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Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services: Post Graduate Fellowship

To apply, please send a letter of interest, CV/Resume, and 3 letters of recommendation to [email protected]

Summary : Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services (ECAPS) offers a
twelve-month, full-time fellowship for recent graduates from clinical social work or counseling mental health programs who are interested in advanced training in a college mental health setting. Fellows can expect to have an intensive, well-supported experience working with a diverse population of young adults who manifest the full spectrum of psychological and psychiatric problems. The position will provide clinical hours and supervision for licensure needed in Massachusetts. The fellowship aims to provide advanced clinical skills and expertise in college mental health.

Program philosophy and description of setting
This fellowship program provides an advanced training experience focused on deepening one’s clinical skills as well as the development of expertise in the challenges prevalent in college mental health today. We are a mid-size, highly utilized counseling service on a campus of approximately 3,800 undergraduate and 625 graduate students. Our students are diverse and talented; they are deeply dedicated to their work in communications and the arts, and tend to be psychologically-minded and open to psychotherapy. In this setting, fellows are actively engaged in the varied roles and functions of our work, which includes evaluation and treatment of both undergraduate and graduate students; crisis and emergency response; group therapy; consultation; and outreach programming.

Program components
Fellows will provide triage and intake assessment, individual psychotherapy, and crisis intervention for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in communications and the arts. Fellows will participate in all aspects of ECAPS’ efforts to support the developmental and psychological growth of students, including the ancillary and consultative work of ECAPS across campus.

Regular training experiences include weekly individual and group supervision (2-3 hours), a biweekly clinical case conference, weekly clinical team meeting and monthly in-service trainings. During the first two weeks of the fellowship, fellows will have concentrated orientation and training in the more unique aspects of college mental health work.

Fellows gain extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of individual clients. ECAPS primarily works within a brief treatment model, but trainees have the opportunity to work with several clients for longer-term treatment. Fellows have the opportunity to co-lead groups; and they participate in the on-call psychological emergency clinician rotation, through which they provide back-up response to psychiatric emergencies and crises among the student population. Fellows also have opportunities to develop consultation/liaison relationships with one or more college departments or organizations and participate in psycho-educational programs, training, and consultation to various campus groups throughout the year.

Our Center’s clinicians utilize a wide range of evidence-based intervention
approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), mindfulness-based interventions, and psychodynamic and relational approaches tailored to the wide array of presenting problems that college students face. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in all facets of our multidisciplinary setting, and contribute to a dynamic, collaborative team.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide individual triage and intake evaluation, short-term psychotherapy, crisis intervention, referrals, and case management to students from diverse backgrounds and and social locations who are in psychological/emotional distress.
  • Provide outreach and programming to the campus community including training of resident assistants,participating in ECAPS events such as Fresh Check Day and the Cirque de De-stress; and developing workshops to address student mental health. Some outreach programs may be scheduled evenings or weekends.
  • Communicate regularly with center staff on clinical and administrative matters and enhance departmental collaboration and quality of care provided to students by attending scheduled clinical team meetings, case conferences, individual and group supervision and peer supervision as assigned.
  • Provide emergency daytime and after hours coverage for students in crisis. Triage needs, consult with involved professionals, college staff, and family or friends when indicated, following all ethical, legal, and clinical standards of confidentiality.
  • Consult to campus faculty and staff regarding concerns about student mental health and well-being.
  • Function as a part of the Division of Student Affairs, interacting with other offices providing student services and activities; attend monthly division-wide meetings to support interdepartmental collaboration and communication.
  • Maintain appropriate clinical records by writing on-going case notes, triage, intake, and termination summaries in accordance with Massachusetts state laws. Other administrative and clinical duties as assigned.

Supervision and Training Components:

  • Weekly individual supervision (2 hours per week) with 2 different staff supervisors; use of process notes/recordings and videotaped sessions to deepen supervision
  • Weekly clinical team meeting
  • Biweekly case conference (staff and trainees present)
  • Monthly in-service on topics related to college mental health
  • Opportunity to facilitate intern seminar (didactic and experiential) and present on areas of expertise and/or research to full staff
  • Intensive two-week orientation at start of training year (includes opportunity to observe staff clinicians conduct triage and intake assessments, training in electronic record-keeping program, attendance at campus events and trainings (New student orientation program, RA training, among other), and thorough orientation to all aspects of work at ECAPS.

Preferred Qualities/Skills:

  • Energetic and enthusiastic learner with strong skills in assessment and clinical intervention
  • Experience conducting brief individual therapy and group psychotherapy
  • Previous training in college mental health and/or community mental health settings
  • Ability to invest in the development of self as therapist and reflect on one’s own life experiences as they impact the clinical work
  • The ability to work closely with colleagues and supervisors in a small space (strong interpersonal skills and flexibility)
  • Ability to jump in quickly with a moderately high-risk, therapy-savvy client population (with appropriate supervision and consultation)
  • Crisis intervention experience
  • Interest in exploring a range of treatment modalities and approaches
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to complete paperwork in a clear and time-efficient manner

To apply, please send a letter of interest, CV/Resume, and 3 letters of recommendation to [email protected]