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UTSA COUNSELING SERVICES

Training Philosophy

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Counseling Services is strongly committed to the preparation of skilled psychologists, counselors, and social workers. Counseling Services utilizes a practitioner-scholar model of training in which trainees of all levels are expected to think critically and to apply current research in the provision of mental health services. The training environment recognizes the unique developmental needs of each individual as well as the professional identity of the discipline in which the student is being trained (i.e., counseling, psychology, social work).

While the majority of the training occurs in the context of supervision, one-on-one consultation, and service delivery, trainees also participate in in-service trainings, multi-disciplinary group case consultations, and other professional activities in order to help prepare them for entry-level positions as mental health service providers. Because the staff believes that personal development and maturity are cornerstones of professional competence and identity, every effort is made to provide a supportive environment that will model and attend to personal growth.

Counseling Services provides a wide range of psychological services to a diverse student population, making it an excellent setting for the practical training of mental health professionals and particularly those who are interested in pursuing a career in a college or university counseling center. To benefit from this experience, the trainee must possess adequate skills in the professions of psychology, counseling, or social work, depending on the trainee’s academic discipline, and be prepared to integrate the theoretical and applied aspects of the science and art of the profession(s).

Post-Doctoral Residency

Master and Doctoral Level Practicm/Internship/Field Placement (Student-Clinicians)

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Post-Doctoral Residency

The post-doctoral residency (post-doc) at UTSA Counseling Services is intended to provide newly-degreed clinicians with the opportunity to hone the skills necessary to work successfully in a university or college counseling center while obtaining the post-doctoral hours required for licensure in Texas and other states. The skills developed as a post-doctoral resident will prepare clinicians to develop as generalists in the field of counseling or clinical psychology.

The post-doctoral residency at UTSA is a 12 month, full-time, 2000 hour position that begins in early to mid-August. Post-docs work 40 hours per week with the expectation that they will work late one day a week in the fall and spring semesters. The position carries a salary of $33,000 and full benefits including health insurance, sick and vacation leave, and retirement plans. Details about employee benefits can be found at www.utsa.edu/hr. Counseling Services generally employees two post-doctoral counselors for each employment period.

The Position

Qualifications

The post-doctoral residency is intended for individuals who have completed a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in counseling psychology, clinical psychology, or psychology and who are eligible to become licensed as a psychologist. In the selection of post-doctoral counselors, strong preference is given to applicants who have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree prior to the beginning of the residency. Additionally, strong preference is given to applicants who have completed both a doctoral degree and a pre-doctoral internship in programs that are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Post-doctoral candidates should have strong clinical skills in individual counseling (including the ability to work in a time-limited treatment format), conducting intake assessments, and providing crisis intervention services. It is preferred that applicants have experience in a university or college counseling center, including providing outreach and consultation services. Finally, experience conducting psychoeducational assessments also is preferred.

Hours and Benefits

The post-doctoral residency at UTSA is a 12 month, full-time, 2000 hour position that begins in early to mid-August. Post-docs work 40 hours per week with the expectation that they will work late one day a week in the fall and spring semesters. The position carries a salary of $33,000 and full benefits including health insurance, sick and vacation leave, and retirement plans. Details about employee benefits can be found at www.utsa.edu/hr.

Job Responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities

Clinical work comprises the majority of the post-doctoral resident’’s schedule and takes a number of different forms.

Counseling

Individual counseling is the most common treatment modality at Counseling Services and post-doctoral counselors typically schedule 13 to 17 individual counseling clients per week. Counseling Services utilizes a short-term treatment model, but post-doctoral counselors may be allowed to work long-term with a small number of students. Typically, there are no restrictions on the types of clients with whom post-doctoral residents are allowed to work. Post-doctoral counselors also are expected to facilitate one counseling group per semester. This group will be a psycho-education group for the fall semester. In the spring semester, post-doctoral residents can opt to develop their own group. Post-doctoral clinicians also will be able to gain experience with couples counseling during the summer semester.

Intakes

Post-doctoral residents have openings for three to four intake appointments per week. Intakes at Counseling Services are structured interviews to gather information about presenting and historical concerns as well as to assess for risk and for symptoms of a range of psychological disorders.

Counselor-On-Duty

Post-doctoral clinicians serve as the counselor-on-duty (COD) for two or three two hour shifts per week and a one hour shift on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening. As COD, the post-doctoral counselors respond to walk-ins, incoming phone contacts, and conduct phone triages. Walk-ins tend to be students in crisis including students who may need psychiatric hospitalization. Phone-consultations with staff, faculty or family members are common. The phone triages are screenings Counseling Services utilizes to begin assessing students’ level of need and the appropriate steps-of-care. Counseling Services utilizes a step-of-care model in which students are directed to services that best fit with their presenting concerns and level of acuity. Step-of-care levels range from Mild Distress, low acuity concerns, to Severe Distress which are students with high safety risks/concerns. As indicated, treatment options vary for each of the four steps-of-care levels.

Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)

Counseling Services utilizes the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) with students who are experiencing significant suicidal ideation and who may be an imminent risk for attempting suicide. The CAMS is an evidence-based structured assessment and treatment planning tool.

Training on the use of the CAMS is provided to all staff and trainees.

Learning Disorder/ADHD Testing

Post-doctoral residents complete at least one learning disorder (LD) or ADHD assessment per semester. The learning disorder evaluation includes the WAIS-IV intelligence test and the WIAT-III achievement test as well as multiple measures of ADHD along with a clinical interview. The standard ADHD screening is identical to the learning disorder assessment except that the WAIS and WIAT are replaced with intelligence and achievement screening instruments (e.g., Shipley 2 and WRAT-4). For both types of assessment, post-doctoral clinicians administer, score, and interpret all instruments, write an integrative clinical report, and meet with the student to review the results, conclusions, and recommendations.

Supervision

When available, each post-doc supervises the clinical work (individual counseling and intakes) of one master’s or doctoral practicum student during the fall and spring semesters.  Supervision typically consists of a weekly hour-long face-to-face supervision session with the post-doc’s supervisee. Additionally, the post-doc reviews video recordings of the supervisee’s counseling and intake sessions. Post-docs also conduct at least one live supervision session per semester using Counseling Services’ observation suite comprised of two offices with a one-way glass between them. When available, post-docs also co-facilitate a bi-monthly supervision group for all of the practicum trainees.

Other Clinical Activities

Post-docs likely will engage in a number of additional clinical activities. Most commonly, post-docs may use biofeedback with students. In addition, post-docs may provide anger management and substance abuse screenings that typically are mandated by the Student Conduct and Community Services office.

Non-Clinical

Outreach

Post-doctoral residents usually provide both active outreach programs (e.g., classroom presentations) and passive programming (e.g., health fair table). In addition, post-docs participate in the new student orientation during the summer. Post-doctoral counselors are expected to participate in a minimum of two outreach events per semester and summer-orientation events as assigned.

Committees

Each post-doctoral resident represents Counseling Services, along with a permanent staff member, for one semester at the weekly Student Conduct and Community Services meeting. This committee discusses the previous week’s student conduct violations to provide campus wide communication of concerning behaviors/situations on campus. Post-doctoral counselors also are usually involved in the selection process for the following year’s post-doctoral residents and/or practicum trainees.

Supervision

Post-doctoral residents receive two hours of individual supervision each week. Typically, one hour is devoted to the post-doctoral counselor’s clinical work and the other to supervision of supervision. In most situations, the post-doctoral counselors work with one supervisor for their clinical work and another supervisor for supervision of supervision. Post-doctoral counselor work with the same supervisors for the post-doctoral year. In addition, all clinical staff participates in a weekly case consultation during which any clinician can discuss and request feedback about a client or clinical situation. The testing coordinator provides supervision for all LD and ADHD testing cases. Finally, Counseling Services maintains an open-door policy. Consultation with any of the clinical staff is strongly encouraged and the staff are very open to providing this type of support to the post-doctoral clinicians.

Professional Development

Professional development is viewed as an important component of professional competence. Approximately every other week, in-service programs are provided for all staff. Topics include clinical issues, on- and off-campus resources for students and staff, and administrative issues. During the summer semester, Counseling Services strives to provide more in-depth in-service trainings on topics such as ethics and evidence-based treatment modalities. Post-doctoral residents are encouraged to attend professional presentations and conferences. Some financial support may be available for conference attendance and/or other types of professional development activities. Additionally, post-doctoral counselors usually are allowed to schedule up to four hours each week during the summer to prepare for the EPPP licensing exam. Counseling Services provides limited study materials for the EPPP licensing exam and Texas oral examination. When requested, Counseling Services’ staff can offer mock interviews and review of job application materials.

 

Post Post-Doc Employment and Licensure

Post-doctoral residents who have completed their training at UTSA Counseling Services have an outstanding record of finding employment. A large majority of our post-doctoral clinicians have obtained a position prior to the ending of their post-doctoral year. Most of our post-doctoral counselors have found employment in clinical settings including university counseling centers, the VA, working with law enforcement, and private practice, while others have gone into research and teaching. Nearly all post-doctoral residents have become licensed psychologists.

 

Application Procedure

Application Materials

Cover Letter

A cover letter describing the applicant’s clinical experience as well as training and career goals. The cover letter should be no more than two pages in length.

Statement of Counseling Philosophy

A statement that describes the applicant’s approach to counseling including his, her, or their beliefs about the factor(s) that lead to therapeutic change. The counseling philosophy statement should be no more than one page in length.

Vita

A current vita including anticipated graduation date (and dissertation defense date, if applicable)..

Letters

  1. Two letters of recommendation from professionals knowledgeable about the applicant’s clinical experience and performance.
  2. A letter of recommendation from the internship training director that includes information about the applicant’s progress on internship and anticipated completion date. If the internship has already been completed, another letter of recommendation from a professional is acceptable as the third letter.
  3. A letter from the applicant’s dissertation chair that indicates the status of the dissertation including the anticipated final defense date if the dissertation has not been completed by the time of submission of the post-doc application. An applicant who has completed his, her, or their doctoral degree prior to submitting the post-doctoral application may substitute in place of this letter an official final transcript for the doctoral degree.

Criminal Background Check

Once we make our selection from the candidates, the position cannot be officially offered until the candidate has cleared a criminal background check ran by the UTSA police department.

Review of Applications

Review of applications will begin on Monday, January 8, 2018. Applications received by that date will be given priority, but the positions will remain open until filled.

Application Submission

Applications should be sent by email to:

Hazel L. Lane, Psy.D.
Coordinator of Training
hazel.lane@utsa.edu 

Start Date

Monday, August 15, 2016.

Further Information

For further information about the post-doctoral residency, please contact Dr. Lane at:
hazel.lane@utsa.edu or (210) 458-4140.

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Master and Doctoral Level Practicm/Internship/Field Placement (Student-Clinicians)

Program Description

UTSA Counseling Services offers clinical practicum/internship/field placement experience for trainees in Counseling, Psychology, and Social Work. We strive to accept one student from a Master’s level Counseling Program, a Doctoral level Counseling or Clinical Psychology program, and a Master’s level Social Work program each year. These student-clinician positions require a two-semester commitment, fall and spring semesters of an academic year. Because the student-clinicians work with UTSA students, Counseling Services asks our student-clinicians to be on-site through the end of each semester; the end of the semester is defined as the last day of final exams.

Program Objectives

Student-clinicians will participate in a variety of activities intended to develop knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Counseling skills
  • Comprehensive intake interviews
  • Case conceptualization
  • Treatment planning
  • DSM-5 diagnoses
  • Clinical documentation/SOAP notes
  • Theoretical orientation
  • Cultural competency
  • Issues unique to a university population
  • Professional ethics and behavior
  • Effective use of supervision
  • Participation in a multidisciplinary team
  • Incorporation of objectives from specific field of study or program

Student-Clinician Activities

Supervision

Each student-clinician receives one hour of individual supervision per week with the trainee’s clinical supervisor. Trainees in the Master’s and Doctoral programs are likely to be supervised by a post-doctoral counselor under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. Advanced Practicum students in the Masters of Social Work program are supervised directly by one of the staff LMSW or LCSWs. Student-clinicians will receive two hours of live supervision each semester. This is accomplished by having the supervisor observe the sessions through a one-way mirror in our training “suite.” All other sessions for student-clinicians are video-recorded via webcams.

In addition to the one hour of individual supervision, all student-clinicians at Counseling Services receive one hour of group supervision on an every-other week basis. The group supervision is facilitated by the post-doctoral counselors. Student-clinicians also participate in one hour of case consultation each week with the Counseling Services clinicians. During weekly Case Consultation, clinical staff, including the student trainees, discuss client situations for which clinicians would like peer input. Counseling Services promotes an open door policy for everyone, including student-clinicians. Thus, consultation with a staff member is always available for our student-clinicians.

The training program at Counseling Services operates within a developmental model. From this perspective, all student-clinicians begin the training year seeing low intensity, low acuity clients. As the student-clinicians demonstrate improvement in clinical skills, they see more intense, more complicated, and/or higher acuity clients. Student-clinicians are provided the opportunity, later in the training cycle, to observe and possibly co-conduct crisis interventions including working with suicidal clients.

Individual counseling

Individual counseling is the most common treatment modality at Counseling Services and student-clinicians typically schedule 8 to 12 individual counseling clients per week. Clients at Counseling Services are exclusively undergraduate and graduate students attending UTSA. Counseling Services utilizes a short-term treatment model, but student-clinicians may be allowed to work long-term with a small number of students. As noted above, student-clinicians begin the academic year working with low intensity, low acuity clients and progress to seeing more intense, more complicate, and/or higher acuity clients as the student-clinicians demonstrate needed clinical skills.

Intakes

Student-clinicians are typically scheduled one or two intake sessions each week. At the beginning of the fall semester, all student-clinicians receive intensive training on conducting biopsychosocial intakes. This training begins with a didactic component and progresses to role play, observing intakes, and then being observed conducting intakes before the student-clinicians are “cleared” to conduct intakes independently.

Scheduling and Documentation

Counseling Services recognizes that each training program differs in their weekly and/or semester required hours. Each student-clinician is responsible for providing sufficient availability to help ensure that mandatory hours are met. Counseling Services will do our best to accommodate each student-clinician’s schedule. Student-clinicians are encouraged to monitor their hours and to consult with their supervisors on a regular basis about any issues in accruing sufficient contact hours.

Counseling Services utilizes Titanium Schedule for scheduling clients and for documentation. Student-clinicians receive training on Titanium and on documentation including utilization of note templates. Student-clinicians maintain their own Titanium schedules. This allows student-clinicians to best manage their time at Counseling Services in order to meet the student-clinician’s goals. Once a client is assigned to a student-clinician, the student-clinician is responsible for further scheduling of sessions, including contacting clients who cancel their appointment or who do not show for their appointment.

Student-clinicians maintain appropriate and timely documentation to ensure quality control and appropriate communication. Therefore, student-clinicians are asked to balance their client commitments with sufficient opportunities to ensure timely documentation.

Crises

Student-clinicians are expected to identify psychiatric and mental health emergencies and to intervene in order to promote the safety of clients, students, and others. Intervention will always begin with the student-clinician consulting with the student-clinicians’ supervisors or with an available staff member. The role of the student-clinician in further interventions will vary depending on the need of the client and the competence level of the student-clinician.

Other

In addition to the above activities, student-clinicians are provided opportunities to participate in outreach events such as presentations and tabling. Student-clinicians will also make one formal case-presentation to the Counseling Services clinicians each semester. As with most university and college counseling centers, Counseling Services clinicians cannot anticipate every possible situation a student-clinician may encounter. Thus, student clinicians may have other responsibilities not indicated above.

Training

Counseling Services requires one-week, 30-35 hours, of training prior to the beginning of the fall semester. This training consists of a variety of didactic sessions as well as practice sessions on conducting intakes. This training is designed such that student-clinicians are ready to begin seeing clients the first week of classes.

During both the fall and spring semesters, student-clinicians participate in every-other-week in-service trainings. Some of these trainings are designed specifically for the student-clinicians while other trainings are developed for all Counseling Services clinicians.

Time Commitments

Orientation: 30 to 35 hour orientation program, depending on the trainee’s experience, coursework, and progress during orientation.

Fall Semester: 16 to 20 hours per week, MUST be available every Friday from 8:15 am to 12:00 pm for case consultation, supervision, and trainings. Position ends the last day of final exams.

Spring Semester: 16 to 20 hours per week, MUST be available every Friday from 8:15 am to 12:00 pm for case consultation, supervision, and trainings. Position ends the last day of final exams.

Application

Counseling Services begins accepting applications for the doctoral level student-clinician in January of each year; the application deadline is generally in mid-February.

Applications for the Master level counseling position are accepted beginning in mid-March and the deadline is generally the last Friday of April.

Applications for the Social Work position are made through the Social Work program. The Social Work program will refer one or two applicants to Counseling Services towards the end of the spring semester.

Start date is the Monday of the week before classes begin in August; classes are not in session at any point during this week.

All applicants should submit:

  1. A current vita or resume
  2. A personal statement to include:
  • Reason for wanting to be a counselor
  • Reason for wanting to work at UTSA Counseling Services
  1. An unofficial transcript from all graduate programs attended
  2. One letter of recommendation from a clinical supervisor or a faculty member (preferably a clinical supervisor or the skills class instructor).

Finalists for all of the positions are offered an on-site interview. Reference checks are made for each of the finalists.

Once we make our selections from the candidates, the positions cannot be officially offered until the candidate has cleared a criminal background check ran by the UTSA police department.

Applications for the doctoral and master level positions should be sent to:

Hazel L. Lane, Psy.D.
Coordinator of Training
hazel.lane@utsa.edu 

Further Information

For further information about the post-doctoral residency, please contact Dr. Lane at:
hazel.lane@utsa.edu
(210) 458-4140.

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Additional Information

UTSA Counseling Services

The mission of Counseling Services is to provide professional mental health services, including clinical, consultation, and outreach services, to The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) community. Counseling Services is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). The counseling center employs 15 full- and part-time clinicians with Master’s or doctoral degrees in Psychology, Counseling, and Social Work. In addition to the two post-docs, training is provided to up to five practicum-level students each academic year. Following completion of training, most recent post-doctoral clinicians have obtained positions as counseling center clinicians or teaching faculty in a college or university.

Counseling Services strives to utilize advanced technology to enhance the services provided. A live observation suite and webcams for recording clinical contacts are used to enrich the training and supervision experience. Additionally, Counseling Services employs technology to increase the efficiency and confidentiality of services and records through the use of the Titanium scheduling and documentation program and web-based procedures for obtaining initial demographic and symptom information.

University Description

The University of Texas at San Antonio is a world-ranked institution that serves the San Antonio metropolitan area and the broader region of South Texas. The university has nearly 29,000 students across its three campuses: 1604 Campus, Downtown Campus, and the Institute of Texan Cultures. UTSA is an emerging Tier One research institution that offers 68 bachelor’s, 66 master’s and 24 doctoral degree programs. The university provides access and opportunity for large numbers of historically underserved students. More than 56 percent of UTSA’s students come from groups underrepresented in higher education. Many students are the first in their families to attend a college or university. For more information on UTSA, visit http://www.utsa.edu/.

Region Description

UTSA is a comprehensive public metropolitan university. The student population reflects the bi-lingual, bi-cultural heritage of San Antonio. In describing San Antonio, one of our recent post-doctoral clinicians described it as, "Home of the River Walk, the Alamo, and the 5-time NBA Champion Spurs, San Antonio is truly a big city that feels like a small town." The culture-rich city offers renowned art museums, theatre, and fine dining. For those who love the outdoors, San Antonio is perched on the edge of the Texas Hill Country which offers hiking, biking and river tubing. The state capital of Austin is an easy hour and a half away, offering incomparable access to the famous Texas music scene. Feel the heat in the summer but enjoy a mild climate the rest of the year. For more information on San Antonio, visit http://www.sanantoniocvb.com/.

Non-Discrimination Policy

All qualified candidates (staff members and outside applicants) will be given equal consideration for posted positions without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, veteran’s status, handicap, or sex. In all cases, the best-qualified candidate will be selected.

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