• Clinical Psychology Program, PsyD

  • CBT Training Program

    Director, CBT Training Program: Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D.

    Assistant Director, CBT Clinic: Jamie Schumpf, Psy.D.

    The Clinical PsyD Program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology offers specialty training in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), which involves didactic coursework, practicum clinical training and research.

    All students in the clinical program are required to take at least one foundation CBT course and have the opportunity to enroll in a comprehensive CBT practicum toward fulfillment of the required two-year advanced psychotherapy practicum. Students interested in receiving concentrated training in CBT are required to take at least four didactic CBT courses and may enroll in the CBT practicum for up to two years. CBT practicum students treat patients with anxiety and depressive disorders through the in-house CBT training clinic, and students receive three hours of weekly supervision—one in and individual format and two in a group format. Both cognitive and behavioral models are equally emphasized in the CBT training program, and students are trained in theoretical foundations, research and clinical applications of CBT.

    Clinical research is facilitated through the CBT program in the areas of anxiety and depression (prevalence, vulnerability models, therapy outcome), and identity and stigma. These areas are facilitated through two-semester research seminars titled Theory and Research in Anxiety and Depression and Identity, Stigma, and Mental Health, respectively.

    Students may also further extend their training by enrolling in other elective CBT courses offered at the school and by completing externships.


    Coursework and Practicum

    Introductory clinical courses in the CBT training program include Introduction to Cognitive Therapy, Behavior Therapy and Behavior Therapy with Children and Adolescents. Our advanced courses include a two-semester course taught by the program director entitled, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety and Depression. Additionally, advanced courses include four semesters of small-group CBT psychotherapy practicum labs and a practicum in child behavior therapy. Review the required CBT coursework and practicum (PDF).
     

    Faculty:

    Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. 

    Catherine Eubanks-Carter, Ph.D. 

    Abraham Givner, Ph.D.

     

    Advanced-Level Coursework

    Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety and Depressive Disorders I and II (Dr. McGinn):

    • Combines didactic coursework and applications of treatment in the assessment and cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders
    • Students will comprehensively assess anxiety and depressive disorders using a combination of clinical and self-report interviews
    • Students will also learn to conceptualize cases and formulate treatment plans, and implement and conduct CBT strategies for anxiety and depressive disorders through the use of simulated exercises, role-plays, illustrative case examples and videotapes
    • Interventions learned include cognitive restructuring, breathing retraining, deep muscle relaxation, exposure, activity scheduling, problem solving, contingency procedures and skills training
    Practicum

    Students may enroll in the CBT practicum for a minimum of one and a maximum of two years in their third and fourth years in the program. Students enrolled in this practicum will be assigned patients from the CBT Program for Anxiety and Depression, a subset of the Parnes Psychology Clinic (PDF). Students are placed in the CBT individual Psychotherapy Practicum during their first year of training and in the Advanced CBT Individual Psychotherapy Practicum during their second year in the program.


    Supervision

    A highlight of our program is the significant amount of supervision that students in the CBT Practicum receive. All students participating in the CBT practicum receive three hours of weekly supervision: one hour in an individual format and two hours in a group format.

    • For individual psychotherapy, each student is supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist for weekly individual supervision. All clinical supervisors have received extensive clinical training in CBT.
    • Group supervision is also provided in a weekly, two-hour "lab" or Individual Psychotherapy Practicum. The lab consists of approximately five students and is led by a clinical supervisor who is also a practicing CBT therapist. All adjunct clinical supervisors associated with the CBT Practicum have received extensive training in CBT.

    Therapy Practicum Lab Supervisors:

    Dr. Anna Edwards, 

    Dr. Tamar Gordon

    Dr. Dena Rabinowitz

    Dr. Jamie Schumpf

     

    Review a full list of our CBT individual supervisors (PDF).

    Contact Us

    For more information about the CBT training program or if you are a professional who is interested in joining our supervisory team, please call 718.430.3865 or e-mail us at lata.mcginn@einstein.yu.edu.

    To make a patient referral or schedule an intake evaluation to the CBT Program, please contact us at 718.430.2585, ext. 9157, or e-mail: cbtprogram@gmail.com.

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