CAPS: Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Philosophy


The CAPS training program reflects the vision of the University Health Center which “exists to advance the well being of students and other members of the University community and supports student success and resilience” by providing primary mental health care, education and preventative services and research contributing to mental health knowledge and skills. CAPS is a person centered counseling center where we strive to be sensitive to the treatment needs of the whole person.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship at CAPS is designed to provide advanced generalist training for clinical and counseling psychologists. In order to ensure a high level of structured training, our Fellowship follows the guidelines established by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). The Postdoctoral program is based on training values that include a respect for diverse approaches to understanding human distress, integration of theory and research in clinical practice, and experientially based developmental learning. Guided by these values, the Postdoctoral program provides Fellows an opportunity to refine and expand experience in the following areas: clinical practice with individuals and groups, crisis intervention, workshops and psycho-educational programming. The professional and personal development of the person of the therapist is a core value of the Fellowship.

Our diverse faculty is able to provide training in multiple approaches to working with clients including: psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, developmental, feminist, and multicultural. Fellows will have opportunities to work with fourteen to eighteen clients in individual therapy per week. Fellows are also strongly encouraged to co-facilitate a group(s). Additionally, each Fellow will work up to four hours per week providing brief evaluation and crisis intervention including walk-in counseling. Postdoctoral Fellows will also provide on call services approximately two days a month. Opportunities to provide supervision to practicum students may also be available.

It is expected that Fellows will demonstrate cultural competence in clinical work and will follow the multicultural guidelines as established by the American Psychological Association (APA) (www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/policy/multicultural-guidelines.aspx). Fellows will be expected to join senior staff in discussions of continued improvement in the area of cultural competence.