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CAPS Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Service Psychology (2025-2026)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a full-time twelve-month postdoctoral fellowship designed to provide high-quality training in the multiple functions carried out within a major university counseling center. Intensively supervised experiences are offered in both Primary and Secondary Emphasis areas. Professional development is fostered within the context of a service-delivery system, which has a long-standing tradition of dedication to excellence in training.

For the 2025-2026 academic year, CAPS may offer one to two post-doctoral generalist positions. Duties include individual and group psychotherapy, initial consultations and triage, outreach and consultation, and urgent assessment, follow-up, and stabilization. These are supervised experiences with the goals of advancing clinical skills and accruing supervised clinical hours for licensure as a psychologist.

Philosophy and Goals

By tradition and emphasis, we are an agency in which excellence in training is held in high regard. Within that context, our program rests on this basic premise: we are committed to the promotion of professional excellence and personal maturity in an atmosphere of humanistic concern and respect.

This commitment underlies the overarching aim of our post-doctoral program: the training not only of clinicians who are developing areas of expertise, but of "generalists"-highly competent and versatile professionals, who keep abreast of changes in the field and who use this information to inform their clinical practice. The objective of the post-doc program which relates to this goal is to train psychologists, whose developing expertise extends to a variety of Primary Emphasis clinical domains, including individual and group psychotherapy, triage, urgent evaluation/follow-up/stabilization, multicultural counseling, supervision of trainees when trainees are available, and collaboration with other disciplines.

As a part of our overarching goal, we provide post-docs with the opportunity to choose and develop a Secondary Emphasis that allows for the development of competence in a specified area and fits within the scope of our agency. Potential Secondary Emphasis areas include:

  • Administration (e.g., Training)
  • Advanced Assessment
  • Consultation/Liaison/outreach
  • Couples Therapy
  • Research in Applied Settings
  • Specific areas of clinical competence (e.g., body image/eating disorders, sexual assault/relationship violence)

Post-docs are welcome to work with the Associate Director, Training to develop a Secondary Emphasis not listed.

An additional goal of our program is the development of professionalism. As part of this development, post-docs will build upon their learning and abilities to engage in a process of self-evaluation of their work and its effectiveness. This is achieved through supervision, participation in the Psychotherapy Seminar, and collaborative work with other professionals. Three major objectives which follow from this goal are: a strong emphasis on enhancing the post-doc's internal sense of ethical responsibility (conformity to accepted professional standards of conduct), social responsibility (sensitivity to the full range of human differences), and personal responsibility (awareness of self and one's personal impact in professional interactions).

In pursuit of the objective of ethical responsibility, post-docs are expected not only to know and understand the ethical principles, laws, and other professional practice guidelines, which guide our profession, but also to demonstrate an ability to apply them. Post-docs are expected to embrace a process of thoughtful ethical decision making and are aided in this process by their supervisors, as well as through initial ethical and legal issues training which takes place during Fall Orientation, as well as through intentional and supportive case evaluations and conversations during supervision. Emergent ethical and legal issues of concern are also discussed in the Professional Development Seminar, in staff meetings, and in supervision.

In pursuit of the objective of social responsibility, post-docs are encouraged to embrace and develop an appreciation for the myriad of differences among people and to grow in their multicultural competence and cultural humility in all professional roles. Post-docs are encouraged to have an awareness of and respect for individual differences and to work to understand clients, as well as colleagues, in terms of individual, cultural, and contextual factors. 

In pursuit of the objective of personal responsibility, post-docs are encouraged to develop qualities that will make them effective colleagues and clinicians. These qualities include conscientiousness (e.g., following appropriate procedures, completing work promptly, reliability, etc.), independence (e.g., works independently when appropriate), cooperation (e.g., with supervisors, peers, other professionals, agencies, etc.), attitude (demeanor, maturity, etc.), and personal accountability (e.g., awareness of the impact of one's own personality and personal perspectives in interactions with others).

Our program is designed to implement these goals in the training of post-doctoral fellows in both clinical and counseling psychology. Agency functions, staff education and staff expertise lend themselves to training in these areas. Training opportunities are also enhanced by the diversity of our client population as it relates to the type and severity of presenting concerns, varied demographic factors, etc.  

Post-doctoral fellows actively participate in all relevant agency services, which provide opportunities not only for carrying out major professional functions but also allow for abundant collaborations with our staff. We view post-doctoral fellows as valued colleagues-in-training.

 

Our Training Program

We provide post-doctoral training and supervision to clinical and counseling psychologists who have successfully completed their doctoral degree requirements. Interest and experience working in a university counseling center are preferred. Our goal is to further the training and development of competent generalists, as well as skilled clinicians, who are developing an area of expertise. Within the context of the Primary Emphasis area, we also aim to provide post-docs with a range of clinical experiences based on areas of interest, potential gaps in training, etc.

As a part of our training program, we value a focus on self-examination. Post-docs are invited and expected to share personal reactions and to engage in a process of self-examination throughout the course of their post-doctoral year. This involves growing in one’s ability to provide interpersonal feedback to colleagues, including navigating differing opinions, perspectives, values, beliefs, ideals, as well as resolving challenging interactions (i.e., microaggressions), etc. 

Training Program Overview

Primary Emphases (Required)

  • Triage and Referral via Phone Screening
  • Consultation/Collaboration with Other Services (e.g., psychiatric services, case management services)
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Multicultural Counseling Competence
  • Provision of Supervision (if available)
  • Outreach 
  • Single Session Support and Consultation
  • Urgent evaluation/follow-up/stabilization and mental health consultation

Secondary Emphasis (Post-Docs Choose One Area of Emphasis)

  • Administration (e.g., Training)
  • Advanced Assessment
  • Consultation/Liaison
  • Couples Therapy
  • Specific Areas of Clinical Competence (e.g., body image/eating disorders, sexual assault/relationship violence)
  • Research in Applied Settings

Post-docs are welcome to work with the Associate Director, Training to develop a Secondary Emphasis not listed.

Supplementary Training Experiences

  • Case Consultation (weekly)
  • Committee Participation System Orientation and Best Practices
  • Post-Doc Support Hour (bi-weekly)
  • Professional Development Seminar (bi-weekly)
  • Psychotherapy Seminar (weekly in Fall and Spring)
  • Staff Meeting (weekly)
  • Staff Professional Development

Our supervisory/training structure consists of the Associate Director, Training (who also serves as the Director of the Doctoral Internship Program), Individual Supervisors, and Group Therapy Supervisors. The Associate Director, Training, is responsible for developing training goals, overall program development and implementation, and the coordination and general supervision of post-doctoral activities. The Associate Director maintains a close and active working relationship with post-docs on a regular basis. Supervisors are responsible for monitoring, supervising, and collaborating with the post-docs in each of their specific activities (e.g., individual counseling/psychotherapy, urgent evaluation/follow-up/stabilization, consultation/collaboration activities, etc.). The Associate Director, Training and supervisors meet periodically to discuss post-doc progress. In addition, CAPS has a Training Committee that meets weekly for an hour to discuss training issues more broadly. The Training Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the Associate Director, Training with respect to the externship, doctoral internship and post-doctoral programs.

Post-doctoral fellows are assisted in developing at least a minimal level of proficiency in each of their areas through the training experiences described below. Progress in achieving proficiency is rated on a quarterly basis to be compliant with supervised experience requirements for licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To successfully complete the program, post-docs must be able to perform relevant skills in each area without supervision by the end of the fellowship. This translates to an overall minimum rating of 3 out of 4 on each of their performance evaluations in required areas by the end of the training year.

Primary Emphasis

Clinical/Counseling Interventions

Triage and Referral via Phone Screenings

Post-docs are expected to complete an average of 3 triage appointments each week. Interviewing skills, risk assessment, accurate diagnosis, appropriate referrals for psycho-diagnostic testing, and arranging suitable disposition are all considered by our agency to be necessary skills for initial screenings. These skills are developed in individual psychotherapy supervision as well as through training seminars taught during the orientation period.

Individual Counseling/Psychotherapy

Individual counseling and psychotherapy, prominent functions of our agency, are considered a core part of post-doc training. Post-docs carry a diverse caseload of 10-15 clients per week and receive intensive individual psychotherapy supervision (two hours per week minimum) to support clinical growth in this area. While most clients will be seen within our time-limited (6-9 session) model, there may be opportunities to see 1-2 clients on a long-term basis (e.g., occasional extended counseling for clients where clinical and/or financial need warrant such continued services, including individuals who have experienced sexual/relational violence). Individual psychotherapy supervision may occur with a different supervisor for both six-month time blocks to provide a variety of therapeutic perspectives. However, at times, post-docs may continue with the same supervisor. Post-docs have an opportunity to rank order their preferences for supervisors. Supervision assignments are made by the Associate Director, Training, who takes these preferences into account whenever possible. Throughout the Fall and Spring academic semesters, post-docs participate in a weekly Psychotherapy Seminar to supplement clinical skillset and knowledge. Post-docs also meet weekly with other clinical staff in small groups where they can participate in consultation related to client care. 

Group Counseling/Psychotherapy

Penn State CAPS has one of the largest group therapy programs in the country. Post-doctoral fellows are active participants in this extensive program. Each post-doc will typically co-lead two groups with a senior staff co-leader in both the Fall and Spring academic semesters. Post-docs with significant prior group therapy experience may also become a senior co-leader with an extern trainee as part of the provision of supervision experience. Group assignments will be made by the Group Therapy Coordinator in consultation with the Associate Director, Training. Post-docs have an opportunity to rank order their preferences for groups. Co-leadership of groups forms a substantial component of the training experience. Each post-doc will receive supervision from their senior staff co-leader for each group being conducted or from another supervisor if they are co-leading with an extern. Each semester we typically offer 25+ groups. Post-doctoral fellows may also have the opportunity to develop and co-lead a group that is not currently provided that addresses a clinical need of the center. This opportunity typically occurs during the summer academic semester.

Urgent Evaluation/follow-up/stabilization and Mental Health Consultation

This training experience is a natural next step in building upon the crisis intervention skills developed during one’s doctoral internship. Post-docs will learn to strategically respond to demands for unscheduled CAPS services and will receive advanced training and experience in managing campus needs that require a rapid response. In addition to seeing one routine urgent appointment per week, post-docs will allocate a two-hour block weekly or bi-weekly (Counselor on Duty Coverage) to manage incoming demands for rapid mental health consultation and intervention services. An additional hour per week during the fall (and possibly spring) semester will be dedicated to training and ongoing support provided through group supervision. This Advanced Crisis Seminar provides training in skills that will help post-docs develop a clinical director’s perspective regarding campus coordination in emergent situations and in response to campus tragedies. Post-docs will also rotate with other staff in providing lunch coverage periodically over the course of the year and periodic urgent coverage on Friday afternoons. CAPS urgent evaluation system operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. There is not an after-hours on call requirement.

Single-Session Support and Consultations

CAPS staff offer drop-in consultation (also known as CAPS Chat services) to students for one-time 30-minute appointments to address a variety of concerns about self or others. Post-docs will provide CAPS Chat services for 2 hours weekly or bi-weekly to students. This training experience allows post-docs to gain skills in brief, solution-focused clinical work and to gain familiarity with the wide array of services and organizations that serve students on this large university campus. 

Awareness of Differences/Multicultural Competence

While most of the Post-doctoral Program Emphases represent relatively discrete areas of service delivery, the emphasis in Awareness of Differences/Multicultural Competence cuts across programmatic boundaries. Sensitivity to human differences is a fundamental tenet of our training program and center initiatives. Post-doctoral fellow’s individual psychotherapy caseloads are expected to be diverse as it relates to cultural and identity factors over the course of the training year. Diversity and intersectionality of a client’s identity is discussed within individual supervision and the post-doc may bring case discussions to other training seminars and consultation opportunities as appropriate. Additionally, post-docs will have opportunities to grow in their multicultural competence and cultural humility through participation with fellow staff members in book/podcast clubs (e.g., discussion of a book, show, or podcast surrounding an area of diversity), as well as through engagement in staff professional development trainings. As part of the orientation process, post-docs have the opportunity to meet with campus offices that provide programming for and services to minoritized student populations (e.g., Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, International Student and Scholar Advising). As part of their outreach experience, post-docs may request to provide programming to specific offices, students groups, etc. when such opportunities are available.  A post-doc choosing the Consultation/Liaison/Outreach Secondary Emphasis may work with their emphasis supervisor to develop a liaison relationship and programming specifically tailored to meet the needs of a minoritized student group. Our goal in this emphasis area is for post-docs to grow in their multicultural competence and cultural humility, to utilize supervision to recognize blind spots and hots spots in the work, and to openly approach and address these in supervision for continued clinical growth.  

Consultation/Collaboration with Other Services

Consultation and collaboration with the case managers and psychiatric providers on staff is an important part of the professional experience at CAPS. CAPS’ urgent evaluation system offers unique opportunities to learn when and how to make referrals for psychiatric hospitalization, as well as when to consult regarding severe symptom presentation. Post-docs will routinely consult and collaborate with CAPS case managers to facilitate connection to higher level of care when indicated, as well as to get students connected with mental health services in the student’s home community or locally off campus. Post-docs may also have the opportunity to sit in and observe psychiatric evaluations with clients they refer. The generalist model of professional preparation demands broadly based exposure to a variety of major functions performed by fellow psychologists and licensed providers in other disciplines, to provide a wholistic approach to client care.

Supervision

Post-docs may have an opportunity to supervise one of the Center's externs during the Spring semester if enough extern supervisees are available. Post-docs providing supervision will be provided 1 to 1.5 hours of individual or group supervision on the process of supervision during the Spring semester with the Extern Coordinator and/or the Associate Director, Training.  Externs are advanced doctoral students or Master’s Interns from local graduate programs.

Outreach

All post-docs will be involved in at least three outreach events each semester during their post-doc year and additional events over the summer as needed. Supervision, assistance with workshop design, and debriefing after events will be provided on an as-needed basis by the Assistant Director, Community Education and Outreach.

Secondary Emphasis (Post-docs can select one of the following emphasis options)

During the training year, post-docs will develop an area of emphasis that fits within the scope of our agency. Time allotted for an emphasis area will be 8 hours per week. These areas include but are not limited to the following:

Administration Emphasis

At times, post-docs may choose an administrative emphasis. More recently, postdocs have chosen a Training Administration Emphasis. This may include, but is not limited to: participating in the Training Committee meeting; weekly  supervision with the Associate Director, Training; enhancing extern, intern, post-doc, and staff recruitment; developing forms and/or assessments to monitor supervisee or supervisor performance; engaging in the application and interview process for internship and post-doctoral selections; supporting the Associate Director, Training with tasks related to accreditation; supervising externs in the spring semester (when available); and providing didactic seminar trainings to the externs and/or interns on areas of developing expertise.

Advanced Assessment Emphasis

Post-docs selecting the Advanced Assessment Emphasis will have an opportunity to provide assessments under the supervision of one of the assessment supervisors, as well as engage in specific projects regarding assessment administration. Post-docs selecting the Advanced Assessment Emphasis are expected to have previous exposure to cognitive, achievement and personality testing so that they can build on prior experiences in assessment. Post-docs can choose to focus on a specific area of assessment (e.g., providing personality testing for diagnostic clarity or rule outs).

Consultation/Liaison/Outreach Emphasis

Post-docs who opt to pursue the Consultation/Liaison/Outreach Emphasis will have the opportunity to develop a partnership with another organization, office, or group on campus. These partnerships typically include needs assessment, consultation, and development and participation of outward-facing outreach activities (e.g., workshop series, support groups, co-hosting large-scale events). Tasks related to the emphasis may also include development of print or digital media related to their campus partnership or other topics of interest, engagement in administrative tasks related to improving the effectiveness of outreach within the CAPS system, and generation of other creative methods for addressing a need in the campus community. Weekly supervision will occur with the Assistant Director, Community Education and Outreach. In addition to these tasks, post-docs selecting this emphasis will facilitate at least three formal outreach events each semester (an expectation shared by all clinical staff). Post-docs who are interested in presenting more outreach programs than the number required are always welcome to do so.

Couples Counseling/Therapy Emphasis

Post-docs who select the Couples Counseling/Therapy Emphasis will have a maximum of 2-4 couples included in their individual therapy caseloads. Individual or group supervision for couples work is provided weekly for 60-90 minutes depending on the number of trainees choosing this emphasis. One to two hours of didactic instruction is also provided per week for post-docs to engage in readings, trainings, etc. related to couples therapy.  A 6-hour didactic seminar is provided at the beginning of the fall semester to all post-docs interested in learning more about couples therapy. There may also be an opportunity to co-lead a relationships clinic with a senior staff member. 

Research in Applied Settings Emphasis

CAPS is home to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH), with CAPS' own Brett Scofield, Ph.D. as Executive Director. Postdocs who opt to pursue research as an area of concentration will collaborate with CCMH, which is a practice-research network that comprises over 750 counseling centers, including Penn State. CCMH annually collects data from over 190,000 clients in a standardized aggregate dataset. The research concentration may include but is not limited to: participating in weekly meetings with CCMH's team to discuss research projects, being involved in supervising Doctoral Interns on their Program Evaluation project, and opportunities to conduct research for publication or presentation using CCMH and/or other data. This position is flexible and may be adjusted to meet individual interests and goals.

Specific Areas of Clinical Competence

Eating Disorders Emphasis

Post-docs interested in working with eating disorders can choose to have their Secondary Emphasis in the treatment of eating disorders. This  would involve working with 3-4 clients presenting with disordered eating, an opportunity  to co-lead an Eating Disorder Recovery Group or Eating Disorder Skills Clinic with a staff member who specializes in treatment of eating concerns, and the opportunity to be involved in the Penn State HEALS (Healthy Eating and Living Support) team meetings. Penn State HEALS is a multidisciplinary team of physicians, dieticians, and mental health providers working together to guide and support students as they make changes for healthier eating and living. In addition to the clinical and consultative components of this concentration, post-docs also will receive supervision from a staff member specialized in the treatment of eating disorders, will engage in didactic readings and trainings, and have the opportunity to provide outreach presentations/trainings to Penn State CAPS staff and community providers in the area of body image and eating disorders.

Sexual Assault/Relationship Violence Emphasis

Post-docs interested in working with students that have experienced sexual assault or relationship violence will have 3-4 of their individual counseling hours reserved for work with students coming to our agency to address the trauma of these experiences. Furthermore, an opportunity exists to co-lead a Women’s Empowerment Group with a CAPS clinician who specializes in working with survivors of sexual assault/relationship violence.

In addition to clinical work experiences, those who choose this concentration will also have dedicated time for didactics, trainings, and self-directed learning around considerations in working with sexual assault and relationship violence as a presenting concern. The post-doc will work closely with a senior staff member specializing in working with survivors of sexual assault/relationship violence to receive additional supervision/consultation on cases, didactic discussion, and further support for client-related concerns/needs. This post-doc will also attend Purple Team monthly meetings which focus on sexual assault survivor services and campus trends. There may also be opportunities to participate in activities such as sitting on a community task force for Centre County’s sexual assault and domestic violence team if interested. Past post-docs in this concentration had opportunities to create and present professional development trainings for staff and community psychologists in areas of trauma work, as well as more advanced interventions. They also worked closely with their concentration supervisor to develop other materials for staff on relevant subjects that they were particularly passionate about and interested in. This emphasis provides many experiences in the area of trauma that can be shaped by the post-doc’s goals to aid in developing advanced knowledge and training in this area.

  • Note: Other areas of clinical competence may be developed through consultation with the Associate Director, Training. Individual therapy caseloads, types of groups co-led, and types of outreach programs may possibly be tailored to develop an area of concentration.
 Supplementary Training Experiences

System Orientation and Best Practices

Post-docs are introduced to our program through a two-and-a-half-week orientation period. The orientation process serves to acquaint post-docs with the University, the Center, and the Training Program. In addition, it includes a three-hour workshop on ethical and legal issues related to the practice of psychology, a three-and-a-half-hour workshop on suicide prevention and hospitalization, potential assessment training if that is a concentration being chosen, and other areas. In addition, there is training in our scheduling program and record keeping system, and other relevant policies and procedures. Post-docs have an opportunity to meet with potential supervisors and group co-leaders and to rank order preferences before supervision and group assignments are made. Finally, the orientation period affords the opportunity for post-docs to become acquainted with the Center and staff, as well also become comfortable in new surroundings and learn about other important offices on campus.

Professional Development Seminar

The Associate Director, Training and another senior staff member meets with the post-docs for a professional development seminar on a bi-weekly basis throughout the year. These meetings provide post-docs with an opportunity to discuss reactions to the post-doc, provide a forum for discussing professional perspectives gained during the post-doc year, and to prepare for entry into the employment market. Guest speakers may join to discuss the licensure process, as well as share perspectives on different careers in psychology (e.g., academic careers, private practice).

Psychotherapy Seminar

The Psychotherapy Seminar focuses on a range of topics relevant to psychotherapy at CAPS. CAPS staff members with specific areas of clinical interest/expertise are invited to present and offer consultation to post-docs around the topic area. This seminar provides post-docs with an opportunity to examine their own clinical work and gain a greater understanding of both technique and conceptual understanding of various presenting concerns, as well as delve deeper into specific topic areas.

Staff Meeting (weekly)

Post-docs are included in our All Staff meetings and are given the opportunity to participate actively in staff discussions.

Staff Professional Development

In addition to training experiences specifically designed for the post-doc, post-docs also participate in Staff Professional Development throughout the academic year. These trainings typically cover not only ethical and legal issues and multi-cultural issues, but often heavily emphasize clinical intervention models and strategies. Other Program Emphases are also frequently covered.

Case Consultation (bi-weekly)

Post-docs join other staff members for bi-weekly case consultation. This provides an opportunity to share about one’s clinical work and receive feedback from staff with differing areas of clinical interest and expertise. It also creates an opportunity for post-docs to become acquainted with staff members that they may not have routine contact with during the training year.

Committee Participation

Post-docs have the opportunity to join a committee at CAPS. Committee meeting schedules vary from weekly, to bi-weekly, to monthly. Which committee a post-doc joins is determined by their chosen Secondary Emphasis and committee openings for new members.

Doctoral students in APA or CPA accredited Clinical and Counseling Psychology programs who are completing their doctoral internships in APA accredited internship programs and who will be finished with their dissertation by the time the Post-Doctoral Training Program starts are eligible to apply. Please read our policy regarding former CAPS clients applying for training positions.

The Post-Doc Year

August 8, 2025 - August 7, 2026

Stipends and Benefits

The stipend for the 2025-2026 training year is $52,200. Post-docs are entitled to full university employee benefits, including health insurance and vacation.

Application Procedure

The opening for these positions is listed as a Psychologist Intermediate Professional position at the Pennsylvania State University. In addition to the online application process, candidates should also upload 3 letters of reference and transcripts of graduate work. Two letters of reference should be from individuals familiar with the applicant's recent clinical work during the doctoral internship year and the other letter should be from the applicant's advisor in their doctoral program. The links for the posting will be available on our website end of October/early November 2024. There will be two Generalist Position openings. Applications are due Thursday, January 2, 2025 and application review will begin immediately. Initial screen interviews (Round 1) will be conducted the week of January 6, 2025. Following the initial screen interviews, approximately 7-10 applicants will be invited for a formal interview (Round 2). The interview will be two and 1/2 hours and will be conducted via Zoom during the week of January 13, 2025 and on Monday, January 20, 2025 and Tuesday, January 21, 2025. 
 

  • Note: Penn State appointments conform to a variety of requirements, including legal eligibility for employment in the U.S. (sometimes called the I-9 requirement) and a background check that verifies that educational credentials are valid and that candidates have no criminal or other record that would preclude employment in the University’s judgment. Please refer to Policy HR99 (Background Check Process). The outcome of these background checks has the potential to preclude appointment. 

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Please note that the first two and a half weeks of the Fall semester will be devoted to an orientation to the University, the agency, and the program. Topics covered during this orientation include ethical and legal issues related to the practice of psychology, a three to four-hour workshop on suicide prevention and hospitalization, assessment training (if choosing this Secondary Emphasis area), outreach training, group therapy, and other areas relevant to our system. Post-Docs are scheduled in the office 40 hours per week and clinical/training activities contracts are adjusted as needed to best use that time.

What follows is a breakdown of time for the Fall semester following the two-and-a-half week orientation. The Spring semester schedule looks similar to Fall. 

Weekly Time Breakdown - Direct Service
ActivityTime Commitment 
Screenings1 hours weekly - 3 Screenings
Urgent Evaluation & Counselor on Duty Coverage3 hours weekly
Flex Time3 hours weekly
Short-Term Psychotherapy11-12 hours weekly
Long-Term Psychotherapy1 hour weekly
Group Psychotherapy3 hours weekly
Total Direct Service~22-23 hours weekly
Weekly Time Breakdown - Supervision and Training
ActivityTime Commitment 
Individual Psychotherapy Supervision2 hours weekly
Group Psychotherapy Supervision2 hours weekly
Psychotherapy Seminar1 hour weekly
Professional Development Seminar1 hour biweekly
Advanced Crisis Skills Seminar1 hour weekly
Total Supervision/Training Received~6.5 hours weekly
Weekly Time Breakdown - Other
ActivityTime Commitment 
Post-Doc Support Hour1 hour bi-weekly
Staff Meetings1 hour weekly
Staff Professional Development2-3 hours per semester
Case Consultation1 hour weekly
Outreach1 hour weekly
Notes and Recordkeeping 5-6 hours weekly 
Total Other~8.5-9.5 hours weekly

Grand Total: 40 hours weekly

  • Note: Some evening time may be involved for outreach programming and seminar readings. Post-Docs not choosing the Secondary Emphasis in Consultation/Liaison/Outreach are expected to do at least 3 workshops/semester, similar to other staff. If the extern cohort is large enough for post-docs to supervise in the Spring semester, schedules will be adjusted accordingly. One hour per week would be spent providing supervision to the extern supervisee and Post-Docs would receive 1 to 1.5 hours of Supervision of Supervision weekly for this training experience.

Additionally, the Secondary Emphasis is ~8 hours per week. To accommodate this, Direct Service hours may be distributed differently depending on the specific type of Secondary Emphasis, additional supervision/consultation hours for the emphasis will be added, and administrative time will be allotted for didactics/projects.

Summer Session 

If available, Post-Docs may select an optional rotation at Career Services during the Summer semester. If a post-doc selects this option, they will have a somewhat different summer schedule than those not opting to do the rotation.

Summer Session Weekly Time Breakdown - Direct Service
ActivityTime Commitment 
Screenings1 hours weekly (3 screenings)
Counselor on Duty Coverage~2 hours weekly
Flex Time3-4 hours weekly
Short-Term Psychotherapy12 hours weekly
Long-Term Psychotherapy1 hour weekly
Group Psychotherapy1.5-3 hours weekly (depending on which groups run in summer)
Total Direct Service~20.5-23.5 hours weekly
Summer Session Weekly Time Breakdown - Supervision and Training
ActivityTime Commitment 
Individual Psychotherapy Supervision2 hours weekly
Group Psychotherapy Supervision1 hour weekly per group
Professional Development Seminar1 hour bi-weekly
Optional Administrative Rotation9 hours over the summer
Total Training Received~3.5-4.5 hours weekly
Summer Session Weekly Time Breakdown - Other
ActivityTime Commitment 
EPPP Study Time4 hours weekly
Outreach1 hour weekly
Notes and Recordkeeping~5 hours weekly
Staff Meetings1 hour weekly
Total Other11 hours weekly

Grand Total: 40 hours weekly

  • Note: A certain amount of flexibility exists within direct service requirements and the total number of hours may be distributed differently according to individual needs. Additionally, the Secondary Emphasis (~8 hours weekly) continues during the Summer semester. To accommodate this, Direct Service hours may be distributed differently depending on the specific type of Secondary Emphasis, additional supervision/consultation hours for the emphasis will be added, and administrative time will be allotted for didactics/projects.

Previous Post-Docs

Initial Post-Doc Positions (Aggregated tally provided for the preceding 3 cohorts)

Total Number of Post-Docs Who Were in the Five Cohorts: 13

Setting 2019-2023
Academic Teaching 0
Community Mental Health Center 0
University Counseling Center 7
Hospital/Medical Center 1
Veterans Affairs Health Care System 0
Psychiatric Facility 0
Academic University/Department 0
Correctional Facility 0
Health Maintenance Organization 0
School District/System 3
Independent Practice Setting 4
Other 0

 

Contact

501 Student Health Center
University Park, PA 16802

Shannan Smith-Janik, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Training

Phone: 814-863-0395

Email: sbs23@psu.edu

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