Training the next generation of therapists

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CEBTOhio’s practicum/internship training provides specialized clinical experienced for advanced graduate students, while making mental health services available at reduced fees

In addition to helping people overcome mental health challenges and achieving a balanced life, we at CEBTOhio are deeply invested in training the next generation of mental health clinicians to ensure clients can access evidence-based approaches to solve their problems.

To that end, CEBTOhio offers practicum/internship training for advanced graduate students in psychology, social work and counseling. Masters- and doctoral-level students who are accepted into our program spend one full year as an integrated part of our clinical team, learning and implementing evidence-based treatments to help patients with a range of concerns, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and the Unified Protocol.

The CEBTOhio training program is an immersive placement experience. Under the direct supervision of experienced clinicians and mentors, students provide assessments, individual, group and family therapy, and participate in weekly supervision/training sessions, including serving as a full member of our DBT consultation team.

This year, we are delighted to have three clinical psychology graduate students from Case Western Reserve University join our team: Stephanie Gomez, Alexandra Piedra and Kathy Benhamou will be seeing patients starting in September 2022.

How to Apply

Graduate-level students in psychology, counseling or social work are eligible to apply.  Placements begin and end in alignment with the traditional academic year (September – May).  Placements are unpaid; however, when possible, we seek to transition trainees into paid staff positions following the end of placement.  We accept applications and conduct interviews throughout January and February of each year, and extend offers in early March.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV to Dean Malec ( In your cover letter, please specify if you prefer working with an adult or adolescent population.

Low-Cost Mental Health Services at CEBTOhio

In addition to training the next generation of mental health professionals, our practicum/internship program allows CEBTOhio to provide reduced-fee, evidence-based mental health services to the community.

Our trainees treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including:

  • Depression
  • Generalized anxiety
  • Social anxiety
  • OCD
  • Eating disorders
  • PTSD
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Suicidality/Self-harm

Trainees maintain a small, focused caseload during their placement so they can deliver optimal care.  All trainees work under the supervision of a licensed clinician who ultimately oversees the delivery and progress of treatment.  Additionally, all sessions are video-recorded, stored and disposed of securely so trainees can receive detailed supervision and deliver evidence-based treatments to fidelity.

All trainees provide services via secure and confidential teletherapy.  In-person appointments at our Shaker Heights office may also be available on a case-by-case basis

New patients start treatment with an assessment during which we seek to learn about an individual’s health history, concerns, and current challenges. From there, we develop a customized treatment plan that will put each patient on the road to recovery.

To learn more about our reduced-fee services, please call 216-544-1320 ext. 2010 or email

Please note that CEBTOhio is a private-pay practice—we do not accept insurance. However, if you have insurance that covers out-of-network benefits, CEBTOhio offers assistance to clients seeking potential out-of-network reimbursement for the cost of care. We recommend that you contact your insurance company directly and ask if your policy includes reimbursement for out-of-network mental health services.


About the Author:

Dean Malec, therapist and Director of Training at CEBTOhio, received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Cleveland State University. He trained in various university counseling settings during his doctoral education and completed his internship at Case Western Reserve University’s Health & Counseling Services. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Center for Evidence Based Treatment- Ohio, where he is supporting the development of an adherent DBT skills group exclusively for the young adult/college population.