Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy
January 17, 2017
Name of Externship: Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy
Name of Director/Coordinator: Steven Phillipson, PhD
Telephone: (212) 686 - 6886
Fax: (212) 686-0943
The Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy is a group practice located in midtown Manhattan that serves a diverse array of patients on an outpatient basis. The majority of patients are adults with some sub-classification of anxiety disorders, but many clinical presentations are seen. The Staff at the Center (ranging between 18 to 21 therapists) are made up of Master level interns, 3 to 4 pre-doctoral externs, occasionally 1 clinical intern, 2 to 4 post-doctoral fellows, and 4 to 8 licensed psychologists. The majority of the senior staff are compremised from persons who started their training at the Center as pre-doctoral externs/interns.
Dr. Steven Phillipson, the Center's Clinical Director, has a very specific clinical specialty working with obsessive-compulsive disorder; therefore many of the anxiety-disordered clientele will have this diagnosis. Dr. Phillipson also specializes in the treatment of sexual dysfunctions and depression. Dr. Marcus, the Center's Administrative Director, specializes in treating patients with relationship issues and medical issues including diabetes, chronic pain, and eating disorders. She maintains a certification in diabetes education (C.D.E.) and works extensively with the issues related to living with diabetes.
Although there has recently been a pressure placed on students recently to attend hospital based externships, the data from the past ten years clearly suggests that 90% of externs from the Center have received a match in the current APPIC system during the first round of selection. Following a full year at the Center externs are extremely proficient at developing and executing empirically based procedures in the treatment and understanding of Anxiety disorders, mood disorders and Axis II conditions.
For more information, please visit the Center's website at http://www.cognitivebehavioralcenter.com/center.html and Dr. Phillipson's website at http://www.ocdonline.com.
What schools do you accept applicants from?: In general we tend to accept applicants from/but are not limited to, Rutgers, Fairleigh Dickinson, Yeshiva, St. John's, Fordham, Hofstra, CW Post, Keen Univ. and Columbia.
Start Date: Preferably May and June
End Date: Ongoing. 12 mo commitment.
- Psychology Doctoral Programs
- 3rd and 4th year students with a minimum of 1-2 years adult therapy experience
Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):
- 16 hours a week. Scheduling is very flexible (Monday through Friday), but attendance is required for Friday afternoon group supervision.
Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):
- PhD or PsyD in clinical psychology program
- minimum 1-2 years adult therapy experience
Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):
Is there a stipend for externs?
Do you permit applications before January 17
What materials need to be submitted?
- Letter of Intent
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
How should it be submitted?
- Email it to Dr. Phillipson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):
- Dr. Phillipson and Dr. Ivy Marcus interview applicantrs.
Description of Externship
Externs can anticipate carrying a caseload of between 8 to 12 individual patients in addition to co-leading weekly group therapy for individuals with OCD. The ages of patients typically range from early adolescence to the elderly and the socioeconomic status ranges from mid to upper income families. Most clients present with anxiety disorders (especially OCD), but depression and social skills deficits are also common areas of focus. Many individuals have Axis II diagnoses as well, including borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, dependent personality disorder and avoidant personality disorder.
Students can anticipate gaining proficiency providing individually-administered cognitive-behavioral interventions for the full spectrum of anxiety-related disorders, depressive disorders, health-related disorders, Axis II diagnoses, and a wide variety of DSM 5 diagnostic categories. A working knowledge in both group interventions and group dynamics will also be provided. Additional priorities and goals for externs are the development of sharp and accurate diagnostic skills, the application of ethical standards, and the maintenance of therapist-client boundaries. Students are continually guided with respect to the development of a strong sense of professionalism.
This is an advanced training site. Strong applicants will be capable of functioning with a good deal of autonomy while receiving excellent supervision to develop their growing skills. The Center is committed to fostering your professional growth in a collegial atmosphere based on mutual respect.
You must be enrolled in an APA-approved clinical psychology doctoral program. Because this externship is an advanced training site, those applying should have at least one year of previous clinical experience working with an adult population. The externship is a 12 month commitment.
Populations commonly served:
If any of these populations are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
- Not specified.
Training models offered:
If any of these models are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
- Not specified.
Intervention training experiences commonly offered:
If any of these intervention experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
- Not specified.
Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 10 – 12 patients
Assessment training experiences commonly offered:
If any of these assessment experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
- Not specified.
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
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2 hours
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 0
Dr. Phillipson almost exclusively provides supervision. Dr. Marcus acts as an adjunct supervisor and provides referrals for cases pertaining to behavioral medicine (diabetes, relationship/couples therapy and the full spectrum of eating disorders). All externs attend weekly group supervision with Dr. Phillipson and receive weekly individual supervision from either Dr. Phillipson or Dr. Marcus.
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