What can I expect from relocating to San Francisco/the Bay Area?
The SF Bay Area is one of the most diverse regions in the U.S. You can find famous beaches, forests, wineries, museums, and restaurants here. It is also home to many tech companies, such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter. For these reasons, it is also one of the most expensive places to live. You can expect a higher cost of living, but also unique places to explore and enjoy. There is always something fun, inexpensive (free) to do, including numerous festivals, shows, and other events throughout the Bay Area. Certain things, such as local, fresh produce, can be considerably less expensive in the Bay Area than in other major cities. Commuting is the norm in the Bay Area and is made easy by a fantastic public transportation system. USF currently offers a monthly $75 reimbursement for employee commuting needs. There is something for everyone in the Bay Area – a main reason most people say the cost of living here is “worth it.”

What kind of special projects do post doctoral fellows take part in?
Special projects vary based on your interests and the needs of the counseling center. Past projects have included psychoeducational group program development, piloting a drop-in consultation program, grant writing, expanding services to international students, and providing community training for suicide prevention.

Can post doctoral fellows facilitate groups?
Yes, there are several different group-facilitation opportunities. Most frequently, post doctoral fellows have partnered with licensed psychologists to co-facilitate established support or interpersonal process groups and have also co-facilitated psychoeducational groups together. Additionally, there are opportunities to develop and facilitate groups on your own.

Are post doctoral fellows provided their own office?
Yes, they are provided with their own furnished office and are encouraged to personalize their space by bringing in art and other décor.

Are there opportunities to do outreach?
CAPS provides outreach throughout the academic year. There are opportunities for post doctoral fellows to develop their own outreach projects, serve on university committees, or partner with other CAPS staff to provide ongoing outreach. Past projects have included providing training to resident advisors, presenting to families of incoming students, organizing sexual assault awareness month events, and acting as a guest presenter at a USF course for health professionals.

Will post doctoral fellows be able to provide supervision?
There are opportunities to provide non-clinical, project-based supervision to a master’s level student in USF’s Student Affairs or other graduate program. Additionally, post doctoral fellows facilitate a bi-weekly clinical consultation group for advanced doctoral level interns. Post doctoral fellows also assume a leadership role in the recruitment and selection process for the next cohort of trainees. Additional supervisory opportunities may become available as CAPS continues to partner with other USF programs.

How are supervisory assignments made?
Prior to the start of the fellowship, post doctoral fellows complete a self-reflection questionnaire about supervisory needs. Supervisors are then selected based on your needs and clinical interests, as well as staff capacity. Post doctoral fellows have an opportunity to be supervised by several staff psychologists by participating in two individual supervisions (one with a primary supervisor and one with a delegated supervisor) and two group supervisions per week.

Do post doctoral fellows receive professional development time?
Yes, they receive 4 hours per week either on- or off-site after scheduled hours for professional development activities such as studying for licensing exams, searching for jobs, reading about mental health issues, etc. Post doctoral fellows also receive 24 hours (or three 8-hour days) to use for job interviews, attending conferences, taking a licensing exam, etc. Additionally, they attend the Northern California Training Directors Conference and the San Jose State University Multicultural Training Day.

How many clients a week are post doctoral fellows expected to see?
Post doctoral fellows provide up to 22 hours of direct clinical service per week, which includes individual therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, outreach, and consultation. They experience flexibility in the number of clinical hours depending on what types of activities they are involved in. For instance, during one week a post doctoral fellow may facilitate a 1.5 hour group, do a 1.5 hour outreach presentation, see a crisis walk-in client for 1 hour, facilitate 1 hour of peer consultation group, see 4 intake clients, and schedule 13 on-going individual clients.

Are post doctoral fellows required to be on-call on nights and weekends?
Post doctoral fellows take part in a rotating one-week on-call shift with the licensed staff members. Typically, you are on-call 4 – 5 times during the academic school year. During the shift, you may receive calls from residence life staff, public safety officers, or other university personnel to provide psychological consultation regarding a student issue. Post doctoral fellows always have access to licensed staff members for support and consultation during their on-call shifts.

Can I expect a diverse caseload?
With an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students, the student body represents multiculturally diverse ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds, 49 states and 87 countries. According to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report, USF is tied for second in undergraduate student ethnic diversity and tied for 11th for percentage of international students. Clients seen at CAPS are representative of the diverse student body of USF in near equal proportions. Additionally, many students are drawn to USF for its diversity and are eager to discuss cultural issues in therapy.

What do post doctoral fellows do after they leave CAPS?
A variety of things! Many go on to work as staff psychologists at other university counseling centers. Others transition to working in medical centers, community mental health, or private practice settings. Post doctoral fellows have also transitioned to non-clinical work such as teaching faculty roles. The CAPS staff are happy to provide mentorship throughout a post doctoral fellow’s career trajectory.

How is CAPS integrated with the rest of the USF community?
Many departments turn to CAPS for consultation and share appreciation for the services CAPS provides to the USF community. CAPS receives many requests to speak and participate in events, workshops, and meeting in addition to representation on committees and task forces throughout the University. CAPS staff enjoy not being “siloed” and frequently meet with other USF colleagues to discuss how to collaboratively support students.

Do I have to apply through the APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application (APPA) CAS?
If applying through the APPA-CAS system presents financial hardship, please contact Nancy Glenn, Ph.D. (nlglenn@usfca.edu) for an alternative application procedure.