Training Services

Center for Brief Therapy

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Training Services
Center for Brief Therapy

The Center for Brief Therapy serves as a doctoral internship site for training future psychologists and also serves as a site for PCOM masters and doctoral level students completing practicum experiences.


Doctoral Internship

The Center for Brief Therapy serves as a doctoral internship site for training future psychologists through participation in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).

View Internship Handbook (PDF)

The internship at the Center for Brief Therapy is exclusively affiliated with the APA accredited Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). The doctoral program at PCOM with which it is affiliated is grounded in cognitive-behavioral practice, and the internship mirrors and extends the competencies gained in the doctoral program prior to internship. The doctoral curriculum trains students in the use of empirically supported assessment and interventions addressing the most current developments in psychology, with an emphasis on the intersection of psychology, behavioral health and primary care medicine, while enhancing learning through practical clinical applications. The internship emphasizes values of self-reflection, attention to diversity, advocacy and social justice.

The internship requires a total of 2000 hours. This time is split between supervised work in the primary rotation at Center for Brief Therapy for three (3) days a week and a secondary rotation in an assigned integrated primary care center for two (2) days a week for a total of 16 hours each week. Interns who wish to concentrate their assessment training in neuropsychological assessment and testing may exchange one of their secondary rotation days in an integrated primary care center for a day in the PCOM neuropsychological assessment center.

The PCOM Center for Brief Therapy is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and uses the National Matching Service program to select interns in the annual Match (Match # 193811).  

The program received initial accreditation for the maximum of seven years by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association in August 2014.  The next accreditation site visit will be held in 2021.

For general information about APA accreditation or specific information about the accreditation status of the internship at the PCOM Center for Brief Therapy, please contact:

Office of Program Consultation & Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
202-336-5979

APA requires that accredited programs make certain data available to the public.  In compliance with this policy, data on the PCOM Center for Brief Therapy is available here: Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data.

 

Practicum Training

The Center for Brief Therapy also serves as a site for PCOM masters and doctoral level students completing practicum experiences in order to obtain training hours toward degree completion and internship preparation.

For additional information about the training components of PCOM’s psychology programs, please refer to the specific psychology program in which you are interested.

Trainees have the opportunity to:

  • Work in the Center for Brief Therapy and PCOM's healthcare centers
  • Collaborate with PCOM medical faculty, physicians, and medical and allied health students in primary care settings.
  • Provide clinical and behavioral health interventions in consultative, individual, and group settings
  • Build skills using empirically supported and CBT focused treatments
  • Complete psycho-educational and behavioral assessments
  • Participate in intensive clinical supervision from our highly skilled clinical psychologists
  • Interact with Psychology Department faculty to gain experience in teaching, writing, or presentation
  • Provide services to the community through mental health outreach programs
  • Conduct student support programs through CARES
  • Supervise junior students in training
  • Participate in clinical research
  • Participate in individual and group supervision