Our training philosophy views Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) as a welcoming and supportive university setting committed to training. The general purpose is to guide budding psychologists to appropriate levels of clinical competence and professional conscience given their level of experience. Our training values learning through observation, mentoring, modeling, didactic training, and supervision.
In support of the mission of the College and the Student Affairs division, CPS is committed to serving and enhancing the holistic well-being of our students as well as educating and consulting with the college community.
We have four Postdoctoral Fellowship positions. The Postdoctoral Fellowships is a nine-and-half month, full-time training program that meets the licensure requirements in Psychology for supervised postdoctoral experience as defined by the California Code of Regulations (section 1387). The Fellow will accrue 1500 hours, working forty to forty-four hours/week working at both the Chalon and Doheny campuses. The salary is $35,000 for 9.5 months and includes health, dental and other benefits. The Fellowship begins August 12, 2020 and ends May 31, 2021.
In regards to postdoctoral training, CPS provides a collegial, supportive, and semi-structured training site. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be setting advanced level professional goals and completing a self-assessment in the beginning and the end of the Fellowship year. The Fellow will be supervised regularly but working with more autonomy than in practica and pre-doctoral training experiences. The level of responsibility will also increase in areas such as pursuing specific areas of interest, modeling ethical and professional behavior, developing a more integrated personal clinical style, coordinating outreach projects, taking initiative on establishing liaison relationships on-campus, handling more complex clinical cases, carrying a larger clinical caseload, becoming better versed at integrating theory, research, and practice, participating in professional organizations, completing special projects, and attending continuing education workshops, and providing trainings.
CPS is committed to working collaboratively with our Fellow to become a more confident, competent generalist psychologist. Areas to be assessed throughout the year to insure adequate competency include -1-clinical knowledge and skill across assessment, conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention, and referral -2-openness to self-examination, -3-multiculturally-congruent assessment, treatment, and outreach, -4- application of CA laws and APA ethical guidelines, -5- clinical work informed by empirical research, and -6- development of a stronger professional identity. By the end of the year, the Fellow should be ready to contribute their knowledge and skills as an entry-level staff member in various settings.
The Fellow provides a range of services to both undergraduate and graduate students. Common student concerns addressed by our staff include depression, anxiety, academic performance, family and romantic relationships, eating disorders, substance abuse, adjustment disorders, intergenerational conflict and low self-esteem.
The majority of the Fellow’s time at CPS is devoted to providing direct clinical service. Fifty to sixty percent of the time each week is devoted to counseling clients in short-term therapy and crisis intervention. The Fellow can carry two long-term clients in her/his caseload, one on each campus.
The Postdoctoral Fellow has opportunities to consult with the Mount Saint Mary’s University community, such as parents, staff and faculty. As a result, the Fellow will gain increased competence in providing culturally-sensitive education and guidance. The main purpose is to help the community assist our students in removing obstacles and optimizing holistic development.
Outreach is considered a key component of our work at the Mount. The purpose is to reach the underserved and provide psycho-educational prevention programs that will increase the well-being of our community. Outreach opportunities are numerous at CPS. Each year, we receive requests from different departments, such as the Orientation Committee, Learning Resource Center, Residence Life, Women’s Leadership, Student Activities, and professors. Fellows will develop formal and/or informal liaison relationships with other departments and learn to develop culturally-appropriate prevention programs. Some programs are collaborative efforts, such as Take Back the Night, which is an annual sexual assault prevention program. Other programs, such as National Depression Screening Day, are sponsored solely by CPS. The diverse outreach opportunities provide the Fellow with a better understanding of the campus community and the development of a broader range of skills.
The Fellow attends didactic trainings regularly on clinical topics relevant to our young adult college population. A sample of past topics includes Latino Psychology and Clinical Implications, Updates on Psychopharmacology, Evidence-Based Treatments, and Crisis Intervention. Speakers include CPS staff as well as community psychologists. Relevant readings are provided.
The Fellow receives, at minimum, four hours of supervision each week, 3 hours of individual supervision and 1.5 hour of group supervision by licensed clinical psychologists. The Fellow works with different supervisors which enhances the training experience. Staff also meets weekly for an hour for case conference.