The Post-Master’s Fellowship at the CSU Health Network is designed to prepare individuals for a staff position in a university counseling service, with particular emphasis on social workers or counselors wishing to work at universities that have integrated their mental health and medical services. The training of clinically skilled, ethical, self-aware, and culturally competent mental health professionals is central to our mission.
A primary focus of the fellowship is the consolidation of clinical skills, to prepare Fellows for licensure and independent practice. In the first year of the fellowship, Fellows will obtain specialized training in the treatment of issues related to alcohol and other drug use through the DAY (Drugs, Alcohol, & You) Programs. During this year, they will work with both mandated and voluntary students as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team. The Fellow’s clinical hours will be divided between facilitation of psycho-educational workshops, national best practice programs such as BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students), individual therapy with a focus on Motivational Interviewing, harm reduction groups, and participation in the DAY Program’s multidisciplinary treatment team called Open to Change (OTC). OTC is the first treatment model of its kind, adapting components of the “Drug Court Model” for college students. Fellows may also work with group and individual clients through General Services, and provide crisis and triage services during a weekly shift as a member of our OCC (On Call Counseling) team.
In the second year of the fellowship, Fellows will work primarily in General Services, where they will have the opportunity to provide individual/group therapy, and initial consultations (intakes). Fellows may also have the opportunity to gain specialized training in an area of interest such as: trauma or eating disorders.
Fellows also are expected to commit to the development of cultural competence through self-examination and participation in university-based outreach and prevention services for both the general student population and underrepresented groups on campus. The CSU Health Network has a strong commitment to multiculturalism and has solid working relationships with the various Diversity Programs and Services Offices on campus.
Clinicians in our counseling center serve the mental health needs of students in a variety of ways. General Services includes individual psychotherapy, a vibrant group therapy program, and crisis intervention services. We work to foster team-based collaboration between our medical staff and mental health professionals and provide experience working within a medical context through several interdisciplinary treatment teams. Specialty programs including the DAY Programs (treatment related to substance use/abuse and other addictions) and the iTEAM (DBT-informed post-hospitalization program providing integrated care to clients experiencing an acute mental health crisis) provide additional opportunities for students to receive specialized care. The CSUHN has a strong commitment to social justice advocacy and has solid working relationships with the various Student Diversity Programs and Services offices on campus.
The training of clinically-competent, ethical, self-aware, and culturally sensitive psychologists is central to our mission. (Please click here for more information on the training program’s commitment to diversity.) We provide training to as many as thirty graduate students from diverse disciplines each year. All training is provided on site. The CSUHN does not use any distance education technologies for training or supervision. The seven training cohorts that comprise our training program are described very briefly below.
Our Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1973 and was one of the first university counseling services to earn this recognition. Our Master’s Internships in Social Work and Counseling are offered to students from CSU and other regional institutions. Advanced Practicum placements are open to third, fourth, and fifth year doctoral psychology graduate students from CSU and nearby universities, and GSA positions are sometimes offered to advanced-level doctoral psychology graduate students in CSU’s Counseling Psychology graduate program. The second year Psychology Practicum (Prac 1) also is offered in conjunction with CSU’s doctoral program in Counseling Psychology and is only open to their students. We also offer Post-Doctoral and Post-Masters Fellowships. These fellowships provide opportunities to continue to build skills as a generalist clinician while also developing skills working with one or more specialized areas (DAY Programs and iTEAM).
Focus 1 – General Clinical Services:
Goal: Fellows consolidate traditional clinical skills in the General Services branch of CSUHN Counseling Services.
Service Experiences: Services in this area include individual therapy, group therapy, initial consultations, and daytime on-call (triage). Commensurate with their advanced training status, Fellows typically have the opportunity to work with more challenging clients and to be the senior co-leader in therapy groups. Fellows will also occasionally be asked to participate in after-hours crisis or outreach work.
Focus 2 – Alcohol and Other Drug Use:
Goal: Fellows gain specialized skills working with individuals who are experiencing problems related to their use of alcohol and other drugs.
Service Experiences: Fellows will work as part of our DAY (Drugs, Alcohol, and You) Team. The Fellow’s clinical hours may be divided between facilitation of psycho-educational workshops, national best practice programs such as BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students), individual therapy with a focus on Motivational Interviewing, harm reduction groups, and participation in the Open to Change (OTC) multidisciplinary treatment team. OTC is an innovative program, designed for working with students who are in need of substance use treatment and includes two tracks. Track A is a shorter amount of time and less intensive. Track B includes multiple phases and an aftercare component. The Fellow may have the unique opportunity to participate in all aspects of this multidisciplinary program, which uses a combination of sanctions and incentives to encourage positive change, while providing individualized treatment, psychoeducation, and compliance monitoring. Approximately 75-85% of students in the DAY Program are typically mandated through the university conduct system; however, the Fellow will also work with a growing voluntary population of students whose goals are abstinence or decreased use.
Focus 3 – Cultural Competence:
Goal: Fellows develop as culturally competent clinicians through self-examination and participation in university-based outreach and prevention.
Service Experiences: Fellows are encouraged to engage in self-examination through individual supervision and possible participation in the Diversity Seminar or senior staff Diversity Dialogues. Fellows also engage in university-based outreach and prevention services adapted for both the general student population and underrepresented groups on campus, including the need for advocacy and social justice interventions.
Individual Supervision: The Fellow’s primary supervisor provides 1.5 hours of scheduled supervision each week, as well as being available for impromptu consultations as needed. Supervision focuses on individual psychotherapy, consultation on supervision, and support for the fellows professional development. Primary supervisors for Post-Master’s Fellows are all licensed mental health professionals. Primary supervisors are rotated each semester, so that the Fellows have the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of theoretical orientations and professional styles.
Group Supervision of Group Therapy: Depending upon their level of previous group therapy experience, the Fellows may participate in a group therapy seminar. This group experience provides an opportunity for case conference-type reflection and dialogue, for brainstorming alternative interventions, and for enhancing knowledge about group stages and processes and group therapy ethics, as well as the opportunity to discuss co-leader relationships.
Seminars: Fellows may participate in additional seminars depending on their level of experience and current training interests/needs. Fellows attend a Professional Development seminar that meets every other week for one hour, with the goal of providing support for the Fellows as they negotiate the transition from trainee to emerging professional.
In-service Training: A joint in-service training with mental health and medical staff is scheduled each month throughout the academic year. Retreats with all CSUHN staff are held in January and August. National conferences and symposia are regularly sponsored at CSU in a wide variety of areas.
Clinical Administration: Fellows are allotted at least five hours each week to write clinical notes, make phone calls, respond to emails, and tend to other administrative tasks.
Broad-based training is essential for developing professionals.
We value the contributions of our own and other professional disciplines to the training program, recognizing that a diverse set of knowledge and skills are essential for effective practice.
Psychological theory and research are the foundation for competent practice.
The training staff believes that psychological theory and scientific research provide a foundation for conceptualization and intervention. The practice of mental health professionals should be grounded in theories relevant to their discipline and the supporting scientific literature.
An optimal learning environment is supportive and challenging.
We believe that learning is facilitated by an environment in which challenge is balanced with support. We value an open environment in which ideas can be explored and it is safe to make mistakes. We encourage trainees to honestly assess their professional strengths and limitations so that we may collaboratively establish training goals.
A commitment to self-awareness and a willingness to monitor the impact of personal needs on professional behavior are expected of all members of the staff.
Effectiveness as a mental health professional is not simply the result of skills acquisition, but rather the successful synthesis of competence and personal maturity that results in self-regulated, ethical behavior. Self-knowledge, self-care, and the ability to balance one’s personal and professional lives are essential to being an effective role model and instrument of change.
Each trainee and staff member has the right to be treated with respect.
Respect, honest communication, cooperation in meeting goals, and the support of one’s colleagues are central to a productive work environment. Evidence of bias, stereotyped thinking, and prejudicial beliefs and attitudes will not go unchallenged, even when such behavior is rationalized as a being a function of ignorance, joking, or cultural differences.
Respect for human diversity is a fundamental component of all activities.
The CSU Health Network bases all its programs and services, including training, on a philosophy that affirms the dignity of all people. We expect staff and trainees to be committed to the social values of respect for diversity, inclusion and equity. Both trainers and trainees should demonstrate a willingness to examine their own assumptions, behaviors, and values so that they may work effectively (as clinicians, teachers, mentors, and advocates) with “cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status” (APA Ethics Code, 2002, Principle E).
We believe that becoming a competent psychologist, social worker or counselor is a developmental process requiring graduated experiences and training. Consequently, the CSUHN offers training experiences from beginning practica through postdoctoral fellowships. The didactic instruction and supervised practice opportunities vary according to the level of training and the readiness of the individual student. As trainees gain experience, expectations for more advanced professional skills, greater self-awareness and autonomous functioning increase.
We place a high value on the integration of one’s personal and professional identities. We strive to tailor each student’s experience to their individual needs within the structured activities of our training program. Ongoing self-assessment of one’s strengths and limitations is encouraged. When coupled with the supervisory feedback of multiple staff members who are committed to training new professionals, there is great opportunity for personal and professional development.
Evaluation of Fellow Performance:
At the beginning of each semester, each Fellow and his/her supervisor work together to set individual goals for the semester. At mid-semester and at the end of Fall and Spring Semesters (January & May), the training staff meets with each Fellow to provide feedback about their respective performances and to solicit feedback about the Fellow’s training experience. The Supervisor’s Evaluation of Post-Masters Social Work or Counseling Fellow form is completed at this time. An abbreviated evaluation is conducted in July during the Exit Interview with the Fellow, individual supervisor, and Training Director. The content areas covered on the written evaluations forms match the two foci of the post-master’s program:
- Clinical Services
- Cultural Competence
In addition, broader aspects of professional behavior that are reviewed include:
- Professional Values and Identity
- Self-Assessment and Self-Care
- Professional Relationships
- Ethical and Legal Standards
Fellow Feedback for Supervisors and Training Staff:
At mid-semester and at the conclusion of each semester, Fellows will have an opportunity to complete formal evaluations of their clinical supervisors and group co-leaders. Evaluations of training seminars/group supervision are completed at the end of the seminar. An Exit Survey is completed online by Fellows at the end of the Fellowship and a similar Post Fellowship Survey is sent to Fellows two years after completion. Fellows are encouraged to provide on-going feedback to the training staff throughout the year.
The State of Colorado currently insures itself against litigation and will provide legal counsel and indemnification for employees (both paid and unpaid) in civil suits. Additional malpractice insurance is not required by Colorado State University.
Fellows receive a faculty I.D. card which allows them to use the CSU library and check out materials for an extended length of time. They are also entitled to purchase a Faculty parking permit. Fellows receive clerical and technical support for client scheduling, business travel arrangements, computing, and general office functions. Each Fellow has a private, fully furnished office with a computer and video recording equipment.
- Completion of a Master’s degree between May 1, 2022 and August 22, 2023 from an accredited program in either Counseling or Social Work. This is defined as having either the diploma in hand or a letter from the graduate program director verifying the completion of all degree requirements pending institution graduation ceremony.
- Completion of either an Internship or Field Placement at a university counseling service or community agency. This clinical experience must be completed before beginning the fellowship, except as described below.
- Applicants whose Internship or Field Placement is scheduled to be completed after August 1, 2023 should discuss this conflict with the supervisor of that field placement prior to applying for this fellowship position, to see if the internship can be completed sooner (i.e., by working extra hours or using vacation or professional development time).
- Applicants who are able to negotiate an earlier completion of their internship in this way will be given full consideration for the Post-Master’s Fellowship.
- Applicants who are scheduled to complete their Internship/Field Placement in August are still eligible for the Post-Master’s Fellowship, provided they can attend the majority of the orientation training period (August 1-18, 2023) and make up the remainder of their Internship/Field Placement hours following completion of the orientation. Such applicants should include an anticipated schedule of Internship/Field Placement completion in their verification letter. Leave time for completion of Internship/Field Placement will then be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
- Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by written and verbal communication, awareness of impact of self on others, and commitment to personal growth and self-reflection
- Demonstrated knowledge, ability, and commitment to working with culturally diverse communities
- Strong clinical skills including working with complex clinical presentation, students in crisis, and completing risk assessments
- Experience providing clinical services to a college student/young adult population
- Experience providing group psychotherapy, including experience facilitating interpersonal process groups
- Professional commitment to serving clients whose substance use has resulted in negative consequences as demonstrated through active participation, intentional professional development, reading articles/research, engaging in the exploration of various treatment modalities (e.g., Twelve Step meetings, Rational Recovery, Smart Recovery, etc.) and/or participating in other opportunities for further learning
- Experience working on a multidisciplinary team (preferably including psychiatry providers, primary care providers, and mental health providers)
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented setting
- Outreach and prevention programming experience
- Clinical experience incorporating the Stages of Change and utilizing Brief Motivational Interviewing
Fellowship applicants should submit applications online at:
Applicants needing assistance to submit materials may contact Ginny Laahs,
Complete applications must include:
- A cover letter that addresses your interest in the program and the ways in which you meet the Required Job Qualifications and the Preferred Job Qualifications (uploaded under Cover Letter).
- A Curriculum Vitae (uploaded under Curriculum Vitae) or resume.
- A copy of your diploma OR a letter verifying anticipated completion of your master’s degree by August 21, 2023 from the Department Chair or Training Director of your graduate program. This letter should also verify the anticipated completion of your Internship or Field Placement at a university counseling service or equivalent clinical experience by August 21, 2023(uploaded under Other).
- All graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) (uploaded under Unofficial Transcripts).
- Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) professional references, two of whom must be familiar with the applicant’s clinical work (uploaded under List of Professional References). References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
- A completed Summary of Clinical Hours form (uploaded under Special Required Documentation).
- A brief DE-IDENTIFIED clinical writing sample from your most recent clinical placement. This could be an intake report, case summary, or similar piece of clinical writing. Following HIPAA guidelines, copies of Electronic Health Records (EHR) will not be accepted (uploaded under Writing Samples).
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PhD (Clinical Psychology) – Fuller Graduate School of Psychology (1989)
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Senior Staff, iTEAM
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