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The Access Psychology Foundation (APF) offers scholarships and grants to graduate students, licensed professionals, schools, and organizations from historically underrepresented populations to help them a) gain exposure to the field of evidence-based clinical psychology, b) access high quality training and consultation in evidence-based treatments and c) gain experience in working with clients of diverse backgrounds.

Psychologists in Training:
Externs, Interns, Postdoctoral Fellows and Post-Graduate Social Workers

The Access Psychology Foundation (APF) has partnered with Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants, LLP (CBC) to offer scholarships for three distinct yearlong training programs: a psychology postdoctoral fellowship training program, a psychology externship training program, and a combined school-clinical psychology internship training program, for applicants from historically underrepresented populations. A select group of highly skilled clinicians, educators and researchers who specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) will provide extensive training, including weekly seminars and a lecture series with nationally and internationally renowned speakers.

Participants will have the opportunity to gain experience working with a variety of disorders, and treat children, adolescents, young adults, adults, families, and couples. Scholarship recipients will also earn a generous stipend – $10,000 for post-docs and interns – in addition to the salary and benefits they receive. Externs will receive a $5,000 stipend.

Guidance at Every Level

Access Psychology Foundation has partnered with Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants, LLP to provide scholarships for three distinct year-long training programs for applicants from historically underrepresented populations.

Externship Training Program

Gain experience providing therapy services to a diverse patient base under expert clinical supervision

Psychology Internship Training Program

Practice psychosocial and behavioral therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents

Postdoctoral Fellowship​

Provide therapy to a wide range of clientele under the supervision of a licensed therapist, and also provide supervision to predoctoral trainees

Position & APF Grant Awards

$5,000
EXTERNSHIP
$10,000
INTERNSHIP
$10,000
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be from a historically underrepresented group
  • Commitment to working with diverse and traditionally underserved clients

Postdoctoral Fellowship
Applicants should have completed their doctoral degree and an APA approved internship

Internship Training Program
Fifth-year doctoral-level candidate in a school-clinical or school psychology program, a background in school psychology, with an interest in psychosocial and behavioral therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents

Externship Program
Third or fourth-year doctoral candidates in a clinical or school-clinical psychology program. Previous clinical experience or interest providing CBT

Note: Participants will work primarily out of CBC’s White Plains office, with opportunities for several days in one of their NYC offices as well

Application Components

  • APF Scholarship Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement/Cover letter indicating why you are inspired to become a mental health professional, how you have or intend to use your training and degree to help underrepresented communities, and your thoughts on tackling inequities in mental health treatment

Questions?

Contact an APF staff member at info@access-psychology.org

Continuing Education for Licensed Mental Health Professionals and Students

The Access Psychology Foundation (APF) provides scholarships to licensed mental health professionals and students from historically underrepresented populations to receive continuing education opportunities in the most cutting-edge, evidence-based therapies for mental disorders. APF has partnered with Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants, LLP (CBC) to offer Comprehensive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Foundational Training, and Continuing Education talks by expert clinicians.

Continuing Education: Which Option is Right for me?

APF offers scholarships to members of historically underrepresented populations who currently work in the mental healthcare sector and require continuing education (CE) credits for their institution or license renewal.

CBT Training

5-day foundational training for current mental healthcare practitioners that dives deep into Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills and provides CE credits

DBT Training

Intensive 5-day foundational training conducted over the summer for clinicians interested in implementing and/or improving Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills. Provides CE credits

CE Talks

Choose from a variety of ever-changing monthly continuing education talks by expert clinicians

Comprehensive CBT for OCD

CE workshop that teaches effective intervention strategies for clinicians treating patients with OCD

Comprehensive CBT Training

Intensive five-day summer training program that teaches Cognitive Behavioral Therapy skills and provides CE credits.

DBT Foundational Training

Intensive five-day summer training program that teaches Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills and provides CE credits.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be from a historically underrepresented group
  • Licensed mental health professional or graduate student
  • Experience or interest in working with clients from NIH-designated health disparity populations: https://www.nimhd.nih.gov/about/overview/

Application Components

  • APF Scholarship Application
  • An essay indicating why you were inspired to become a mental health practitioner, how you have or intend to use your training to help traditionally underserved communities, and your thoughts on overcoming inequities in mental health treatment.

Questions?

Contact an APF staff member at info@access-psychology.org

Training and Consultation for Schools, Agencies, & Organizations

The Access Psychology Foundation (APF) offers competitive grants and scholarships to schools, agencies and organizations who educate and work with traditionally underserved communities, and diverse students and clientele to provide:

  • Training for school staff in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help all students, ranging from universal to targeted training
  • Workshops and seminars for organizations and companies to reduce stress, burnout and to improve work-life balance among their staff
  • Training for agency staff in evidence-based interventions for their clients

School Training: What to Expect

APF offers scholarships to schools and organizations that serve underrepresented populations to help them access high quality training and consultation in evidence-based therapies.

Assessment

Our consulting team meets with school officials to assess needs and review training models to choose the best fit for their needs

Training Plan

Gain experience providing therapy services to a diverse patient base under expert clinical supervision

Kickoff

One of our trainers will conduct a kickoff orientation session with key stakeholders from the school to ensure all involved agree with the training plan and want to move forward

Training Begins

Training begins! Full day trainings will be conducted by consultants from CBC where school staff will learn evidence-based skills and interventions to help address student and staff needs

Implementation

Each school team will meet with their consultant to solidify plans to implement training practices into effective school interventions

Ongoing Consultation

Every 1-2 weeks, the trainer will meet with school staff to assess progress and address any concerns - this support will be ongoing for 2 years following the initial training

CBT in Schools

Dr. Lata K. McGinn, CBC Co-Founder and Co-Director, has developed a curriculum for CBT to target youth with anxiety and depressive disorders. CBT is an evidence-based intervention used to treat students with a wide range of problems and conditions. This model trains school personnel to deliver CBT interventions and is considered primary, secondary and tertiary prevention.

DBT in Schools

Dr. Alec L. Miller, CBC Co-Founder and Co-Director, and colleagues have developed two types of DBT training for schools:

A)

Comprehensive School-Based DBT (CSB-DBT) for students considered Tier 2 or Tier 3, targets youth who exhibit at least some degree of emotional and behavioral dysregulation, with a range of challenges including: impulsivity, inattention, interpersonal difficulties, depression, anger/aggression, substance misuse, self-harm and suicidal behavior. This includes individual DBT counseling, DBT skills group or class, in-vivo DBT skills coaching during the school day, and a weekly DBT provider consultation team meeting.

Comprehensive School-Based DBT Training includes:

Universal Kick-Off and Orientation

A 90-minute overview of Universal Classroom DBT as a Social-Emotional Learning Initiative.

Foundations of Universal Classroom DBT and Skills Instruction

Four days of virtual training for those implementing Universal Classroom DBT in the classroom setting.

Universal Classroom Implementation Meeting

A two-hour consultation meeting to address implementation obstacles and solutions, including adaptations for site-specific issues and troubleshooting.

Ongoing Training and Supervision

A consultant will conduct ongoing training and supervision. The consultant will offer problem-solving, ensure program adherence, and support curriculum implementation.

B)

Universal-Classroom DBT (UC-DBT) for students considered Tier 1 is intended for general education teachers to train their students in a classroom DBT skills including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and walking the middle path skills.

Agencies and Organizations

APF has partnered with CBC to provide custom designed programs and presentations tailored to the size, needs, and dynamics of any organization. CBC will assess your agency needs and develop either a customized lecture or a more comprehensive curriculum to meet your goals. A wide range of topics are covered, geared to teach and implement evidence-based practices designed to enhance knowledge and organization-wide performance.

Eligibility

  • Serve socioeconomically disadvantaged or historically underserved communities
  • Work primarily with students or clients from NIH-designated health disparity populations: https://www.nimhd.nih.gov/about/overview/
  • Free and reduced-price lunch eligibility (for schools)
  • Title IX compliant (for schools)

Application Components

  • APF Scholarship Application
  • Services Agreement

Questions?

Contact an APF staff member at info@access-psychology.org

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