Severe Mental Illness (SMI) Program

Severe Mental Illness (SMI) Program

Supervisor: Lindsay Brauer, Ph.D.

We are not recruiting for 2019-2020.

Overview: This is an advanced practicum for students interested in the application of cognitive-behavioral strategies to adult outpatients with severe mood, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.  Externs will function within two interdisciplinary specialty clinics at a large academic medical center.  Externs should expect to carry a caseload of 6-8 individual patients per week.  Individual supervision will be provided on a weekly basis with Dr. Brauer. 

Didactics:  Externs will be involved in the SMI seminar, which focuses on evidence-based assessment and intervention, relevant ethical issues, case presentations, and journal readings.  In addition, externs will attend a bi-weekly case-based seminar focusing on the provision of cognitive-behavioral interventions within an interdisciplinary team.  Optional additional didactics include: Advanced Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Grand Rounds, and professional development seminars.

Requirements: Please read the following list carefully to determine whether you are eligible to apply for this internship:

  • 16-20 hours per week (2 full days on site, Monday and Thursday)
  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology or, counseling psychology
  • Completion of a Master’s degree by time of start required.
  • Completion of graduate coursework preferred
  • At least 1 previous practicum experience providing psychotherapy
  • Training year runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

Application: Students interested in applying for the Severe Mental Illness Program Externship should send the following materials by electronic mail to Dr. Lindsay Brauer ( by November 17, 2017.  Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. 

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Current curriculum vita (CV)
  3. Copy of current academic transcript
  4. Three letters of recommendation (one letter must be from a current faculty member supervising your training).  Letters should be emailed directly or sent by mail to the following address:

Lindsay Brauer, Ph.D.
The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Ave, MC 3077
Chicago, IL 60637

Applications should be submitted by November 17, 2017 for full consideration.  Review of applications will continue until positions are filled, ideally by December 18, 2017.  Offers will be extended on an ongoing basis.  Questions about the externship should be directed to Dr. Brauer via e-mail Please note that we DO NOT follow ACEPT guidelines.