Post-Doctoral Counselor Resident

Job description

Job no: 498543
Work type: Non-Instructional Faculty (Coach/Counselor/Librarian)
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Counselor (Non-instructional Faculty), Temporary

Department Summary

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides quality services to students so they can achieve their goals of becoming successful graduates of San José State University, both academically and socially. To fulfill this objective, we look at the whole student and provide guidance and tools to become productive and well rounded. Professionally trained psychologists, social workers, and counselors are available for students on an individual, couple, or group basis for counseling on a variety of psychological and academic issues. In addition, we provide services such as outreach presentations for students, student groups, staff, and faculty; consultations on issues of student mental health and campus climate; and professional training, teaching, and supervision for future mental health personnel, consistent with the educational mission of the University.

Mission Statement

CAPS advances personal development, enhances student learning, and addresses life crises by providing culturally inclusive mental health services and educational counseling.

To learn more about CAPS, please visit:

Description of Residency

The Multicultural Postdoctoral Residency is a 1500-hour program beginning in mid-August, 2020 and ending late-May, with an option to extend to August 2021. A postdoctoral resident will be expected to perform all the duties of a generalist clinician in a comprehensive multicultural university counseling center and will receive supervision according to the State of California Board of Psychology guidelines. Duties include but are not limited to: short-term individual, group, and couples counseling; possible supervision of practicum or psychology intern students; counseling assessment and referral; crisis intervention; consultation with students, faculty, staff, and parents; and development of campus outreach activities for a target population (e.g., International students, students who identify with a specific religious group, students with disabilities, LGBT Resource Center, Cross-cultural center). The Multicultural postdoctoral residency also provides the opportunity to develop or continue an area of emphasis regarding cultural diversity. Applicants will need to indicate their area of interest for the specialization in their application cover letter.

Due to the unique professional development needs of Post-doctoral Residents, we encourage involvement in numerous forms of training and supervision of interns and practicum counselors. Post-doctoral residents attend Social Justice & Outreach Seminar, Diversity Discussion Group, attend a Supervision of Supervision or Professional Development seminar, provide (with a licensed psychologist) supervision to the psychology intern group supervision, and may have the opportunity to provide secondary supervision (30 minutes per week) to a practicum counselor (during one semester).

Multicultural Postdoctoral Residency Emphasis Area

A multicultural postdoctoral resident is expected to perform all the duties of a generalist clinician in a comprehensive multicultural university counseling center. Due to CAPS' commitment to the development of practitioners who promote social justice and consistently work from a multicultural lens, postdoctoral residents are provided supervision and training as they develop an area of focus related to a specific cultural group or topic related to multiculturalism and diversity. The multicultural postdoctoral resident is expected to engage in these activities as part of increasing their competency regarding the selected area of focus. The training coordinator, primary supervisor, and/or project mentor will provide support and guidance throughout these steps.

Residency Components

There are four major component areas of the Training Program. These areas are Cultural Diversity, Training (including Supervision), Direct Service, and Indirect Service.

Cultural Diversity

This component is considered one of the most important of the training program for residents and is woven throughout all other components. Cultural diversity themes appear in individual and group sessions, supervision, in the outreach programming in which residents take part, in the training seminar presentations, and in clinical meetings. In addition, there are many seminar experiences focusing on self-awareness of cultural identities. Additionally, CAPS hosts an annual one-day Multicultural Training Day conference, which residents attend. Residents have the option to deliver presentations at the conference.


Tentative Seminars Attended by Post-doctoral Residents

Supervision of Supervision Seminar: The Supervision of Supervision Seminar is facilitated by a licensed Psychologist and attended by only postdoctoral residents. The opportunity to provide supervision to a practicum counselor is dependent on the number of practicum interns available, the requirements set forth by the practicum's training program, and with approval from the resident's primary supervisor and Training Committee. Post-doctoral residents may also obtain supervision experience by co-facilitating outreach activities, workshops, and groups with pre-doctoral interns and/or practicum trainees.

Social Justice and Outreach Seminar: The Social Justice and Outreach Seminar occurs during the Fall semester and is led by a licensed psychologist. Trainees will discuss the role of Psychologists in addressing social justice issues that may prevent or alleviate mental health struggles; explore the relationship between social justice and the development of outreach services and programs; and may help in developing specialization areas in which they focus their outreach and group efforts (e.g., LGBT student services, cross-cultural center, international students, substance abuse, eating disorders and body image, suicide prevention).

Diversity Discussion Group: This group is an opportunity for trainees to develop their awareness in diversity through discussion and interpersonal group process and is led by a licensed psychologist. It is conducted for 1.5 hours per week, subject to change based on the group's interest and needs. Our agency believes that self- awareness is vital to the development of a competent practitioner. Thus, trainees will be invited to present on their own cultural identities, discuss diversity issues that arise in the everyday setting and larger society, how these relate to their own social identities, and reflect on how these impact interpersonal and relational dynamics. The purpose of this is to help trainees advance their multicultural awareness and cultural humility in order to better serve their clients. Although this group serves clinical work, it is not supervision or about specific cases. In order to ensure the emotional safety of trainees, information discussed in this group is entirely confidential and is not part of the evaluation process.

Seminars Co-Facilitated by Post-doctoral Residents:

  • Co-Facilitating Group Supervision: Postdoctoral residents may have the opportunity to co-lead Group Supervision for one semester out of the academic year. Group Supervision will be co-led with a licensed psychologist and is attended by the interns. Group supervision provides a forum for the psychology interns to discuss clinical work and improve clinical skills, whereas it is an opportunity for the postdoctoral resident to provide clinical guidance, practice ethical decision making, and develop their identity as a supervisor.

Supervision/Case Consultation:

  • Individual (1:1) Supervision (all trainees): CAPS meets or exceeds the supervision requirement in the Board of Psychology's Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) regulation. Residents will be provided with supervision for at least 10% (4 or 4.5 hours) of the total time worked each week. Post-doctoral residents will have at least one hour per week of individual face-to-face (or virtual, as permitted by the Board and required during Shelter in Place) supervision for the training year.

Supervisor assignments for the Fall semester are made by the Training Committee. All trainees are required to change supervisors during the second semester to obtain a breadth of orientations, techniques, and styles. For the second semester, trainees' preferences for supervisors are solicited and considered in assignments made by the Training Committee. Every effort is made to match requests.

Group Supervision: Group supervision occurs one hour per week. Group supervision is led by a licensed clinician. Group supervision provides a forum for discussing clinical work and improving clinical skills, as well as professional development issues.

Clinical Consultation Meeting: This weekly meeting is for all faculty counselors, educational counselors, psychiatrists, and trainees. It is an opportunity to present cases to one another and engage in consultation. The emphasis in the meeting is on viewing our work as a team effort to provide the best possible service to students.

Audio/Video Recording: Post-doctoral residents are encouraged to consult with their training coordinator and supervisors to determine whether to video record sessions. Post-doctoral residents may be asked to record telehealth sessions, or during the beginning of the semester, and as needed for training purposes.

Direct Service

Direct service hours are provided through individual, couple, and group counseling sessions; outreach presentations; assessment and crises coverage, and providing supervision. Postdoctoral residents are expected to deliver 22.5 hours per week in Fall semester and 24.5 hours of direct service per week in the Spring.

Individual/Couple Psychotherapy: Trainees are expected to accrue the majority of the direct service hours through work with individual clients. The size of the caseload varies considerably depending on whether clients are seen weekly or less often. Clinical load may also vary during slower times of the year, such as winter break and the beginning of fall semester, and higher during peak times such as midterms and finals.

Groups: Trainees may be involved in providing group therapy. Formation of groups will be discussed in orientation, individual and group supervision. Groups are supervised by the licensed clinician co-leading the group, or the designated supervisor.

Outreach, Workshops, and Consultation: Trainees are encouraged to be involved in various CAPS programming. Trainees are encouraged to present psycho-educational workshops as part of the “Lifeskills Workshops” that are managed by Educational Counselors at CAPS. Topics may include: stress management, procrastination, time management, cross-cultural communication skills, sleep hygiene, and many more. Trainees may also be part of programs presented during re-occurring campus events such as Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Transgender Awareness Week, or African American History month. Trainees may establish consultation relationships with any number of student organizations or offices, including: Gender Equity Center, MOSAIC Cross-Cultural Center, Athletics Department, Residence Life, Accessible Education Center, The Greek System, Mental Health Ambassadors (student group de-stigmatizing mental health services), Thousand Stars (suicide prevention programming), and Peers In Pride (LGBTQ mentoring program) or the Pride Center. Time spent on these projects varies widely. Trainees are welcome to suggest programs based on their interest areas.

Triage and Crisis Coverage: Postdoctoral Residents will be required to have triage appointments per week (4 x 30 minute assessments or 2 hours); triage appointments are generally the entry point for our students and are scheduled appointments that last approximately 20 minutes and are designed to assess the student’s reason for wanting personal counseling, assess for risk, and plan treatment. After the triage appointment, if determined to be appropriate for our services, the student is either scheduled an intake or personal returning or placed on the waitlist to be assigned to an appropriate counselor (this depends on schedules and time of the semester).

CAPS provides crisis services between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Each semester, a variety of crisis cases demand our attention. These include walk-in clients who seem to be in crisis, calls from staff in the residence halls, or requests from faculty or staff to consult about troubled students. Postdoctoral Residents are required to have 2 hours of crisis coverage per week, during which you manage any crises that arise/come into the center. In addition to the assigned shift, from time to time all counselors may be called on to assist with crisis situations or cover for other team members.

Trainees are not responsible for after-hour emergency coverage. All after-hours emergency coverage is managed by department administrators.

Indirect Service

Peer Support Meetings: Each level of trainee group is encouraged to develop a weekly meeting or lunch to support each other and process their unique developmental experiences. Meetings may focus on supporting each other through transitions, discussing issues that come up around working in CAPS, and processing the dynamics within the cohort. This experience is optional but highly encouraged for post-doctoral residents.

Case Management: Trainees schedule time into their weekly schedules to complete their case records, review session recordings, and attend to other administrative tasks. In addition, certain blocks of free time for this will present themselves from time to time (e.g., cancellations, no-shows).

Other Consultation, Club, or Committee Work: In the past, trainees have become involved with other organizations that correspond to their own interests. These have included the Career Services; Health Services; MOSAIC Cross-cultural Center; Cesar Chavez Community Action Center; Pride Center; Gender Equity Center; Athletic Department, etc. Postdoctoral residents also may have the opportunity to sit on search committees (e.g., for CAPS’s APA-accredited psychology internship).

Attendance at Division or Departmental Meetings and Functions: As part of CAPS, trainees attend various meetings throughout the year that involve the staff and faculty, such as Student Services meetings and functions. CAPS also provides 1-3 trainings per year to all staff, including trainees.

Other Training Opportunities

Case Presentations/Mock Job Interviews: Post-doctoral residents, due to their unique developmental needs, are required to complete a form of professional development during the training year. The resident will provide one case presentation and a mock job interview is optional. Presentations will be provided to the training committee in a scheduled meeting.

Multicultural Project: Post-doctoral residents will also complete a special multicultural project that focuses on post-doctoral residents’ interest area. Multicultural postdoctoral residents will have an opportunity to create or join a project that focuses on a student population. Due to Counseling and Psychological Services’ commitment to the development of practitioners who promote social justice and consistently work within a multicultural lens, postdoctoral residents are provided guidance as they develop an area of focus related to a specific cultural group or topic related to multiculturalism and diversity. The Training Coordinator or designee will meet with the postdocs in the Fall Semester to provide initial guidance and connect the postdocs to the appropriate collaborator on campus.

Required Qualifications

Prior to the start of the placement, applicants must have completed the minimum requirements:

  • Doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology from an accredited educational institution, completed or anticipated by start of placement.
  • 1500 pre-doctoral internship hours.
  • Must have university counseling center experience.
  • Must have experience facilitating groups and workshops.
  • Applicants must demonstrate experience with college student mental health, crisis intervention and risk assessment, and clinical practice with diverse adult populations.
  • Applicants must specify an area of emphasis for their multicultural postdoctoral project in their application cover letter.

Preferred Qualifications

The following preferred qualifications are also taken into consideration for applicants:

  • Experience in working with an ethnically, or otherwise diverse student population.
  • Experience conducting brief therapy and consultation to campus partners
  • Strong interest and/or experience in one of these areas: suicide intervention, LGBT issues, outreaching to historically oppressed racial/ethnic, religious, or ability groups, or alcohol and/or substance use interventions.
  • APA or APPIC accredited internship
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.

Conditional Appointment

Please be advised that an appointment is contingent upon budget and enrollment considerations and subject to order of assignment provisions in the collective bargaining agreement between California State University and California Faculty Association. These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in which available courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenure line faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.

Salary Range

The Multicultural Postdoctoral Residency for the 2021-2022 cohort will provide a comp rate of $3,696 a month from 8/9/21 – 5/27/22, with an option to extend to August in certain extenuating circumstances, primarily only to complete the 1500 hour requirement. Residents will have access to excellent medical and dental benefits. Residents will also have university privileges that include library use, access to a gym, discounts on public transportation, days off for holiday closures, and two personal holidays. Note that Residents interested in parking on campus lots must purchase a parking permit (approximately $100 per semester; please see Parking Services website).


Proof of eligibility for employment, required by U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, must have been furnished to Human Resources (University Personnel) Service Group before the start date.

Application Procedure

*** To receive full consideration, applications should be received by January 17, 2021, at 5:00 PM. It is our hope to notify applicants regarding interview offers by end of January/early February. Phone or video conference interviews will be offered to select applicants and will occur in February. CAPS will participate in a local Postdoctoral Uniform Notification Day (February 22, 2021). All position offers will be made on that day.

Please submit your application on the SJSU’s University Personnel Careers website at You must submit all of the application materials by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be accepted including all letters of recommendation and unofficial transcripts of your most recent completed degree. All letters (i.e., cover letter and letters of recommendation) need to be dated and have signatures. Please check these materials before submitting.

Applications will NOT be accepted if submitted to CAPS directly through mail and email (i.e., [email protected] and [email protected]).

Appointments to the University are contingent upon the completion of all documents prior to the start date. These documents include all transcripts, appropriate recommendations and references, completed SC-1, I-9 form, Accurate background check, and other related payroll and hire documents.

Questions about the program should be addressed to: Stephanie Preston, Psy.D. Training Coordinator for Postdoctoral Training Programs, Counseling and Psychological Services - [email protected]

We understand that the selection process can be quite stressful. We are happy to provide as much information as possible to make the process more pleasant. Those applicants who are determined to be a good fit will be invited to interview with two to three members of our Training Committee and other staff. Phone or video conference interviews will be made available. Interview offers will be made no later than mid-February. After interviews, position offers will be made on Postdoctoral Uniform Notification Day, scheduled for Monday, February 22, 2021.

The University

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked third nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Advertised: December 12, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Open until filled




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Posted: 12/13/2020
Application Due: 6/11/2021
Work Type: Full Time