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Doctoral Intern

University of South Carolina

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Doctoral Intern - Psychiatry

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Doctoral Intern



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Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support


SAAS UHS Counseling

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Full Time

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Standard working schedule: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department.

Type of Staff Position:

Staff Research Grant (SRGP)

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12 months

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Health and Human Services

About University of South Carolina:

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Inclusive Excellence Statement:

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

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Advertised Job Summary:

The Doctoral Intern is responsible for providing psychological and outreach services through Counseling & Psychiatry to the University of South Carolina students under the supervision of Licensed Psychologists. Doctoral Interns receive training and supervision to enhance skills and insure competent service delivery. The Doctoral Intern will participate in the following job duties and responsibilities:
• Function as a trainee-member of the clinical staff of Student Health Services Counseling & Psychiatry
• Provide a broad range of counseling and psychological services to students, including, but not limited to, intake evaluation and assessment, treatment planning, and treatment provision within the modalities of individual, couples and group psychotherapy
• Provide crisis intervention and management
• Provide psychological consultation to families, faculty and staff, and other Student Health Services staff
• Support the university community through outreach programming and intervention and participate in a minimum of one Counseling outreach initiative each academic semester.
• Participate in medical home model by collaborating with interdisciplinary partners within Student Health Services (General Medicine, Psychiatry, Nutrition, Student Wellness, etc.)
• Provide training and clinical supervision to trainees as assigned
• Administer, interpret, and write fully integrated psychological assessment reports.
• Participate in weekly clinical team and staff meeting with other interns, faculty & staff regarding student mental health needs and current mental health issues.
• Provide walk-in coverage during regular business hours for students in acute emotional distress.
• Practice in accordance with the ethics promulgated by the American Psychological Association, state law and licensing regulations, AAAHC standards, and all other departmental policies and procedures
• Provide other Clinical and Community Based Services as assigned by supervisor, Training Director, or Director of Counseling and Psychiatry

Required Education and Experience:

Applicants must be doctoral level psychology students who have completed all coursework and other requirements of an APA or CPA accredited doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology to allow them to be eligible to attend their doctoral internship. Applicants must possess well-developed interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills and have the ability to relate to a diverse university community. Applicants must participate in the APPIC national matching process.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Skill with group dynamics.
- Skill to establish professional work relationships with all unit and campus personnel, clients, members of the public and off campus agencies.
- Experience working in a university counseling service with strong student service orientation.
- Skills to assess pathology of severe emotional problems, make prognostic indications for short-term therapeutic work with students and to carry out such services.
- Strong clinical and crisis management skills.
- Knowledge of giving group presentations, lectures and workshops aimed at bringing a psychological perspective to bear on University life.
- Self-motivated, reliable, strong team player ability to demonstrate initiative and leadership.


• Have exceptional professional clinical competency
• Demonstrated ability to consult with various Campus partners and the university community, and respond effectively to crisis events on the university campus
• Demonstrated abilities to engage in critical thinking, to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information, to function as a self-starter, to communicate effectively in written and oral form, to be highly organized.
• Knowledge in identifying patient diagnosis of mental disorders.
• Knowledge of understanding influence of multicultural dynamics on personal well-being
• Knowledge of developmental tasks and problems typically encountered by college students.
• Knowledge to identify and articulate a treatment plan that will lead to problem resolution, stress reduction or alleviation of the diagnosed disorder.
• Knowledge of group counseling theory and ability to teach and consult about group process.
• Knowledge of appropriate ethical and legal standards and regulations.
• Knowledge of the evidenced based practice of psychology.

Job Duty:

Provides direct clinical services to graduate and undergraduate students presenting with a broad range of clinical and developmental concerns. Provides crisis intervention and management. Provides psychological consultation to families, faculty and staff, and other Student Health Service staff. Maintains state license & all SHS credentialing & privileging requirements as defined by SHS by-laws at all times.

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Maintains clinical documentation according to SHS, CAP, and professional standards. Tracks and closes out referrals within SHS & clinical standards

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Participates in training activities. Provides supervision as assigned. Receives clinical supervision.

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Provides consultation and outreach to colleagues, students, faculty, staff and/or parents in order to coordinate support, development, and well-being of students and community.

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Other duties as assigned, including Community Based Services under coordination by Associate Director of Clinical Services

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Employees in Safety-Sensitive or Security-Sensitive positions will be subject to pre-employment and post-employment drug testing in accordance with University policy HR 1.95 Drug and Alcohol Testing.:


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Special Instructions to Applicant:

Please fill out entire application as needed

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email. We are only accepting applications submitted by May 31, 2024.

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EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.


Working at University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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