Eating Recovery Center-Insight Behavioral Health Centers (ERC-Insight) represents a partnership between Denver-based Eating Recovery Center, an international center providing comprehensive, specialized eating disorders treatment for female and male adults, adolescents and children, and Chicago-based Insight Behavioral Health Centers, a multidisciplinary center providing comprehensive, specialized treatment for adolescents and adults struggling with mood and anxiety disorders. Although one company, ERC and Insight maintain two separate but complimentary mission statements. The mission of Eating Recovery Center is to provide the very best care to patients, families and providers of care in the treatment of, and recovery from, eating disorders and related conditions. The mission of Insight Behavioral Health Centers is to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary, mindfulness-based treatment to support adults, adolescents and families struggling with serious behavioral health concerns.
ERC-Insight provides services at seven Chicago-area locations, including Northbrook, Evanston, Oak Brook and four treatment centers in downtown Chicago. The training program at ERC-Insight is based in the main Chicago office, located in the heart of downtown on Michigan Avenue. Interns complete training in the downtown Chicago locations, all within proximity and walking distance of one another.
The overarching goal of the doctoral internship training program at ERC-Insight is to promote the growth of effective and innovative future psychologists through facilitation of interns’ skill development, professional identity development, and ability to thrive within a multidisciplinary environment. The staff at ERC-Insight includes a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, licensed counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, registered dietitians, art therapists, movement therapists, and certified yoga instructors. At ERC-Insight, we value comprehensive, multidimensional treatment for our patients, and use a team of highly credentialed professionals to meet patients’ specific needs.
The practitioner-scholar model of training, focusing on the development of clinical skills through scholarly inquiry and practice that is informed by both theory and research, serves as a foundation for helping interns develop competencies in the following areas, in accordance with the Standards of Accreditation in Health Care Psychology:
2) Ethical and legal standards
3) Individual and cultural diversity
4) Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors
5) Communication and interpersonal skills
9) Consultation and interpersonal/interdisciplinary skills
The internship is designed to help interns to develop a strong generalist base of clinical skills in evidenced-based practices, as well as develop competency in an area of specialty. As such, interns work with the Director of Clinical Training prior to the start of the internship year to determine which treatment programs the intern will work within during the internship year and how their time will be split if working with two different treatment programs. Clinical programs include the Adolescent Program (Eating Disorders AP program and Mood and Anxiety Disorders AP program), adult Eating Disorders Program, Binge Eating Treatment and Recovery Program, Mood and Anxiety Program (adult), and ARCH (Addiction Recovery & Comprehensive Help) integrated substance abuse program. Interns may work within one treatment program for the entire 12 months of internship or divide time between 2 programs for the entire 12 months of internship.
The internship training year emphasizes the continued development and refinement of assessment and therapy skills across a broad range of clinical activities. Interns gain direct clinical experience providing individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, case management, case consultation, assessment, and supervision of a practicum student. Interns’ learning and development is supported through individual supervision, group supervision, collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams, and didactic seminars that focus on self-reflection and professional growth. Interns are trained in evidenced-based practices and are provided numerous training opportunities throughout the internship year to learn innovative new approaches to a wide range of presenting problems.