Du Bois Scholars Fellowship

Post-Graduate Fellowship: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Center for Counseling and Psychological Health
Du Bois Scholars Fellowship


FELLOWSHIP TRAINING OVERVIEW

The mission of the CCPH Post-Graduate Du Bois Scholars Fellowship is to continue the multicultural training and clinical experience of the early career clinician who has successfully completed the masters in social work.  We will offer continued supervised clinical experience, to deepen and broaden the fellow's clinical skills.  Our goal is for them to leave the fellowship en route to the independent level of clinical practice and prepared to take on leadership roles. Fellows will be expected, in addition to general clinical responsibilities, to select an area of specialty that they would like to focus on.  This may include areas such as consultation, outreach, emergency intervention, group therapy, college mental health intervention.

The training philosophy/educational model is focused on developing practitioners in a university-based managed care setting. The core of this model lies in the mentor-apprenticeship supervisory relationships. Our goal is to produce very competent multi-modal practitioners who will successfully transfer treatment skills to a variety of outpatient settings within the rapidly evolving world of health care. To achieve this fellows will continue as a part of our multidisciplinary treatment teams utilizing a variety of brief treatment modalities to address a wide range of diagnoses and presenting problems. These include intensive brief therapies for individuals, couples, crisis intervention, on-call management of emergencies,  and outreach/consultation.  Disciplines represented within the treatment teams include clinical psychology, psychiatry, advanced practice nursing, clinical social work, together with trainees in psychology and social work. In addition, a “web of mentors” specifically drawn from a pool of qualified licensed clinicians of color will be engaged to mentor and support the Du Bois Scholars.


GENERAL INFORMATION

Eligibility: Successful completion of social work master’s degree.
Structure:  12 month benefited fellowship position. Occasional evening hours required.
Application Procedure: Please submit current vita, and a separate brief statement describing your fellowship goals and reasons for applying to this site and two letters of recommendation, from outside of CCPH.
Stipend: $35,000, benefited.


PHILOSOPHY AND GOALS

The training program has a fundamental commitment to provide experiential and didactic learning experiences that will maximize the personal and professional development of highly competent mental health professionals. Development is viewed as the process of forming a professional identity which includes an increased awareness of self, responsible and ethical clinical behavior, increased professional skills, and a respect for and sensitivity to others. The Du Bois Scholars Fellowship has a specific commitment to issues of race, social justice, and diversity.

Our university mental health focus offers a wide variety of direct clinical contacts ranging from minor maladjustment to severe psychotic disorder. Accordingly, the fellowship is designed to deepen and mature the fellow's professional competency. Fellows continue to refine their expertise in systemically applying a variety of brief therapy modalities to more skillfully address each client’s unique clinical picture. In addition to individual therapy, supervised training experiences are provided in group therapy, crisis intervention, outreach/consultation-education, biofeedback, and cultural competency, with a differential emphasis dependent upon the interests of the fellow and individual goals identified between the fellow and his/her supervisor. Individual supervision is provided by licensed senior social workers with additional training by staff representing the disciplines of psychology, advanced practice psychiatric nursing and psychiatry who are themselves involved in these activities.

In recognition that the goal is development of an independent level of clinical competence, the fellow will have an increasing level of clinical responsibility as contrasted with their internship year-all while having ready access to consultation and supervision.


ACTIVITIES

The fellow will have a broad base of responsibilities and activities, consistent with that expected of a functioning professional. These will include:  Individual Psychotherapy, Intake, Group Psychotherapy, Clinical Triage and Crisis Intervention.  Fellows will also participate in staff in-service training, weekly case conferences, bi-weekly intake team meetings and weekly staff meetings.


INDIVIDUALIZED AREAS OF CLINICAL CONCENTRATION

An individualized program of specialization is arranged for each fellow. Fellows will be expected to deepen their skills in a specialized area of clinical practice. This may take the form of intensive supervised work in one or several clinical areas such as crisis intervention skills, outreach consultation and education. Interns can also elect to concentrate on working with special client populations such as students of color, LGBTQIA clients, women, and international students.


CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK (CORI)

Under University of Massachusetts Amherst requirements, employment is contingent upon a successful Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check. This will be completed by the university's Human Resources department prior to the start of employment.

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APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Send a letter of interest (including your interest, knowledge, and demonstrated commitment to issues of race, multiculturalism, and social justice), a curriculum vita, and two letters of reference from former clinical supervisors.

» Please submit your application here.