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Boston College | 2015-2016

Boston College
University Counseling Services
Gasson Hall 001
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Administrative Director: Thomas P. McGuinness, Ph.D.
Director of Training: Julie AhnAllen, Ph.D.

Contact: Julie AhnAllen, Ph.D.
Telephone: (617) 552-3310
Email: ahnallen@bc.edu
Website: www.bc.edu/offices/counseling/postdoc.html

Application Deadline: December 29, 2014
Number of Positions: Three(3)
Interviews Begin: January 2015
Stipend: at least $33,804 (eleven months)
Benefits: Full benefits including medical, dental, disability and life insurance; approx. 18 vacation days; approx. 15 holidays; unlimited sick time; and free tuition for BC courses.
Hours/Week: 40 hours plus periodic on-call responsibility
Term of Fellowship: August 17, 2015 – July 15, 2016
Applicants/Year: 60-70
Number licensed psychologists: 9
Does the Program Hire Former/Current Fellows: Yes, but staff positions rarely open.

Requirements: Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated interest in university mental health work. Additionally, prior to beginning the fellowship, each incoming postdoctoral Fellow must have completed all requirements for his or her doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning, including an internship meeting APPIC standards and defense of his or her dissertation. (APPIC internship standards can be found under the "policies" heading at www.appic.org). If the applicant is uncertain of his/her status in this regard, he/she should contact the Director of Training before submitting his/her application.

Duties of the Fellow: Fellows provide the full range of counseling services to the Boston College campus including evaluations, individual psychotherapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, on-call coverage, consultation, and community outreach. The fellowship also provides rich opportunities to collaborate with other offices and, on occasion, to develop and pursue new initiatives.

Supervision and Seminars:

Fellows receive at least two hours of individual supervision weekly, with adjunctive consultation as needed for particular training experiences. Fellows additionally receive 1.5 hours of group supervision per week. Fellows attend a weekly case conference; professional development events; and a regular administrative staff meeting. Fellows participate in a series of professional practice sessions aimed at discussing and facilitating the developmental transitions of early career psychologists.  Additionally, fellows participate in ongoing multicultural conversation hour to explore issues of cultural identities as it applies to the clinical work as well as personal and professional development.

Goals of the Fellowship: The University Counseling Services (UCS) at Boston College has a diverse clientele of late-adolescent and adult students who present with a wide range of concerns, characterological issues, and severe psychopathology. Our service emphasizes psychodynamic, developmental, and culturally-sensitive approaches to formulating client difficulties and value thoughtful interventions, counseling, and psychotherapy. While the work at UCS is primarily time-sensitive and short-term, Fellows have some opportunity for longer-term clinical experiences. The fellowship aims to prepare future psychologists who are highly skilled clinicians with an expertise in university mental health practice. Through their participation in emergency mental health services to the campus after hours, Fellows also become extremely adept at triaging and managing psychiatric emergencies. At the end of the training year, Fellows normally will have well exceeded the 1600 hours of postdoctoral experience required by Massachusetts licensing regulations.

Application Process: Application materials and instructions are on our website (see above).

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