Disruptive Behavior Disorders Program

Disruptive Behavior Disorders Program

The Disruptive Behavior Disorders Program offers an externship under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Young.  The focus of this rotation is on training in the assessment and treatment of behavioral problems in children and adolescents.  Externs will receive training and supervision in a number of evidence-based treatment models including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), various parent management training (PMT) approaches, and individual cognitive-behavioral therapy focused on anger, emotion regulation, and aggression.  Observation plays an important role in this rotation.  Externs have the opportunity to: observe and assist during live sessions in the PCIT Clinic; receive live/video supervision of sessions; and utilize behavioral observation/tracking systems during sessions.

Externs in the Disruptive Behavior Disorders Program see up to 8 outpatients weekly.  In addition to seeing disruptive behavior disorder cases, externs can supplement their case load with patients from the general Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychotherapy clinic.  Externs will be required to attend afternoon clinic (Noon to 6:00 PM) on Monday and/or Thursday to participate in this experience. 

Externs interested in PCIT will have the option to pursue intensive training and observation in this treatment approach, with the goal of applying for therapist certification through PCIT International by the end of the training year. 

All application materials for this program should be sent electronically to Dr. Matthew Young (myoung8@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu) who may be contacted for questions about this training opportunity.  Materials must be received by November 17, 2017 for fullest consideration. Qualified candidates will be invited to interview between 11/27/17 and 12/15/17, although review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. Offers must be accepted or declined by 9 am on Monday 12/18/17. After this date, please check with Dr. Young to see if positions remain available.

Application materials should include:

  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 to Dr. Young. at myoung8@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu and addressed to:
    Matthew Young, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
    The University of Chicago
    5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC3077
    Chicago, IL 60637