Positions in Counseling Centers

Position Title
Postdoctoral Fellow

University of California, Merced

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

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Position Description
Program Description
The fellowship program is designed to provide up to 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience. Fellows are expected to work 40 hours per week but may work up to 44 hours per week in order to meet the 2,000 hour requirement.

Fellows are expected to provide individual, couples and group psychotherapy throughout the academic year, including summer. This includes intake evaluations and crisis sessions. The total number of clinical hours scheduled will depend on demand for services at CAPS but should not exceed 26 hours per week. Fellows will also conduct psychological assessments as part of ongoing psychotherapy (i.e., brief screening instruments utilized as part of treatment planning and assessment of change) as well as full batteries intended to answer referral questions. Examples include assessing for learning disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, and other issues of clinical concern.

Fellows are expected to be involved with outreach activities designed to educate the campus community about various mental health concerns. Fellows have the ability to design and implement outreach programs that are of interest to them throughout the year. Outreaches may include presentations as well as trainings for various campus groups.

Fellows are expected to participate in the following training activities: diversity seminar (1 hour per week with all staff and trainees); case conference (1 hour per week); assessment seminar (1 hour per week with all trainees); assessment case conference (1 hour biweekly with all trainees); outreach seminar (1 hour biweekly with all trainees); staff meetings; and two hours of individual supervision (1 hour per week with primary supervisor, 1 hour per week with secondary supervisor). Fellows are offered supervision experience for (3) pre-doctoral interns by leading some didactic seminars for pre-doctoral interns, based on the fellow’s interest area(s) and the needs for the seminar.

Fellows are allotted a total of 10 days per year for professional development. This time may be used for studying for licensure, job searching, preparing a conference poster/presentation, preparing an article for publication, etc.

Training Model
CAPS staff subscribe to a multicultural, developmental apprenticeship model of training. This means that fellows are supported throughout training so that they may meet their personal goals for the training year as well as the required goals and objectives outlined in the training manual. Fellows are expected to systematically progress toward meeting training goals. Therefore, it is expected that fellows progressively develop from graduates with doctoral level training in the field of psychology to entry level professionals who are able to practice more independently. In this way, supervisors also serve as mentors to help the fellow develop a professional identity and be socialized into the field of professional psychology.

It is recognized that fellows come from a variety of cultural backgrounds, and various communication styles and value systems are supported at CAPS. Every fellow is supported to meet the training goals and objectives in a way that is consistent with their cultural values and professional goals.

Department Description
UC Merced CAPS is part of the Division of Wellness, which is part of Student Affairs. The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to support the mental health of UC Merced students, in a confidential atmosphere of acceptance and accessibility, to promote their academic, personal and social development. CAPS is also committed to the development and training of ethical and highly competent clinicians who are prepared to serve a diverse clientele.

CAPS uses the electronic recordkeeping system Point and Click for scheduling and data management. CAPS has a pre-doctoral internship program and is steadily growing to meet the demands of an increasing student body. For the 2013-2014 academic year, there will be two licensed psychologists, three pre-doctoral interns, and two postdoctoral fellows. The department’s relatively small size allows for regular collaboration between clinicians of all training and licensure levels. Students from all ethnic groups are represented in the clientele, with diverse presenting concerns and treatment goals.

Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate must have:
• Doctorate (i.e., Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in counseling or clinical psychology from an APA-accredited program (by fellowship start date)
• Completed an APA-accredited or APPIC-member internship (by fellowship start date)
• Demonstrated experience and competence with multicultural populations
• Assessment and report-writing experience
• Crisis intervention experience
• Brief therapy experience

Desired Qualifications
• Experience in a university counseling center
• Outreach experience
• Group therapy experience

University Description
UC Merced is a student-centered research university. It is the tenth UC campus and the only research university in the United States to open in the 21st century. UC Merced is surrounded by 30,000 acres of conservation area at the foothills of the Sierra Mountain Range.

UC Merced is the most diverse UC campus, with the following groups represented: 28% Asian American/Pacific Islander; 36% Latina/o; 8% African American; 1% Native American; 18% European American; and over 66% first generation. It was officially designated an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in April 2010. There are currently 5,700 students (graduate and undergraduate combined) with campus growth expected to reach 10,000 students in the future. The university is a “green campus” with many LEEDS awards and the goal of a zero net carbon footprint by 2020. (See http://lrdp.ucmerced.edu for more information).

Region Description
Located in California’s Central Valley, Merced is a town of 90,000 people that is two hours from the San Francisco Bay Area, four hours from Los Angeles, and about one hour from Yosemite National Park. Cost of living is significantly lower than other metropolitan areas in California. Weather ranges from an average daytime temperature of 50 degrees in the winter to high 90s in the summer. (See http://www.cityofmerced.org/ for more information).

Required Application Materials
Submit the following materials ONLINE at: http://jobs.ucmerced.edu/n/staff/position.jsf?positionId=4345 •Detailed cover letter outlining how you meet the criteria outlined above •CV with names of 3 professional references •Transcripts (unofficial acceptable for application; official required if hired)

Application Deadline
February 1, 2013

Starting Date
August 13, 2013 (negotiable)

Send Applications To:
Dr. Geneva Reynaga-Abiko

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Merced, CA 

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