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Position Title
Postdoctoral Fellow

Salem State University

Counseling and Health Services

Salary Range
$28,000/10 month contract

Position Description
Salem State University Counseling & Health Services offers a 43 week/40 hour a week post-doctoral fellowship (hours in line with MA licensure requirements). The commitment starts in August (start date flexible) and runs through June.

A stipend of $28,000 is provided, along with coverage of professional liability insurance (typically through the APA Trust). As this is considered a contractor position, benefits (e.g., health insurance; retirement) are not provided.

About the work:
Psychotherapy – Individual and group psychotherapy services are available to clients, though individual treatment is the dominant modality. A brief treatment model is most frequently employed, with clients typically being seen for about one academic semester to address a specific piece of work. A smaller number of clients are seen shorter term for stabilization purposes, and then referred for more open-ended services. This includes dedicated times in the day which we hold for doing emergency triage and crisis stabilization. Post-doctoral fellows are expected to maintain a 50% clinical load. Ample administrative time is provided, and there is no “on-call” responsibility.

Outreach and Consultation - Counseling & Health Services has a thriving relationship with the university community. Fellows are encouraged to expand their experience through choosing from a variety of projects: doing classroom lectures on mental health and wellness topics; presenting training seminars to Student Affairs staff; co-facilitating mandated alcohol education workshops; participating in retention and wellness efforts on campus. Fellows are encouraged to choose their activities to match their existing areas of interest, or what they would like to explore/have more exposure to. Priority consideration will be given to trainees interested in diversity initiatives, programming to address gender-based violence, or alcohol and drug issues.

Supervision and Training – Fellows receive supervision at the 1:16 ratio to meet MA licensure requirements. Supervisors are licensed as Massachusetts psychologists and health service providers. Fellows also have the potential supervise one to two advanced pre-doctoral trainees and receive supervision of their supervision.

Fellows also participate in didactic training each week. Training topics are varied, but focus across a few specific themes: developing knowledge and skills important to college mental health (e.g., emerging adulthood/development; alcohol and drug abuse; crisis intervention); developing awareness and skills related to working with a diverse client population; and working in a brief therapy model. Fellows also present on their areas of interest to the staff and other trainees.

Minimum Qualifications
Doctoral degree in counseling or clinical psychology from an accredited program is a must. Evidence of completion of all of the requirements of the degree is required prior to start date, although degree conferral date may be later. Must be comfortable working in a multidisciplinary environment.

Desired Qualifications
Competitive applicants have 2+ years college counseling experience providing a wide variety of services (individual therapy; outreach; crisis intervention). Experience providing supervision is a plus, as is experience with diverse cultural, racial, linguistic, or ethnic populations, and students who identify as LGBT. Spanish and Portuguese language skills are highly desirable.

University Description
Salem State University (SSU) is located on Massachusetts’ North Shore, about a 30 minute drive from downtown Boston. The institution grants baccalaureate and graduate degrees. The student population, including more than 6,000 full-time undergraduates, totals nearly 10,000 with the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education. Historically a commuter campus, the college is transitioning to a larger residential community with the addition of new on-campus housing. Although SSU has a sizable non-traditional age student population, 75% of our clients are young adults from 18 to 24. The campus has a growing population of students of color, particularly Latino/a students. Clients display a wide range of presenting concerns and diagnoses, from phase of life and adjustment concerns, to severe and persistent mental health issues.

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Required Application Materials
To apply, applicants should forward a letter of interest and a resume or vita, in addition to three letters of reference, and a copy of the graduate level academic transcript. Applications should be postmarked no later than January 15th. Email applications also accepted.

Application Deadline
January 15, 2014

Starting Date

Send Applications To:
Christine M. Williams, PhD

Mailing Address
SSU Counseling and Health Services; 352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970

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