American Institute for Cognitive Therapy

From Psychpracticum
Jump to: navigation, search

Last Update

September 8th, 2017

Contact Information

We will be accepting two externs for the 2018-2019 year

Name of Externship: American Institute for Cognitive Therapy

Name of Director/Coordinator: Director: Robert Leahy, PHD
– Coordinator: Martin Viola

Street Address:

136 E 57th street
Suite 1101
NY, NY 10022

Telephone: (212) 308-2440

Fax: (212) 308-3099



Site Information

About: The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy is an internationally recognized group of clinical psychologists and psychotherapists providing the highest quality cognitive-behavioral treatment for depression, anxiety, phobias, eating disorders, personality disorders, child and adolescent problems and family and marital problems.

Founded in 1985 as the Center for Cognitive Therapy we have provided successful, caring and highly professional treatment for thousands of patients.

The Director, Dr. Robert L. Leahy, has authored and edited 22 books on cognitive therapy and psychological processes and is the Past-President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT), Past-President of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, Past-President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical School.

Dr. Leahy is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Leahy recently received the Aaron T. Beck Award for Outstanding Contributions in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

You can read Dr. Leahy's Blog "Anxiety Free" at

Our staff provide evaluations and treatment for psychological problems, state-of-the-art cognitive-behavioral therapy, and training for other professionals. Many members of our staff teach and supervise in graduate programs and medical schools in the New York City area and have authored research books, articles and chapters on cognitive-behavioral therapy. Our Institute provides services for a variety of patients, including children, adolescents, and adults. Our staff of eight therapists have strengths in the following treatment areas: Depression, Anxiety (GAD,OCD, Panic, Health Anxiety, Social Phobia), Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, Marital and Family Therapy, Eating Disorders, Impulse Control Disorders, and the full range of Child and Adolescent Disorders. Currently, the Institute holds one case conference each week, provides workshops, and provides trainees with individual supervision. Staff members participate in supervision, case conferences, workshops, research projects and provide clinical services.

General Information

Start Date: August

End Date: 12 Month Term, Possibility to be extended

Appropriate for:

3rd year or 4th year students

Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):

Around 15 hours per week, flexible with scheduling. Fridays preferred.

Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):

Have previous knowledge in CBT

Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):

Preferred cognitive behavioral therapy training – This is an advanced CBT training site

Is there a stipend for externs?


How many externs will you accept for the 2018-2019 year?


Application Process

What materials need to be submitted?

  • C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • letters of recommendation
  • (see website for updates)

How should it be submitted?

Emailed to Martin Viola - and Robert Leahy -

Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):

Interviews are held with Dr. Robert Leahy and 2-3 staff members. Decision is made by Dr. Leahy within 2-3 weeks.

Description of Externship


The externship is a practicum experience that involves a commitment of 15 hours/week at the Institute, seeing nine patients, and receiving individual supervision from a licensed psychologist on the staff. A knowledge of cognitive-behavioral therapy and a commitment to the highest standards of clinical practice are required. You must be enrolled in an APA-approved doctoral program. Externs can participate in weekly case conferences and peer supervision and will have access to an extensive library of audio and video tapes on cognitive-behavioral therapy. The externship is a 12 month commitment.

Populations commonly served:


Training models offered:

Applied Behavior Analysis

If any of these models are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

None noted.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
Marriage and Family Counseling

If any of these intervention experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

None noted.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 6-9 patients

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:


Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):


Expected number of assessment reports completed during externship (defined as writing reports based on a battery of standardized tests:



Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour individual
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1-3 hours
Estimated hours/week of didactics: didactic seminars held biweekly

Amichaelides 12:32, 29 Nov 2009 (EST)

Other Comments