United Support Network Paraprofessional Training Program

The United Support Network (USN) is a community of students coming together to support each other through life’s challenges and connect around life experiences! The network provides weekly support groups for UIC students as well as monthly, fun, social, stress-busting events! For more information about USN, click here!

Students interested in becoming group leaders for USN’s support groups are required to complete PSCH 386: Crisis Counseling Techniques, which serves as the training program for UIC Paraprofessional Counselors.

To apply to be a group leader, click on the application link below!

Benefits of Becoming a United Support Network Volunteer

Benefits of becoming a volunteer include:

  • Gain training and skills in basic counseling and crisis intervention techniques
  • Build valuable communication skills that will benefit the volunteers well beyond their volunteer commitment
  • Become part of a campus organization to directly enhance the quality of life for other UIC students
  • Gain fulfillment and meaning through knowing you are helping others
  • Have an opportunity for direct interaction with faculty in the field of psychology as well as supervision from professionals in the field of mental health
  • Gain three credit hours for successful completion of the paraprofessional training course, PSCH 386
  • Become eligible to apply for internship with U and I Care Team within the Dean of Student’s Office upon completion of PSCH 386
  • Become eligible for 1 academic credit upon successful completion of volunteer work over the course of a semester
  • Gain practical experience with a campus organization; such opportunities can enhance resumes and employment or graduate school applications!
  • Seasoned volunteers can also acquire supervision skills as they mentor new trainees

Apply Today!

  • Complete the application
  • Submit your completed application to Iza Di Figlio at
  • One of the program coordinators will then contact you in order to schedule an in-person interview



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For further information on the UIC Paraprofessional Program or the application process, please contact:

Robert Ballantyne, Psy.D

University of Illinois at Chicago Counseling Center

1200 West Harrison, Suite 2010, Student Services Building, (MC 333), Chicago, Illinois 60607-3320