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Post-doctoral Psychology Fellowship Program


Details regarding the 2015-2016 Class (postiion announcement attachment - pdf file)

The UNC Wilmington Counseling Center seeks 2 post-doctoral psychology fellows for the 2015-2016 year. We encourage applications from those interested in an experience focused on providing the range of counseling center services within a Student Affairs context. The full posting with application instructions is at the following link: http://www.uncw.edu/hr/joblistings_epa/15E07374.html . Please direct inquiries to our Training Coordinator, Dr. Amy Cavanaugh (cavanaugha@uncw.edu). Priority consideration will be given to those completed applications received by January 16, 2015; however applications will be accepted until successful candidates are identified.


The purpose of this program is to assist new professionals in the transition from the pre-doctoral internship to licensure.  The Counseling Center seeks to support individuals and the university counseling profession by providing a high quality training program. The Center values collaboration, innovation, attention to pluralism and appropriate developmental progress in working with students.  Post-doctoral fellows are expected to reflect these values in the services provided through the Center.  The Training Program is built on those values and provides opportunities for the new professional to further advance clinical, outreach, consultation, crisis management and administrative skills.


The goals of the fellowship program are to help new professionals

  • Build on existing skills and develop new competencies for professional practice of psychology in a university counseling center
  • Continue developing a professional identity and further define a professional approach and therapeutic style
  • Understand the purpose and function of university counseling center staff members as student affairs professionals
  • Prepare to make the transition from trainee to professional staff member
  • Achieve professional licensure

Counseling Center professional staff members will work with the Fellow to provide the necessary support, challenge, and expertise to achieve these goals.

Role and Responsibilities


The Fellowship offers supervised training and experience in the typical service areas of a university counseling center including individual, couples, and group psychotherapy; outreach and preventative programing; crisis intervention; consultation and training; and administrative duties. Through a variety of seminars, apprenticeships, and mentoring relationships provided by professional staff members representing a variety of theoretical perspectives, the Fellow will develop skills and competencies necessary to practice as a counseling center psychologist. The Fellow is expected to take part in staff meetings, case consultation, and professional development activities. The Fellow is required to make a formal case presentation once a semester. The Fellow will participate in regularly scheduled hour-long seminars addressing clinical issues, outreach, consultation, and special concerns or issues related to work in a university counseling center in student affairs.

Sample Seminar Topics:

  • Interpersonal Process Therapy
  • Overview of CARE Office
  • Sexual Addictions Treatment
  • Diversity Dialogue: Power and Privilege
  • Introduction to Career Office and College Career Development
  • College Career Development Theory
  • Student Affairs Division Meeting
  • Overview of Crossroads: Recovery Programs and Student Intervention
  • Assessment and Research Presentation
  • Collegiate Experience of Trauma
  • Heart Math Therapy
  • Overview of Dean of Students Office and Case Management: Working with Students
  • Military Culture and Working with Veterans


Clinical Responsibilities

The fellowship offers supervised training and delivery in all service areas of the Counseling Center. As a trainee, the Fellow is expected to engage in clinical responsibilities consistent with the role of a psychologist practicing in a university counseling center. The Fellows responsibilities will include

  • Carrying a regular caseload of individual clients
  • Facilitating or co-facilitating potentially one group per semester
  • Engaging in initial assessments and triage
  • Taking part in after-hours on-call duties and assisting with on-call coverage during University breaks

Outreach and Consultation

The Counseling Center strives to support the broader University community by providing psychoeducational and preventative outreach programs and through consultation with staff and faculty members. The Fellow is expected to take part in outreach programs as follows –

  • Learn and deliver a minimum of four “standard” Counseling Center programs each semester (e.g., stress management, self-management, sleep and dreams, assisting with QPR Suicide Gatekeeper training, and Center services)
  • Facilitate a minimum of two after-hours outreach programs each semester
  • Design and implement a minimum of two new outreach programs during the Fellowship year
  • Participate as a Housing and Residence Life Liaison

In addition, the Fellow will complete a consultation project that reflects an interest area for the fellow and serves a need for the Counseling Center. The project will be developed with and approved by the Training Coordinator (or by another member of the Training staff with final approval by the Training coordinator).

Professional Development

The Fellow is allowed two hours per week to study for the EPPP and other professional licensure exams as indicated.  Opportunities to attend or present at professional conferences and workshops may be available depending on available staff members to provide supervision and work demands.  The professional development stipend may be used for workshop or conference registration fees or travel expenses, books, or other professional development materials as authorized by the Training Coordinator or Administrators.


Supervision will be provided as follows –

  • Individual supervision of clinical and crisis intervention work, 2 hours, weekly
  • Individual supervision of a specialization/focus area selected by the Fellow that aligns with one of the Center’s service areas or a clinical interest area of a professional staff member, 1 hour, weekly
  • Group supervision of training. 1 hour weekly
  • Individual or group supervision of group therapy work (if facilitating a group),1 hour, weekly

Sample Weekly Schedule

  • Service
    • Individual and Couples Counseling 14 hours
      Group Counseling 2 hours.
      Initial Consultations 3 hours
      Outreach Consultations 1 hour
  • Professional Development
    • Seminar/Training 2.5 hours
      Group Supervision 1 hour
      Individual Supervision 2 hours
      Supervision of Group Counseling 1.5 hours
  • Administration
    • Staff Meeting/Case Conference 2 hours
      Committee Meetings 1 hour
      Case Notes, Additional Paper Work 6 hours
      EPPP Study, Research, etc. 2 hours

In addition to their clinical and training responsibilities, postdoctoral fellows typically find time for research, EPPP study, and professional reading. Postdoctoral fellows will likely carry heavier caseloads during peak periods of the fall and spring semesters. Please note that this is a sample schedule and does not necessarily represent an actual weekly schedule.

Employment & Compensation

Training Period: August 10 to August 9 (full-time & 2nd Monday of August 2015 to 2nd Monday of August 2016)

Compensation: $31,000 salary and $300 stipend for professional development

Benefits: Health insurance, vacation and sick leave, and staff amenities including access University library, facilities, and programs.

(Note: vacation and sick leave time may depend on the Fellow’s licensure requirements.)

Postdoctoral Fellows


Laura Finkelstein, Ph.D., in Counseling Psychology, University of Denver, 2014-15 Fatima Wasim, PhD, in Counseling Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 2014-15


Amanda Poundstone, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Midwestern University, 2013-14 Cynthia Powell, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Immaculata University, 2013-14

The Counseling Center

In support of the educational goals of the University and the Division of Student Affairs, the Counseling Center provides a range of psychological, counseling, and preventative services that are consistent with the timeless developmental practices of an accredited university counseling center to facilitate the academic and personal success of UNCW students. Services include individual and group counseling; outreach and training; consultation; crisis intervention; and referral services.

The Counseling Center is staffed by 9 full-time, licensed professionals who come from a variety of training backgrounds including, psychology, counseling and social work.  The staff members are generalists and have various interest areas that contribute to the overall mission of the Center.  Staff members provide services for an array of issues typically associated with college student life and make referrals for those concerns that are not covered within the scope of care of the Counseling Center.  Staff members also serve the university as consultants, as liaisons to different university constituents and as members of division and university committees.

UNC Wilmington and the Region

UNC Wilmington is one of 17 constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina system and is the only costal university in the North Carolina system.  UNCW is a well–regarded teaching and research university with a student population of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students engaged in a variety of majors.  Located on the Southeastern North Carolina coast, the campus is approximately 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and within reasonable driving distance of the mountains.  Wilmington and the Cape Fear region is home to a thriving arts and film community offering a variety of leisure and recreational options.


Contact us:

For questions or additional information about the Fellowship contact:

The Counseling Center at westside2079@uncw.edu or

Amy Cavanaugh, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist and Training Coordinator

UNCW Counseling Center
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5937
(910) 962-3746

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