The USF Counseling Center is committed to training health service psychologists who are prepared to work independently as competent practitioners and leaders in university counseling centers and in integrated healthcare settings. To this end, the postdoctoral fellowship offers the following training opportunities:
- Post-doctoral fellows will select 1 of the following tracks to complete during their year of training:
a. Counseling Center
b. Behavioral Health in a Medical Setting (at Student Health Center)
c. Counseling Center (at USF Tampa) and Behavioral Health in a Medical Setting (at USF St. Petersburg) Hybrid. This rotation includes 3 days at USF Tampa and 2 days at USF St. Petersburg.
2. At the Counseling Center, fellows continue to master the core competencies for health service psychologists, with an emphasis on those most relevant to university mental health settings.
3. At the Student Health Center and USF St. Petersburg, fellows develop and/or enhance competencies for psychology practice in primary care settings, using the primary care behavioral health model of integrated care.
4. At USFSP, fellows will engage in a range of clinical experiences: behavioral health in a medical setting, services in a university mental health setting (intakes, follow-up appointments, outreach), and ADHD/LD assessment.
5. During the summer semester, fellows gain exposure to psychology practice through an external rotation in a more specialized healthcare setting.
During the fellowship, each postdoctoral fellow will accrue 2000 hours of supervised experience, which meets the postdoctoral professional experience requirements of licensure in Florida. Of these 2000 hours, 900 hours will be spent in activities related to direct client contact (e.g., individual and/or group therapy, behavioral health interventions, psychological testing, assessment activities, psycho-education, crisis interventions, case management, and consultation with other providers).
Work hours include some evenings.
Past graduates of the program have obtained employment in various settings including university counseling centers, federal prisons, private practice groups, and veterans' hospitals. The 2018-2019 fellowship year is scheduled to begin on August 1, 2018.