Positions in Counseling Centers

Position Title
Postdoctoral Fellow (2)

University of California, Los Angeles

Counseling and Psychological Services

Salary Range
$40,000 with generous benefits

Position Description

The University of California at Los Angeles Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) announces the availability of 2 Postdoctoral Fellowship positions in Psychology for 2014-2015. This 12-month full-time Fellowship provides advanced clinical training and supervision with a focus on brief empirically-supported therapies with undergraduates and graduate students in a multidisciplinary, multicultural university counseling center. In addition to generalist clinical practice and training, fellows will function with a concentration in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. The Fellowship begins August 1, 2014 and ends July 31, 2015.

UCLA CAPS is a vibrant and highly utilized counseling service, situated centrally between the residence halls and the Student Union and adjacent to Pauley Pavilion, the Wooden Recreation Center and the Ashe Student Health Center. UCLA’s student population is considerably diverse along almost every dimension and reflects a remarkable array of ethnic, socio-cultural and religious backgrounds. Clients present with a broad range of psychological and psychiatric problems, from developmental issues typical of college age individuals to debilitating conditions requiring psychiatric hospitalization. Last year direct clinical services were provided to over 6,000 UCLA students and outreach services to more than three times that number, providing an unusually rich opportunity to work in a variety of modalities with a large and diverse population. Please visit http://www.caps.ucla.edu for more information about UCLA CAPS services and programs.

GENERAL FELLOWSHIP INFORMATION: Fellows’ responsibilities include intake assessment, crisis intervention, individual and group psychotherapy, assessment, and workshops and presentations for the campus community. Fellows are expected to provide a minimum of 24 hours of direct service weekly, design and implement programs for targeted populations, and develop unique areas of additional campus outreach in consultation with the Director of Training and the Director of Affective Disorders Programs. Other programmatic responsibilities may be added. Treatment modalities featured at CAPS include: Unified Protocol for Emotional Disorders; CBT (including exposure interventions); mindfulness-based interventions; dialectical behavior therapy based interventions; ACT; integrative psychotherapy; and brief dynamic therapy. A minimum of four hours of supervision will be provided weekly, consisting of two hours of individual supervision weekly and two or more additional hours related to group treatment, prevention and outreach activities, and other direct service activities. For purposes of licensure, it is expected that Fellows will accrue over 1,700 hours of supervised professional experience by the completion of the training year.

Finalists invited to interview will be contacted by January 31, 2014. Interviews will occur in person or by Skype during the first three weeks of February.


Peter E. Kassel, Psy.D.
Director of Training
UCLA Student Psychological Services
John Wooden Center West
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1556

T: 310-825-0768

Web Address: http://www.counseling.ucla.edu

Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must have completed an APA-accredited internship and possess a doctoral degree in counseling or clinical psychology from an APA-accredited graduate program by the start date of the Fellowship (August 1, 2014). Unfortunately we are not able to entertain applications from candidates who did not attend APA-accredited doctoral programs and internships. Demonstrated interest and experience working with diverse multicultural college student populations and established clinical competency and experience with brief psychotherapies are required. Fellows must also demonstrate considerable experience in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders and the integration of emotional regulation skills and distress tolerance into general clinical practice.

Pursuant to University of California policies, this Fellowship requires a satisfactory completion of a background investigation (i.e. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice fingerprint scans) prior to the start of Fellowship. The investigation is done following an offer of acceptance into the Fellowship program, and final acceptance into the Fellowship is contingent upon the results of this background investigation.

Desired Qualifications

University Description
The University of California at Los Angeles is nestled at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by an impressive array of cultural, entertainment and recreational opportunities. Established in 1919 as the second campus of the University of California system, UCLA is the largest of the ten campuses comprising the University of California system and enjoys an international reputation for academic excellence. The campus is consistently ranked among the top ten public institutions and research universities in the United States.

UCLA’s student population is among the most diverse in the world, drawn from all fifty states and more than 100 countries. More than half of the approximately 41,000 students identify themselves as members of cultural or ethnic minorities.

Highly ranked by the Association of Research Libraries, UCLA’s library system contains more than six million volumes held in two general collections, ten special subject libraries and twelve other campus collections. The largest location, the University Research Library, focuses on the special needs of graduate students and faculty.

UCLA has also distinguished itself as a leader in the visual and performing arts. Considered a mecca for local, national and international artists, the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts stages more than 200 public events annually. After the Library of Congress, UCLA’s Film & Television Archive contains the largest collection of media materials in the United States. The Mathias Botanical Gardens, the Carter Japanese Gardens, the Hammer Museum of Art, the Geffen Playhouse, the Fowler Museum of Cultural History, the Murphy Sculpture Garden, the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, the Wight Art Gallery, the Institute of American Cultures, the Chicano Studies Research Center, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, and the American Indian Studies Center all contribute to an enriching environment for students and visitors. In addition, UCLA has a long tradition of excellence in athletics and has gained recognition for its strong combination of academics and athletics. UCLA is a leader in the PAC-10 Conference, with 109 NCAA titles (more than any other university), and 130 team titles. Women compete in 12 sports and men in 10. In 2012-13, UCLA earned an NCAA title in men’s baseball. The University also offers extensive intramural and club sports programs, including crew, lacrosse, snow skiing, rugby, dance and a number of martial arts disciplines.

Region Description
UCLA is located in Los Angeles. With nearly 10 million residents in greater Los Angeles, it is the second largest city in the country. Los Angeles offers a vibrant array of cultural and geographical offerings, and its temperate climate allows for outdoor activities throughout the entire year. Its features include a spectacular coastline, beautiful mountains (offering a range of activities including skiing) and deserts, and a rich array of cultural opportunities. The cities of Santa Barbara and San Diego are reachable within two hours by car.

Required Application Materials
APPLICATION PROCEDURES, INTERVIEWS AND NOTIFICATION DATE: Application materials should be submitted electronically to Dr. Peter Kassel, Director of Training (pkassel@caps.ucla.edu) no later than Friday January 17, 2014. Applications will not be accepted after this date. A completed application includes the following: • A cover letter indicating your specific interest in the UCLA CAPS Fellowship • An updated curriculum vita, including the anticipated date of your graduation • Three letters of recommendation from sources familiar with your clinical skills and academic background. One of these must be from the Director of Training or the Director of your APA-approved internship site. Signed PDF letters should be sent electronically from referrers to Dr. Kassel, as above. Our notification date is March 12, 2014. UCLA CAPS will adhere to the postdoctoral fellowship notification procedures for the California Postdoctoral Fellowship Uniform Notification day. Those applicants who are selected will be phoned at 9:00 am PST on Wednesday March 12, 2014. Candidates offered a position may either accept immediately, or take up to 30 minutes to “hold” the offer and reach a decision. After that time, the position will be offered to another applicant. Applicants offered a position may hold only one position at a time. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that you arrive at a decision ahead of time about whether you will accept an offer if you are contacted. Once all positions have been filled, we will notify all applicants who were interviewed.

Application Deadline
Friday January 17, 2014

Starting Date
August 1, 2014

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