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UCLA Counseling and Psychological Center

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UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers two postdoctoral fellowship positions in health service psychology for psychologists who have completed their doctoral training and internship in APA-accredited programs.

Important Dates:

Fellowship start date: First business day of August yearly

Application deadline: Friday, January 8, 2021

Finalists invited to interview will be contacted by: January 22, 2021

This 12-month full-time Fellowship provides advanced clinical training and supervision with a focus on brief empirically-supported therapies with undergraduate and graduate students in a multidisciplinary, multicultural university counseling center. The Fellowship begins the first business day of August yearly and ends the last business day of July yearly.

UCLA CAPS is a vibrant and highly utilized counseling service, situated centrally between the residence halls and the Student Union and adjacent to Pauley Pavilion, the Wooden Recreation Center and the Ashe Student Health Center. UCLA's student population numbers more than 45,000, is considerably diverse along almost every dimension and reflects a remarkable array of ethnic, socio-cultural and religious backgrounds. Clients present with a broad range of psychological and psychiatric problems, from developmental issues typical of college age individuals to debilitating conditions requiring psychiatric hospitalization. Last year direct clinical services were provided to over 7,000 UCLA students and outreach services to more than three times that number, providing an unusually rich opportunity to work in a variety of modalities with a large and diverse population.

General Fellowship Information

Fellows’ responsibilities include intake assessment, crisis intervention, individual and group psychotherapy, triage assessment and consultation, ADHD diagnostic assessment and treatment, supervision of other trainee classes, and workshops and presentations for the campus community. Direct clinical service responsibilities are approximately 20-25 hours weekly. Fellows participate in 4-month long training rotations of triage assessment and consultation and supervision of practicum, social work interns, or doctoral internship trainees.

Average Weekly Hours
ACTIVITY POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW
Brief Screen Rotation Supervision Rotation
Clinical Direct Services (BS, intake, follow-up, group) 22 20
Providing Supervision 0 2
Office/Admin (case management) 9 9
Individual Supervision 2 2
Group Supervision 2 2
Assessment Supervision 1 1
Brief Screen Supervision 1 0
Supervision of Supervision 0 1
Seminar 1 1
Outreach/Prevention 1 1
Staff Activities (Meetings) 1 1
Total 40 40

Fellows are expected to develop expertise in a specialty area, with specific clinical, administrative, and prevention-orientated contributions. Specialty areas include (but are not limited to):

- Eating Disorders, LGBT populations, international and other underrepresented racial/ethnic populations, student resilience and wellness promotion/prevention programming), sexual trauma.

Treatment modalities featured at CAPS include: Unified Protocol for Emotional Disorders; CBT (including exposure interventions); mindfulness-based interventions; dialectical behavior therapy based intervention; ACT; integrative psychotherapy; and brief psychodynamic therapy.

Fellows participate in a minimum of four hours weekly supervision, consisting of the following:

- Two hours of individual supervision

- Two hours of group supervision

- Two or more additional hours related to group treatment, prevention and outreach activities, and other direct service activities.

To support professional development in counseling center administrative responsibilities, fellows are encouraged to participate in departmental committees, employment and training selection processes, coordinate a monthly staff Brown Bag training series, and participate in staff professional development activities. Fellows also participate in a campus grand rounds and a twice monthly seminar to support professional development.

For purposes of licensure, it is expected that Fellows will accrue over 1,700 hours of supervised professional experience by the completion of the training year. This number is an estimate and depends on the fellows' schedule and activities.

Required Qualifications

Without exception, applicants must have completed an APA-accredited internship and possess a doctoral degree in counseling or clinical psychology from an APA-accredited graduate program by the start date of the Fellowship. Unfortunately we are not able to entertain applications from candidates who will not have graduated by the day before fellowship starts and/or did not attend APA-accredited doctoral programs and internships.

Demonstrated interest and experience working with diverse multicultural college student populations and established experience and clinical competency with brief psychotherapies are required. Fellows must also demonstrate considerable experience in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, risk assessment, and the integration of emotional regulation skills and distress tolerance into general clinical practice.

Pursuant to University of California policies, this Fellowship requires a satisfactory completion of a background investigation (i.e. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice fingerprint scans) prior to the start of the UCLA CAPS Fellowship. The investigation is conducted following an offer of acceptance into the Fellowship program, and final acceptance into the UCLA CAPS Fellowship is contingent upon the results of this background investigation.

Benefits & Compensation

The Fellowship includes medical benefits, accrued vacation and sick days. The stipend for the 2021-2022 training year is $50,000.

Application Procedures, Interviews, and Notification Dates

Our Postdoctoral Fellowship Program follows the guidelines set forth by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Center (APPIC). Postdoctoral selection guidelines can be found at the APPIC website.

Our Postdoctoral Fellowship Program uses the APPA CAS (APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application - Centralized Application System). Applicants should complete and submit the APPA CAS application.

The specific application requirements for the UCLA CAPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program are indicated below as well as within the APPA CAS system. The following must be submitted through the APPA CAS system by January 8, 2021:

  • A cover letter indicating your specific interest in the UCLA CAPS Fellowship
  • An updated curriculum vita, including the anticipated date of your graduation
  • Three letters of recommendation from sources familiar with your clinical skills and academic background. One of these must be from your APA-approved internship site Director of Training.
  • A letter (statement) from your dissertation Chair stating your anticipated defense date.

* If applying through the APPA-CAS system presents financial hardship, please contact Tanya Brown, PhD (tbrown@caps.ucla.edu) for an alternative application procedure.

Please contact Tanya Brown, PhD, Training Director by e-mail ( training@caps.ucla.edu ) or telephone (310-825-0768) if you have further questions.