Post Master Fellowship, Behavioral Health & Gen Counseling Svcs
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). 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).
Colorado State University invites applications for a two year, full-time, 24-month position as Post-Master’s Fellow with the CSU Health Network. Each year of the fellowship will offer a different specialized training focus, in order to provide Fellows with the flexibility to work in a variety of settings. The Post-Master’s Fellowship requires graduation from an accredited masters program in Counseling or Social Work and completion of an internship or field placement at a university counseling service or equivalent clinical experience. The program is designed to meet partial requirements for licensure in the state of Colorado. The Fellowship begins August 1, 2018 and concludes July 31, 2020. Fellows will be paid $33,828 per year plus a benefits package.
The Post-Master’s Fellowship at the CSU Health Network is designed to prepare individuals for a staff position in a university counseling service, with particular emphasis on social workers or counselors wishing to work at universities that have integrated their mental health and medical services. The training of clinically skilled, ethical, self-aware, and culturally competent mental health professionals is central to our mission.
A primary focus of the fellowship is the consolidation of generalist clinical skills, to prepare Fellows for licensure and independent practice. Fellows will spend approximately half of their time working in General Services, where they will have the opportunity to provide individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, triage, and initial consultations (intake). Fellow also are expected to commit to the development of cultural competence through self-examination and participation in university-based outreach and prevention services for both the general student population and underrepresented groups on campus. The CSU Health Network has a strong commitment to multiculturalism and has solid working relationships with the various Diversity Programs and Services Offices on campus.
In the first year of the fellowship, Fellows will also obtain specialized training in the treatment of issues related to alcohol and other drug use through the DAY (Drugs, Alcohol and You) Program. During this year, they will work 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 DAY Program’s multidisciplinary treatment teams (Back on TRAC and OTC). 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.
In the second year of the fellowship, Fellows will obtain the training needed to function effectively in a Behavioral Health setting. Fellows will develop skills in brief intervention, assessment, and crisis intervention. They also will serve as part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary medical team, providing on call services to medical providers working with distressed students. Behavioral Health often provides opportunities for Fellows to work with students who are uncomfortable with traditional counseling services, so Fellows may also have the opportunity to work with students from more diverse backgrounds during this component of their training.
Required Job Qualifications
- Completion of a Master’s degree between May 1, 2016 and August 20, 2018 from an accredited program in either Counseling or Social Work. This is defined as having either the diploma in hand or a letter from the graduate program director verifying the completion of all degree requirements pending institution graduation ceremony.
- Completion of either an Internship or Field Placement at a university counseling service or community agency. This clinical experience must be completed before beginning the fellowship, except as described below.
- Applicants whose Internship or Field Placement is scheduled to be completed after August 1, 2018 should discuss this conflict with the supervisor of that field placement prior to applying for this fellowship position, to see if the internship can be completed sooner (i.e., by working extra hours or using vacation or professional development time).
- Applicants who are able to negotiate an earlier completion of their internship in this way will be given full consideration for the Post-Master’s Fellowship.
- Applicants who are scheduled to complete their Internship/Field Placement in August are still eligible for the Post-Master’s Fellowship, provided they can attend the majority of the orientation training period (August 1-17, 2018) and make up the remainder of their Internship/Field Placement hours following completion of the orientation. Such applicants should include an anticipated schedule of Internship/Field Placement completion in their verification letter (see #4 under Application Procedures). Leave time for completion of Internship/Field Placement will then be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
Preferred Job Qualifications
- Experience providing clinical services to a college student/young adult population
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented setting
- Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by written and verbal communication, awareness of impact of self on others, and commitment to personal growth and self-reflection
- Experience providing group psychotherapy, including experience facilitating interpersonal process groups
- Demonstrated knowledge, ability, and commitment to working with culturally diverse communities
- Outreach and prevention programming experience
- Experience working on a multidisciplinary team (preferably including psychiatry providers, primary care providers, and mental health providers)
- Experience working with clients/students in crisis (e.g., suicidal, self-harming, or gravely disabled, who may or may not need psychiatric hospitalization)
- Clinical experience incorporating the Stages of Change and utilizing Brief Motivational Interviewing
- 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
Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.
Job Duty Category Clinical Work Duty/Responsibility
- Provide individual, couples, and group therapy for agency clients. Provide on call clinical services, including possible after-hours on call during campus crisis. Duties may also include case management and consultation.
Percentage Of Time 70% 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 14% 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 9% 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 Duty/Responsibility
- Provide other services as needed for the effective functioning of the CSUHN.
Percentage Of Time 4%
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants needing assistance to submit materials may contact Becca Romine at email@example.com.
For full consideration, completed applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Mountain Time, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- A cover letter that addresses your interest in the program and the ways in which you meet minimum and preferred qualifications
- A Curriculum Vitae
- A copy of your diploma OR a letter verifying anticipated completion of your master’s degree by August 20, 2018 from the Department Chair or Training Director of your graduate program. This letter should also verify the anticipated completion of your Internship or Field Placement at a university counseling service or equivalent clinical experience by August 20th. (Any applicable document for this requirement should be uploaded under “Special Required Documentation” as one document.)
- All graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)
- Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references, two of whom must be familiar with the applicant’s clinical work
- A completed Summary of Clinical Hours form (The Summary of Clinical Hours form should be uploaded under “Other.”)
- A BRIEF de-identified clinical writing sample from your most recent clinical placement. This could be an intake report, case summary, or similar piece of clinical writing.
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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