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Clinical Sport Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship

University of Southern California

ESHC Student Counseling Services

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Position Description
One of our primary goals is to provide opportunities, structure and support that will help develop clinically competent, diversity and culturally sensitive and highly ethical postdoctoral fellows as they prepare for licensure and for an entry level psychologist position. The other primary goal is to offer emerging psychologists the opportunity to develop the expertise to work with student athletes. Additionally, the fellowship provides a variety of clinical, consultative and administrative experiences that are intended to provide a clear picture of what it is like to work as a staff psychologist both at a university counseling center and an athletic department. We believe the unique combination of college mental health services and athletic department academic services for student-athletes with learning issues provides experience in a growing niche within the profession of psychology.

Duties within the Student Counseling Services include individual psychotherapy, crisis intervention, outreach, and groups for USC student-athletes. Duties within the Athletic Department include assessing educational strengths and weaknesses, providing individualized educational assistance for students-athletes who are academically at-risk, and facilitating students’ development as self-regulated learners. The fellow will work under the supervision of two California licensed psychologists, one in each department, and at an NCAA Division I University with 22 teams and more than 650 student-athletes.

The central training goal of the program is that the postdoctoral fellows complete their fellowship with advanced knowledge, confidence, and competence in the following areas of clinical practice: awareness and appreciation of human diversity professional ethics and decision making clinical and academic assessment outreach with an athletic department staff, coaches, and at times administration knowledge of issues specific to college student-athletes providing organization, time management and planning assistance, as well as remediation of fundamental academic skills understanding and experience in working clinically with student-athletes performance enhancement collaboration with athletic department staff, coaches, administration, and counselors on-call/crisis intervention

Meeting Licensing Requirements
Satisfactory completion of the postdoctoral training program meets postdoctoral supervised practice requirements for licensure in the State of California.
The training methods include the following:
1. Direct Service: individual and group counseling; crisis intervention;
2. Supervision: individual supervision (3 hours a week) and supervision of groups/other (1 hour);
3. Clinical conferences: counseling center diversity case conferences as well as athletic department learning specialist conferences;
4. Training seminars: Professional development series in crisis intervention, psychiatric consultation, and outside speaker series;
5. Outreach: working with an athletic department to provide outreach services as needed.

Training Staff and Office Location
The training staff at the Student Counseling Services includes nine psychologists, four psychiatrists, three clinical social workers and part-time staff. The staff at the Department of Athletics with whom the postdoc fellow will work collaboratively includes the Learning Specialists and Academic Counselors within Student Athlete Academic Services. The postdoctoral fellow’s office is located at the Student Counseling Services as well as a shared office located in the Department of Athletics.

Our postdoctoral fellow provides services and receives training in both departments. The fellow is supervised by Robin Scholefield, Ph.D. and Denise Kwok, Ph.D.

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University Description
USC is a private university, established in 1880. It is a world-class research university and the oldest private research university in the West. It is known for its nationally renowned competitive sports teams. The diverse student population is made-up of approximately 38,000 students: 17,500 undergraduates and 20,500 graduate and professional students. Fourteen percent of the incoming freshperson class are classified as first-generation college students. USC attracts students from all over the United States and the world. In fact, USC has the largest international student population in the country.

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Required Application Materials
Website is currently being updated. Please contact Dr. Robin Scholefield with questions: rscholef@engemann.usc.edu

Application Deadline
March 6, 2013 Please send cover letter, 3 letters of recommendation, and graduate transcript to below address. Applications will be reviewed as received. Questions may be sent to rscholef@engemann.usc.edu. Background check will be required. USC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Starting Date
August, 2013

Send Applications To:
Robin Scholefield, PhD; Coordinator of Clinical and Sport Psychology Services

Mailing Address
ESHC Student Counseling Services; 1031 W. 34th St. # 9
Los Angeles, CA 90089

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