Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy is a state-of-the-art treatment approach that has received considerable empirical support and is a critical component of training for psychiatrists today. Our unique program provides comprehensive training in this effective form of assessment, conceptualization and intervention. 

The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program provides residents and psychology interns with an understanding of the cognitive behavioral view of problem development and maintenance. Comprehensive case conceptualization is emphasized throughout the training curriculum. Residents experience the following as part of the PGY 3 cognitive behavioral curriculum:

  • Sixteen didactic training seminars
  • Weekly small group supervision of clinical cases with expert faculty (three trainees per group)
  • Individual consultation and review of videotaped/audiotaped sessions by expert supervisors
  • Structured assessment training and experience with empirically-supported interview and self-report measures

Residents also receive training in cognitive behavioral group psychotherapy approaches and may co-lead a group with our expert faculty members. Some examples of recent groups include:

  • Group Education and Skills Training for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Group Skills Training for Depression
  • Smoking Cessation Group
  • Insomnia Treatment Group
  • Weight Management Group

The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program's training goals are enhanced through the use of materials in our extensive video and audio training library. All trainees have access to these audio and visual materials and may also utilize our assessment materials library. Trainees will have the opportunity to participate in clinical research projects and presentations at major cognitive behavioral therapy conferences. 

As part of the PGY 4 curriculum, trainees may choose to continue their cognitive behavioral psychotherapy experience with an individually customized elective. The elective includes further applied training, individual supervision and a clinical project.