Components of the Postdoctoral Fellowship

Our program is based on an apprenticeship model in which staff psychologists and postdocs work collaboratively. During the early weeks of the fellowship year, postdocs will receiving training and support in the policies and procedures of PACS and they will begin to assume more responsibility and autonomy as they are ready.

The fellowship is designed to further develop the skills already established during internship by helping to increase the depth and breadth of the postdoctoral fellow’s experience conducting individual and group therapy, attending to and addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, teaching, consulting, outreach, and supervision. We seek to foster our postdoctoral fellows’ ability to practice independently and to achieve the competencies that are consistent with practice at an advanced level of functioning. Satisfactory completion of the year-long (i.e., 2000 hours) postdoctoral fellowship at PACS meets the requirements for licensure in the State of New Hampshire.

  1. Initial consultations: Postdocs are included in the initial consultations rotation and conduct approximately three consultations per week. These brief, comprehensive assessments lead to a case formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  2. Individual Counseling: Postdocs build a caseload of approximately 18 individual client hours per week. Postdocs work with individuals from diverse backgrounds, presenting with a wide range of concerns. The majority of psychotherapy provided at PACS is brief in nature (approximately 4-8 sessions). However, postdocs will also carry two longer-term training cases.
  3. Groups: Postdocs lead a semi-structured, support and/or therapy group with senior staff or interns during the fall and spring semesters. This involves a minimum weekly commitment of one and one-half hours.
  4. Crisis Intervention: Postdocs observe senior staff during urgent care appointments for the first few weeks of the fall term and eventually join the rotation with staff back‑up.
  5. Outreach and Consultation: Each semester postdocs develop and present several workshops for campus offices or classes. Postdocs spend considerable time during the summer months supervising the intern’s clinical specialty project and providing instruction as part of the didactic seminars.
  6. Supervision: Postdocs are trained and supervised in a model of supervision that includes didactic seminars and supervision of supervision.
  1. Individual Case Supervision: Each semester postdocs are assigned to work with a senior staff member whose interests best match their needs. The pair meets weekly for two hours of individual supervision, primarily around the initial consultations, crisis interventions, and the postdocs individual clinical caseload.
  2. Supervision of Group Work: Postdoctoral fellows provide weekly supervision to interns to examine issues of co‑leadership and group process as well as some individual supervision of intern’s individual cases.
  3. Staff Case Conference: Interns, postdoctoral fellows, and senior staff meet weekly for one hour to discuss cases.
  4. Staff Meetings: Postdocs attend weekly staff meetings.
  5. Professional Development Supervision: Postdocs meet weekly for one hour with the Director of Training. The purposes of these meetings are varied, reflecting the needs of the postdocs, including: processing the postdoctoral fellowship experience, clinical issues and case conceptualizations, professional development, and administrative details. In addition, postdocs may elect to attend some of the didactic seminars that would augment their professional development.
  6. Supervision of Supervision: Postdocs meet regularly to receive supervision of their supervision.
  7. Supervision of Outreach: Postdocs receive feedback on their workshop design and delivery as well as supervision around their outreach/educational competencies.
  1. Research and Scholarly Inquiry: Opportunities for research and scholarly inquiry come in the form of the clinical specialty project and journal club. For the clinical specialty project each postdoc supports an intern in their reading and study in a clinical area of interest and provides supervision throughout the summer session with a focus on integrating this learning with clinical experience.
  2. Professional Involvement: Postdocs are encouraged to become involved in professional organizations on local, state and national levels, and to attend conferences, and present papers.
  3. Specialty projects will be developed in consultation with the leadership team of PACS. These professional development opportunities extend the fellows’ training beyond that acquired during internship. Fellows chose a specialty focus that may include but is not limited to research, leadership, behavioral health, group treatment, or AOD prevention and treatment. Fellows will also develop and present two case presentations and a seminar to interns and senior staff in their specialty area.

Given the nature of the academic calendar and the ensuing demands upon university counseling centers, total number of hours per week will vary. In addition, mid-autumn and mid-spring are usually very busy times and trainees along with senior staff may work more than their contracted hours and may be required to work a few evening hours. However, Winter and Spring Break and the Summer Session are less demanding times for the center and trainees have more flexibility for scheduling professional development activities, and vacations. During the summer months clinical demand decreases significantly and more time is available for consultation and outreach and professional development in the fellow’s specialty area.