Clinical Internship

Continue your professional development with this unique Clinical Internship specializing in providing tailored exposure-based and behavioral-based treatment to children, adolescents, and/or adults within an outpatient private practice setting. 

Candidates with training in treating the full range of anxiety and related disorders are encouraged to apply. 

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We offer exposure-based and behavioral-based therapies including ERP, CBT, ACT, and as well as PCIT-SM, including intensive treatments. As an out-of-network, fee-for-service clinic, we have the flexibility to provide treatment in the clinic, home, school, and community, which serves to maximize treatment outcome and feels rewarding for both patient and therapist alike. We value a healthy work-life balance, and we support each other in that pursuit. 

We take care of you so that you can focus on your patients. We know that a strong infrastructure provides the foundation for you to deliver excellent treatment. Therefore, we have staff that handles all intake registration paperwork, supports patients through the out-of-network insurance process, and collects fees on your behalf so that you can be fully focused on your clinical work.

How to Apply

Applications received by Nov 30 will be prioritized for review. After that date, application review will continue until the positions are filled or the search is closed. If selected for an interview, you will be contacted by email. Interviews will be scheduled in December, and offers will be sent in January. 

It is preferred that appointments begin by July 1, 2023, but it is understood that some practicum placements end in the spring or summer, so the start date can be flexible. 

Submit your cover letter, CV, and 2 letters of recommendation to Interviews will occur virtually or in-person, depending on needs.

The Ideal Candidate ...

  • Has a passion for treating anxiety and/or OCD, and there's opportunity for the right candidate to pursue their own niche within the practice (mentorship provided).
  • Is comfortable working with both children/adolescents and adults, but we will also consider candidates who want to focus on just one age population.
  • Plans to work in private practice as a career.
  • Enjoys mentoring undergraduates and graduate students.

Why ATSA? 

  • You will learn how to treat a unique condition, selective mutism, which co-occurs with a number of anxiety disorders (social anxiety, separation anxiety, specific phobia, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia). Neurodevelopmenal disorders and OCD are also common. Because our patients are unable to speak, their access to care is significantly impacted. We specialize in treating the selective mutism symptoms, while also treating the comorbid presentations. It is truly a unique training experience that not many individuals receive. Our mission is to spread knowledge and awareness by training interns and increasing access to care.


  • We are results driven, not numbers driven. As an intern, you will receive guidance and support on how to keep healthy boundaries and a manageable caseload.


  • Having a manageable caseload allows room for continued professional development, including pursuing practice certifications (e.g., PCIT-SM, PCIT, etc.). ATSA will support you in your professional growth.
  • We run intensive exposure therapy programs, both as individual and group treatments, for selective mutism, and there is opportunity to develop/run similar programs for other anxiety conditions.
  • We value the integration of science and practice and, towards that end, support you by subsidizing registration fees to attend national conferences such as ADAA, ABCT, SMA, IOCDF so that you can stay informed of research and practice.
  • Because we value research, we collect data on our clinical programs, giving you the opportunity, if you wish, to conduct research on existing data or become inspired to run new data collection/investigations.
  • We have ongoing relationships with local graduate programs and wonderful graduate students who are eager to assist with research studies or pursue clinical externships at ATSA, providing opportunities to provide supervision and train the next generation of psychologists.
  • We have ongoing relationships with area public and private schools (Pre-K through High School) where there is opportunity to provide in-services or consultations.
  • We have paid staff who takes care of billing in house, manages the paperwork flow of new intakes, and overall minimizes administrative paperwork for you so you can focus on your patients. 

Required Qualifications

  • Experience conducting diagnostic intake evaluations and developing tailored treatment plans for anxiety disorders and OCD acquired during externships.
  • 2+ years experience providing CBT, ACT, ERP, DBT acquired during externships.
  • Must have a growth mindset and enjoy working as a team!

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Enrolled in a Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D. program is preferred. Those seeking MA Internships will also be considered depending on level of training and previous experience.
  • Completion of Adventure Camp Counselor Training (or equivalent).
  • Experience with PCIT and/or PCIT-SM.
  • Experience with PMT and/or SPACE.


  • Provide evidence-based treatments to children, adolescents, and/or adults coping with anxiety and/or OCD and related conditions.
  • Provide PCIT-SM (training provided).
  • Provide services in clinic, home, school, or community to maximize generalization and treatment outcome.
  • Keep timely progress notes and treatment plans. 
  • Incorporate parent guidance and/or family-based interventions in treatment.
  • Ability to provide in-person and telehealth services as an option for patients.
  • Collaborate with our clinicians to develop and facilitate group therapies.
  • Communicate with collaterals (e.g., psychiatrist, school social worker, school teacher) as needed.
  • Provide clinical supervision to graduate masters and doctoral trainees.
  • Clinic is open Tuesdays - Saturdays. Select your own schedule between those days. For those who observe Saturdays for religious purposes, a Sunday - Thursday work week can be arranged. 

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Specialist training and supervision to support professional development as an anxiety specialist.
  • Collegial support to follow your interests/further develop your specialty.
  • Flexible schedule that you create yourself to support your work-life balance. This includes you deciding how many patient sessions you hold per week.
  • Opportunity to become PCIT-SM certified.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Private pay, fee-for-service practice means you are paid reliably. Compensation range is comensurate with experience, with a range of $70-$118 per session. For candidates already certified in PCIT, compensation range is $84-126 per session.
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance, including PPO BCBS options.
  • Mileage reimbursement.
  • Reimbursement for continued professional development (e.g., conferences, certifications).

Fringe Benefits:

  • There is no chasing of claims or chasing of co-pays. All patients pay on the day of service, collected by our admin staff.
  • There are almost zero no shows, so your schedule stays consistent.
  • We value the integration of science and practice and, towards that end, support you by paying your membership fees to ADAA, SMA, and IOCDF.
  • Registration fees to attend national conferences such as ADAA, ABCT, SMA, IOCDF are subsidized so that you can stay informed of research and practice.

Additional Comments: 

Full Time and Part Time interns will be considered; postdoctoral opportunities will also be considered. Compensation increases post internship, and again post licensure.

Oak Brook is located 17 miles west of Chicago and near major intersections. We have a healthy referral stream coming from all parts of Chicagoland, including school districts requesting consultation services.

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