Clinical Activities

Post-docs provide phone/face-to-face triage, crisis intervention, initial assessments, and ongoing group/individual psychotherapy. They may also have the opportunity to provide clinical supervision to a pre-doctoral or pre-master's trainee.  An integral part of the program is participation in outreach and prevention activities on campus, including workshops, presentations, and liaison/consultation on a wide range of issues involving the wellness of the student population.  As junior staff members, post-docs attend weekly staff meetings and  professional development seminars. In some cases, post-docs lead their own training seminars for doctoral- and master's-level trainees.  Post-docs are encouraged to identify and pursue a clinical specialty related to university mental health practice.  Examples include eating concerns, sexual trauma; substance abuse, and working with specific populations or social identities. 

Outreach/Prevention Post-Doc

One of the post-doctoral positions has an outreach/prevention specialization.  While engaging in a range of activities similar to those described above,  post-docs in this specialized position devote approximately 50% of their  direct service hours to clinical activities delivered to students and the university community on campus, outside of the CAPS offices.  The emphasis is on interventions that promote psychological wellness at the community level, which is a burgeoning component of the CAPS mission.

The post-doc may participate in the primary prevention training of faculty, staff, and students, in the delivery of stress management and wellness workshops, and in programming geared to minority students and other marginalized groups on campus. 

Like the general post-doc, the Outreach/Prevention Post-Doc position fulfills licensure requirements for supervised clinical experience in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Applicants who anticipate seeking licensure in other states are encouraged to review the applicable state requirements and make them known to the Post-Doctoral Coordinator at the time of application.

Training

Training includes supervision of individual psychotherapy cases with a staff licensed psychologist for two hours weekly.  Additional supervision is provided as needed for all other clinical and programmatic services.  The post-docs meet as a cohort weekly for a case consultation group facilitated by a senior staff clinician.  Meetings every two weeks with the post-doc coordinator include discussion of administrative issues as well as focusing on developing a professional identity as a psychologist in a university counseling setting.

Requirements

Applicants for the 2018-19 post-doctoral fellowship must provide documentation that they have completed, or are on track to complete, their APA-accredited doctoral internship and doctorate in counseling or clinical psychology from an APA-accredited program by August 1, 2018.  Strong preference is given to candidates with clinical experience and demonstrated commitment to working in university counseling, particularly within a multicultural and social justice framework.  Experience providing outreach and prevention services within a diverse community is highly desirable as well.

The post-doctoral fellowship for 2018-19 begins on Wednesday, August 1, 2019 and ends Wednesday, July 31, 2019.  CAPS offer a competitive stipend and benefits, including fully paid health insurance, fifteen days paid vacation,* and five days paid time off for professional development activities, and paid sick leave.*  The current stipend for 2017-18 is $47,476 and is subject to periodic cost-of-living increases.  Review of applications will begin in mid-January of 2018 and continue until the positions are filled.

*Post-docs must, however, keep a tally of their total hours as well as clinical service hours to ensure they meet licensure requirements for the state in which they wish to be licensed.  This may require the post-doc to make an adustment in the timing or amount of days off. 

Application Requirements

  1. Cover letter highlighting reasons for your interest in the post-doc at CAPS, and indicating interest in the Outreach/Prevention specialization, if applicable
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement (1000-word maximum), covering:
    • Theoretical orientation and approach to psychotherapy
    • Clinical and training interests;
    • Career goals
  4. Three letters of recommendation, including:
    • Internship supervisor or Training Director (please discuss progress on internship and anticipated completion date);
    • Academic faculty member familiar with academic and research performance;
    • An additional recommendation by someone who knows your clinical work
  5. Officially certified transcript from Doctoral Program (please do not send your own copy)

We encourage applicants to send materials by e-mail; however, paper applications will also be accepted.  Applicants should request their references to send letters directly to the CAPS Post-Doc Coordinator, either electronically, or in paper form.  

Send to:
David Glassman, Psy.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship Coordinator
Counseling and Psychological Services
University of Pennsylvania
3624 Market Street
First Floor, West
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2615
Email: dglas@upenn.edu

For additional information, interested candidates should contact David Glassman at (215) 898-7021 or by email.