A Look Back at 40 Years of Milestones

1968:  The first independent graduate school of psychology in the United States, the California Graduate Institute (CGI), is founded.  CGI becomes part of TCSPP in 2008.

1973: The APA Conference on Patterns and Levels of Professional Training begins in Vail, Colorado. The Vail Conference was the first to strongly endorse the professional model of graduate training and the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree.

1976: The first meeting of the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology convenes. The organization creates a model for education and training in professional psychology.

1979: TCSPP era officially begins. The school receives its Articles of Incorporation as a nonprofit organization by the state of Illinois on January 12. The first classes are held at the YMCA building on Chicago Avenue with Phil Hablutzel, J.D., serving as the school’s first president. Rev. Francis A. Chiaramonte, C.S.Sp., D.Min., is elected Chair of the Board of Trustees.

1980: The school moves to its second home: the Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue.

1983:  Bernard Gold, PhD., becomes TCSPP’s second president.  William B. Haase, CPA, is elected Chair of the Board of Trustees.

1984: The Chicago School receives regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.

1985:  Jeffrey C. Grip, Ph.D., becomes TCSPP’s third president

1986: The school moves to a new campus, located at Dearborn Station in the South Loop.

1987: TCSPP’S Clinical Psy.D. program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

1989:  Thomas G. Lynch, MBA, is elected Chair of the Board of Trustees.

1993:  Joanne M. McNally, MBA, is elected Chair of the Board of Trustees.

1995:  Thomas G. Lynch, MBA, becomes TCSPP’s fourth president.

1997:  Ricardo Grunsten is elected Chair of the Board of Trustees.  He serves in this role until 2012, when he is honored as Trustee Emeritus.

1999:  George Mitchell assumes the role of Interim President, through January, when Terri Risolo completes the school year as Interim President. Meanwhile, TCSPP begins a national search for a president.

2000: Dr. Michael Horowitz is named as the fifth president. He previously served as dean and a professor at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology and is a past president of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology.

2001: After 22 years of exclusively offering the Psy.D., TCSPP begins enrolling students in master’s-level programs beginning with M.A in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

2002: TCSPP becomes the first school in the Midwest to offer an M.A. in Forensic Psychology program. Total enrollment surpasses 450 students.

2003: The school begins enrolling students in the Counseling Specialization of its M.A. in Clinical Psychology program. An Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization is launched the following year.

2004: TCSPP celebrates its 25th anniversary and moves to its current location at 325 N. Wells Street.

2005: The school makes history by offering the nation’s first Psy.D. degree in Business Psychology.

2006: A new five-year strategic plan, The School of Choice 2011: Realizing Our Mission through Quality and Innovation, is published after a year-long community outreach initiative. Students begin enrolling in the Ed.S. in School Psychology program. Enrollment passes 1,000 for the first time in school history.

2007: TCSPP enrolls its first cohort of distance learning students. The same year it receives the maximum, 10 years, of continued accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. TCSPP’s Forensic Center opens in Chicago, specializing in providing a wide range of mental health services and interventions to children, families, and adults who have contact with the legal sector.

2008: Los Angeles becomes home to the school’s first out-of-state campus. Enrollment begins for the Counseling and School Psychology programs at the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill. The California Graduate Institute becomes part of TCSPP along with its counseling centers and campuses in Orange County. TCSPP also officially establishes a partnership with the NRCI (Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute).

2009: TCSPP celebrates its 30th anniversary and establishes its first doctoral-level International Psychology and Organizational Leadership programs. TCSPP also establishes the use of an “Engaged Professional Model of Education”.

2010 TCSPP opens its Washington, DC, Campus and Michele Nealon is appointed TCSPP’s sixth president.

2011 TCSPP publishes the 2011-2016 Five Year Strategic Plan “Advancing the Legacy” and receives WSCUC Initial Accreditation received (5 years). TCSPP Establishes the Ted Rubenstein Inspired Teaching Award. Dr. Rubenstein was faculty in the Clinical Psy.D. Program (Chicago) and was the driving force behind the Home Again Program, which uses drama, music, and art to help children of military families acknowledge and process their anxieties. In 2011, TCSPP also attains Federal-wide Assurance status, allowing TCSPP to apply for grants with federal agencies.

2012 TCSPP receives a $1.2M grant from the National Science Foundation and R. Edward Bergmark, Ph.D., is elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

2013 TCSPP inducts its first group of 33 honorees into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.

2014 The B.A. Psychology Program is established and TCSPP begins admitting its first undergraduate students. Linda Havard, MBA, is elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

2015 TCSPP publishes its 2015-2020 Five Year Strategic Plan “Toward a Healthier World.” A Clinical Psy.D. Program is established at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, the Ed.S. School Psychology Program (Chicago) receives NASP Approval (7 years), the Psy.D. Clinical Psychology (DC) receives APA Accreditation (7 years), and TCSPP establishes Faculty Emeritus Honor with the appointment of Dr. Nancy A. Newton to Professor Emeritus.  Dr. Newton was one of the longest serving faculty members, with over 30 years of service before her passing in 2015.

2016 The Master of Public Health program receives CEPH candidacy status. Toward a Healthier Nation:  No Health Without Mental Health is released on November 29.  Terrence “Joe” Layng, Ph.D., is elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

2017 TCSPP receives WSCUC Reaffirmation of Accreditation (10 Years) and opens a new campus in San Diego, CA.

2018 The M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program (Online) is awarded CACREP Accreditation (8 Years).  The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (LA campus) is awarded APA accreditation (10 Years). The TCSPP Community Internship Consortium receives APA accreditation as an internship site. TCSPP opens a new campus in Dallas, TX. The M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program (Washington, D.C.) is awarded CACREP accreditation (2 years).