The application deadline for 2019–2020 placements is 11:59 PM (Central Time) Friday, February 1, 2019. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply (see below).
KCCAT's practicum consists of a training experience in specialized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy including Exposure/Response Prevention for OCD and anxiety disorders in children and adults. The program is intended for students currently enrolled in an APA–Accredited Psychology Doctoral program. This placement requires an average of 12-15 hours per week for a 12–month minimum. Flexible options for continued training years may then also be possible. The practicum is designed for advanced graduate students with particular interests in empirically–based treatments of moderate to severe internalizing disorders, including those accompanied by comorbid externalizing behaviors and other types of complicating features. In most cases, students are expected to have completed their initial two years of coursework, a class on empirically–supported treatments, and their initial practicum placements. Students gain experience in assessment techniques and the provision of CBT to individuals within the entire spectrum of anxiety disorders and comorbid conditions (e.g., depression, ADHD, oppositional behaviors, anxiety–exacerbated health conditions).
Participation occurs in progressive stages dependent upon student interests, time commitment, and successful mastery of therapeutic techniques. Students will initially observe evaluations and treatment sessions, then participate in the supervised practice of CBT/ERP techniques. Students will be expected to progress and “take the lead” in joint therapy sessions, with an ultimate goal of being able to conduct portions of treatment protocols more independently as assigned by faculty supervisors. Students take rotations in covering brief phone screen interviews (which may be completed from off–site). Students have opportunities to assist in the development and delivery of new clinical programs, support groups, and research projects at the center, as well as participate in presenting community workshops and lectures. Assigned readings and participation in KCCAT's weekly team meeting are required.
Interested applicants are asked to send a letter of fit and interest, current curriculum vitae (CV), and copy of their graduate transcript (unofficial okay). Final candidates will be asked to attend an on–site interview and supply 2–3 letters of recommendation (two minimum, at least one being from primary mentor and one from a clinical supervisor). Letters of recommendation should be provided directly from the writer and sent via email or US Mail.
Please send application materials to the attention of Katie Kriegshauser, PhD (KCCAT's Director) via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 Preferred participation date range; flexibility on start and end dates may possibly be considered on an individual basis. The minimum one year training commitment is a firm requirement of our setting.