ABOUT UMASS AMHERST
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.
W.E.B. DU BOIS FELLOWSHIP TRAINING OVERVIEW
The mission of the Center for Counseling & Psychological Health (CCPH) W.E.B. Du Bois Diversity 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, as they move into a professional role. 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 provide training and support to underrepresented campus communities.
The training philosophy/educational model is focused on developing practitioners in a university-based managed care setting. 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 work as a part of our multidisciplinary treatment team 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 our treatment team include clinical social work, clinical and counseling psychology, psychiatry, and advanced practice nursing, together with trainees in psychology, social work, and psychiatry. In addition, a community mentor specifically drawn from a pool of qualified licensed clinicians of color will be engaged to mentor and support the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow.
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 W.E.B. Du Bois Diversity 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 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 crisis intervention, outreach/consultation, and cultural humility. Individual supervision is provided by licensed senior social workers with additional training by active clinicians in the disciplines of psychology, advanced practice psychiatric nursing, and psychiatry.
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 compared with their internship year, all while having ready access to consultation and supervision.
The fellow will have a broad base of responsibilities and activities, consistent with that expected of a functioning professional. They will receive close supervision at the beginning of the fellowship, with increased autonomy and independence as time goes on. Responsibilities will include Individual Psychotherapy, Intake, Group Psychotherapy, Outreach and Consultation, Clinical Triage, and Crisis Intervention. Fellows will also participate in staff in-service training, weekly case conferences, and regular staff meetings. Fellow will independently provide on call/emergency services, and will work up to maintaining a robust caseload similar in size and breadth to a staff level clinician.
General range of clinical responsibilities:
- Evaluations, crisis interventions, brief psychotherapies of a wide range of clients (individuals, couples, families, groups) presenting to clinic;
- On-call responsibilities in regular rotation for a variety of urgencies and emergencies in 24 – 48 hour stints including nights, weekends and holidays;
- Liaison to communities of color;
- Provides psycho-social assessments with an awareness and sensitivity to background, culture, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity;
- Makes use of client’s support system in treatment planning (family, friends, community).
- Provides community consultations, workshops and on-campus outreach to communities of color.
- Active involvement in all relevant parts of training programs.
- Prepares timely written documentation of above activities, as required.
- Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating multicultural environments.
- Performs other duties, as required.
Successful completion of social work master’s degree by start date.
This is a 12 month benefited fellowship position that runs from August 18, 2019 – August 22, 2020. Candidates who are interested in continuing their work at CCPH may apply for a second year fellowship half way through the first year – by January 15, 2020.
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Occasional evening, weekend & holiday hours required.
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.
Please complete the on-line application and submit a letter of interest (including your interest, knowledge, and demonstrated commitment to issues of race, multiculturalism, and social justice), a current curriculum vita, and two letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors outside of CCPH.
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.