John jb. Benitez



John jb. Benitez

Department Faculty

  • Associate Professor

  • Campus:
  • Downtown Chicago
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Address Map of 325 N Wells St Chicago IL 60654
Office 338.1
325 N Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60654

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 History
Degree Institution
B.A. in Psychology St. Francis College Brooklyn, NY
Ph. D. Northwestern University
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Psychological Association (APA)
Member Illinois Psychological Association (IPA)
Member Midwest Association of Latino Psychologists
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Board Member Erie Neighborhood House
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Diversity Diversity Issues
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Positive Psychology
Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.


Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.

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.

Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

I had an early passion for interaction with others.

What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?

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.

Professional Skills
diversity issues, psychology and spirituality