Program Overview

The training opportunities described below are specific to Illinois. Please reach out to centers outside of IL directly to inquire about training opportunities in other centers.

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. Responsibilities include providing individual and group therapy at an IOP and/or PHP level of care, milieu and meal support, conducting ongoing clinical assessments for insurance authorization, case management duties and collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. All trainees participate in individual and group supervision, didactic and specialty seminars, staff meetings and case conferences.  Fridays are a required on-site day as group supervision and didactic seminars occur on Fridays.  Trainees also typically work on Saturdays for at least 6 months of the training year.  The training year starts on or about July 1 (depending on when the 4th of July holiday lands) and ends on June 30th each year.


Areas of Specialty Training Available:

Eating Disorders Program: 1-2 positions; Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program:1- 3 positions (with 1-2 positions sharing time in the Addiction and Recovery Comprehensive Help program); Adolescent Program: 1 position


To Apply:

ERC and Pathlight adhere to the Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT) guidelines for matching doctoral students with practicum sites; application due dates for doctoral-level applicants can be found at Needs to be edited to read Applications for 2022 will be accepted beginning January 28, 2022. Applications are due no later than 2/11/22. .  Please see for more information about ACEPT practicum application guidelines.  Masters-level intern applicants will not need to follow ACEPT guidelines; master’s-level internship applications are due February 1st each year.   


Required application materials:

  • Cover letter specifying interest in a specific area of specialty training.
  • Current vita
  • Three (3) reference letters from individuals who can speak to your clinical potential and/or abilities
  • Copies of graduate transcripts

Emailed applications are preferred. Please email required application materials to Dr. Anne Kubal, Director of Clinical Training, at

Snail mail application materials to:

Dr. Anne Kubal, Director of Clinical Training
Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Centers
333 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60601

 For more information, please contact:
Dr. Anne Kubal


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.

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