Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders - Predoctoral Externship in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Adults with Anxiety Disorders

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Last Update

02.26.2018 Externship positions have been filled for the 2018-2019 training year.

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders - Predoctoral Externship in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Adults with Anxiety Disorders

Name of Director/Coordinator: Anne Marie Albano, Ph. D., Director; E. Blake Zakarin, Ph. D., coordinator externship program

Street Address:

3 Columbus Circle, Suite 1425
New York, NY 10019

Telephone: (212) 342-0111

Fax: (212) 342-0810

Email: E. Blake Zakarin


General Information

Start Date: July
End Date: June

Appropriate for:

Child clinical
Combined school/child clinical

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

Thursdays required, 1-2 additional days/week, 8-10 contact hours, flexibility in scheduling

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

3rd year and above

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

3rd year and above; at least some experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

We will be accepting applications beginning January 16th, 2018 for the following academic year (beginning in July 2018).

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • 2-3 Letters of Recommendation

How should it be submitted?

Send applications via regular mail to CUCARD Externship Application, Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, 3 Columbus Circle, Suite 1425, NY, NY 10019:

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

Applicants will be notified via email if they are selected for interviews, and will be notified of selection in compliance with externship consortium policies and standards. Accepted applicants will be notified via email on February 26, 2017.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Young Adults

Training models offered:


Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
School Consultation

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 6-10

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Assessment Report Writing
Structured Diagnostic Interviewing
Behavioral Assessment


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1 hrs

Other Comments

CUCARD is a clinic specializing in evidence-based outpatient treatment for individuals of all ages struggling with anxiety, mood, and related disorders. CUCARD is overseen by Director Dr. Anne Marie Albano and is staffed by senior clinical psychologists who are highly skilled in cognitive behavioral therapy. Central to CUCARD's mission is the training and dissemination of evidence-based treatments; our clinicians are also committed to providing a positive and high-quality learning experience for all its trainees.

Clinical Experience-Externs will learn about the implementation of cognitive behavioral therapy in both individual and group formats, as well as through other specialized experiences including observation of senior staff, engagement in didactic training, role plays, participating in in vivo exposures outside the clinic, and assisting with school observation visits. Externs are expected to carry 6-8 patients and will also assist a senior staff member with a CBT group. Externs will consult directly with our staff psychiatrist to learn effective models of collaborative, team-based care. In addition to these observation and direct contact clinical experiences, externs will participate in weekly group and individual supervision, giving the opportunity for intensive training on their own cases as well as seeing the types of problems and solutions that senior clinicians run into with implementing and adapting evidence-based practice to meet the needs of their patients.

Didactic Experience-CUCARD enhances training through ongoing seminars and supervision sessions focusing on a variety of topics, including manualized treatment for anxiety and related disorders, parent-child interaction therapy, ethics, working with adolescents, and a variety of other theoretical and practical topics focusing on the development of young professionals. CUCARD also features regular guest speakers addressing issues outside the core experiences of the clinicians; recent guest speakers have spoken on issues ranging from insomnia in teenagers to helping bereaved children.

Administrative Experience-Externs assist as support staff in the clinic, but we’ll do our best to help you understand the value of the tasks at hand, as a way of understanding the types of tasks that underlie running an evidence-based clinical practice. Our goal is not to have externs serve in traditional administrative support roles, but to engage them actively in understanding what is necessary to keep a practice running.

Research Experience-research and the conduct of empirically-supported treatment is a core value of the clinic. Students will be encouraged to prepare a case study for publication as part of their responsibilities in the clinic. Additional writing opportunities and research involvement may also be available for interested parties.