Education & Training

Clinical Practicum for Mental Health Graduate Students

St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute offers a clinical practicum in mental health. We currently have two programs that have practicum opportunities:

Center for Anxiety and OCD-Related Disorders (COARD): Students are assigned to the Intermediate Care Program (ICP), a nationally recognized program providing multidisciplinary care, such as intensive cognitive and behavioral treatments, to 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 more.

Eating Disorders Program: Students in this track will work in the Intensive Outpatient Programs in our Eating Disorder Program. Students will be trained in assessment, and group and individual therapy. Students will have opportunities to collect and manage program data. Students will have opportunities to screen (pre-assessment) potential incoming patients into our IOP program.  As the training progresses through the year, students are able to shadow, co-lead and independently lead groups in the IOP program.  They are able to shadow and co-lead individual and/or family session..  Students will have other opportunities to observe and participate in clinical staff meetings.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program: Students in this track will work in the Adult and Adolescent DBT Intensive Outpatient Programs. The programs are adherent to the evidence based Marsha Linehan DBT approach. Students will participate in delivering the DBT interventions and in the DBT consultation team.

  • Qualifications: Students must be currently enrolled in a graduate program in clinical or counseling psychology, clinical social work, or another mental health discipline.
  • Number of Positions: Five to six
  • Hours/Schedule: Placement requirement is nine to ten hours per week. Attempts are made to devise schedules that accommodate each student’s additional academic commitments.
  • Starting/Ending Dates: All practicum are roughly nine-month training experiences. The approximate start date is September 10th and the approximate end date is May 31st, subject to some variation based on the student’s academic schedule. We do not offer a three-month or one-semester practicum.
  • Clinical Responsibilities: Students will administer psychological interventions under the direction of a licensed psychologist and other licensed mental health professionals. In addition, students may co-lead therapy groups, 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 depend upon the number of hours involved in the student’s practicum. Students will also receive input and supervision from a multidisciplinary team of professionals on a case-by-case basis.
  • Funding: SLBMI does not provide a stipend for students. 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.
  • Applying: Students are strongly encouraged to submit their application materials as early as possible, but no later than February 25th. Applicants will be notified of selection no later than March 25th. To apply, send a letter of interest indicating what program you are applying to and an updated curriculum vitae to:

Deb Elliott-DeSorbo, PhD
Director, Postdoctoral Training Program
St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
1129 Macklind Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63110

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 314-534-0200

We’re Only a Phone Call Away

Our Intake Coordinators are always available at 314-289-9411 to schedule a confidential assessment if you, a loved one, or a patient may be experiencing a mental health issue. For additional questions about our programs, you can also use our online contact form.

In the case of a medical emergency or crisis, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Contact Us

New patients please call Intake Coordinators at:


City of St. Louis, Missouri (Macklind)

1129 Macklind Ave, 
St. Louis, MO 63110 
314-534-0200 (returning patients)

Chesterfield, Missouri (West County)

16216 Baxter Rd. Stes 205 and 225,
Chesterfield, MO 63017
636-532-9188 (returning patients)

Belleville, Illinois

521 W. Main St. Ste 201B, 
Belleville, IL 62220
618-825-0051 (returning patients)