University of Massachusetts Amherst W. E. B. Du Bois Diversity Fellow - CCPH in Amherst, Massachusetts
W. E. B. Du Bois Diversity Fellow - CCPH
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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department:Ctr Counseling & Psych Health
Categories: Faculty, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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 and 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 Master’s in Social Work (MSW) or Doctoral Degree in Counseling or Clinical Psychology. This Fellowship offers continued supervised clinical experience to deepen and broaden the fellow's clinical skills which will allow them to leave the fellowship on route to the independent level of clinical practice and prepared to take on leadership roles. Fellows are expected, in addition to general clinical responsibilities, to provide training and support to underrepresented campus communities.
Fellows 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 modalities 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.
Provides individual and group psychotherapy.
Provides outreach and consultation.
Provides clinical triage and crisis intervention.
Participates in staff in-service training, weekly case conferences, and regular staff meetings.
Independently provides on-call/emergency services.
Works up to maintaining a robust caseload similar in size and breadth to a staff level clinician.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
- Social Worker who has successfully completed a Social Work Master’s Degree by start date OR Psychologist who has successfully completed a doctoral degree in counseling or clinical psychology from an American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited graduate institution and completed a pre-doctoral psychology internship.
Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
- Candidate has proven interest in, knowledge of, and commitment to issues of race, multiculturalism, and social justice through past education, work, or volunteering activities.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
- Typical mental health clinic environment.
The Fellow will have a broad base of responsibilities and activities, consistent with that expected of a functioning professional and receive close supervision at the beginning of the fellowship, with increased autonomy and independence as time goes on.
Under University 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.
This is a 12 month benefited fellowship position that begins in August and follows the academic year. Candidates who are interested in continuing their work at CCPH may apply for a second year fellowship half way through the first year – by the end of the second week in January.
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, 40 hours per week.
Occasional evening or weekend hours required.
- Annual salary range of $40,000 - $50,000 as is commensurate with skills and experience.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with the application, please 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 (2) letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors outside of CCPH. The position will remain open until filled.
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.
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