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NeuroBehavioral Institute

Postdoctoral Clinical Residency in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, 2016

Program Information

Post-doctoral Training Director: E. Katia Moritz, Ph.D.

Chief Psychologist: Jonathan Hoffman, Ph.D., ABPP in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology

Number of staff who are licensed psychologists: 4

Competitive Stipend

Fringe Benefits: Vacation, Professional Development Time, Licensing Exam Release Time, 401K (after 1 year of employment), Health Insurance options, Federal Holidays

Application Due Date: Rolling Admission

Uniform Postdoctoral Notification Day: Rolling Admission

Start Date: Rolling start for 2016 year; typically September 1

E-mail: Info@nbiweston.com

Training Website: www.nbiweston.com/careers-training

Accreditation Status: The postdoctoral residency at the NeuroBehavioral Institute (NBI) is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. It is however, a current member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.

 

NeuroBehavioral Institute’s Mission Statement

  1. Provide current, evidence-based treatments for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Related Conditions, Anxiety Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, and other neurobiological conditions.
  2. Investigate new effective treatments and further understand the phenomenology of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Related Conditions, Anxiety Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, and other neurobiological conditions in order to improve clinical services.
  3. Educate other clinicians and the community of evidence-based treatments for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Related Conditions, Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Conditions, and other neurobiological conditions and the phenomenology of these conditions.
  4. Train new clinicians in cutting-edge, evidence-based treatments for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Related Conditions, Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Conditions, and other neurobiological conditions.

Program Description

Training Setting

NeuroBehavioral Institute is a privately-funded center (fee-for-service clinic) that provides evidence-based treatments and specialty services for psychological conditions, including Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Related Conditions (Tourette’s Syndrome, Trichotillomania, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hoarding, Body-focused Repetitive Behavior Disorders), Autism Spectrum Disorders, and other neurobiologically-based conditions such as Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder. Services are provided to children, adolescents and adults from the South Florida area as well as to individuals from other states and countries. Intensive Treatment Programs are offered for those with severe or complex symptoms as an alternative option to residential treatment programs. A specialized group of clinicians provide psycho-developmental, psycho-educational, and psychological assessment services. Research protocols are in place to evaluate new and existing treatments for Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Conditions as well as their phenomenology. The clinical staff is composed of four licensed doctoral-level Clinical Psychologists, and four Postdoctoral Residents. Staff members provide clinical services including evaluations, interventions, assessments, research, presentations at local and national professional meetings, and program development.

 

Goals and Objectives

The goal of the Clinical Residency program at the NeuroBehavioral Institute is to provide Postdoctoral Residents with advanced training in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology in order for them to function as autonomous psychologists in clinical practice. To achieve this goal, the Residency program subscribes to the Scientist-Practitioner model of training. As such, each Resident will be developed to become and function as a scientist and apply evidence-based knowledge to the assessment and treatment of patients with a wide variety of neurobiological conditions. Residents will be trained in the delivery of evidence-based assessment and interventions, guided in professional development, conduct presentations to the local and national community at professional meetings, and contribute to the body of literature on neurobiological conditions.

Training will occur in didactic seminars, research and scholarly inquiry, case conferences, individual and group supervision, participation in professional training seminars, and presentations at local and national conferences. Based on the Psychology Trainee Competency Assessment Form, each Resident will be expected to achieve competency in each of the following areas: A) professional conduct, ethics, and legal matters, B) individual and cultural diversity, C) theories and methods of psychologial diagnosis and assessment, D) theories and methods of effecitve psychotheraputic intervention, E) scholarly inquiry and application of current scientific knowledge to practice, F) professional consultation, and G) teaching. An initial assessment of competency in each area will be administered at the start of the training program. The Psychology Trainee Competency Assessment Form will be used to assess these areas. Follow-up competency evaluations will occur every 6 months as well as at the end of the training. Each Resident will meet at the beginning of each year of the residency program with the Training Director and supervisors to review training experiences for that year and then develop an individualized Postdoctoral Residency Training Contract which will include goals and objectives for each year of the residency program.

Program Structure

This two-year full-time clinical residency is a training program in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology under the direction of Dr. E. Katia Moritz, Training Director. During the training period, Postdoctoral Residents will accrue 4,000 training hours. There will be a rolling start date for the 2016 Residency year. Residents will receive at least two hours of face-to-face, individual supervision each week, and on average three hours of professional development activities (i.e., case conference, group supervision, seminars) per week. This program meets the requirement for the 2,000 hours of supervised experience required for licensure in the State of Florida. According to the Florida Statutes and Administrative Code (Psychology, Chapter 64B19-11.005), Residents must complete at least 2,000 hours of post-doctoral experience over the course of 52 weeks (no more than 40 hours per week), of which 900 of the hours are to be spent in direct service-related activities. Residents will provide approximately 20-30 hours (50-75% of time) of professional psychological services each week. As such, Postdoctoral Residents will be license-eligible after the first year of the residency program, and strongly encouraged to obtain their license at that point. This two-year clinical residency program provides Residents with the opportunity to continue specialty training in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology for one year following eligibility for licensure, including the experience to develop skills in clinical supervision as a second-year Resident and the encouragement to complete comprehensive research projects.

The Postdoctoral Residency training program is comprised of the following activities: training experiences, didactic seminars, the opportunity to attendance professional training seminars, and the encouragement to complete a research project.

 

Training Experiences offered for Postdoctoral Residents at NeuroBehavioral Institute include:

  • Intensive Treatment Programs for adults and children with Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Panic Disorder, and other Anxiety Disorders. This program was developed to meet the needs of local, out-of-town and international children and adolescents as an alternative to inpatient treatment. It was designed to provide participants with the level of services and education necessary to address their current symptoms and improve their level of functioning for those whose symptom severity requires intensive care, who have not benefited sufficiently from prior treatment, who desire to accelerate their course of treatment, or for those who lack access to specialized care where they reside. A typical intensive treatment program includes five 45-minute sessions, five days a week with a minimum of two clinical staff members.
  • Individual and group cognitive and behavioral therapy for adults and children Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, Tourette’s Syndrome/Tic Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Panic Disorder, and other Anxiety Disorders.
  • Fear of Flying Program. This is a time-limited, cognitive-behavioral therapy group for adults with a fear of flying.
  • Assessment Clinic. This clinic offers developmental, psycho-educational, and psychological assessments for children and adults.
  • Support Groups for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  • The opportunity to attend and participate in clinical presentations at local and national conferences (e.g., International OCD Foundation, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Florida Psychological Association).
  • The opportunity to complete professional training seminars (e.g., IOCDF’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute).

 

Didactic seminars are led by NBI’s clinical staff as well as local and national professionals on a number of topics that will include: Cognitive and Behavioral Theory (CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Case Conceptualization, OCD Treatment, Tic/Tourette’s Disorder Treatment, Autistic Spectrum Conditions Treatment, Parent Training, Assessment Series, ADHD and Executive Function Treatment, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Educational Consulting, Diversity Training (including, children and adolescents, Hispanics and other ethnic minority groups, exceptionally gifted, affluent), Creative CBT, Personality Disorders, among others. These seminars will be held on average two times a month for a minimum of one hour.

 

Research project. Postdoctoral Residents will be encouraged to complete at least one program evaluation, research project, or theoretical paper during their training program. The Resident will collaborate with clinical staff to determine the focus of the project, and will need to specify the project within the first 3 months of their training program. Should the Resident opt to complete one of these projects, he/she will be expected to present their findings to the clinical staff, submit for presentation at a national conference, and submit for publication to a peer-reviewed journal.

 

Professional training seminars. Postdoctoral Residents will be encouraged to complete at least one professional training seminar. Partial-funding may be available for some of the trainings. Recommended trainings include the International OCD Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing.

Requirements for Completion

In order to successfully complete the postdoctoral residency, Residents will be required to meet the following requirements:

  1. Have achieved a satisfactory rating in at least 80% of competency areas on their final competency evaluation form.
  2. Have not engaged in any illegal, unethical or unprofessional behavior.
  3. Have maintained a log of hours for all postdoctoral activities (e.g., direct patient contact hours of at least 1,800, supervision of at least 200 hours, didactic training, case conference, etc.) that total 4,160 hours.

Facility and Training Resources

NeuroBehavioral Institute is conveniently located near Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach in South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties). The office is in a professional center complex, near shopping malls, light business areas, medical centers (Cleveland Clinic; Miami Children’s Hospital, Dan Marino Center), hotels, and a wide variety of restaurants. There are six comfortably sized and tastefully furnished private offices, a large conference/multi-purpose room, a playroom with a two-way mirror, a lounge area, and a waiting room. At NBI, all patient records are maintained on a HIPAA-compliant electronic medical record system. Support staff manage most patient-related clerical issues such as payment and scheduling. There are a few Mac laptops available for entering patient records into the Mac-based electronic medical record system. Phone and high-speed internet services are available

Application and Selection Procedures

Applicant Qualifications

  1. All Residents must have completed a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from an APA-accredited academic program before beginning the post-doctoral residency.
  2. All Residents must have completed 2,000 hours in an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship in Psychology prior to the start of the residency year.
  3. Residents with a specific interest in treatment of neurobiological conditions and/or prior clinical training or research experience with these populations will be preferred.
  4. Residents who have prior experience or training in Cognitive Behavioral treatments are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Please submit a hardcopy of the following materials by the application deadline.

  1. Statement of interest indicating goals for the post-doctoral residency and long-term career plans.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Letters of reference from three doctoral-level professionals who previously supervised or had experience with the applicant’s training
  4. Letter from the applicant’s internship Training Director that an APA-accredited internship will be completed prior to the desired start date of the residency program
  5. Letter from the applicant’s graduate Training Director that the applicant’s doctoral degree has been awarded or that the dissertation defense is scheduled prior to the start date of the residency program
  6. Graduate transcripts
  7. Copies of relevant publications

Please direct applications and questions about the residency to:

  1. Katia Moritz, Ph.D.,

          NeuroBehavioral Institute

          2233 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 3, Weston, Florida 33326

          Phone: 954-217-1757             Fax: 954-385-3807      E-mail: info@nbiweston.com

Selection Process

For the 2016, year there will be a rolling start date and each application will be reviewed as they are received. The selection committee will review all applicants and rank order qualified applicants. Top applicants will be interviewed individually by the selection committee. The applicants will again be rank ordered according to best match for the program and the top applicants will be extended an offer.

 

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