Succeeding in Your First Job Application, Part 1

Succeeding in Your First Job Application, Part 1

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer LCSW-C

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I am proud to be the daughter of one of the ADAA founders, Robert DuPont, MD. I joined ADAA as soon as I began my professional career. I knew I could turn to the many ADAA members who are experts to learn cutting-edge treatments to help my clients in my private practice. I have been a part of many ADAA committees over the years and always enjoy the connection with other professionals and the sense of shared mission to improve the lives of people with anxiety and depression. For the last 5 years, I have been glad to be at a point in my career where I can give back to therapists who are just learning about CBT with ERP through my online training business, Anxiety Therapy, which I co-owner with Kimberly Morrow. Together, we have trained thousands of clinicians across the country in evidence-based treatments, and we always let them know that ADAA is the place to turn for community, conferences, and resources.

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker, Board approved supervisor, and trainer. She is a graduate of Columbia University. She earned the Clinician Outreach Award (2012) and the Clinician of Distinction (2017) from ADAA. She has co-authored several books, including "CBT for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Training Manual for the Treatment of Fear, Panic, Worry and OCD" with her Anxiety Training business partner, Kimberly Morrow LCSW.

Anxiety Training offers effective online, continuing education for master's level mental health professionals and for organizations nationwide. Their evidence-based classes and courses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Exposure and Response Prevention help professionals build confident, successful practices that change lives. 

Their flagship course, CBT for Anxiety and OCD, teaches the skills to expertly treat anxiety disorders like panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, as well as obsessive compulsive disorder. The 12-hour course also satisfies the education requirements on the path to becoming a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional Through ICATP. 

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer is trained as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist using Exposure and Response Prevention for anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression. She has been in private practice for twenty-five years, working with children, adolescents, and adults. Elizabeth is a member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (IOCDF), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA). Elizabeth works in Rockville, Maryland. www.DuPontClinicalAssociates.com

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer is an ADAA Clinical Fellow

Succeeding in Your First Job Application, Part 1

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Are you a newly trained CBT therapist, wondering how to start your first independent practice?  Perhaps you want to join an existing group of therapists, or you dream of renting an office and having your own practice.  When I talk to clinicians who are working towards having a practice -- from those who are still deciding what degree is best for them to those who have started a practice and want help marketing -- I start by saying that I love my job.  I feel privileged every day to work with clients, and seeing them get well and go on to live successful lives free of the limitations of anxiety, OCD or depression is enormously satisfying.  

That passion for this work is something I want to see in therapists going into practice.  When you have an interview, or you talk to a potential client on the phone, be sure you bring energy and enthusiasm to the conversation.  Tell why this work is important to you, and explain why your empathy and training make you a great candidate to do this often-tough work.  

Being your genuine self is crucial to being a good therapist, and you want to show that to potential employers and clients.  I have seen therapists who on paper have terrific training fail to make a genuine connection with clients, and no mater the technical skills they have it makes the work less effective.  Conversely, therapists who have less traditional training can be fantastic when they collaborate and inspire their clients to work hard and get well quickly. 

When applying for a job at a group practice, it can be tough to know if connecting personally would be helpful or frowned on.  Cultures of group practices and hiring policies are variable.  Your ADAA network may be helpful in making that choice – do you know anyone in the practice you could ask for guidance?  If you don’t know anyone in that practice, how about other ADAA members in your community who may know the culture of the group?  Make sure you look for possible mentors at the annual conference.  All of us at ADAA are here because we are passionate about improving the lives of people with anxiety and related disorders.  More senior ADAA members will be eager to help you start your practice or join a group – we all want you to succeed because there are simply not enough clinicians to fill the need for therapists. Even in an urban area like the DC metro area where I work, most of us in practice have wait lists.  We need young therapists to start practices so one day we can retire!  

Your journey to your dream job starts early in your education, and can begin as you gain experiences as an undergraduate – being a part of a peer counseling program, or crisis hotline, is a terrific early clinical experience.  If you need paid work to support yourself, you could work at the front desk of a group practice.  In graduate school, look for clinical internships, and even if the person supervising you or the population of clients isn’t the perfect fit for what you want to do, think about what you can learn that will serve you well in the career you are designing for yourself.  

Thank you for your focus on treating anxiety, and I look forward to having you join me in telling younger clinicians how much you love your job.  

Read Succeeding in your first job application, Part 2 here.
Read Succeeding in your first job application, Part 3 here. 

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer LCSW-C

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I am proud to be the daughter of one of the ADAA founders, Robert DuPont, MD. I joined ADAA as soon as I began my professional career. I knew I could turn to the many ADAA members who are experts to learn cutting-edge treatments to help my clients in my private practice. I have been a part of many ADAA committees over the years and always enjoy the connection with other professionals and the sense of shared mission to improve the lives of people with anxiety and depression. For the last 5 years, I have been glad to be at a point in my career where I can give back to therapists who are just learning about CBT with ERP through my online training business, Anxiety Therapy, which I co-owner with Kimberly Morrow. Together, we have trained thousands of clinicians across the country in evidence-based treatments, and we always let them know that ADAA is the place to turn for community, conferences, and resources.

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker, Board approved supervisor, and trainer. She is a graduate of Columbia University. She earned the Clinician Outreach Award (2012) and the Clinician of Distinction (2017) from ADAA. She has co-authored several books, including "CBT for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Training Manual for the Treatment of Fear, Panic, Worry and OCD" with her Anxiety Training business partner, Kimberly Morrow LCSW.

Anxiety Training offers effective online, continuing education for master's level mental health professionals and for organizations nationwide. Their evidence-based classes and courses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Exposure and Response Prevention help professionals build confident, successful practices that change lives. 

Their flagship course, CBT for Anxiety and OCD, teaches the skills to expertly treat anxiety disorders like panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, as well as obsessive compulsive disorder. The 12-hour course also satisfies the education requirements on the path to becoming a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional Through ICATP. 

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer is trained as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist using Exposure and Response Prevention for anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression. She has been in private practice for twenty-five years, working with children, adolescents, and adults. Elizabeth is a member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (IOCDF), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA). Elizabeth works in Rockville, Maryland. www.DuPontClinicalAssociates.com

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer is an ADAA Clinical Fellow

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