The Reeds Center for the Treatment of Anxiety, OCD and Related Disorders

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Contact Information

Name of Externship: The Reeds Center for the Treatment of Anxiety, OCD and Related Disorders

Name of Directors/Coordinator: James Bender Jr, PsyD, Michael Maher, PhD, Sarah Parker, PhD

Street Address:

7 West 36th St., 15th Fl
New York, NY 10018

Telephone: (212) 203-9792

Fax: (212) 320-0321

Email: The Reeds Center


General Information

Start Date: 7/1
End Date: 6/30

Appropriate for:

Clinical psychology graduate students who are committed to working within a structured, cognitive-behaviorally oriented, and empirically supported therapeutic framework.

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

Up to 16 hours per week, spread over at least two days. Evening hours will be required. Externship days must be separated by at least one other day (e.g., Wednesday and Friday) to accommodate intensive therapy schedules.
Availability on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings for at least 4 months of the year.
Attendance at mid-day Friday group supervision meetings.

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

Applicants should have at least one year of graduate education completed at start of internship, including prior training in CBT.

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

Preference will be given to applicants who have a background in the theory and practice of CBT. We are seeking individuals who are enthusiastic about working with clients outside of the therapy room. Those who can commit to a two-year externship will be given preference.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

We adhere to the NYNJADOT guidelines.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover letter describing training and career goals
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation

How should it be submitted?

Email is preferable ( We also accept applications by fax and mail.

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

Interviews for highly qualified applicants are necessary and will occur in late January through mid- to late-February. Offers will be made per NYNJADOT guidelines.

Description of Externship


The Reeds Center offers training for up to two externs each year in the empirically supported treatment of OCD and other anxiety disorders, habit disorders (such as hair pulling and skin picking), and eating disorders, from late childhood through adulthood. Externships provide individual and group supervision by licensed clinical psychologists within a cognitive behavioral framework, with an emphasis on exposure and response prevention. Training in the use of DBT and ACT is also available. Practicum opportunities will be provided through a structured training program that includes supervised individual, family, and group sessions.

Populations commonly served:


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

Not specified.

Training models offered:

DBT / Mindfulness

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

DBT skills are often used as adjunctive interventions based on individual patient needs

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 8-12 Individual Therapy cases/week

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Psychosocial Assessment
Structured Interviewing

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: 1.5
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1-2

Amichaelides 14:38, 4 Jan 2010 (EST)

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