A part of the Postdoctoral training program involves training seminars. The seminars are designed to facilitate the acquisition of the above stated goals. To assist in the integration of the practice and science of psychology, readings may be assigned to support some training activities. In keeping with the emphasis on experiential learning, Fellows may be provided an opportunity to engage in self-exploration. Thus, personal self-disclosures may occur.
Seminars generally take place twice a month for 90 minutes. They are presented by CAPS staff and psychologists/therapists in the community. Seminar topics vary depending upon the interests of the Fellows. Among the seminars which have been offered are:
A Professional Development group is also offered on a weekly basis. In this group, Postdoctoral Fellows along with the training director discuss professional issues (e.g. ethical concerns, APA practice guidelines) as they arise during the year. This group also offers a place to discuss personal reactions/concerns and to give and receive support.
Postdoctoral Fellows will have the opportunity to be a member of either the Eating Disorders or AOD team. These are both multi-disciplinary teams which meet on a bi-weekly basis for an hour. They will also be assigned to a peer supervision team which consists of senior staff psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists and which meets every other week for an hour.
Postdoctoral Fellows may have the opportunity during Spring Semester to provide supervision to counseling/clinical psychology Ph.D. students who are completing practicum hours at CAPS. Supervision of supervision will be provided by a CAPS training staff psychologist.
Additional professional development time is allowed in order to support the passing of the EPPP exam. Study materials including practice exams are bought each year for the Fellows. A stipend ($250.00) is also provided each year to each Fellow to attend additional seminar(s) of their choice.