Postdoctoral Fellowship

Training Experiences

Fellows have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of required and optional clinical and non-clinical experiences during the year:

Required Experiences

Initial Appointments (IAs)
Fellows will conduct 1 IA per week during each of their rotations. During these appointments, clients will be assessed and referred for treatment at the Center (individual counseling, drop-in groups, interpersonal process groups, etc.), and/or referred for treatment at another campus agency (e.g., psychiatric services at Student Health Services) or in the community.

Individual Counseling
For clients deemed appropriate, fellows may provide short-term individual counseling. Fellows may also carry at least one longer-term client.

On-Call Emergency Coverage
Throughout the year, each fellow will provide 2 hours of on-call coverage for the Center.

Behavioral Health Consultations, Assessments and Interventions
At SHS, fellows will provide behavioral health consultations (to primary care providers[PCPSs]) and interventions (to patients) consistent with the primary care behavioral health model of integrated care (Robinson & Reiter, 2007). Following consultation with PCPs, assessments and interventions will focus on identifying a behavioral health change plan that can be implemented in one to four focused 15-30 minute appointments. Fellows continue to consult with PCPs throughout care provision to manage patients' needs.

External Placements
During their third rotations, each fellow will participate in a 16-hour weekly external rotation at Tampa General Hospital. Rogers Behavioral Health may also be a potential external rotation site. During their orientation, fellows will have the opportunity to learn more about potential external rotation sites. External rotations sites will be finalized in consultation with the Postdoctoral Coordinator at the beginning of the first rotation.

Postdoctoral Training Seminar
Each fellow is required to participate in the professional development seminar, which meets weekly and focuses upon issues that are tailored to the fellows and their developmental needs. Topics may include: professional development issues, integrated health care practice, health psychology, multicultural issues, and clinical treatment issues. Presenters include mental health or medical providers from the CC, SHS, TGH, or the Tampa community.

Case Presentations
Each fellow is required to do one case presentation during the training year to the joint staffs of the CC and SHS. The presentation should focus on a case that was managed (at least initially) at SHS, and should highlight differences between behavioral health and specialty mental health treatment models. Presentations that demonstrate collaboration/consultation among multiple providers may be especially interesting to the target audience.

Meeting Participation
Fellows are expected to attend the Counseling Center's bi-weekly all-staff meeting, weekly clinical team meeting, and periodic in-service presentations. Fellows are also expected to attend the monthly staff meetings (1st Wednesday of every month) and educational meetings (3rd Wednesday of every month) at SHS.

Optional Experiences

Behavioral Health Group Programming
During the year, fellows may elect to provide programming to assist patients with chronic or other health conditions in a group format. Fellows will co-facilitate the group and will be responsible for marketing the group, recruiting participants, and identifying the group content, which will be approved by the Medical Director at SHS and the Postdoctoral Training Coordinator.

Group Therapy
During each of their rotations, fellows may have the opportunity to co-facilitate one of the many groups offered as a part of the Center's robust group program. However, participation in group may not disrupt the fellow's ability to accept new clients on to their caseload. The decision to participate in a group should be made in collaboration with the primary supervisor, the postdoctoral training coordinator, the training director, the coordinator of the group program, and the facilitator of the group.

Consultation and Outreach Programming
Throughout the year, fellows may have the opportunity to offer consultation and outreach programming to campus constituents. Consultation and outreach activities are considered direct service; however, these activities should not consistently and/or substantially detract from the fellow's ability to provide his or her contracted weekly clinical hours.