Beginning September 2, 2019

Post-doctoral training at Turn the Mind, LLC focuses on DBT, CBT for anxiety and depression and trauma treatment.    The setting is a private practice in northern New Jersey serving a middle-to-high income population of adolescents (13+) and adults and their families.  Weekly DBT Consultation team meetings and 2 hrs individual supervision are a required part of the program.  Full--time post-docs will be expected to carry a caseload of 20-25 individual clients and part-time post-docs are expected to carry a caseload of 10-15 clients.  Post-docs also work with parents and family members, coordinate care with other treatment providers and schools, perform intake screening calls and initial evaluation appointments, and participate in data collection around treatment outcomes in the practice.  Within the first 6 months, the post-doc is expected to attend Behavior Tech, Inc.'s formal foundation training in DBT (if not already completed) and this training will be contributed 50% by the practice.  For those that wish to learn EMDR, supervision will be provided within the practice.


By the end of the second year of the program, the post-doc will be competent to:


  • DBT Program

    • Provide DBT individual therapy

    • Conduct DBT skills groups

    • Function effectively as a part of a formal DBT Consultation Team

    • Conduct phone coaching per DBT guidelines as part of a DBT program

    • Assess suicidality and self-harm and create crisis plans and treatment plans to address these behaviors.

    • Learn to identify and address therapy-interfering behaviors on the part of the client and therapist and develop plans to address those behaviors.

    • Identify Quality of Life-Interfering Behaviors

    • Create DBT Conceptualizations and DBT Treatment Plans.

    • Have a formal mindfulness personal practice

    • Formal and informal exposure

    • Behavior Chain Analysis

  • CBT

    • Assess anxiety disorders and mood disorders.

    • Create behavior plans and treat panic disorder, OCD, GAD, school refusal, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder.

    • Teach a basic mindfulness curriculum

    • Formal and informal exposure

  • Trauma

    • Assess trauma

    • Create a plan to treat trauma in either EMDR, CBT for Trauma, or Prolonged Exposure for Trauma.

  • Demonstration of professionalism:

    • Readily accepts and performs tasks and seeks opportunities to improve knowledge base;

    • Presents self in a professional manner through composure, organization, and confidence;

    • Demonstrates awareness of personal limitations;

    • Demonstrates an ability to interact appropriately with clients,supervisors and staff;

    • Demonstrates sensitivity to the perceptions of others toward his or her behavior;

    • Conforms to ethical principles in professional work and practice.

    • Training objectives toward the goal of successful completion of state board examinations and licensure.

    • Become a permit holder through the NJ Board of Psychological Examiners by October 1st of training year (at the latest).  Fellows are urged to apply as soon as they graduate for this permit, as the process may take upwards of three months.


  • Weekly DBT consultation team.

  • Individual supervision in DBT, CBT, and trauma therapy.

  • Review case conceptualizations

  • Review Behavior Chain Analyses

  • Supervise informal and formal exposure plans and therapy

  • Role plays

  • Team feedback

  • DBT Intensive training (partially sponsored by program).  If the post-doc has already taken intensive training, the program will contribute money towards taking DBT Prolonged Exposure, DBT Advanced Intensive or EMDR training.

  • Co-lead DBT skills group with an experienced DBT Therapist to learn the proper way to conduct a skills group.


Applicants who have completed an APA-Accredited clinical psychology doctorate and APA-Accredited Internship are encouraged to apply.   We are looking for strong potential for a career in programmatic implementation of DBT. Experience in CBT with adolescents, adults and families is essential.