Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Viewed as emerging professionals, psychology post-doctoral fellows receive the support and training needed to specialize in university mental health. As full-time junior staff members, post-docs engage in a full range of clinical, administrative, training, and outreach/prevention activities.

Clinical Activities

Post-docs serve on the drop-in crisis team, provide scheduled initial assessments and provide ongoing individual and group psychotherapy. There is often an opportunity to provide clinical supervision to a psychology extern or social work intern. An integral part of the post-doc responsibilities is to help plan and execute 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. They are encouraged to participate in one or more working committees and clinical specialty teams. 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 four post-doctoral positions has an outreach/prevention specialization. While providing the clinical services listed above, the specialized post-docs devote approximately 50% of their direct service hours to services delivered to the university community 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 specialized 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.

As with the general positions, the Outreach/Prevention Specialization 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 or before 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 2019-20 begins on Thursday, August 1, 2019 and ends Friday, July 31, 2020. 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 annual stipend for 2017-18 is $48,432 and is subject to periodic cost-of-living increases.

*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 adjustment in the timing or amount of days off.

Application Requirements

The availability of post-doctoral positions varies from year to year. CAPS will post information regarding availability on or before January 15, 2019. There is no firm deadline for applications, but we will begin reviewing applications on January 22, 2019 and continue accepting applications until we have announced that all positions have been filled. In addition to checking this webpage, prospective applicants are welcome to contact the Post-Doctoral Fellowship Coordinator directly for more information

Applications must include:

  1. Cover letter specifying your position(s) of interest (Outreach/Prevention or General) and highlighting reasons for your interest.
  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 (please discuss progress on internship and anticipated completion date);
    • Academic faculty member familiar with your academic and research performance;
    • An additional recommendation by someone who knows your clinical work (e.g., externship/practicum supervisor);
  5. Letter from doctoral program certifying that you are on track to complete all requirements for your doctorate by August 1, 2019.
  6. Officially certified transcript from Doctoral Program, only for candidates who have been invited to interview.

We encourage applicants to send materials electronically; however, paper applications will also be accepted. Please ask references to send letters directly to the CAPS Post-Doc Coordinator either electronically or in paper form.

Address all materials and inquiries to:

David Glassman, Psy.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship Coordinator
University of Pennsylvania-CAPS
3624 Market Street, First Floor, West
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2615
Email: vpul-pdfellow@pobox.upenn.edu