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John Benitez

John Benitez

Department Chair
  • Department Faculty
    Clinical Psychology
    Associate Professor
  • The Chicago School Chicago
Department
Clinical Psychology
Address
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago, IL 60654
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Office Location
Room 1352
Office Phone
312-329-6644
On-campus Ext.
6644
Email
JBenitez@thechicagoschool.edu
Website
Biography
Associated with The Chicago School since 1987, Dr. Benitez is the clinical director of the school's practicum site, Erie Neighborhood House, which serves Latino youth and their families. Dr. Benitez consults with the Department of Children and Family Services, Clinical Division, where he works with caseworkers and supervisors around issues of psychological testing. In addition, he maintains a clinical and consulting private practice. His interests include issues related to clergy and mental health, supervision, and diversity.
Education
  • B.A. in Psychology, St. Francis College Brooklyn, NY
  • Ph. D., Northwestern University
Licensure(s)
  • Licensed Clincial Psychologist—Illinois
Areas Of Expertise

Q&A

Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.
A: Interactive

Q: Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
A: Although expertise is necessary, it is the art of interaction with others and a global understanding of the forces that impact others, both internal and extrnal, that allow for change. Sometimes you have to impact the larger system in order to promote health. Allowing the individual to understand his or her larger system empowers that individual, and therefore promotes change.

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
A: I had an early passion for interaction with others.

Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
A: Do your work diligently and step back. Don't necessarily go to the head of the table. If you do your work well, you will be invited to the head of the table.

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Erie Neighborhood House

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Illinois Psychological Association (IPA)
  • Midwest Association of Latino Psychologists