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.
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.