Loyola University Maryland

Counseling Center

Counseling Center Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

NOTE: The Loyola University Maryland Counseling Center Postdoctoral Fellowship will not be accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please return to our site in the Fall of 2020 for updates for the following application year. Thank you!

 

This Fellowship provides recent graduates of counseling/clinical psychology doctoral programs with superior training and supervision to become professional, ethically aware, multi-culturally 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 Specialization

Fellows will be recognized as developing professionals and colleagues looking to deepen and focus their skills, which is consistent with our developmental and mentoring training philosophies. Thus, Fellows will be given the opportunity to develop a specialization within a major service area in the Counseling Center with guidance, supervision, and mentoring from a primary staff member who specializes within that scope of service (e.g., social justice, public health/outreach, and research). The aim is for Fellows to learn to take an administrative lead in addressing the needs of counseling services as well as the overall university student population. Developed activities and projects may occur within or outside of the Center as a result. Consultation, program development, needs assessment, and evaluation are commonly acquired competencies.

Opportunities vary by needs of the Center, Fellow, and staff availability.  Previous examples of specializations are: creating a liaison partnership with International Student Services; providing consultation services with Take Back the Night and the Women’s Center;  conducting needs assessment with student athletes and the Athletics Department; providing data driven programming with students of Chicano, Hispanic, or Latino/a heritage; developing affinity spaces for LGBTQIA students of color.

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 initial assessments allowing continued development of specialized skills such as 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 hour 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 process-oriented, theme-oriented, or structured, and some groups are affinity spaces. Groups are held at the Center and at other locations on campus, depending upon the type of group and space needed. Fellows will be expected to serve as co-facilitators in some of the groups already being offered, or work with another staff member 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 developed 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.

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 suicide prevention, body pride, diversity and psychological flexibility. 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. Fellows will engage with Center staff in the development of programs and resources for students, parents, faculty, and staff.

The Counseling Center staff develops, implements, and evaluates outreach activities aimed at promoting personal growth, teaching important skills, and fostering a sense of community amongst the participants. Some of these activities include working with student groups or active liaison relationships with many departments across campus. Examples of such endeavors include: facilitating first year student orientation groups; self-care workshops such as relaxation and stress reduction with Messina classes; participation in campus retreats; and attending and/or leading Sister-to-Sister and Man-to-Man sessions with ALANA Services. Fellows are actively involved in public health, preventive services, and traditional outreach efforts, and participate in our Public Health Team Meetings, which meet regularly to develop our public health approach to community engagement around current issues. 

Research

A significant percentage of psychologists are asked to conduct research related to process, outcome, or accountability during their career. Hence, Fellows are invited to participate in new and/or on-going research projects relevant to the Counseling Center’s work and mission. Past examples include conducting campus climate qualitative and quantitative research, evaluating the Center's clinical services data for underrepresented groups, and analyzing data for our RIO Mindfulness workshops. Fellows will have access the University's library and research support services.

Social Justice Work

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 identity, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, social class or ability status. Some of this work involves consultation with offices and organizations that provide support for these students as well as using their insights to improve our ability to connect with these students. This could also involve providing particularly relevant outreach and public health campaigns representative of the experiences for under-served student groups.

The Social Justice 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 provides leadership for the full staff on issues of social justice, eliciting ongoing awareness and exploration, and tracks the Center’s service provision to under-served groups.

All Fellows will engage in this work as a part of the Center staff.  Through participation in the Committee, Fellows have been able to identify relevant ways to continue social justice work such as: collaborating with ALANA (African, Latina/o, and Native American) Services and its student organizations; connecting with LGBTQ students through collaboration with Spectrum (i.e., the student organization for gender and sexual minorities and allies); consulting with entities on campus for gender-based concerns, such as the Women's Center and Take Back the Night student organization; and working with Disabilities Support Services.

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 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 weekly, face-to-face, individual supervision about group work from the senior staff co-facilitator. For after-hours rotations, Fellows will be supervised by senior staff 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. Fellows also receive administrative supervision from the Assistant Director for Training 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.

Postdoctoral Fellow Seminar

Fellows will engage in a seminar that meets regularly and consists of three meetings each month. One meeting will focus on professional development for Fellows to explore issues such as career discernment, job seeking, and the developmental journey of being a Postdoctoral Fellow. The aim is to help Fellows obtain information, support, and perspective on developing their professional identity. Another meeting will combine didactics and dialogue education to expose Fellows to common presenting issues and trending topics in higher education that will inform their clinical work with university populations. Examples are the following: counter-transference, addressing spirituality and religion in counseling, crisis intervention and debriefing, responding to social injustice, grief and loss, gender identity, and personality disorders.  Both meetings may be presented by Counseling Center staff, administrators on campus within our Student Development Division, as well as other professionals with knowledge in various areas. One meeting will be reserved for Fellows to meet with the Assistant Director for Training for administrative supervision, debriefing, and support. 

Multicultural 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 cases or clinical topics for discussion. As part of our ongoing 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 our work with clients.

Professional Development Meetings

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.

Cultural Reflection Seminars and Cultural Journals

Along with full-time clinicians, Fellows will participate in Cultural Reflections in interview process aimed at increasing self-awareness and clinical skills directly addressing cultural identities. This process is adapted from The Racial Cultural Counseling Competence (RCCC) training model developed by Robert T. Carter (Carter, 2003). Each semester staff explore a cultural reference group (e.g., race, social class, ethnicity, religion, etc.) in order to deepen understanding of ways in which these identities impact our daily interactions, worldview, lived values and work as clinicians. In the course of the year, Fellows will therefore have the opportunity to explore two cultural identities in depth. Fellows will also complete Cultural Journals once a month intended to explore and further develop various identities (e.g., religious, social class, ethnic, gender, racial, etc.) throughout the fellowship year. Each month a written reflection of one of these social group memberships will be submitted and feedback for further exploration is provided. During monthly meetings with the Associate Director, Fellows will reflect on their exploration and deepen the understanding of their written perspective.

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, and prepare for supervision. Fellows will consult with their clinical supervisors about the appropriate amount of time needed to do this.

Clinical Team Meetings

Each Fellow will join the Clinical Team that meets for one hour weekly, prior to staff meetings. The team review all new cases, emergencies, and clinical consultations seen during the previous week, and make recommendations about clinical dispositions. 

Benefits

The Fellowship program is a 12-month, full-time position, with a salary of $48,212.50. 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. The University provides all employees with about 14 paid holidays per year. As Administrators, Fellows receive paid sick and vacation leave. Fellows are also eligible to enroll in the University’s professional full-time employee health and dental insurance plans. We invite you to review this information on the human resources website.

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 2019. Preferred qualifications -- completion of doctoral degree by the start date of August 12, 2019.

Application Procedure

Applications received by January 11, 2019 will receive primary consideration, and application review will continue until the positions are filled. Loyola University Maryland requires background checks for all final candidates. Applicants can submit all application materials electronically through the human resources website portal. A cover letter, graduate transcript, and CV are required in addition to three references who will be asked to complete a letter of recommendation through our HR portal. As you complete your online application, under 'professional references', please list the names and contact information for your three references, and HR will send them an e-mail requesting an electronic letter of recommendation. One reference must be from a current clinical supervisor. In your cover letter, briefly summarize your clinical and outreach experiences, interest in our Fellowship program, and ideas for administrative specialization. Additionally, send official transcripts of all graduate-level degrees to: Selection Committee; Counseling Center, HU 150; Loyola University Maryland; 4501 N. Charles Street; Baltimore, MD 21210. Please contact Dr. Claudette Williamson-Taylor, Assistant Director for Training, at cwtaylor@loyola.edu or 410-617-2273, if you have any questions.