The Counseling Center of Nashua proudly offers two post-doctoral fellowship positions in Clinical Psychology with the possibility of more positions as needed. While we offer clinical services for a wide array of presentations and populations, preference of at least one post-doc position will go towards a Fellow who has training in child, adolescent, and adult therapeutic interventions. We were recently accredited by APPIC for the 2018-2019 year. We are aware that the program’s adherence to APPIC membership criteria does not guarantee that trainees in the program will meet individual State licensing requirements. Therefore, our program is set up to meet the supervised practice requirements for the State of New Hampshire. Please note that it is up to the trainee to ensure training requirements are met for any other state, which would be accommodated to the best of our ability.
Program Philosophy and Training Model
The mission of the Counseling Center of Nashua’s post-doctoral psychology program is to provide continued supervised clinical opportunities to Fellows who desire to develop advanced clinical skills in the areas of assessment and intervention. We offer advanced post-doctoral training within the traditional practice area of clinical psychology derived from the concepts associated with the practitioner-scholar model. We identify as clinicians who use practical applications of scholarly knowledge and training. From within this model Fellows will become more advanced in clinical practice that is both evidence-based and ethical. Through processes of individual and peer supervision, Fellows will be assisted with the integration of clinical conceptualization, clinical testing findings, and interventions based on individualized client need, and will gain needed clinical knowledge through weekly scholarly activities and consultation as well as the individual supervision meetings.
The Psychology Training Program views the post-doctoral fellowship position as a time to build on the training associated with entry-level practice, as Fellows are assisted through the process of becoming independent psychologists, preferably as long-term employees within the practice. The general goal of the post-doctoral training program is for each fellow to develop advanced skills in clinical intervention, assessment, diversity, consultation, and professional identity domains. Post doctoral candidates are encourage to take the EPPP prior to beginning their post doctoral year, if possible, or early in their post doctoral year, to allow for focus on clinical skill development and a rapid transition to becoming independently licensed upon completion of their post doc year.
All Fellows will be required to participate in 2 hours of regularly scheduled face-to-face individual supervision per week. Additional supervision may be added in the forms of individual or group supervision.
All fellows will participate in 2 hours of weekly didactics. Each week will focus on a different form of didactics:
1) Monthly Journal Club – Once a month on Wednesdays, led by Dr. Leonard, a Fellow will be required to choose, review, and facilitate a critique and discussion of an article chosen from a peer-reviewed psychology journal or information gathered from conference/graduate research groups or other training modules. This club is also open to other psychologists who wish to share and facilitate discussion on up-to-date psychological research.
2) Professional Development Seminar – Once a month on Wednesdays, Dr. Leonard will facilitate a seminar, which incorporates information in the form of lecture or readings on various developmental topics including licensure and topics relevant to early career psychologists.
3) CBT/Continuing Education Seminar Series – Every other week on Tuesdays, Dr. Lewis facilitates lectures, discussion, and/or overview of various evidence-based treatments within the orientation of cognitive-behavioral therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression (CBT-D), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), etc.
4) Case Conceptualization Seminar Series – Every other Tuesday, Dr. Leonard facilitates lectures and/or discussion based on clinically complex cases. Trainees and providers are welcome to bring their own difficult cases for case conceptualization purposes. Other topics include provider self-care, ethics, risk management strategies, and appropriate documentation.
5) There are additional peer consultation groups focused on various topics and populations that Fellows may attend depending upon their schedule and topic of interests. Current schedule for all consultation groups will be available for all providers.
The training year is a twelve-month commitment that has a flexible start date depending upon requests of the soon-to-be Fellows and their clinical needs with an approximate start date of August 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 training year. Full time fellows will complete at least 30 clinical units per week (or at least 22.5 clinical hours per week, depending upon the service rendered) over a 4½ day work week in the office with the additional ½ day set aside for professional development (i.e. studying for EPPP, prepping for licensure, etc.). The percentage of the Fellow’s time spent in direct service, including assessment, intervention, and consultation is at least 58-60%. Each Fellow receives two hours a week of individual supervision and is provided two hours a week of scheduled didactics. Please refer to list of didactics for descriptions.
Upon commencement of the Fellowship year, each Fellow will meet with his/her primary supervisor to determine where the Fellow currently standards in terms of competence, training, and education and develop a list of training needs, interests, and goals for the year. The fellow will be asked to fill out an initial Individualized Plan of Study to identify training strengths and weaknesses to assist in identifying areas of focus for both the Fellow and supervisor. The Plan of Study is considered to be individualized – a unique and a dynamic document that is specific to each Fellow and can be adjusted after discussion with supervisor.
Resources: Each fellow will receive:
Stipend: Full twelve-month stipend of $45,000. This stipend is $5,000 higher at base salary with other similar posts in the geographic region with the option of an additional $5,000 compensation opportunity if requested and necessary. The (up to) $5,000 compensation opportunity is to assist the fellow in meeting his/her financial or economic needs to maintain cost of living expenses. Under such circumstances, a fellow may request to add hours on a weekend to be in addition to the training workweek so that the fellow continues to maintain work-life balance during the typical training week. The opportunity is completely voluntary and will need to have the approval of all supervisors. The opportunity will be evaluated on an ongoing basis to determine whether the additional hours are interfering with the fellow’s training responsibilities as well as work-life balance.
Benefits package: Each fellow will receive the choice of health insurance, dental insurance, 401k assistance, optional FSA plan, dependent childcare expenses, and long-term disability plans.
Office: Each fellow will be provided an individual office space with a personal computer and access to the Electronic Health Record system. Training for the system will be offered prior to performing clinical work during general orientation.
Training Supplies: Each fellow will have access to many training supplies available for use. Psychological testing supplies may be borrowed from the training program. Office supplies are also available by request
Clinical/Technical support: Support staff can assist fellow with many questions pertaining to referrals, intake, scheduling, insurance, billing, technology, etc.
Most, if not all, post-docs will be scheduled to see clients at our main office in Nashua, NH with the possibility of the Manchester office. There may be an opportunity for post-doctoral fellows to move to different office locations once they are licensed and office space opens up with appropriate referrals. While we cannot guarantee that all post-docs will be assigned to the same office every day (the same guarantee we cannot provide our full-time providers), we will do our best to guarantee that all post-docs will have the same office on the same days of the week to maintain consistency.
Eligibility: Applicants who are attending a program in the process of regional or APA/CPA accreditation or who have obtained a professional doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institute of higher education or an APA/CPA-accredited program AND a pre-doctoral internship meeting APPIC standards. If requested, clear documentation will be required to demonstrate training has met standards. All applicants but have completed all requirements for their degree. Please note that completion of doctoral degree is defined as having a diploma in hand or a letter from the Director of Graduate Studies verifying completion of all degree requirements pending institution graduation ceremony on the FIRST day of the fellowship.
- Letter of interest outlining past training as well as fellowship and career goals
- Current curriculum vitae
- Three letters of recommendation (from faculty and/or clinical supervisors) or verbal references obtained over the phone addressing areas of structured reference format to establish competency in areas of clinical, record keeping, peer consultation/relationships, and report writing, in lieu of letters of recommendation.
- One de-identified writing sample of applicant’s choice in order for to review competency at report writing and/or treatment plan and clinical note writing
As this is our first year of being APPIC certified, we will be accepting application documents through email by emailing the Training Director at email@example.com for the 2018-2019 training year. Our plan is to utilize the APPA CAS with future Fellow cohorts.
Review of Applications: All applications will be reviewed by the Director of The Counseling Center of Nashua and the Training Director of the Psychology Training Program to determine a list of candidates to be invited for an interview. Among the considerations taken into account during this process are the applicant’s own stated goals and interests consistent with the program, the depth and breadth of past supervised training experiences, and quality of letters of recommendation. The list will be determined by a numeric rating system of each application; there are no specific cut-off scores as the entire applicant and his/her training experiences will be taken into account. As soon as possible, all applicants will be notified via e-mail as to whether or not they are invited for an interview.
In-person interviews are highly encouraged, as it is a time for both the applicant and the program to determine whether placement is a good fit. Interviews include a meeting with the Director and Training Director on an individual basis for 30-60 minutes as well as a current Fellow, if available. Effort will be made for the applicant to meet with a potential supervisor; however that will be determined by the supervisor’s schedule at that time. At minimum, a follow-up phone call with a potential supervisor will be offered to the applicant.
Methods of Fellow Evaluation: Upon entry, supervisors will collaboratively create goals, and generally assess current level of competency in each domain of clinical practice interest. Fellows will be formally evaluated two times during their fellowship year at the 6-month and 12-month mark or otherwise determined by the supervisor. If deemed necessary, additional formal evaluations may be added throughout the year for areas of identified growth, or upon request by the Fellow.
*Further information about the program is provided in the Fellow handbook – please click on link.