• Programs for Eating Disorders

    Clinical Practicum for Mental Health Graduate Students

    Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (SLBMI) offers a specialty in eating disorders. Students are assigned to the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and will work with a variety of problems including eating disorders, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, social phobia, generalized anxiety, trauma related disorders and others.

    Qualifications: Students must be currently enrolled in a graduate program in clinical or counseling psychology, clinical social work, or a related mental health discipline.

    Number of Positions: 1-2

    Hours and Schedule: Students are required to work a minimum of 10 hours per week and may work up to 20 hours per week depending on availability of clinical experiences at the Institute. Attempts are made to devise schedules that accommodate each student’s additional academic commitments.

    Starting/Ending Dates: All practicum 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 group(s) therapy, attend and participate in group supervision and clinical rounds, and conduct orientation sessions for new group members with a focus on psycho-education, individual coaching sessions, and individual and/or family therapy sessions for IOP clients.  Students will also have the chance to participate in projects such as program development and are encouraged to present to staff on a related topic of interest at least once during the practicum. 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 also provided.  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. 

    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: Laura Huff, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist. For more information, call 636-532-9188.

    To Apply: Send a letter indicating the session for which you are applying and an updated curriculum vitae to:
    Laura Huff, Ph.D.
    St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
    16216 Baxter Rd., Ste.205
    Chesterfield, MO  63017