Application for Clinical Training Opportunities

Students pursuing a Master’s in Counseling or Masters in Social Work and looking for a second year Field Placement OR students pursuing a PsyD or PhD in Psychology and are looking for a Therapy or Advanced Externship are encouraged to apply.   Please submit the following application materials to our Coordinator of Clinical Training in accordance with the current year ACEPT dates:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of readiness written by the Director of Training or the Field Placement Liaison at your school.  The letter should state that 1) you are a student in good academic standing with your school, 2) you have completed the necessary courses which allow you to do clinical work in the field and 3) your school is supporting your intent to access a training position.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from academic and/or clinical staff (preferably from clinical supervisors who have familiarity with applicant’s clinical skills).
  • Transcript
  • Writing Sample (case conceptualization preferred)

Please submit the above documents (email preferred), ideally in one application packet, to:

Due to the volume of applications, please do not mail your application.

Application Timetable

The Howard Brown Health Behavioral Health Services Clinical Training Program abides by the guidelines set forth by the Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT). For more information on ACEPT, please go to In accordance with ACEPT guidelines, the following timetable will be followed:

February 1, 2019 – Practicum student applicants can begin to submit their applications

March 1, 2019 – Sites Notify Students whether or not they are being interviewed

March 22, 2019 – Pre-notification Day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – Practicum students who are first choices for placement will receive notification that they will be offered a space for the 2019-20120 training year.

March 25, 2019 – Practicum student applicants will be given formal offers of practicum positions via email beginning at 9:00 a.m. Please consult ACEPT website for further instructions on this year’s match process, which includes a pre-notification day on Friday, March 22nd.

Please know that Howard Brown Health is committed to training PsyD and PhD Clinical Psychology students, Master’s in Social Work students, and Masters in Counseling students. Although MSW students are not required to follow the exact same application dates as Psychology students, MSW students are encouraged to send in their materials along the same ACEPT timeline to increase their chances of accessing a training placement with Howard Brown Health. MSW positions will be filled as soon as qualified applicants have been identified.

Current Howard Brown employees and volunteers:
Current Howard Brown Health employees and volunteers who have contact with BHS clients will not be considered for internship or practicum with Behavioral Health Services. If an employee or volunteer has a high level of contact with Behavioral Health Services staff, but not BHS clients, the department will determine whether it can offer non-biased supervision during training.