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We are excited to offer two, two-year fellowships in DBT  for the 2023 fellowship cycle!

We are offering one position in adult DBT, and one position in adolescent DBT.

Both tracks are listed in the Universal Psychology Postdoctoral Directory (UPPD).

To read our full brochure, please email Dr. Byars at

Who we are: The TAP Clinic is an outpatient private practice located in Durham, NC. We place a strong emphasis on evidence based practices; all of our clinicians have advanced training in DBT, CBT, ACT, prolonged exposure (PE), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), and/or behavioral parent training (BPT). We see clients in a variety of therapy modalities, including individual, couples, families, and groups. In addition, we are committed to providing outstanding training to graduate practicum students, post-doctoral fellows, and other learners in the mental health field. We offer a comprehensive DBT program for adolescents (middle and high school) and adults that is implemented with fidelity to the model, and we offer the DBT-PE protocol for Stage 1 clients with PTSD. We are extremely proud to have five clinicians who are board certified by the DBT-LBC.

                                   Why train with us: The TAP Clinic is first and only Linehan Board Certified DBT Program in the state of                                        North Carolina, and one of only three in the southeastern US. Post-doctoral fellows will have direct                                           supervision by Dr. Lorie Ritschel and Dr. Kathryn Byars, both of whom are individually certified by                                              the Linehan Board. In addition, Dr. Ritschel is a trainer of DBT through Behavioral Tech, LLC. 

                                       Supervision is provided utilizing audio or video recordings of therapy sessions with a focus on DBT adherence. Cases and supervision in non-DBT interventions and modalities (e.g., CBT, PE, CPT, BPT, self-compassion, ERP) can be provided and tailored based on the fellow’s preferences and experiences. We offer a competitive salary, access to health insurance with dental and vision coverage, and a 401K for all fellows. We are also lucky enough to be located in the affordable and vibrant city of Durham, NC (A Top 10 Place to Live in the US in 2022!).

Our ideal post-doctoral fellow will have: (1) completed their doctoral training at an APA accredited clinical psychology program; (2) previous training and experience in providing DBT; 3) additional areas of expertise in evidence-based practices (e.g., CBT, ACT, ERP, PE); and (4) interest in providing supervision and training as part of their long-term career goals. For the adolescent fellowship position, previous training and experience in providing DBT with adolescents is strongly preferred; minimally, prior training and experience working with adolescents is required.


The post-doctoral fellow will: complete intakes to provide an initial assessment and case conceptualization of clients referred to the clinic; conduct individual and group DBT; participate on our DBT consultation team; provide CBT or other evidence-based therapies based on relevant training and experience; and have the opportunity to develop an independent project (e.g., community trainings, research, supervision) that aligns with the fellow’s career goals. Year one of the fellowship will focus on case conceptualization and the provision of individual and group DBT therapy, as well as preparation for licensure in North Carolina. Year two will focus on working toward DBT certification and developing skills in the provision of training and supervision.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials:

  1. A brief (1-2 pgs) cover letter detailing your career goals, areas of expertise, and experience and training in DBT. In your cover letter, please specify that you are applying for the Adult track or, if you are applying to both our Adolescent and Adult tracks, please specify this instead. There is no need to submit a second cover letter or duplicate application materials (e.g., references) when applying to both tracks.

  2. A current CV detailing clinical and research experience.

  3. 2-3 letters of recommendation (at least two must be from clinical supervisors).

  4. The names of two recent (past 3 years) clinical supervisors and their contact information (may be the same or additional from the letters of recommendation). Please be aware that your references may be contacted as part of the application process. Do not provide references that are unaware or unwilling to be a reference for you.

Completed applications can be emailed to Dr. Byars at along with any additional questions. Applications will not be considered until they are complete.

Timeline: Applications will be accepted through November 15, 2022. Interviews will occur in December. First offers will be made in mid to late December and will follow the APPIC Hold Date Selection Guidelines.

Start Date: September 1, 2023.

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