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Position Title
Postdoctoral Trainee

Moorpark College

Student Health Center

Salary Range
$15 per hour

Position Description
Moorpark College Student Health Services is accepting applications for post-doctoral training providing psychological counseling services within a community college health center setting. This is a nine month position, running from August 14, 2013 through May 19, 2014. We anticipate having either one full-time, five day per week position or two half-time positions, depending on applicants and fit.

The primary service provided by trainees is brief individual therapy; possible activities include psycho-educational/support groups, outreach, health education, and guest lecturing. Past postdocs have collaborated with faculty and college staff on student success skills training and developed/implemented secondary prevention groups for at-risk populations, e.g., student veterans and nursing students. Trainees will become familiar with screening for AD/HD and other conditions commonly occurring in a young adult population. Family therapy, work with children, and psychological testing are not part of our services.

Clinical supervision integrates cognitive-behavioral, problem-solving, somatic, neuro-cognitive, and other approaches as appropriate. Trainees who complete the year without any significant absences will meet all requirements for the 1500 hours of post-doctoral Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) necessary for licensure in California. It is the trainee’s responsibility to determine whether this training will meet the criteria for licensure in other states, as some states require more than 1500 hours of SPE and may have additional regulations.

Student Health Services is a small multi-disciplinary setting; our staff includes nurses, a nurse practitioner, a physician and a psychologist. At times, the Student Health Center resembles a community medical and mental health clinic with regard to the range of patients’ presenting problems, diagnoses and acuity. The staff is supportive and collegial, making for a comfortable working environment.

Psychological counseling services are much in demand, necessitating a fairly high pace of work. Approximately 70% of the trainee’s time is devoted to direct service. The psychological counseling staff also provides consultation and training to faculty and staff regarding distressed students and crisis intervention.

Minimum Qualifications
A completed doctorate in counseling or clinical psychology, or an equivalent psychology degree from an APA accredited program will be given preference. Applicants who are ABD will be considered, as will those from non-APA programs. However, a trainee starting ABD cannot be assured of completing 1500 hours within the year. Applicants from non-APA programs can expect to provide additional documentation of their coursework, training and clinical skills.

Significant prior experience providing individual therapy to adults is essential, as is a strong interest in brief therapy. Case management skills or the willingness to learn those skills are necessary.

Desired Qualifications
Previous experience in a college/university counseling center is an asset, as is experience in crisis intervention.

University Description
Moorpark College is a community college with an open admission policy. Thus, the student body represents a cross-section of the community that goes significantly beyond the traditional college-age population; close to 30% of MC’s students are age 25 to 65+. Located in eastern Ventura County, the college serves approximately 14,500 full and part-time students; over half of area college-going students attend MC. Students’ stated ethnicity is roughly representative of eastern Ventura County, with about 57% identifying as white and 22% as Latino in Fall 2011. The full to part-time student ratio is approximately 40/60. MC has observed the same increase in acuity of mental health needs as that seen at colleges and universities nationwide.

Moorpark College is one of three colleges in Ventura County Community College district. There are a number of well-regarded specialty/certificate programs, including the renowned Exotic Animal Training and Management Program. MC boasts an excellent transfer rate into the UC and CSU systems. More information is available at www.moorparkcollege.edu; prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to explore the college’s website.

Region Description
Moorpark is a small rural/suburban city in eastern Ventura County, approximately 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Malibu and Ventura are each about a 45 minute drive away. Our Mediterranean climate is very pleasant; Moorpark and the surrounding communities are quite safe, with a high quality of living.

Required Application Materials
As the Moorpark College Student Health Services is a small health center with a single supervisor, ‘fit’ is a significant consideration. Potential applicants are encouraged contact Laura Forsyth, Ph.D., Supervisor of Psychological Services (lforsyth@vcccd.edu ) for our FAQs or any specific questions prior to submitting an application. To apply, please submit: 1. A letter addressing your relevant experience, areas of clinical strength, your personal training goals for your post-doctoral year, areas of career interest, and envisioned fit with Moorpark Student Health Services. Please indicate your preference for a full or part-time position. If you have not yet defended your dissertation, include your scheduled/anticipated date of defense. 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Three letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors, two of these being from your pre-doctoral internship and/or your current or most recent position where you provided direct mental health services. All candidates who are offered an interview will need to supply a writing sample and a list of completed courses prior to their interview. ABD candidates will also need to supply a statement from their dissertation chairperson regarding the scheduled date of defense or current dissertation status and realistic expected date of defense.

Application Deadline
The position will be opened until filled; applications received prior to March 22nd will have priority. Application materials may be sent electronically (preferred) or by post.

Starting Date
August 14, 2013

Send Applications To:
Sue Gerhardt, Admin Assistant

Mailing Address
Moorpark College Student Health Services 7075 Campus Drive
Moorpark , CA 93021

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