Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate School of Professional Psychology

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Work type: Postdoc / Research / Fellow
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Postdoc / Fellow

The University of Denver (DU) is committed to its vision as a great private university dedicated to the public good. One of the main tenets of DU's strategic plan, DU Impact 2025, is an emphasis on collaborating for the public good, seeking the biggest problems in our region and working to solve them by addressing social needs in Denver and the Rocky Mountain West.
The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) fulfills this mission by putting psychology to work in the world, to maximize its reach and deep human impact. We deliver on this mission by understanding the contexts in which our work is needed, training students accordingly, providing services and resources to individuals, providing tools to organizations and practitioners, and improving the environment for the practice of psychology. Our department is in high demand with nearly 700 applications for our 35 doctoral-level spots in the recent academic year, and with good reason, as our internship match rate is consistently 100%, competing with the national average of 79%.

Position Summary

The post-doctoral fellow will play an integral role in GSPP's mission by bridging two of our doctoral programs specialties in Substance Use Disorders and Perinatal and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH), thereby ensuring that the Expecting Well-Being Program meets the needs of those individuals and families most in need of comprehensive, high quality mental health and substance use services. The Expecting Well-Being Program is designed to address the perinatal and IECMH needs of our community and region via a comprehensive approach to enhanced psychoeducation, outreach, public policy, screening, in-person and tele-behavioral models of clinical services, and applied research. Housed within a collaborative, community-engaged, practitioner-scholar applied research program, the fellowship is an excellent opportunity for additional capacity and skill building post-graduation.

Prior to beginning the Expecting Well-Being (EWB) Postdoctoral Training Program in Clinical Psychology, all doctoral degree requirements must be completed, and candidates should hold a doctorate in clinical psychology or a closely related discipline. In addition, applicants must have completed or currently be in the process of completing an APA approved doctoral internship.

Candidates should be especially committed to our mission of aiding underserved communities and be interested in studying and providing comprehensive substance use and mental health screening, assessment, and clinical services to perinatal populations. Beyond direct service to clients/patients, the fellow will be provided opportunities for developing further experience and knowledge in the areas of consultation and supervision with student interns. Professional writing in the form of internal and external grants as well as presentations and publications related to EWB will be a primary role for the candidate in collaboration with the faculty leads. The candidate should demonstrate a collegial attitude, strong organizational skills, a high ethical standard, strong communication skills, an ability to work independently and in collaboration with multiple community partners, as well as reflective capacity and a commitment to personal growth.

Primary fellowship supervision is provided by Drs. Tracy Vozar and Jennifer Tippett from the doctoral program. The fellow will also be collaborating closely with other GSPP faculty and staff, the Caring for yoU and Baby (CUB) clinic staff, as well as GSPP and EWB graduate students. The fellow will receive individual supervision and attend EWB team sessions weekly. The goal of the EWB faculty is to provide high quality and diverse supervision opportunities, that can lead to licensure. Fellows have the responsibility to communicate their specific needs based on their licensure requirements and personal and professional development goals.

This fellowship opportunity is for a full-time position during a 12-month period with a flexible start date. The possibility to continue after completing the post-doc year will be tied to obtaining continued funding and thus not guaranteed. Weekly time commitments will vary depending on EWB clients, supervision needs, and ongoing writing projects, but it is expected that hours will average 37.5 per week. This position does qualify for benefits with the University of Denver.

Essential Functions

  • Direct Clinical Services: Implement direct clinical services in-person and via a tele-mental health approach with a perinatal population including screening and assessment as well as individual, couples, and family approaches to treatment. Collaborate with supervising faculty to develop and implement clinical services for substance using perinatal clients and family members. Provide psychoeducation around what to expect when accessing and rights related to substance use and mental health services. Seek, develop and coordinate community referrals across the state. Maintain client related paperwork in a timely manner. Actively participate in termination and discharge planning.
  • Professional writing: Along with the faculty leads, engage in professional writing projects including presentations, publications, and grant writing related to the mission of the EWB program. Authorship of all writing will be determined based on degree of effort and the Fellow is expected to be an author on all professional writing associated with this position.
  • Team Collaboration: Work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team context. Participate in clinical supervision, case consultations, administrative reviews and informal consultations as needed.

It is expected that the above tasks will require:

  • Average 37.5 hours/week commitment.
  • Minimum 12-month commitment (flexible start-end date)
  • A minimum of weekly one-hour supervision of clinical duties, with additional supervision opportunities as wanted/needed for growth and/or licensure
  • Opportunities for teaching graduate-level courses, according to interest, knowledge, and course availability
  • Weekly one-hour team meetings
  • Weekly supervision of graduate students, commensurate with prior coursework and experience in providing supervision
  • Independent and collaborative writing projects including presentations, publications, and grant-writing
  • Completion of all clinical and agency paperwork & billing
  • Other Duties as assigned or requested (i.e., teaching and additional supervision or clinical experiences).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Excellent skills in organization, attention to detail and time management (including the ability to meet deadlines)
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, recognize appropriate boundaries and cope with emotionally stressful situations
  • Knowledge of or ability to seek out community resources
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and effectively manage multiple priorities and ones own schedule
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Commitment to continued self-education around perinatal mental health and substance use disorders
  • Ability, as based on prior supervision experience, and willingness to co-facilitate supervision groups/consult with graduate students
  • Ability to respond to client emergencies such as risk assessments, safety planning and abuse reports as needed
  • Knowledge of and ability to work with the Titanium record keeping system
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the EWB team including Drs. Vozar, Tippett, and others

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in a mental health field recognized by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)
  • License eligible as an LPC, PsyD, PhD or LMFT
  • Two+ years of experience providing psychological services, including interest in or experience with serving a perinatal population, particularly those using or exposed to substances, to include the ability to intervene appropriately in a therapeutic manner based on the psychological presentation of clients.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check. In addition, this position requires submission of a Child Abuse Record.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Licensed as an LPC, PsyD, PhD or LMFT

Work Schedule

DU's business hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The schedule for this position may include evenings or other times outside of this range, based on the needs of clients, supervision, and ongoing writing projects. 

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Monday, September 9th, 2019.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range:

Participants of the post-graduate fellowship program will be offered a stipend in line with national fellowship salary guidelines set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. A curriculum vitae.
  2. Unofficial graduate transcript(s).
  3. Syllabi of any courses you have taught (optional).
  4. Professional writing sample(s).
  5. Cover letter including a statement of interest as to why you are interested in working with perinatal clients and families, particularly those affected by substance use.
  6. Three letters of reference, at least one of which should be from a direct clinical supervisor and one of which should be from your primary internship supervisor.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check. In addition, this position requires submission of a Child Abuse Record.

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