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Salem State | 2015-2016

Salem State University
Counseling & Health Services (CHS)
252 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970-5353

Chief Psychologist: Elisa Castillo, Ph.D.
Director of Training: Christine M. Williams, Ph.D.

Contact: Christine M. Williams, PhD
Telephone: 978-542-6410
Fax: 978-542-7121
Email: (preferred)

Application Deadline: January 12, 2015
Application Review: begins in January
Number of Positions: One (1)
Interviews Begin: late January/early February
Stipend: $28,000
Hours per week: 40 (2000 hour total commitment)
Fellowship Begins:August, 2015 (flexible)
Term of Fellowship:43 weeks (per MA licensing standards)
Applicants/Year: 30
Benefits: Professional liability insurance; no health benefits or retirement as this is considered a contractor position
Number licensed psychologists: 2
Does the Program Hire Former/Current Fellows: low turnover; positions are not often open for full-time staff but post-docs sometimes continue on per diem

Duties of the Fellow:

Psychotherapy: Individual and group psychotherapy services are available to clients, though individual treatment is the dominant modality. As appropriate, some clients may be seen for couples work as well. A brief treatment model is most frequently employed, with clients typically being seen for about one academic semester to address a specific piece of work. A smaller number of clients are seen shorter term for stabilization purposes, and then referred for more open-ended services. This includes dedicated times in the day which we hold for doing emergency triage and crisis stabilization. Post-doctoral fellows are expected to maintain a 50% clinical load. Ample administrative time is provided, and there is no "on-call” responsibility.

Outreach and Consultation: Counseling & Health Services has a thriving relationship with the university community. Fellows are encouraged to expand their experience through choosing from a variety of projects: doing classroom lectures on mental health and wellness topics; presenting training seminars to Student Affairs staff; co-facilitating mandated alcohol education workshops; participating in retention and wellness efforts on campus. Fellows are encouraged to choose their activities to match their existing areas of interest, or what they would like to explore/have more exposure to. Priority consideration will be given to trainees interested in diversity initiatives, programming to address gender-based violence, or alcohol and drug issues.

Supervision and Seminars:

Fellows receive supervision at the 1:16 ratio, to meet the requirements for MA licensure. Supervisors are licensed as Massachusetts psychologists and health service providers. Fellows also have the potential supervise one to two advanced pre-doctoral trainees and receive supervision of their supervision.

Fellows also participate in didactic training each week. Training topics are varied, but focus across a few specific themes: developing knowledge and skills important to college mental health (e.g., emerging adulthood/development; alcohol and drug abuse; crisis intervention); developing awareness and skills related to working with a diverse client population; and working in a brief therapy model. Fellows also present on their areas of interest to the staff and other trainees.

Goals of the Fellowship:

  1. To develop competency in providing effective, culturally responsive psychotherapy in a brief therapy model at a level which is ready for independent licensure.
  2. To develop skills beyond the psychotherapy office, including providing outreach, consultation, and training to a university community to promote the greater well-being of the campus.
  3. To finish the requirements training and supervision components for licensure in the state of Massachusetts, which will allow the fellow to sit for licensure at the completion of their time at SSU. Time is provided in May and June for the fellow to prepare for the EPPP.


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