Sara Budowsky, LCSW

Collaborative Care Social Worker, The Pritzker Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

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Sara Budowsky, LCSW, is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist with over 12 years of experience providing mental health treatment to children and families in a variety of settings.

In her current role at Lurie Children's, Ms. Budowsky serves as a Behavioral Health Social Worker at Lurie Children's Pediatrics Uptown Clinic, where she provides mental health consultation to physicians; participates in developing programming and coordinating care to help prevent, monitor, and address mental health concerns in the clinic’s patient population; and sees a small group of patients for brief, targeted treatment.

Ms. Budowsky has received graduate and post-graduate education and training in a range of mental health treatment modalities, including family therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and CBT-based group interventions (including Bounce Back, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools, and Hope and Healing). She also has experience implementing treatment for behavioral concerns, such as Parent Management Training and Collaborative and Proactive Solutions.

As a clinical social worker, Ms. Budowsky’s academic and professional education and training have focused on the provision of direct mental health treatment (psychotherapy) and evaluation for psychiatric disorders, as well as on looking more broadly at the role of family, community, and other social systems as a source of resilience and/or a possible point of intervention, with the overarching goal of working to promote social justice and health equity.

Ms. Budowsky’s research interests include development and evaluation of interventions that promote parent-child attachment, resilience, and overall mental health that can be delivered efficiently and effectively outside traditional psychiatric care settings in order to increase access.

Clinical Interests

Anxiety, depression, early childhood (0-5), parent-child attachment, teens, preteens, trauma, community-based treatment and prevention, collaborative and integrated mental health care


Education & Training

Education: Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL, Learning Collaborative in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), 2018; Columbia University, New York, NY Seminar in Field Instruction, 2011; University of Chicago, Chicago, IL Master of Arts in Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy, 2008; University of Chicago, Chicago, IL Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, 2006

Postgraduate Training: Josselyn Center for Mental Health-- Internship in Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy, Northfield, IL 2008; Thresholds Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center-- Internship in Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy, Chicago, IL 2007