Licensed Clinical Social Work Fellowship Program

General Description:

Boston Behavioral Medicine offers a behavioral medicine and integrative psychotherapy training program for post-licensure clinical social workers (“L.C.S.W.” in Massachusetts or equivalent in other states) that meets the requirements for independent licensure (“L.I.C.S.W.”). The training program emphasizes learning specialized behavioral medicine techniques while developing solid integrative psychotherapy skills.

The program promotes the development of a true “bio-psycho-social” framework for the treatment of a variety of medical and psychological conditions with adults, children, and families. Integrative perspectives are emphasized, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, systemic, and socio-cultural models.

We provide specialty training in: clinical hypnosis, biofeedback, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, CBT, DBT, and couples’ and family therapy, among others. Trainees also develop skills necessary to work collaboratively with medical providers.

Training Activities:

  • Duration: 12 months; 22 hrs x wk (September to August).
  • BBM Team meeting (weekly-attendance required; Fridays 10:00-12:00; 2nd half of meeting includes case presentations by BBM staff and trainees and occasional guest speakers on a variety of topics).
  • Core seminar: "Principles and Techniques of Behavioral Medicine & Integrative Collaborative Models of Care" (Fridays 1:00-3:00pm).
  • Advanced Clinical Seminar (Fridays 3:00-4:30pm).
  • Individual supervision (2 hrs x wk; one with an independently licensed clinical social worker, LICSW, and an additional hour with a licensed mental health clinician of another discipline).
  • Group supervision with Dr. Amaro Laria (co-director of training)
  • Hypnosis training: a) Intensive introductory weekend training (offered in the fall, 20 hrs), and b) Intensive intermediate weekend training (offered in the spring, 20 hrs).
  • Biofeedback training: Intensive 4-day training (32 hrs + 16hrs online option = 48hrs).
  • Average ongoing caseload: 12 patients x wk (45 min sessions).
  • Opportunities to co-lead behavioral medicine groups with staff members.
  • Opportunities to become involved in clinical research projects.
  • Opportunities to be involved in consultation projects to primary care and other medical specialties.
  • Clinical social work fellows who have already obtained their license (“LCSW” or equivalent) will receive a stipend on a fee-for-service basis.

Co-Directors of Training:

Amaro Laria, Ph.D.

617-232-2435 x2

Katharine Larsson, RN, CS, Ph.D.

617-232-2435 x1

Application Guidelines:

To apply, please send the following:

  • letter of interest
  • current CV
  • two letters of reference

Application deadline for 2018-2019 training program: January 10, 2018

Please email letter of interest and CV to:

Letters of recommendation must be sent electronically directly from referrers to the email address above.

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