Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
08 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
06 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Colorado State University Health Network is an integrated mental health and medical service serving both undergraduate and graduate students within a large land-grant university. It is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) for the doctoral internship in Counseling & Clinical Psychology and by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The training of clinically-competent, ethical, self-aware, and culturally sensitive psychologists is central to our mission. Presenting issues range from the expected developmental concerns of college students to severe mental health diagnoses, including psychoses and personality disorders. The most common presenting concerns are: stress & anxiety, mood disorders, relationship issues, eating disorders, sexual concerns, substance abuse, and identity development. CSU has a student population of over 31,000 students from every state and 90 foreign countries. General Services includes individual and couples psychotherapy, a vibrant group therapy program, and crisis intervention services. Specialty programs include the DAY Program (substance abuse & other addictions), Primary Care Behavioral Health, and the iTEAM (intensive outpatient program providing integrated care to clients experiencing an acute mental health crisis). CSUHN has a strong commitment to diversity/inclusion and has solid working relationships with the various Diversity Offices on campus.

Position Summary

The Drugs and Alcohol (DAY Program) Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship at the CSU Health Network is designed to prepare individuals for a staff psychologist position in a university counseling service, with particular emphasis on psychologists wishing to specialize in issues related to alcohol and other drug use. The primary focus of this fellowship track is on obtaining specialized training working with both mandated and voluntary students as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team. The Fellow’s clinical hours will be divided between facilitation of psycho-educational workshops, national best practice programs such as BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students), individual therapy with a focus on Motivational Interviewing, harm reduction groups, and participation in the Open to Change (OTC) and Back on TRAC (Treatment, Responsibility, and Accountability on Campus) multidisciplinary treatment teams. Back on TRAC is the first treatment model of its kind, adapting components of the “Drug Court Model” for college students who are at risk of being separated from the university due to substance use. OTC is another innovative program, designed for working with students who are in need of substance use treatment but require a less rigorous program. The Fellow will have the unique opportunity to participate in all aspects of this multidisciplinary program, which uses a combination of sanctions and incentives to encourage positive change, while providing individualized treatment, psycho-education, and compliance monitoring. Approximately 75-85% of students in the DAY Program are typically mandated through the university conduct system; however, the Fellow will also work with a growing voluntary population of students whose goals are abstinence or decreased use. The secondary focus of the Fellowship includes obtaining specialized training in the area of primary care behavioral health in the medical center of our integrated health unit. Additionally, the Fellow may participate in crisis intervention and university-based outreach and prevention services including advocacy and social justice interventions. The Postdoctoral Fellow is involved in advanced clinical training experiences through both supervision and participation in didactic seminars. Fellows may have the opportunity to co-facilitate a seminar for less advanced trainees. Seminar participation is negotiated with each Fellow individually, based on experience and training needs.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Anticipated completion of doctoral degree by August 21, 2017 (i.e., by the first day of CSU fall classes) from an APA-Accredited program in Counseling or Clinical Psychology. This is defined as having a letter verifying anticipated doctoral degree completion date before August 21, 2017 from the Department Chair, Training Director, or other administrative official in your APA-accredited academic program. Applicants from programs with a current status of “Accredited, on contingency” are eligible to apply.
  • Applicant must be available to begin full-time employment August 1, 2017 to complete intensive 3 week orientation and training.
  • Completion of APA-accredited doctoral internship by August 21, 2017. Applicants from programs with a current status of “Accredited, on contingency” are eligible to apply. Applicants who will finish their internship after August 1 must negotiate leave time with their internship training director in order to be able to attend our three week orientation and training period, from August 1-18.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Clinical experience in a University Counseling Center or similar setting.
  • Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by written communication, awareness of impact of self on others, and commitment to personal growth and self-reflection.
  • Personal and/or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
  • Experience working on a multidisciplinary team.
  • Professional commitment to serving clients whose substance use has resulted in negative consequences as demonstrated through active participation, intentional professional development, reading articles/research, engaging in the exploration of various treatment modalities (e.g. Twelve Step meetings, Rational Recovery, Smart Recovery, etc.) and/or participating in other opportunities for further learning.
  • Clinical experience incorporating the Stages of Change.
  • Clinical experience utilizing Brief Motivational Interviewing.
  • Clinical experience with substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Clinical Work Duty/Responsibility

Provide individual, couples, and group therapy for agency clients. Provide on call clinical services, including after-hours on call. Duties may also include case management and consultation.

Percentage Of Time 50% Job Duty Category Administrative Work Duty/Responsibility

Complete intake reports, case notes and other paperwork related to clinical duties. Attend staff meetings. Responsibilities may also include program development.

Percentage Of Time 20% Job Duty Category Supervision Received Duty/Responsibility

Participate in individual and group clinical supervision. Participation in training seminars will be individually negotiated based on needs/experience.

Percentage Of Time 15% Job Duty Category Supervision Provided Duty/Responsibility

Provide individual clinical supervision for less advanced trainees. Responsibilities may also include seminar co-facilitation, based on needs/experience.

Percentage Of Time 8% Job Duty Category Outreach Duty/Responsibility

Provide outreach services to members of the campus and Fort Collins community.

Percentage Of Time 3% Job Duty Category Other Duties as Assigned Duty/Responsibility

Provide other services as needed for the effective functioning of the CSUHN.

Percentage Of Time 4%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please upload, under writing samples, a written response to the following two questions. (3-pages maximum for both questions combined.)

1) Please describe your values in working with clients who struggle with issues related to substance abuse and/or use. How do you understand these clients, the choices they make, and the role that substance use plays in their lives?

2) Describe a meaningful experience working in a team environment. What were some of the benefits and challenges of working with people whose perspectives and training were different than yours?

Interested candidates should upload a cover letter that addresses the listed qualifications.

Applicants should also upload the letter verifying the anticipated doctoral degree completion before August 21, 2017 from the Department Chair, Training Director, or other administrative official in the applicant’s APA-accredited academic program, and the letter from the internship director as one scanned document under the “Other” category

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.