Clinical Training Programs at ERC and Pathlight

Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center are nationally-recognized and Joint Commission accredited mental health treatment centers offering high-quality training experiences for psychiatry residents, postdoctoral fellows in psychology, doctoral-level psychology interns, practicum students in psychology, and masters-level interns in social work and counseling.

ERC and Pathlight are firmly committed to providing a comprehensive training experience designed to encourage the development of clinical skills and prepare students for the next level of training as well as for a career as a mental health professional.  We offer a dynamic, enriching learning environment with many opportunities for individual and group supervision, didactic seminars, specialty trainings, case conferences, and team staffing with experts in the field.

Trainees at all levels are part of the large multidisciplinary team at ERC and Pathlight as well as a member of a specific treatment program.  Treatment programs include the Eating Disorders Program, Mood & Anxiety Program, Adolescent Program, and Binge Eating Treatment and Recovery Program.

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Programs at ERC and Pathlight

Eating Disorders Program

The Eating Disorders Program specializes in providing comprehensive programs and services to meet the needs of adult patients and families at every stage of the treatment spectrum. At each level of care, individualized and developmentally appropriate treatment plans deliver evidence-based medical, psychiatric, psychological, and nutritional interventions. We believe that enhanced awareness of the underlying emotional issues that drive behaviors is necessary. With compassion and experience, we also focus on helping our patients to improve decision-making and coping skills. Similarly, our staff provides medical nutrition therapy, problems, or substance abuse medical management, and treatment of co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, family.

Binge Eating Disorder Program

The Binge Eating Treatment and Recovery (BETR) Program focuses on treating binge eating, compulsive overeating, emotional eating, and night eating accompanied by weight gain or difficulties with weight management. While traditional eating disorders treatment focuses on stopping the diet-induced weight loss and regain cycle, BETR concentrates on ending “dieting.” BETR replaces dieting with behaviors that decrease overeating, while helping with long-term weight management. BETR also focuses on the addictive/compulsive nature of food behaviors and provides the treatment intensity needed to break the emotional eating cycle and have a healthier relationship with food and one's body.

Mood and Anxiety Program

The Mood and Anxiety Program (MAP) provides multidisciplinary treatment for individuals who have experienced a decline in overall functioning due, in part, to difficulties with depressed and anxious symptoms.  In the Mood and Anxiety Program, patients learn skills that promote improved coping and deeper understanding of the issues that created and maintain mood symptoms.  MAP adopts a Mindfulness-Based perspective, which uses behavioral interventions to address symptoms while simultaneously seeking to understand the underlying meaning and function of behaviors. Mindfulness-Based interventions are congruent across ERC Pathlight programming, creating a common language from which to approach treatment.  

Adolescent Program

The Adolescent Program (AP) is a treatment program designed specifically for adolescents and their families.  The AP treats adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and other mental health concerns.  The AP utilizes Multi-Family Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as a core component of treatment and offers multiple group experiences, including DBT groups, ERP groups, and Family Based Treatment (FBT) for the treatment of adolescent patients with anorexia. 

Addiction and Recovery Comprehensive Help Program (ARCH)

The Addiction and Recovery Comprehensive Help Program (ARCH) is ERC and Pathlight’s integrated substance abuse and addictive behaviors treatment program that provides services across all four downtown Chicago locations.  Patients who struggle with dual diagnosis and need support addressing substance abuse and/or other addictive behaviors while receiving treatment in the Eating Disorders Program, Binge Eating Treatment Program, or Mood and Anxiety Program are able to attend addiction specific treatment as a complement to treatment received in their “home program.”

ERC Pathlight is unable to accommodate volunteers and does not have volunteer positions available.

Please note that ERC and Pathlight’s doctoral level internship program is currently on hold for the 2021-2022 training year.  We will still be offering internship rotations to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Clinical Psychology interns.

Training Team Staff

Meet the talented clinical training team at our Illinois locations:

  • Anne E. Kubal, Ph.D., CEDS-S
  • Andrea Stone, Psy.D.
  • Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, Ph.D., CEDS-S
  • Nate Schapiro, Psy.D.

Questions regarding any part of the application or selection process should be directed to Anne Kubal, Ph.D., CEDS-S, Director of Clinical Training for ERC and Pathlight Illinois locations. 

  • Anne Kubal, PhD
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    Anne Kubal, PhD

    Director, Clinical Training, Chicago
    Dr. Anne Kubal is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Clinical Training at Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center. She ...
  • Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD, FAED, CEDS-S
    Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD, FAED, CEDS-S Link

    Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD, FAED, CEDS-S

    Regional Clinical Director
    Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD, FAED, CEDS-S, is the Regional Clinical Director, Midwest for Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight ...

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology

The postdoctoral fellowship training program is a year-long experience designed to meet all criteria required for licensure in Illinois.

ERC and Pathlight offers 2-4 postdoctoral fellowship positions per year, depending on the needs of the training site.  The fellowship is designed to help fellows strengthen generalist skills while developing an area of specialization. Responsibilities include providing individual, family, and group therapy, case management duties and collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team. All fellows participate in individual and group supervision, didactic and specialty seminars, staff meetings and case conferences.

Advanced Therapy Practicum & Master’s-Level Internship

Eating Recovery Center (ERC) specializes in Residential, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Outpatient treatment for adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders. Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center specializes in Residential, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Outpatient treatment for adolescents and adults struggling with mood and anxiety disorders.

Our training program is most appropriate for students at an advanced level of training who have previously completed a therapy practicum or have significant work or life experience relevant to the development of clinical skills.

Practicum students and master’s-level interns apply for and are accepted into one area of specialty training.  ERC and Pathlight require 20 hours per week of on-site training for twelve months.

Eating Recovery Center is accredited through the Joint Commission. This organization seeks to enhance the lives of the persons served in healthcare settings through a consultative accreditation process emphasizing quality, value and optimal outcomes of services.

Organizations that earn the Gold Seal of Approval™ have met or exceeded The Joint Commission’s rigorous performance standards to obtain this distinctive and internationally recognized accreditation. Learn more about this accreditation here.

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