Positions in Counseling Centers

Position Title
Post-Doctoral Counselor

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Counseling Services

Salary Range
$31,000 plus benefits

Position Description
Two 12-month positions are available for counselors who have earned a doctoral degree in Counseling or Clinical Psychology. Post-doctoral counselors provide individual, group, and couples counseling to promote positive mental health and personal adjustment in students. Counseling Services employs a short-term model of counseling, but opportunities for providing longer-term therapy also are available. Additional clinical responsibilities include conducting intake interviews, providing learning disorder and AD/HD assessments including writing testing reports, screening for alcohol and other drug problems, and identifying and intervening in psychiatric emergencies. Post-docs also provide after hours on-call coverage approximately one week every three months. Additionally, the post-doc program offers the opportunity to gain experience and training in in-depth risk assessment of harm to self using the CAMS model.

Post-docs provide numerous other services to Counseling Services and the university as a whole. Post-docs typically have the opportunity to supervise the clinical work of a Master’s or doctoral counseling practicum student. They deliver outreach presentations and workshops to promote personal growth of students and consult with students, staff, faculty, family, and community members regarding a variety of clinical and non-clinical issues. Finally, post-docs may sit on Counseling Services and university committees.

Post-doctoral counselors receive a variety of training opportunities. Post-docs receive two hours of individual supervision weekly. Additionally, they participate in the weekly case consultation with the other clinical staff. Other supervision and consultation is available as needed. Finally, post-docs receive additional training through bi-monthly seminars. Professional development is supported via assistance with studying for the EPPP during the summer. Counseling Services will attempt to satisfy out-of-state licensure requirements whenever possible.

Post-docs work 8-5 Monday through Friday, but likely will be asked to work until 7 on one evening per week during the fall and spring semesters.

Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must be in the pursuit of a doctorate in Clinical or Counseling Psychology with plans to have all requirements for the doctorate completed within 3 months after the start of the position.

Desired Qualifications
Applicants who have met all requirements for the doctorate, including successful dissertation defense or completion of a clinical research project, prior to beginning the post-doc year will be given priority.

University Description
Counseling Services Description:
The mission of Counseling Services is to provide professional mental health services, including clinical, consultation, and outreach services, to The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) community. Counseling Services is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). The counseling center employs 15 full- and part-time clinicians with Master’s or doctoral degrees in Psychology, Counseling, and Social Work. In addition to the two post-docs, training is provided to up to five practicum-level students each academic year. Following completion of training, most recent post-docs have obtained positions as counseling center clinicians or teaching faculty in a college or university.

Counseling Services strives to utilize advanced technology to enhance the services provided. A live observation suite and web cams for recording clinical contacts are used to enrich the training and supervision experience. Additionally, Counseling Services employs technology to increase the efficiency and confidentiality of services and records through the use of the Titanium scheduling and documentation program, iPads for intake interviews, and web-based procedures for obtaining initial demographic and symptom information.

University Description:
The University of Texas at San Antonio serves the San Antonio metropolitan area and the broader region of South Texas through programs and services offered from its three campuses: 1604 Campus, Downtown Campus, and UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures. With more than 30,000 students enrolled in over 130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, UTSA is the second-largest component in the University of Texas System and has been one of the state’s fastest-growing public universities for much of the last decade. UTSA offers 62 bachelor’s, 49 master’s and 22 doctoral degree programs. With many master’s and doctoral programs in the planning stages or awaiting final approval, UTSA is rapidly moving toward classification as a doctoral/research intensive institution.

The university’s three campuses provide access and opportunity for large numbers of historically underserved students. More than 56 percent of UTSA’s students come from groups underrepresented in higher education. Many students are the first in their families to attend a college or university. For more information on UTSA, visit

Region Description
UTSA is a comprehensive public metropolitan university. The student population reflects the bi-lingual, bi-cultural heritage of San Antonio. In describing San Antonio, one of our recent post-docs described it as, "Home of the River Walk, the Alamo and the 3-time NBA Champion Spurs, San Antonio is truly a big city that feels like a small town.” The culture-rich city offers renowned art museums, theatre, and fine dining. For those who love the outdoors, San Antonio is perched on the edge of the Texas Hill Country which offers hiking, biking and river tubing. The state capital of Austin is an easy hour and a half away, offering incomparable access to the famous Texas music scene. Feel the heat in the summer but enjoy a mild climate the rest of the year."

For more information on San Antonio, visit http://www.sanantoniocvb.com/.

Required Application Materials
1. Cover letter – A cover letter describing clinical experience as well as training and career goals. 2. Statement of counseling philosophy – A statement that describes the applicant’s approach to counseling including his or her beliefs about the factor(s) that lead to therapeutic change. 3. Vita – A current vita including anticipated graduation date (and dissertation defense date, if applicable). 4. Letters A. Two letters of recommendation from professionals knowledgeable about the applicant’s clinical experience and performance. B. A letter of recommendation from the internship training director that includes information about the applicant’s progress on internship and anticipated completion date. If the internship has already been completed, another letter of recommendation from a professional is acceptable as the third letter. C. A letter from the applicant’s dissertation chair that indicates the status of the dissertation including the anticipated final defense date if the dissertation has not been completed by the time of submission of the post-doc application. An applicant who has completed his or her doctoral degree prior to submitting the post-doc application may substitute in place of this letter an official final transcript for the doctoral degree.

Application Deadline
To be considered for a position opening, applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM, CST, Friday, February 25, 2013. Applications may be sent by paper mail, electronic mail, or fax. If sent by email, a hard copy also needs to be submitted. Fax# (210) 458-4140 Email: richard.blask@utsa.edu Mailing address: UTSA Counseling Services, RWC 1.810 ATT: Richard Blask, Ph.D. One UTSA Circle San Antonio, TX 78249-6088 *Non-Discrimination Policy All qualified candidates (staff members and outside applicants) will be given equal consideration for posted positions without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, veteran’s status, handicap, or sex. In all cases, the best- qualified candidate will be selected.

Starting Date
Monday, August 12, 2013

Send Applications To:
Richard Blask, Ph.D., Coordinator of Training

Mailing Address
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-6088

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