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. 

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.

AApplications are accepted between 11/1/2023 and 01/05/2024. Interviews will be conducted online over Zoom until 1/12/2024.  Training will begin the first week in June, 2024. 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 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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