Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Practicum/Externship Opportunities at the CTSA

About the Program

The CTSA offers a specified training opportunity to advanced doctoral students in the area.

Clinical Practicum

Clinical practicum students at our site have the opportunity to complete extensive intake assessments for our treatment research studies as well as provide evidence-based treatment to individuals with a wide range of anxiety disorders including OCD, PTSD, GAD, trichotillomania, panic disorder and specific phobias while receiving extensive group and individual supervision in these areas. Individual (1 hour) and group (2 hours) supervision is available. Clinical practicum students also serve in other research capacities including providing treatment adherence ratings. Students are expected to provide 8-10 hours of direct clinical services per week. Practicum students also have the opportunity to attend 4-day intensive training workshops on the treatment of OCD and PTSD.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Master's Degree
  • Advanced student (at least third-year) in a doctoral program
  • Previous training in CBT with good basic therapy skills
  • Training in standardized diagnostic interviews (e.g., SCID) and good clinical diagnostic skills
  • Available 16 hours per week including all day on Tuesdays

Start date: Beginning of July or earlier

Application Process and Deadlines

Our application requires a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation to be sent by the applicant via email or mail. We prefer that applications are submitted as one complete package that includes the aforementioned documents; however, we will accept letters of recommendation separately. If recommendation letters are submitted separately, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that recommenders have submitted their letters on time.

The CTSA participates in the Uniform Time Line for Practicum Applications for the Greater Philadelphia Area. These guidelines can be viewed here.

For the 2017-2018 practicum year, applications may only be submitted between December 15, 2016 and January 17, 2017.

Interviews will be conducted between January 24, 2017 and February 24, 2017.

Applicants will be notified of their status (receive an offer, no offer, or waitlist) on March 6, 2017.

Applicants who receive offers must reply to the offer by 9am on March 7, 2017 by accepting the offer, declining the offer, or requesting to hold the offer. Only one offer from a practicum site may be held by an applicant at any one time.

Applicants who were waitlisted will be notified of their status (receive an offer or no offer) by March 10, 2017.

All applications and questions can be directed to:
Sandy Capaldi, Psy.D.
Director of Practicum Training
Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety
3535 Market Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-746-5705
sandraca@mail.med.upenn.edu

 


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