Postdoctoral Clinical Trainee Positions

The University of California at Santa Cruz announces the availability of four postdoctoral clinical trainee positions in Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) for the 2020-2021 academic year. These 12-month full-time positions provide brief individual and group therapy, assessment, crisis intervention, case management, consultation, and primary prevention and outreach for a diverse university student population. The salary is $48,900 annually with benefits. Start date for the appointment is late August. There are two separate tracks for postdoctoral clinical trainee positions. Qualified applicants can apply for any or all of the following tracks:

  1. General Track (3 positions): Focus on general clinical service delivery
  2. Trauma Focus Track (1 position): Focus on general clinical service delivery with a
    special emphasis on working with students who have experienced interpersonal trauma

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of California licensed psychologists, postdoctoral clinical trainees will conduct brief individual and group therapy, assessment, crisis intervention, case management, consultation, and outreach programs for university students. Postdoctoral clinical trainees will attend regularly scheduled staff meetings, clinical case conferences, and individual and group supervision.  The major duties of the two tracks differ in terms of emphasis and percentage of time conducting the activities.

Major Duties, General Track (3 positions)

Clinical Duties

  • Brief individual therapy to a diverse student population
  • Initial assessments
  • Crisis intervention, case management, and referral
  • Group therapy and primary prevention and outreach as needed

Administrative Duties

  • 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, Trauma Focus Track (1 position)

Clinical Duties

  • Brief individual therapy to a diverse student population, with special focus on working with students who have experienced interpersonal trauma
  • Initial assessments
  • Crisis intervention, case management, and referral
  • Group therapy as needed

Administrative Duties

  • 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

Primary Prevention and Outreach Duties

  • Develop and implement outreach and educational programs on sexual assault and interpersonal trauma
  • Work collaboratively with the Campus Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE) office on campus

Required Qualifications of Candidates

Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree in Counseling or Clinical Psychology from an APA-accredited program and have completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship by the start date of the appointment. Completion of the dissertation and the doctorate degree is required prior to beginning of the start date of the appointment.

Required Qualifications

Qualifications include experience and skills in brief therapy, crisis intervention, and group therapy; experience and skills in mental health outreach and psychoeducation for a college student population; and skills and experience working with a diverse population.

Preferred Qualifications

  • For both tracks: Experience in a university counseling center; demonstrated strong interest and commitment to social justice
  • Trauma Track: Experience and interest in providing services to students who have experienced interpersonal trauma

Stipend and Benefits

The postdoctoral clinical trainee positions carry a salary of $48,900 annually for the 12-month appointments, as well as university medical benefits and paid sick leave and holidays in accordance with University policies and 2 weeks approved leave.

What Does Counseling & Psychological Services Do?

Mission and Services

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 provide brief individual and couples therapy, initial assessments, 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 clinical trainees. CAPS Psychiatry Services provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management.

Structure

Counseling & Psychological Services operates within a centralized/decentralized structure at UC Santa Cruz. CAPS has a central office, which is located in the Student Health Center building, where we provide appointment scheduling, initial assessments, 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. Doctoral interns, CAPS management staff, psychiatry staff, and case managers are located in the CAPS Central office, while the other psychologists, psychotherapists, and postdoctoral clinical trainees have offices in the residential colleges, Family Student Housing, and other satellite locations around campus. This hybrid centralized/decentralized structure allows us to provide 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 Process

To apply for a postdoctoral clinical trainee position:

  • Send a vita, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation electronically to the address below.
  • Indicate track(s) of interest in the cover letter (required).
  • Cover letters and recommendation letters should be addressed to:
    • Maryjan Murphy Ph.D., Senior Associate Director, Counseling & Psychological Services, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Submit all application materials electronically to ucscpostdocapp@ucsc.edu.

*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 15, 2020.

Match Process

  • Applicants will be notified by late January 2020 of their application status. Phone or Zoom interviews will take place the first two weeks of February.
  • We will make offers to candidates on February 24, 2020, 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 they want a postdoctoral clinical trainee position in Counseling & Psychological Services at UC Santa Cruz for the 2020–2021 academic year.  Following the informal offer being 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, one hour after notification to inquire about their status in the process. We will notify all candidates once our positions have been filled.

Questions About Application or Postdoctoral Clinical Trainee Positions

Questions about the postdoctoral clinical trainee positions should be directed to MaryJan Murphy Ph.D., Senior Associate Director at mjmurphy@ucsc.edu or (831) 459-2120.

 

UCSC is an EEO/AA/Vet/Disability/Minority Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration.