The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Established 1979
Type Private, Not-for-Profit
President Michele Nealon-Woods, Psy.D.
Undergraduates B.A. degree completion only
Postgraduates 4,500 (Spring 2014)
Location Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Campus Chicago, Illinois; Grayslake, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; Westwood, Los Angeles, California; Irvine, California; Washington, D.C.;

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, known as "The Chicago School," is a graduate university specializing in psychology. With over 4,500 students, The Chicago School offers more than 20 degree programs related exclusively to psychology and related behavioral sciences. The school is an active member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, which has recognized the school for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity."NCSPP Membership". 


(Accreditation information is located on the TCSPP website.[3])


The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an affiliate of the nonprofit TCS Education System (TCS ES).[4]


The Chicago School of Professional Psychology was established by practicing psychologists with the goal of providing high-quality professional psychology training in a not-for-profit setting. Initial plans for the school were made in 1977 and realized in January 1979 by the nonprofit Midwestern Psychology Development Foundation.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology began its first classes at temporary quarters located at 30 West Chicago Avenue before moving to the Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue in 1980. In 1986, following an extensive search, The Chicago School moved to its next location, the historic Dearborn Station in Chicago’s South Loop. In 2004, the school found a new downtown home at 325 N. Wells Street. The school expanded to the west coast in 2008 with three campuses in Southern California. It opened its first out-of-state location in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., in the summer.[5] The school announced a formal affiliation in fall 2008 with the California Graduate Institute and its campuses in Westwood and Irvine.[6]

From its early days the school began to earn a reputation for being a leader in diversity and multicultural training. Classes such as Cultural Issues in Assessment and Intercultural Psychotherapy Laboratory began to appear in the school’s bulletin in the 1980s. In 1988, the school opened its first institute for diversity-related training, research, and events: the Center for Inter-Cultural Clinical Psychology. One of its original initiatives was a Cultural Impact Conference, which remains an annual fixture on campus. The center eventually evolved in 2005 to become the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Studies. The Chicago School’s innovative approach to diversity received recognition in 1998 with an Institutional Diversity Award bestowed by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). NCSPP would again honor the school in 2005 with its Advocacy Award “in recognition of its outstanding commitment to advancing the attitude, skills, and knowledge of professional advocacy and public policy.”

In 2012 a group of students at TCSPP’s LA campus filed a lawsuit against the school and two principals over accreditation related matters. A spokesperson for the school indicated the claims as unfounded.[7] The students also call into question the truth behind TCSPP’s profit motives.[8] Currently, the school clearly lists its accreditation status.[3]


East Coast

  • Washington, D.C., Campus: The Chicago School's east coast campus in Washington, D.C., opened in summer 2010 three blocks from the White House at McPherson Square.


  • Chicago Campus:
    Downtown Chicago location
    The Chicago School’s downtown campus is located at 325 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654 - in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The building itself opened in 1914 as a Chase and Sanborn Coffee warehouse and is one of the few remaining relics on the Chicago River of the city’s industrial era. The school expanded in early 2007 with new space opening across the street in the Merchandise Mart.
  • University Center of Lake County (Grayslake, Ill.): The Chicago School is offering blended-versions—on campus and online—of its School Psychology and Counseling programs at the University Center of Lake County, a 91,000-square-foot (8,500 m2) facility located in Grayslake, Ill.

West Coast

  • Irvine Campus:In addition to Westwood, The Chicago School's affiliation with CGI[6] also incorporates a campus in Irvine, California. The California Graduate Institute of The Chicago School, at Irvine, is located next to UC Irvine.
  • Los Angeles Campus: Located at 617 W. 7th St., the L.A. Campus site is located four blocks north of the Staples Center, near Pasadena, Santa Ana, and Santa Monica freeways, and one block from the 7th Street Metro Center.
  • Westwood Campus: The Chicago School's Westwood Campus is located in the center of Westwood Village in Los Angeles County - a lively neighborhood next to the UCLA campus. The Westwood Campus is also home to The Chicago School's well-known Counseling Center:


  • Online Programs: With the notable exception of the PsyD programs, the Chicago School's online division offers many of the same degrees as the physical campuses. In 2014 the online division began offering a BA degree completion program[9]

Fall 2013 Student Profile[edit]

  • Total students: more than 4,300[10]
  • Average age: 31 years old


  • 13.9% African American [10]
  • 5.0% Asian/Pacific
  • 12.8% Latino(a)/Hispanic
  • 19.7% African American
  • 52.4% White/Caucasian
  • 1.7% Two or more races
  • 3.2% International


  • Male: 20%[10]
  • Female: 80%


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