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:
- At the counseling center, fellows continue to master of the core competencies for health service psychologists, with an emphasis on those most relevant to university mental health settings.
- At the student health center, fellows develop and/or enhance competencies for psychology practice in primary care settings, using the primary care behavioral health model of integrated care.
- At the external placement, fellows gain exposure to psychology practice 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).
Past graduates of the program have obtained employment in various settings including university counseling centers, federal prisons, private practice groups, and veterans' hospitals. The 2017-2018 fellowship year is scheduled to begin on August 1, 2017.