Postdoctoral Fellowship

The University of California at Santa Cruz announces the availability of four postdoctoral fellowship positions in Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) for the 2017–2018 academic year. These 12-month full-time positions provide brief individual and group therapy, assessment, crisis intervention, case management, and outreach and consultation services to a diverse university student population. The fellowship begins August 25, 2017 and will end August 24, 2018. Salary range is $40,000–$47,476, with benefits.

There are three emphasis areas for the postdoctoral fellowship positions:

General Emphasis: Job #1606887: CAPS is offering two (2) positions. Postdoctoral fellow will conduct brief individual therapy, crisis intervention, case management, group therapy, and primary prevention and outreach for university students. Candidates interested in the General Emphasis position may also apply separately for the Outreach Emphasis position.

Outreach Emphasis: Job #1606888: CAPS is offering one (1) position. The Outreach Emphasis postdoc has a special focus in primary prevention and outreach, and developing, coordinating, and implementing outreach programs to the campus community.

Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Emphasis: Job #1606889 CAPS if offering one (1) position.  The AOD Emphasis postdoc has a special focus on working with the UCSC Collegiate Recovery community providing clinical services, outreach, and education to students experiencing and recovering from substance abuse problems. 

A separate application must be submitted to be considered for all the postdoc positions, including the General, Outreach, and AOD Emphasis postdoctoral positions.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of licensed psychologists, the postdoctoral fellows will conduct brief individual and group therapy, assessment, crisis intervention and case management for university students and provide outreach and consultation services for university students within the community psychology model of CAPS. In addition, the postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to conduct brief ADHD screenings for students. Fellows will attend regularly scheduled staff meetings, clinical case conferences, and individual and group supervision. In addition, fellows are encouraged to develop areas of additional specialization.

Major Duties and Tasks—General Emphasis (2 positions)

Clinical Duties: 65%

  • Brief individual therapy to a diverse student population
  • Crisis intervention, case management, and referral
  • ADHD testing
  • Group therapy
  • Phone triage

Administrative Duties: 35%

  • Maintain clinical documentation in accordance with legal and ethical standards
  • Provide outreach and educational programs to campus community as needed
  • Participate in clinical staff meetings and committee work
  • Receive training and supervision in accordance with state licensure regulations

Major Duties and Tasks—Outreach Emphasis (1 position)

Clinical Duties: 50%

  • Brief individual therapy to a diverse student population
  • Crisis intervention, case management, and referral
  • ADHD testing
  • Group therapy
  • Phone triage

Primary Prevention and Outreach Duties: 25%

  • Develop and implement outreach and educational programs to the campus community
  • Collaborate and coordinate with CAPS staff on new and existing primary prevention and educational efforts

Administrative Duties: 25%

  • Maintain clinical documentation in accordance with legal and ethical standards
  • Participate in clinical staff meetings and committee work
  • Receive training and supervision in accordance with state licensure regulations

Major Duties and Tasks—Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Emphasis (1 position)

Clinical Duties: 50%

    • Brief individual therapy to a diverse student population, including students with AOD-related concerns
    • Crisis intervention, case management, and referral
    • ADHD testing
    • Group therapy
    • Phone triage

Primary Prevention and Outreach Duties: 25%

    • Develop and implement outreach and educational programs for the UCSC Collegiate Recovery Program
    • Work collaboratively with campus partners and student groups involved in the UCSC Collegiate Recovery Program 

Administrative Duties: 25%

  • Maintain clinical documentation in accordance with legal and ethical standards
  • Participate in clinical staff meetings and committee work
  • Receive training and supervision in accordance with state licensure regulations

Required Qualification of Candidates

Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree in an APA-accredited Counseling or Clinical Psychology including an APA-accredited doctoral internship by the start date of the fellowship. Completion of the dissertation and the doctorate degree is required prior to beginning of the postdoctoral fellowship. Applicants must possess skills and experience in providing brief individual and group therapy to a diverse college student population and experience providing outreach and consultation services. Applicants should have an interest and knowledge of the developmental tasks facing college students and interest in working with diverse university students.

Stipend and Benefits

The postdoctoral fellowship positions carry a stipend of $40,000–$47,476 for the 12-month appointments. Fellows are also given university health and life insurance, paid university holidays, and two weeks of leave in accordance with University policies.

What Does Counseling & Psychological Services Do?

The mission of Counseling & Psychological Services is to "support UC Santa Cruz students, both undergraduate and graduate, in achieving their personal and educational goals by providing a broad range of counseling, consultation, psychiatry, and outreach services and programs to the campus community." The professional staff of CAPS provides brief individual and couples therapy, psychiatric evaluation and medication management, intake assessment, risk assessment and crisis intervention, group therapy, consultation, and outreach to the University community. CAPS also provides high-quality training and supervision to psychology interns in our APA-accredited Doctoral Internship Program in Health Service Psychology and training and supervision for postdoctoral fellows.

Structure

Counseling & Psychological Services operates within a decentralized structure here at UC Santa Cruz. CAPS has a central office which is located at the Student Health Center, East Wing, where we provide appointment scheduling, crisis services, individual therapy, group therapy, and outreach programs. We hold all of our staff meetings, clinical case conferences, and training seminars here as well. Some CAPS staff are housed in our central office (doctoral interns, CAPS administration, psychiatry staff, and case managers), while the other psychologists, psychotherapists, and postdoctoral fellows have offices in the residential colleges, Family Student Housing, and other satellite locations around campus. This hybrid centralized/decentralized structure allows us to provide the traditional clinical services as well as maintain our community psychology model with an emphasis on primary prevention and consultation regarding mental health issues in the campus community. CAPS is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

Application Procedures

To apply, please visit our Staff Human Resources Web site at https://jobs.ucsc.edu to obtain the specific job posting for the postdoctoral fellowship positions, the online application form, and instructions. You must apply separately for each postdoctoral emphasis position online; the General Emphasis fellowship can be applied for under Job #1606887, while the Outreach Emphasis fellowship can be applied for under Job #1606888, and the AOD Emphasis fellowship can be applied for under Job #1606889.

For full consideration, ALL applications must include:

  • Curriculum vitae, including anticipated date of graduation.
  • Letter of interest outlining your interest and experience providing brief therapy, crisis intervention, and outreach programming to a diverse university students, as well as your specific interests in our program.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors. The letters of recommendation must be addressed to Maryjan Murphy, Ph.D., Senior Associate Director, Counseling & Psychological Services, and must be scanned and submitted with your online application.

*ATTENTION: To guarantee that your materials will be reviewed, your complete application and all letters of recommendation MUST BE RECEIVED by the initial review date of January 5, 2017.

  • Applicants will be notified by late January 2017 of their application status. Phone interviews will take place the first two weeks in February.
  • We will make offers to candidates on February 27, 2017, at 7 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Once an informal offer is made to a candidate, the candidate may proceed with one of the following actions: accept the offer, decline the offer, or hold the offer for 30 minutes.  If the position is held, it is considered frozen and cannot be offered to any other candidate during that time period.  After 30 minutes, the candidate must either accept or decline the offer; otherwise the offer is no longer valid.  Given this time frame, it is very important for candidates to thoughtfully consider whether or not you want a postdoctoral fellowship in Counseling & Psychological Services at UC Santa Cruz for the 2017–2018 academic year.  Once the informal offer is made and accepted, central HR will provide a formal job offer to candidates on the completion of the required pre-hire criminal history background check and employment paperwork.
  • The candidate may call Maryjan Murphy Ph.D., Senior Associate Director, 1 hour after notification to inquire about your status in the process. We will notify all candidates once our positions have been filled.

Questions About Application or Fellowship

  • Questions about the application procedure should be directed to Deb Hall, CAPS office manager, at debhall@ucsc.edu or 831-459-2629.
  • Questions about the postdoctoral fellowship should be directed to MaryJan Murphy Ph.D., Senior Associate Director at mjmurphy@ucsc.edu or 831-459-2120.