We are excited to announce that the University of California at Berkeley will be accepting applications for 2 full-time post-MSW fellowship positions in clinical social work that will begin July 23, 2018. The post-MSW fellowship is a postgraduate training program committed to providing comprehensive clinical experience and professional development opportunities in the field of college mental health. The program aims to meet the needs of pre-licensed postgraduate clinical social workers who have a Master of Social Work and are working to consolidate clinical skills and professional identity while accruing post-graduate hours on the path to licensure. The fellowship is comprised of a 1st and a 2nd year program. At the time of application and acceptance, fellows are accepted into the 1st year program with a 1 year employment contract. The expectation is that 1st year fellows will progress to the 2nd year, will be eligible to do so if they meet satisfactory performance standards during their 1st year, and will be offered another 1 year employment contract for the 2nd year.
University Health Services at University of California, Berkeley provides comprehensive medical and mental health services to a diverse urban campus community of more than 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The fellowship is grounded in the core principles of ethical and social justice oriented clinical social work practice in a mental health setting utilizing an integrative model of therapeutic and community-based interventions at the individual, small group and campus levels. Fellows receive clinical training and supervision in brief individual and group psychotherapy, crisis assessment and intervention as well as campus education and outreach. Fostering the development of knowledge, awareness, and skills for work with diverse populations is central to the fellowship. Guidance, education, encouragement and mentorship is provided to support fellows in examining and exploring their knowledge of and attitudes toward cultural, racial, sexual, gender, religious, ability and age differences.
Post-MSW fellows receive training in two separate counseling units in University Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) and Social Services (SoS). CPS provides brief individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and education and outreach to the campus with the mission to support the emotional, psychological, educational, social and cultural development of students. CPS works with students who seek support for a broad range of bio-psycho-social concerns including serious mental illness. SoS provides topic-specific brief individual and group counseling and mental health services for students who are seeking support to address alcohol and other drug use, chronic medical conditions or a new diagnosis, eating disorders and body image concerns, pregnancy resources and referrals, relationship violence, stalking and sexual violence, and transgender/gender identity counseling. Fellows receive intensive individual and group supervision in both units.
Qualifications: Applicants must have completed a Master of Social Work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), by July 22, 2018. Two years or more of supervised clinical experience, typically received during field placements/clinical internships—though work experience will be considered—is required. At least one year of clinical experience with a mental health focus is required. Applicants must possess a strong demonstrated interest in providing mental health services to diverse populations and must have had training in various modalities of psychotherapeutic interventions.
Appointments: The fellowship will begin July 23, 2018 with an anticipated stipend for the first year of $31,350 and benefits including vacation, sick leave, professional development time, medical insurance and other benefits (library privileges, access to university recreational facilities for a fee) are provided for 12 months. The anticipated stipend for the 2nd year is $47,476 with the same benefits as the 1st year, for an additional 12 months. According to University of California policies, this fellowship is considered a sensitive position and requires a background check as a condition of employment.
Please visit the University Health Services website for additional information about the application process: https://uhs.berkeley.edu/counseling/about/training-programs/post-msw-fellowship-clinical-social-work
The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 9, 2018.
Eliminating health disparities and ensuring that all students have equal access to high quality and culturally competent health care and services is vital to the mission of University Health Services. We are committed to recruiting candidates from diverse backgrounds in support of having a counseling staff that reflects the diversity of our students.