CBT/DBT Associates

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Name of Externship: CBT/DBT Associates

Name of Director/Coordinator: Lisa A Napolitano, Ph.D.

Street Address:

501 Madison Avenue, Suite 303
New York, NY 10022

Telephone: (212) 546-9200

Fax: (212) 546-9246

Email: napolitano@cbtdbtassocs.com

Webpage: http://www.cbtdbtassociates.com/

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CBT/DBT Associates is a private group group psychology practice dedicated to providing research-based cognitive-behavioral treatments to children, adolescents, and adults suffering from a broad range of problems, including depression, anxiety, phobias, trauma, borderline personality disorder, and eating disorders. We offer comprehensive DBT programs for children, adolescents and adults, which consists of individual DBT, telephone coaching, and DBT skills group. CBT/DBT Associates adheres to the scientist-practitioner model of practice and takes pride in our commitment to ongoing learning. We strongly value a team approach to treatment, striving to create a collaborative and supportive atmosphere conducive to both professional and personal growth.

Dr. Lisa Napolitano is the founder and director of CBT/DBT Associates. She is a Diplomate, Fellow, and Certified Trainer/Consultant of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and has completed intensive and advanced intensive training in DBT. In addition to supervising doctoral students and psychologists at the practice, she is an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at Mount Sinai Hospital and an Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. All members of our practice have trained at leading CBT institutions and received intensive training in DBT. Many of our psychologists have specific areas of expertise and training, including child and adolescent services, trauma, and OCD. For more information on our staff and practice, please visit www.cbtdbtassociates.com.

General Information

Start Date: Summer 2018
End Date: Summer 2019, with a possibility for extension

Appropriate for:

Adult Clinical
Child clinical
Combined school/child clinical

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

Externs typically devote 15-20 hours per week to the practice. There is some flexibility in scheduling; however, externs are required to attend a weekly consultation meeting on Mondays from 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm and our DBT team meeting on Tuesdays from 9 am to 11 am.

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

Fourth year and above. It is required that applicants have prior experience conducting CBT with either children, adolescents, and/or adults, as well as an interest in DBT. Applicants must be enrolled in an APA-accredited doctoral program.

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

Experience with DBT is strongly preferred, but not required.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

Applications will not be accepted before January 16, 2018. CBT/DBT Associates follows the recommendations of the Externship Guidelines of the Psychology Directors of New York State and New Jersey Association of Directors of Training.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover letter (Please include the contact information for the writers of your letters of recommendation. The referees of qualified applicants will be contacted during the interview process.)
  • CV
  • Two references that can be contacted by phone

How should it be submitted?

Please attach all application materials to a single email message and send to napolitano@cbtdbtassocs.com. The subject line should read: “Externship Application.”

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

After applications are reviewed, qualified applicants will be invited to interview with Dr. Napolitano and 1-2 staff psychologists. In accordance with the externship guidelines, offers will be not be made before 9 a.m. Monday, February 26, 2018.

Description of Externship


CBT/DBT Associates is an advanced training site offering externs the opportunity to increase their competency with cognitive-behavioral treatments through comprehensive training and expert supervision by licensed psychologists. In the spirit of the scientist-practitioner model, externs are expected to integrate current research into practice and utilize assessment data throughout the process of therapy. Externs typically have a caseload of approximately eight individual therapy clients and can opt to increase their caseload with the director’s approval. In general, half of an extern’s caseload consists of CBT cases, which often vary in treatment protocol, and half are DBT cases. Externs participate as members of our DBT consultation team, co-facilitating at least one DBT skills group, attending weekly team meetings, and providing individual therapy and phone coaching to approximately four DBT clients.

Populations commonly served:


Training models offered:

Comprehensive DBT

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Approximately 8 cases

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Intake Assessment
Mental Status Exam

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:

The number of intake reports varies according to caseload. All intake reports require the integration of standardized test results.


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 3 hours
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 2 hours

Didactics are provided through individual supervision, case consultation meetings, and workshops held at the practice. Externs are assigned readings and are strongly encouraged to attend conferences, seminars, and trainings outside the practice.

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