POST-DOCTORAL TRAINING PROGRAM
UTSA COUNSELING SERVICES
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 advocates a practitioner-scholar model of training in which trainees of all levels are expected to think critically and utilize current research in the provision of mental health services. The training of students occurs within an environment which 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 training occurs in the context of supervision, consultation, and service delivery, trainees also participate in in-service training, case consultations, and other professional activities in order to complement their training and 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).
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 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-doc 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.
Clinical work comprises the majority of the post-doc’s schedule and takes a number of different forms.
Individual counseling is the most common treatment modality at Counseling
Services and post-docs typically schedule 13 to 17 individual counseling clients
per week. Counseling Services utilizes a short-term treatment model, but post-
docs 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-docs
are allowed to work. Post-docs also are expected to facilitate one counseling
group per semester and may be able to gain experience with couples counseling,
Post-docs 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.
Post-docs serve as the counselor-on-duty (COD) for one four-and-a half hour shift
per week and a one hour shift on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening. As COD, the
post-doc responds to all walk-ins and phone contacts. Many of these contacts are
simple requests to begin services while others may be students in crisis who need
psychiatric hospitalization. Additionally, consultations with staff, faculty or
family members are common.
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-docs 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 and psychological functioning 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-docs administer, score, and interpret all instruments, write an integrative clinical report, and meet with the student to review the results, conclusions, and recommendations.
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.
Post-docs 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.
Each post-doc represents Counseling Services, along with the associate director, for one semester at the weekly Student Conduct and Community Services meeting
during which the previous week’s student conduct violations are discussed. Post-
docs also are likely to be involved in the selection process for the following year’s
post-docs and/or practicum trainees.
Post-docs receive two hours of individual supervision each week. Typically, one
hour is devoted to the post-doc’s clinical work and the other to supervision of
supervision. 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 post-docs.
Professional development is viewed as an important component of professional
competence. Approximately every other week, all clinical staff participate in an
in-service program. Topics include clinical issues, on- and off-campus resources
for students and staff, and administrative issues. Post-docs are encouraged to
attend professional presentations and conferences. Some financial support is provided for conference attendance and/or other types of professional development activities. Additionally, post-docs usually are allowed to schedule up to four hours each week during the summer to prepare for the EPPP licensing exam.
POST POST-DOC EMPLOYMENT AND LICENSURE
Post-docs who have completed their training at UTSA Counseling Services have an outstanding record of finding employment. A large majority of post-docs have obtained a position prior to the ending of the year. Most post-docs 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-docs have become licensed psychologists.
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 or
her beliefs about the factor(s) that lead to therapeutic change. The counseling
philosophy statement should be no more than one page in length.
A current vita including anticipated graduation date (and dissertation defense
date, if applicable).
- Two letters of recommendation from professionals knowledgeable about the applicant’s clinical experience and performance.
- 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.
- 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 or her doctoral degree prior to submitting the post-doc application may substitute in place of this letter an official final transcript for the doctoral degree.
Review of Applications
Review of applications will begin on Monday, January 11, 2016. Applications received by that date will be given priority, but the positions will remain open until filled.
Applications should be sent by email to:
Richard Blask, Ph.D.
Assistant Director; Coordinator of Training
Monday, August 15, 2016.
For further information about the post-doctoral residency, please contact Dr. Blask at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (210) 458-4140.
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-docs 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.
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/.
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-docs 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/.
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.