200 W. McDonough Street

Joliet, IL 60431


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