Loyola University Maryland

Counseling Center

Counseling Center Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

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Please check back in January 9, 2015 for updates about next year’s program

 

This Fellowship provides recent graduates of counseling/clinical psychology doctoral programs with superior training and supervision to become professional, ethically aware, multiculturally competent psychologists. The training program is designed to enhance existing clinical assessment and therapeutic skills needed to address the mental health and developmental issues of the contemporary college student.

Administrative Apprenticeship

Consistent with our developmental and mentoring training philosophies, Fellows will be recognized as developing professionals and colleagues looking to deepen and focus their skills. As such, Fellows will be given the opportunity to choose an area of specialization among three functional areas of the Counseling Center. These areas are: Cultural Alliance Steering Committee, Public Health, and Research.  Fellows will serve as an apprentice to a senior staff person who manages this function, for concentrated learning in the administrative responsibilities of the chosen area. Fellows also select a project to implement that captures their understanding of this area's function and improves it in some way.  Fellows will therefore complete the year with both enhanced skills in providing college counseling services, but also be more knowledgeable about managing at least one major focus area within a college counseling center.

Clinical Service and Consultation

Fellows will spend most of their time providing individual and group counseling and psychotherapy to students with a wide range of psycho-social and emotional issues. Fellows will provide three hours of initial assessment appointments. This assessment process will provide the Fellows with specialized skills of clarifying the presenting problems, evaluating the appropriateness of treatment within a college counseling center setting, and referring to other campus services and/or to the off-campus community. Each professional staff member is responsible for clinical crisis intervention coverage. Fellows will provide the same daytime and after hours crisis intervention coverage, under supervision. Fellows will also engage in consultation with off campus sites, as well as with students, faculty, staff, and parents.

The Counseling Center also provides group counseling. Groups may be general psychotherapy, theme-oriented, or structured. Groups are held at the Center and at other locations on campus, depending upon the type of group and space needs. Fellows will be expected to serve as co-facilitators in the groups already being offered, or work with staff to develop additional groups in accordance with their individual interests and skills, and Center needs.

Public Health Initiatives and Outreach

Community-based engagement and prevention efforts are an integral component of the Counseling Center's developmental and educational mission at Loyola. In addition to traditional outreach activities, the Center staff has been developing a public health approach to more actively engage the University community, using some innovative techniques. Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research of prevention efforts. This approach allows for a continuum of services that focus on the entire population and complements our more individual and group-based clinical services.

Early efforts have included an assessment of the extent of mental health needs in the community, developing a deeper awareness of how the University perceives the Center, and identifying practices at other institutions that promote healthy growth. The public health approach can help to overcome any perceived divisions between those in need of support and support providers. Recent public health efforts have included an anti-stigma campaign that encourages individuals to seek help for themselves or for others about who they are concerned, a healthy relationships campaign, and resiliency week initiatives.  Our public health efforts incorporate the use of media, creative marketing strategies, social networking websites, and other technology to help us most effectively connect with our current generation of students.

Preventive services provide primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention to students, parents, faculty, and staff that raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, risk factors for suicide, and mental health services available at Loyola University Maryland and in the local community. Our preventive services efforts concentrate on creatively increasing mental health promotion and suicide prevention utilizing contemporary modes of reaching students.  Fellows will engage with Center staff in the development of programs and resources for students, parents, faculty, and staff.

More traditional activities including educational and training programs are also offered to the Loyola community, including various student groups, Student Life staff, Campus Police, and other administrators. The Counseling Center staff develops, implements, and evaluates outreach activities aimed at personal growth, teaching important skills, and fostering a sense of community amongst the participants. Examples of such endeavors include: facilitating first year student orientation groups; self-care workshops such as relaxation and stress reduction; and participation in campus retreats. Active liaison relationships exist between the Counseling Center and many departments across the campus.

Fellows are actively involved in public health, preventive services, and traditional outreach efforts. Fellows will be given a chance to observe professional staff doing outreach at the start of their year, then co-facilitate and do solo outreach programs. Fellows participate in our Public Health Team Meetings, which meet every other week to develop our public health approach to community engagement around current issues.

Research

A significant percentage of counseling center psychologists are asked to conduct research related to process, outcome, or accountability during their career. As a result, Fellows would be invited to participate in new and/or on-going research projects relevant to the Counseling Center’s work and mission. Fellows will have access to office and campus computers, as well as the University's library and research support services.

Cultural Alliance Steering Committee

Our Counseling Center staff attempts to build on and live out Loyola’s value for diversity within and between us. Our role draws us into various connections across campus where we train, mentor, collaborate, and consult with different offices and student groups in ways that will encourage the full expression of human diversity. Some of this work involves intentionally making our counseling services more accessible to students who are part of underrepresented identity and cultural groups who do not traditionally come for counseling, around dimensions such as gender, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or ability status. Some of this work involves consultation with offices and organizations that provide support for these students, to help them identify ways our skills could serve them in their work with students, as well as using their insights to improve our ability to connect with these students.  This could also involve providing particularly relevant outreach experiences for underserved student groups.  Public health campaigns are made more powerful and effective when we include messages and liaisons that speak to various populations.

The Cultural Alliance Steering Committee consists of a small group of staff members who meet regularly to discuss consultations and apparent trends that warrant further attention from our Center.  This Committee then regularly updates the full staff on this information, suggests ways to address issues, elicits staff-wide discussion for exploration, and tracks the Center's service provision to underserved groups.

All Fellows will engage in this work as a part of the Center staff.  Fellows who choose to apprentice in this area will participate in the Committee to identify relevant ways to continue this work through: connecting with African, Latina/o, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) student organizations, collaboration with the multicultural ALANA Services office, connecting with GLBTQ students through collaboration with Spectrum, the student organization for gender and sexual minorities and allies; collaborating with various offices, organizations, and committees on gender-based concerns, such as the Women's Center and student Take Back the Night organization; working with Disabilities Support Services; or connecting with student organizations involved in making Loyola a more welcoming and affirming community for all people.

Professional Training and Development

Supervision

Each Fellow  will receive various types of individual and group supervision for the range of activities and services they provide, which will be logged to document hours as required by state licensing boards.  This supervision includes one hour of weekly, face-to-face, individual supervision by Maryland licensed psychologists to cover the Fellow's individual clients, initial assessments, crisis duty, and general professional development.  In addition to this supervision, Fellows who co-facilitate group therapy will receive one hour of weekly, face-to-face, individual supervision about group work from the senior staff co-facilitator.  For after-hours rotations, Fellows will be supervised by an Associate Director who provides consultation and backup for crisis management.  Fellows receive apprenticeship supervision from the senior staff member with whom they are apprenticing to review the functional area and discuss the Fellow's observations and experience.  The frequency of these meetings varies according to mutual needs of staff and Fellow.  Fellows also receive administrative supervision at the beginning, middle, and end of the year from the Fellowship Training Coordinator to create and review training and professional goals, as well as provide feedback about the Program.  Clinical Team Meetings and staff Case Conferences also serve as two hours of weekly group supervision for Fellows as clinical treatment, case management and conceptualization are discussed in these meetings. All supervision will be designed to support and enhance the Fellow’s professional progress throughout that year.

Seminars

Postdoctoral Fellows will participate in four year-long seminars facilitated by senior staff members.

Advanced Clinical Seminar is a one-hour seminar that meets every other week for an in-depth exploration of complex clinical cases and diagnoses. It provides Fellows with broader exposure to clinical work than we may see working in a brief psychotherapy setting. 

Identity Exploration Seminar is a one and a half hour, weekly seminar that joins Fellows with other Loyola administrators to engage in discussion and exploration of how our awareness about, understanding of, and comfort with our various and intersecting identities impacts us personally and professionally. We explore world view, power and oppression, and the identity dimensions of gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, spirituality/religion, and their natural intersections.

Public Health Seminar is a year-long seminar meeting every other week to learn what goes into developing a successful public health campaign for a university campus community. Fellows will get experience with what community assessments, collaboration, and center-wide planning is involved in these projects.

Professional Development Seminar is a one-hour seminar that meets weekly and explores issues such as career discernment, job seeking, and the developmental journey of being a Postdoctoral Fellow.  It helps Fellows obtain information, support, and perspective on intentionally developing their professional identity.

Clinical Team Meetings

Each Fellow will join one of the two Clinical Teams that meet for one hour weekly, prior to staff meetings.  Our staff psychologists are divided into the two teams that remain consistent throughout the year, and are joined alternately by the staff psychiatrist, when the schedule permits.  Teams review all new clients, emergencies, and clinical consultations seen during the previous week, and make recommendations about how to proceed.  Teams are also available for case consultation with on-going clients or clinical situations that are requiring more management to reach resolution. 

Case Conference Meetings  

Fellows and senior staff will participate in a weekly, one hour case conference meeting. Case conferences provide time for senior staff and Fellows to present individual and group client cases or clinical topics for discussion. As part of our on-going commitment to acknowledging the influence of cultural dimensions in our lives and in our clinical work, each presentation will include a discussion of identity as it might impact the client’s issues and/or our work with the client.

Professional Development Meetings

Fellows and senior staff will participate in professional development meetings. These meetings will consist of two types. Three times each semester, senior staff and Fellows will participate in 2-3-hour Cultural Issues Discussions. Participants engage in an in-depth examination of some aspect of cultural identity as it relates to our work as clinicians, supervisors, consultants, teachers, and advocates for the Loyola community. Secondly, senior clinicians from the Baltimore community and beyond are periodically invited to present workshops or lectures on clinically relevant topics of expertise. These meetings might be one hour or a full day, depending on the topic and needs of the staff.

ADMINISTRATION

Staff Meetings

Fellows will be expected to attend two weekly, one hour staff meetings. These meetings consist of disposition of new cases, information about important campus-wide issues, outreach scheduling, emergency consultations, clinical group status, and general Counseling Center business.

Case Management

Fellows will be expected to set aside adequate time to do case notes, initial assessment summaries, termination summaries, watch session DVDs, and prepare for supervision. Fellows will consult with their clinical supervisors about the appropriate amount of time needed to do this.

BENEFITS

The Fellowship program is a 12-month, full-time position, with a salary of $40,234. The position is classified as an Administrator within the Loyola University Maryland system. Therefore, Fellows receive all benefits that are provided to Administrators at the University, with the exception of benefits that require employment of longer than one year.

We invite you to review this information on the human resources website. The University provides all employees with about 14 paid holidays per year. As Administrators, Fellows receive paid sick and vacation leave. Fellows get an allowance from the Counseling Center budget to support them in attending off-campus professional development conferences. Fellows are also eligible to enroll in the University’s professional full-time employee health and dental insurance plans.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must have successfully completed a pre-doctoral internship at a college counseling center, as well as all requirements for a doctorate in clinical/counseling psychology from an APA-approved academic program by the end of 2014. Preferred qualifications -- completion of doctoral degree by the start date of August 16, 2014. 

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Please check back in January 9, 2015 for information on application procedures for next year’s program.

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