Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Pre-Doctoral Practicum

The Center for Cognitive Therapy is offering a pre-doctoral practicum program for graduate students focusing on diagnostic assessment. Students in this program will learn how to conduct in-depth diagnostic interviews, write evaluation reports, and conceptualize cases using the cognitive model. We will train students in clinical interviewing skills, utilizing structured diagnostic tools (SCID 5 CV, SCID 5 PD, Scale for Suicidal Ideation, Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory, Beck Hopelessness Scale), and making a diagnosis utilizing the DSM-5.

This program requires a time commitment of approximately 8-16 hours per week. Weekly responsibilities include conducting 1-2 diagnostic interviews and writing evaluation reports. In addition, students will attend a 2-hour weekly case conference where cases are presented and diagnostic issues are discussed.

Interested students may fill out our application. Please include with your application, one letter of recommendation (sent via U.S. postal service, not via e-mail), a curriculum vita, official graduate school transcripts (not copies), a sample diagnostic report based upon DSM-5 diagnosis, and a letter describing your professional interests and goals, particularly as they relate to our training program.

Due date for application is February 1. Training will begin the first week in June. The program lasts 12 months.

Please send application materials to:

Mary Anne Layden, Ph. D.
Director of Education
Center for Cognitive Therapy
University of Pennsylvania
3535 Market Street 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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