Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Service Psychology
The University of California at Berkeley is accepting applications for up to 5 postdoctoral positions in professional psychology.
The postdoctoral fellowship program is committed to providing comprehensive training experiences that will facilitate postdoctoral fellows’ development as independent professional psychologists. A primary goal of the program is to assist fellows in strengthening and consolidating their clinical and professional skills and integrating these skills into their professional identities as psychologists. The postdoctoral year marks a significant developmental transition of fellows from trainees to well-rounded, independent professionals. It is expected that fellows will be able to function competently and autonomously by the end of the training year. The fellows will receive advanced clinical training and supervision in brief therapy (one-at-a-time therapy) and crisis intervention in a multidisciplinary, multicultural university counseling service. The postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley meets the postdoc requirement for licensure in the state of California. The responsibilities of the fellows include:
- crisis intervention
- individual personal and career counseling
- co-facilitation of structured CBT, process, or support groups (typically in the 2nd semester)
- providing workshops/ outreach to the campus community
- special projects as needed (e.g., groups, outreach, research)
Postdoctoral fellows typically provide 20-22 hours of clinical work per week, which includes one-at-a-time sessions, group therapy, brief individual and on occasion couples therapy. Postdoctoral fellows receive 2 hours of individual clinical supervision, one hour of group supervision, and participate in a weekly multidisciplinary case conference. Additionally, postdoctoral fellows participate in a weekly Professional Development seminar and spend 2 hours per week working on a project/apprenticeship (with 1 hour of supervision for this project). Apprenticeship offerings are subject to change given the needs of the center and availability of supervisors. In previous years, choices have included the following: Career Program, Clinical Administration Program, Hospitalization Program, Outreach Program, and Training Program.
Application Requirements and Procedures
Applicants must possess a doctoral degree in counseling or clinical Psychology from an APA/CPA accredited program and preference given to applicants who have completed an APA/CPA accredited internship. It is expected that applicants will have completed all degree requirements by the beginning of the fellowship year. Applicants must also possess a strong demonstrated interest in working with a diverse, multicultural college student population. The fellowship begins on July 29, 2024, with a stipend of $60,000. Fellows also receive medical insurance, vacation, sick leave, professional development time, and other university benefits (e.g., library privileges, access to university recreational facilities for a fee). According to the University of California policies, this fellowship is considered a sensitive position and requires a background check and medical clearance as a condition of employment.
Our Postdoctoral Fellowship Program will be using the uniform notification date set forth by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Center (APPIC). Our Postdoctoral Fellowship Program uses the APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application – Centralized Application System (APPA CAS). The specific application requirements for our Postdoctoral Fellowship Program are indicated below as well as within the APPA CAS system. The following must be submitted through the APPA CAS system by January 2, 2024 (9:00 PM PST/midnight EST):
- A cover letter indicating your specific interests in our program
- A current vita
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable about your clinical skill
- A letter (statement) from your dissertation Chair stating your anticipated defense date
Applications can be addressed to the Chair of the Search, Kusha Murarka, PsyD
- Is it appropriate for applicants to contact current trainees and staff with questions?
- Yes. Please email the Chair of the Search, Kusha Murarka, PsyD (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request current trainees and staff contact information. When contacting trainees and staff, please ask how they would prefer to be in communication (e.g., phone or email).
- How diverse is UC Berkeley’s student body?
- UC Berkeley’s community has rich cultural, ethnic, social, and socioeconomic diversity in which every state and over 100 countries are represented. For instance, in Fall 2021, Berkeley has 31,814 undergraduate students, and about 29% of them are first-generation college students; about 23% of them are from underrepresented groups; about 13% of them identify as LGBTQ+ individuals; about 13% of them are international students. More diversity data can be viewed here: https://diversity.berkeley.edu/reports-data/diversity-data-dashboard
- Will you accept a 3rd letter of recommendation?
- We will accept it but we may not read it. Given the number of applications we receive and the short time allotted before we need to make very important decisions (i.e., who to interview) we suggest only sending 2 letters from individuals you believe can best speak to your skills and areas for growth. This will ensure we read your best letters of support.
What are you looking for in a postdoctoral fellow?
- The majority of our postdoctoral fellows have previous practica experience in counseling centers, experience providing brief therapy and experience with crisis management. It is helpful if the fellows have some knowledge of career counseling/assessment. As a staff, we value diversity both in terms of learning from each other and from the students we serve. Applicants that are able to articulate how diversity has impacted them on a personal and professional level tend to be a good fit for our training program. Similarly, we are looking for individuals who enjoy working collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team setting.
Do you look at social networking sites as part of the evaluation process?
- Currently, we do not seek out information from social networking sites as part of our evaluation process.
Do you provide telemental health?
- Yes, we offer the option of receiving mental health services remotely through phone and Zoom video. Fellows are issued laptops so they can work from home and provide these telemental health options. However, post-pandemic campus life and student demand have increased the need for on-site, in-person services, so the majority of services are now being offered in person
Can I receive specialized training in some clinical area?
- You will definitely get specialized training in providing multiculturally competent brief therapy; crisis management; and group therapy. Other specialized training (e.g., specific clinical issues, couples counseling, specific populations) can occur through individual supervision. However, this needs to be discussed with the Training Director and your individual supervisor. If you have specific training goals/needs that are not specified in our materials please ask before, or during, the interview so we can discuss the possibilities.
How many long-term clients do I get to have?
- Two. However, the clients you see for longer-term therapy need to fit specific criteria that you will discuss with your supervisor and colleagues in case conference.
Are there opportunities for testing?
- There are a number of assessments available for fellows to use in working with students. Our staff primarily uses the Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the California Psychological Inventory, MMPI-II, and depression and anxiety inventories.
Are there opportunities to do outreach?
- Yes. CAPS frequently get requests from the campus to do workshops, trainings, and other preventive mental health programs as well as doing proactive outreach work to the campus to reach underserved populations. CAPS does approximately 100 outreach events/year. Fellows are expected to be involved in these outreach efforts (the expectation is that fellows will be involved in approximately two programs per semester) and to develop their skills and comfort level in leading such programs. In addition, fellows are paired with senior clinicians to respond to urgent outreach requests (e.g., crisis debriefings, responses to campus emergencies), which may involve evening work. Finally, fellows have served as liaisons to residential life (dormitories), providing consultation to resident advisors and resident directors, as needed.
Will fellows be able to provide supervision?
- Typically, there are not opportunities for fellows to provide supervision; our doctoral interns provide supervision to career interns. Fellows may lead a group with a doctoral intern or career intern in the Spring or Summer semester and provide secondary supervision.
How are supervisory assignments made?
- During the summer, fellows are sent an email asking, among other things, what their goals are for supervision and what they would like in a supervisor. The training staff meets to discuss possible matches based on the stated interests and goals of the incoming doctoral intern. Similarly, staff also have a say in whom they would like to work with based on their availability and own interests.
How would you characterize the culture of the Counseling Center and Social Services?
- We like to have fun with each other, love working with college students, and enjoy celebrating each other's accomplishments (with food). That said, this is a fast-paced setting that is highly utilized. Thus, there can be increased stress during certain times of the year when demand for services is high. We continually look at how we can better meet the need for student access while at the same time monitor self-care.
Are staff involved in research?
- A few members are involved in research and publishing. However, there is no formal program of research taking place at Counseling & Psychological Services. Fellows who are interested in developing research skills may also consider participating in the research apprenticeship.
Are there opportunities to teach?
- There is no formal opportunity to teach on an ongoing basis; however, there are opportunities to guest lecture. In the past, some fellows have taken adjunct teaching positions at neighboring universities (e.g., University of San Francisco, Santa Clara, and the Wright Institute).
Will I get my own office?
Will I have access to computers?
- Of course. Each office is equipped with Microsoft's Office Suite, Outlook Email, Internet Explorer, and PnC (Point&Click) which allows access to patient information. All notes are done electronically on PnC.
How many applications do you typically receive and how many applicants will remain under active consideration after interviews?
- We typically receive 35-50 for 4-5 postdoctoral fellowship positions.
Do I need to call you after the interview to "show interest" and hopefully improve my chances of getting ranked high?
- No. However, feel free to contact us if you have any questions that are not addressed on our website or that were not addressed during the interview. Email is often the easiest way to reach us.
Do you have an Open House?
- No. However, if you would like to visit, please email the Chair of the Search, Kusha Murarka, PsyD (email@example.com).
What do fellows do after they leave?
- All kinds of things. The majority go on to work in university counseling centers; others go on to teach, and less go into private practice.
Do postdoctoral fellows get preferential consideration for job openings?
- Not really, although several postdoctoral fellows have joined our staff at some point after finishing their training experience. Having worked here helps you understand the challenges and rewards of working at CAPS and thus gives any applicant somewhat of an advantage during an interview.
Could you describe the diversity of your staff?
- Our counseling center prides itself on the diversity of the staff. Our staff is diverse with respect to age, gender, ethnicity, ableness, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, and size. In addition, theoretical orientations and areas of expertise vary among staff members. Learn more about our staff.