An externship at The Reeds Center primarily involves delivering individual outpatient CBT to clients at our offices in midtown Manhattan, as well as occasional home visits and in-vivo sessions outside of the office, as is needed for clients. Externs should expect to work about 16 hours per week, inclusive of any time it takes them to travel to sessions. They will spend the bulk of their time learning how to deliver CBT to a limited number of individuals; in addition to learning about, preparing for and delivering CBT (and third wave behavioral therapy) sessions, they will be engaged in group and individual supervision sessions. Externs at The Reeds Center read and report back on research articles related to anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, and their treatment, as well as participate in relevant training seminars and workshops. Those who are interested have the opportunity to help us write related materials for our community of patients, family members, and mental health professionals.
Although The Reeds Center specializes in the treatment of OCD, anxiety and related problems, externs should expect that clients will present with a variety of difficulties and backgrounds. This provides excellent opportunities for learning and growth, especially when a student clinician is supported by accessible and committed supervisors. If an extern is interested, s/he can also choose to work with and receive training in treating individuals with eating or impulse control disorders.
The Reeds Center provides CBT and third wave psychotherapies in different intensities, meaning that, in addition to receiving traditional once- or twice-weekly therapy, clients can come in up to five times per week for sessions that last up to two hours. Clients spend most of these sessions directly confronting their fears with the support and guidance of our clinicians. The Reeds Center also provides a DBT group, an ACT group, and a parent support group, and seeks to improve understanding about OCD and its treatment via information and articles provided on ocdintensive.com.
An externship at The Reeds Center has a lot to offer, including:
Active, careful supervision by clinical psychologists (both directors and senior clinicians) with specialized training in intensive CBT therapy. This includes weekly in person one-on-one supervision for 90 minutes as well as weekly group supervision and didactics.
Opportunity to learn how to deliver empirically supported, manual-based treatments for anxiety, eating, mood, and impulse control disorders in the “real world”
Opportunities to work with people with a range of diagnoses and from diverse backgrounds, and to work within individual, group, and family sessions
Training in clinical interviewing and widely used, well-validated assessment instruments
Flexible schedule (Externs must be available for group and individual supervision meetings, and should expect to work evening hours, but they can otherwise determine their work hours in conjunction with their clients and desired experiences. For example, the DBT group runs on Wednesday evenings, other groups run on Tuesday evenings, and group supervision is mid-day on Fridays.)
Exposure to the business side of an outpatient practice in clinical psychology
The Reeds Center was started by three clinical psychologists who share the common goal of improving outpatient treatments for individuals with anxiety, OCD and related disorders. We established a training program for graduate students in psychology and other mental health clinicians to enable them to deliver services on par with what we provided in clinical trials at umbia University Medical Center / New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Directors of the Program: James Bender, Jr, PsyD; Michael Maher, PhD; Sarah Parker, PhD
URL for Externship Brochure: https://thereedscenter.com/training/
Length of externship (in months): 12
Start Date: Around July 1, 2019
End Date: Around June 30, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: 16 hours/week
Specialty tracks: We offer opportunities to work with both children and adults.
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): Ideal applicants have at least a year of experience delivering individual outpatient CBT.
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: No.
When do you expect to begin interviews? In early February
Interview process: We conduct individual interviews, both one-on-one and with more than one director, usually on a set number of dates in the month of February. We ask applicants to talk about at least one case with whom they worked using a CBT (or third wave) approach, and participate in a brief role play of a therapeutic interaction.
What application materials are required: Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in our site, a CV, and two letters of recommendation.
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Students carry up to 13 patients, and can co-lead group therapy.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered: Students assess new patients using structured and semi-structured psychiatric interviews and self-reports
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 0
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 0
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: 0
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: At least 90 minutes
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: At least 1 hour
Estimated hour/week of didactics: Between 1 and 8 hours/week
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: Up to 1.5 hours/week
Context of didactics: Small group seminars, workshops, and role plays
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: As needed
Describe direct supervision: Face-to-face
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (audio, video, live in person (in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream): We offer video and audio supervision
If you have only one extern, would you be to have the extern participate in a peer support consortium with other sites- live or "SKYPE"?: Yes, either live or Skype.
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: Yes
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: They may be, depending on client need.
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No, but travel costs to/from home visits is covered.