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Postdoctoral Training in Psychology at Moorpark College Student Health Services 2017-2018

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Description 

Moorpark College Student Health Services offers generalist post-doctoral training in college mental health within a community college health center. We anticipate two nine month full-time positions, beginning early August 2017 and ending mid-May 2018.

While the primary clinical service provided by post-doctoral trainees is and will remain brief individual therapy, our goals each year include bringing psychological wellness to the campus via outreach and psycho-educational services. To date, postdocs have collaborated with faculty and college staff on student success skills training, taught mindfulness practices, developed content for web-based interventions, and developed/implemented secondary prevention groups for at-risk populations, e.g., veterans and nursing students. Mindfulness Training and support for veterans on campus are ongoing projects.

The experience and training here develops generalist skills applicable to Higher Ed, community clinic and private practice settings. Psychological testing is not offered, but trainees do become familiar with screening for AD/HD and the mood and anxiety disorders commonly seen in a college population. Approximately 70% of the trainee’s time is devoted to direct service and outreach. The mental health counseling staff also provides crisis intervention, as well as consultation to faculty and staff regarding distressed students.

Clinical supervision integrates cognitive-behavioral, problem-solving, mind-body, neuro-cognitive and other approaches as appropriate. Postdocs who complete the academic year without significant absences will accumulate the 1500 hours of post-doctoral Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) necessary for licensure in California.

The Student Health Center 

Moorpark College Student Health Services is a small nurse-directed setting with mental health services integrated into whole-person health services. The staff includes a Coordinator, nurses, a nurse practitioner, a health center assistant, a physician, a Health Educator and a psychologist. At times, the Student Health Center resembles a primary care setting with regard to the range of patients’ presenting problems, diagnoses and acuity. The staff is supportive and collegial, making for a comfortable working environment.

Psychological counseling services can be much in demand. Approximately 70% of the trainee’s time is devoted to direct service and outreach. The mental health counseling staff also provides crisis intervention, as well as consultation to faculty and staff regarding distressed students.

The College 

Moorpark College is a community college, with an open admission policy. The student body represents a cross- section of the community extending beyond a traditional college-age population; 23% of Moorpark students are age 25 to 65+. Located in eastern Ventura County, the college serves approximately 20,800 full and part-time students; over half of area college-going students attend MC. Students’ stated ethnicity is roughly representative of eastern Ventura County, as of 2012, about 57% identified as white and 25% as Latino. The full to part-time student ratio is approximately 40/60.

Moorpark College is one of three colleges in Ventura County Community College district. There are a number of well-regarded specialty/certificate programs – most well-known is our unique Exotic Animal Training and Management program, located at America’s Teaching Zoo, a five-acre zoo facility on campus. In 2015, the college qualified as a contender for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and was ranked 4th in the

U.S. for value of education and success rate by the Huffington Post.

MC boasts an excellent transfer rate into the UC and CSU systems. More information is available at www.moorparkcollege.edu; prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to explore the college’s website.

Region 

Moorpark is a small rural/suburban city in eastern Ventura County, approximately 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Malibu and Ventura are each about 45 minutes away by car. The Mediterranean climate, open space, and easy access to urban stimulation make for a very livable area. Moorpark was recently on CNN-Money.com’s list of the “100 Best Places to Live” in the U.S.

Moorpark and the surrounding communities of Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Camarillo are all very safe; housing costs are consistent with Southern California in general. While there is public transportation to campus, service, both within Moorpark and across Ventura County, is quite limited.

Qualifications 

• A doctorate in counseling or clinical psychology, or equivalent psychology degree from an APA accredited program, completed by early August o Applicants coming from non-APA programs will be considered and may be asked to provide additional documentation of their coursework, training and clinical skills

o A trainee starting ABD is very unlikely to complete 1500 hours within the nine months

Desired Experience 

Significant experience providing individual therapy to adults is essential, as is a strong interest in brief therapy and previous experience with outreach services, lecturing/presentations and developing presentations. Experience in a college or university counseling center is a significant asset, as is experience with crisis intervention and with veterans.

Schedule and Stipend 

Postdoctoral trainees work Monday through Friday, without after-hour or on-call obligations. Trainees are contract employees of the Ventura County Community College District; pay is $15.00 per hour, without benefits.

Postdoctoral Training in Psychology at Moorpark College Student Health Center

Application Process 

As the Moorpark College Student Health Services is a small health center with a single supervisor, ‘fit’ is a significant consideration. Potential applicants are encouraged to request a copy of our FAQs from our Health Center Assistant, Sue Gerhardt, sgerhardt@vcccd.edu. After reviewing these, specific questions can be sent to Laura Forsyth, Ph.D., PSY 17938, Supervisor of Mental Health Counseling, lforsyth@vcccd.edu.

To apply, please submit:

1. A letter introducing yourself, speaking to o your short-term and long-term career goals

  •  any prior experiences with outreach and services for veterans
  •  how your counseling/clinical training and experiences makes you a good match for Moorpark
  •  your goals for the post-doctoral year

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Three letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors, including letters from your pre-doctoral internship and current or most recent position where you provided direct mental health services

All candidates offered an interview will be asked to provide a recent writing sample and a list of completed courses. Unless you have completed the dissertation, we require a statement from your program regarding your anticipated date of defense.

Application materials should be addressed to Laura Forsyth, PhD, Supervisor of Mental Health Counseling, and sent via email to the Health Center Assistant, Sue Gerhardt, sgerhardt@vcccd.edu. Completed applications received on or before March 10th will have first consideration.

 

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