A guide for starting a specialty training clinic: An alcohol treatment program as an example

Benjamin O. Ladd, Lisa Hagen Glynn, Daniel J. Fischer, Mandy Owens, Kevin A. Hallgren, Christopher J. McLouth, Mollie A. Monnig, William Campbell, Barbara S. McCrady

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Since the Boulder conference more than 50 years ago, clinical psychology has been moving toward empirically-based techniques and methods. Considerable research has been conducted and a multitude of studies have documented support for empirically-supported treatments (ESTs). However, the literature on implementing ESTs in real-world settings is relatively limited. The absence of practical guidance poses a particular problem for students in clinical psychology training programs that emphasize training and competency in ESTs. This article describes the development of an alcohol specialty clinic within a clinical psychology training program from the first conceptualizations to establishment of a referral base and provision of services. At each step, integration of science and clinical practice is discussed. Future directions and suggestions for developing training clinics are provided

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013


  • Alcohol treatment
  • Clinical training
  • EST
  • Specialty clinic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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