Thursday, May 26, 2011

Georgia State University, Counselling & Testing Center - 1 year Postdoc

[Postdoctoral training website] - [Brochure]

Post Doctoral Training Program: 
The Counseling and Testing Center (CTC) at Georgia State University is seeking to fill one 12-month Clinical/Counseling Post-doctoral Fellow position for 2011-2012.  The position is designed for an individual who wishes to develop the professional skills that are needed for psychological practice as a counseling center clinician, clinical faculty, or private practitioner. The Fellowship program combines clinical work with supervision, outreach and consultation.  This 2000 hour post-doctoral fellowship begins August 1, 2011 and meets all requirements for licensure in the State of Georgia and membership in APPIC, including approximately 2 hours a week of scheduled individual supervision.

The Fellowship Program: The training program focuses on developing advanced practice, supervision and/or teaching skills.  Clinical training emphasizes a culturally informed, therapeutic use of self as instrument model (Baldwin, 2000; Scharff & Scharff, 2001; Wells & Bell-Pringle, 2004; Wosket, 2000) which integrates developmental, psychodynamic, and relational approaches to treating clients in both individual and group therapy formats.  Thisuse of self model focuses on developing the “person of the therapist” and the use of the therapist’s personal (emotional and cognitive) responses, knowledge of self (including cultural identities), and life experiences, in order to: 1) inform conceptualizations of the client’s (and supervisee’s) struggles and 2) create a therapeutic relationship that is collaborative and conducive to corrective relating. A full-time fellow schedules approximately 19 hours a week in individual, group and couples therapy, triage and/or intake assessments, emergency coverage. In addition, fellows are typically assigned at least one practicum student to supervise and conduct a variety of outreach or psycho-educational programs over the year. Through various seminars, apprenticeships and mentoring relationships the fellow is guided in skill development related to supervision of practicum students and outreach in the form of psycho educational and preventative programming. Opportunities to present at or attend professional conferences are also available in cooperation with faculty/senior staff mentors who will provide ongoing supervision.  The postdoctoral training program includes individual supervision from at least two experienced psychologists as well as supervision of supervision and group therapy supervision in a group format. Participation in a trauma seminar and a crisis intervention seminar may be possible as well depending on background and experience.

Fellows Activities: Approximately 60-70% of the Postdoctoral fellows’ time consists of general service delivery and training (e.g. individual, group and couples therapy, intake assessments, triage and emergency coverage, providing and receiving supervision, outreach, attending seminars). The other 30-40% of the Postdoctoral fellows’ time is allotted to supervised experience in an Integrated, Interdepartmental Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) program between the CTC and Student Health Promotion. Time allotment fluctuates depending on client needs, Center demands, and specific clinical interests of fellows. Upon completing their postdoctoral training, fellows are excellent candidates for a university counseling center staff psychologist position with either a general focus or an addictions subspecialty.  The (AOD) program emphasizes education, intervention and treatment for the university community. The Postdoctoral fellows are involved in all aspects of the AOD Program. Training experiences include brief intervention approaches for mandated students on BASICS and CHOICES as well as the use of variety screening devices for mandated students. Assessment of students who are also identified as high risk is an integral part of the program; the PAI and the SASSI are the preferred mode of assessment but the fellow can put together an assessment protocol consistent with program values and goals. Students’ cases are managed in AOD Treatment Team.  The AOD Treatment Team comprises senior staff and trainees and meets on a weekly basis.

Applicant Qualifications: Applicants are expected to have completed their doctoral program in Counseling or Clinical Psychology at an APA approved program, completed an APA approved pre-doctoral internship and demonstrated commitment and competencies in college mental health issues and working with diverse populations. Candidates with interest and/or experience in AOD assessment and treatment are strongly encouraged to apply.

Stipend and Benefits: Salary ($27,000) plus benefits (professional development leave, health insurance, paid state holidays, leave accruals, and use of the University facilities).

Application Process: Applicants are asked to send a letter of interest, a current vita, three letters of recommendation, and a graduate transcript to the Director of Postdoctoral Training.  Personal or telephone interviews will be arranged depending upon initial application ratings by our training committee.  Applications received by June 17, 2011 will be given priority. Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Send Applications To:
Alaycia D. Reid, Ph.D.
Director of Postdoctoral Programs
Georgia State University Counseling and Testing Center
P.O. Box 3961Atlanta, GA 30302-3961
Phone: 404-413-1640