Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program
Per San Francisco and University of San Francisco COVID safety recommendations, our postdoctoral fellowship transitioned to a remote program on March 17, 2020. Similar to all staff, the Postdoctoral Fellows are located in the Bay Area and are providing clinical services remotely from their homes in accordance with the laws and regulations of the California Board of Psychology. The number of hours devoted to weekly training remains unchanged, and fellows are receiving the required number of supervision hours through telesupervision and participating in seminars and trainings through videoconferencing. The program will make future adjustments in accordance with the San Francisco County, State of California, and University policies.
We are pleased to announce the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Service Psychology at the University of San Francisco Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) for the 2021–2022 training year and hope this website provides helpful information about our training program, application procedures, selection process, and the multicultural diversity of our University and center. We believe our strong commitment to multiculturally informed training and evidence-based practice will provide an exceptional opportunity for your development as a Health Service Psychologist within a university counseling center.
The University of San Francisco is an independent, private, nonprofit institution of higher education and one of 28 Jesuit Catholic colleges and universities in the United States. During the 2020-2021 academic year, the University of San Francisco enrolled more than 10,000 students in its five schools and colleges and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. In the latest U.S. News & World Report, the University was rated 4th in the nation for student diversity and 14th for campuses with the most international students.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is located on our beautiful 55-acre hilltop campus next to Golden Gate Park overlooking downtown San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean.
USF CAPS provides postdoctoral training in Health Service Psychology (HSP) in a university counseling center context. Our fellowship emphasizes training in brief, time-limited therapy and multicultural competency within an integrationist framework. Our strong commitment to training includes participation of all clinical staff who represent a diversity of theoretical and cultural backgrounds. (Please see CAPS Diversity Statement.)
The training program assists fellows in enhancing and consolidating knowledge and skills while providing didactic and experiential opportunities that facilitate development of professional identities as psychologists. CAPS is consistent with USF’s core value of having a commitment to the “full, integral development of each person,” by providing a training program that supports the development of ethical, competent psychologists who can function independently and make positive contributions to the profession. Best described as a practitioner model, an emphasis is placed upon grounding clinical practice in theory and research while engaging in professional mentoring relationships with supervising psychologists. We provide intensive supervision, multifaceted didactic training, and a broad range of outreach and consultation opportunities.
CAPS is committed to a brief, time-limited therapy approach to clinical practice that is grounded in evidence-based treatment. We are committed to assisting fellows in developing their own perspectives toward brief therapy and moving closer to the integration of evidence-based frameworks and methods with the goal of preparation for a Health Service Psychologist position in a university counseling center. Fellows continue to enhance and solidify the development of clinical skills required for the professional practice of health service psychology with advanced training and supervision in brief, time-limited individual psychotherapy, group therapy, crisis intervention and management, on-call coverage, clinical assessment and intake evaluation, consultation, outreach program development and delivery, and committee work. In addition, the Postdoctoral Fellow oversees a project or program central to USF-CAPS based on the current needs of the Center and interests of the fellow. Projects have included development of a drop-in consultation program, training administration, creating a psychoeducational group program, expanding services to international students, providing community training for suicide prevention, grant writing, and analysis of client outcome data.
Fellows further develop their understanding of and sensitivity to individual and cultural diversity, and integrate such understanding into all forms of service delivery. In addition, fellows acquire greater awareness and competence in program development and/or program evaluation, supervision, the application of ethical principles and laws, and the advancement of a professional identity as a psychologist.
Through achievement of Profession Wide Competencies, the overarching aims of the training program are to: (1) Enhance and consolidate core clinical and counseling skills for entry level independent practice in Health Service Psychology; and (2) Foster attitudes and behaviors which strengthen a professional identity as a psychologist. Please see the Postdoctoral Fellowship Brochure.
For additional information about USF-CAPS, please visit our home page or contact:
Nancy Glenn, Ph.D.
University of San Francisco
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080