Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) Program

Supervisor: Shona N. Vas, Ph.D.

4 Positions

Overview:  This advanced psychotherapy externship is designed to provide training in evidence-based assessment and psychotherapy in our Adult Outpatient Clinic.  Externs will conduct semi-structured diagnostic evaluations for patients presenting with a range of psychopathology across major Axis I and II disorders and provide empirically-supported treatment using individual and possibly, group therapy.  Externs are an integral part of the clinical team and will learn to function within the multidisciplinary environment of a large academic medical center.  Externs carry a caseload of approximately 10 patients per week.  All trainees receive at least one hour of individual supervision provided by Dr. Vas.  Additional supervision in individual or group formats may be provided by an advanced trainee and/or another staff member.


Didactics:  Externs are REQUIRED to be on site on Tuesdays as most didactics are conducted on this day.  Didactic training includes CBT seminar (2 hours per week for 6 months) and the Anxiety Clinic Team Meeting.  Externs are able to avail of other didactic experiences depending on which day they are on site.  These offerings include Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Psychologists in the Medical Setting, Professional Issues, CBT and Multidisciplinary Case Conferences, and Consultation-Liaison Case Conference. 


Requirements:  Please read the following list carefully to determine whether you are eligible to apply for this externship.

  • 16-20 hours per week (2 full days on site). 
  • Attendance on Tuesdays is mandatory for team meeting and CBT seminar
  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology
  • Completion of Master’s degree at the time of application
  • Completion of graduate coursework is preferred
  • At least 2 previous practicum experiences, with one of them involving provision of psychotherapy
  • Training year runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.


Application:  Students interested in applying for the Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Program Externship should send the following materials by electronic mail to Dr. Shona Vas ( by November 16, 2018. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Current curriculum vita (CV)
  3. Copy of current academic transcript
  4. Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a current faculty member supervising your training and two should be from individuals familiar with your clinical work).  Letters should be emailed directly. 
    Shona N. Vas, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
    Director, CBT Program
    The University of Chicago
    5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC3077
    Chicago, IL 60637

Questions about the externship may also be directed to Dr. Vas via e-mail.  Qualified candidates will be invited to interview in between November 26 and December 14, 2018.  Offers will be extended on an ongoing basis. Once an offer has been made, a candidate has 48 hours to accept or decline the offer.Candidates who are offered a position will be provided with a time frame within which they must make a decision. Please note that a response may be required sooner than 12/18/18 at 9 a.m. Please note that we DO NOT follow ACEPT guidelines.