Clinical Practicum for Graduate Students
Clinical Practicum for Mental Health Graduate Students
Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (SLBMI) offers a clinical practicum in mental health. Students are assigned to the Intermediate Care Program (ICP), a nationally recognized program offering multidisciplinary care featuring intensive cognitive and behavioral treatments for patients with complex or refractory disorders. Students will typically have the opportunity to work with a variety of problems, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia, social phobia, trauma-related disorders, depression, and others.
Qualifications: Students must be currently enrolled in a graduate program in clinical or counseling psychology, clinical social work, or other mental health discipline.
Number of Positions: 3-4
Hours and Schedule: Placement requirement is 9-10 hours per week. Attempts are made to devise schedules that accommodate each student’s additional academic commitments.
Starting/Ending Dates: All practica are 9-month training experiences. The approximate start date is September 1st and the approximate end date is May 31st, subject to some variation based on the student’s academic schedule. We do not offer a 3-month or 1-semester practicum. Students are strongly encouraged to submit their application materials at least 6 months prior to the start date of the practicum for which they are applying. Typically, applicants are selected by the end of March.
Clinical Responsibilities of the Student: Students will administer psychological interventions under the direction of licensed psychologist and other licensed mental health professional. In addition, students may co-lead groups therapy, attend and participate in group supervision and clinical rounds, and conduct intake screenings. Students are also invited to attend all continuing education programs provided at the Institute.
Supervision: All students will receive one to two hours per week of group supervision by a licensed psychologist. Regularly scheduled individual supervision is typically provided by postdoctoral fellows in clinical psychology. The hours and frequency of supervision depends upon the number of hours involved in the student’s practicum. Students will also receive input and supervision from a multidisciplinary team of professional on a case-by-case basis.
Funding: Students are not provided a stipend by the Institute. Occasionally, students have been able to obtain outside funding.
Research Opportunities: The practicum is a clinical experience and research is not required. However, opportunities are available for participation in research for those who are interested.
Program Director: C. Alec Pollard, Ph.D., Director, Anxiety Disorders Center, Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, and Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
For More Information: Call Dr. Elliott-Desorbo at 314-534-0200.
To Apply: Send a letter indicating the session for which you are applying and an updated curriculum vitae to:
Deb Elliott-DeSorbo, Ph.D.
Director, Postdoctoral Training Program
Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
1129 Macklind, Saint Louis, MO 63110