About: Postdoctoral Fellowship
Haverford College announces the establishment of a part time Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology. The fellowship will allow one to two (funding dependent) license eligible Clinical/Counseling Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows to work towards licensure in a college counseling center. Applicants should have a special interest in working with late adolescents and young adults and also be interested in working along with the staff of Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS).
Both positions are part-time and entail professional engagement during the College’s academic year (late August to mid-May). Fellows will be appointed for .35 FTE, 20 hours a week for the academic year. There is the ability to add-on some hours if desired. The positions are currently unpaid, but we are in the process of negotiating funding and should know the status by the end of January (at which point we will post an addendum; or feel free to contact us at that time to inquire).
During their stay at Haverford College CAPS, Postdoctoral Fellows work with highly intelligent students who are reflective and often well-tuned to notions of psychological causality. The students present interesting conflicts and dilemmas and often avail themselves eagerly of psychotherapy. They also, however, frequently present with complicated situations and consequently fellows have excellent opportunities to further develop their psychotherapy skills. Fellows work the academic year (September through mid-May), often maintaining several long-term cases in addition to shorter term ones.
We expect Fellows to bring considerable clinical and intellectual experiences to their role. We also expect them to be willing to question all assumptions about the meaning of symptom clusters and therapeutic interventions. We aim to provide a unique opportunity for psychologists to have an in-depth experience with the role of the unconscious in the communications of both psychotherapist and client. Our college service is devoted to maintaining a staff that truly works as a team. We value sharing clinical material and working collaboratively where such work is possible. Fellows are expected to manage their cases with care, appreciation of confidentiality, and sensitivity to their own assumptions about what the "good life" is.
Our core staff is comprised of four part-time clinical psychologists. One afternoon a week, we also have a consulting psychiatrist on campus who joins us for our case conference.
Currently, our core staff is comprised of four part-time clinical psychologists, and one part-time mental health counselor. One day a week, we have a consulting psychiatrist on campus to meet with students and join us for case conferences. While the staff is primarily psychodynamic in its theoretical orientation, we hope those who are not well versed in such literature and ideas will consider exploring our training opportunity.
In addition, Fellows are expected to participate in two hours of a clinical case conference, one-hour group supervision, and during the first semester a didactic class in applying psychoanalytic theory to the college population. Fellows will also join our weekly reading seminar. We have for example, read the writings of: Wilfred Bion, Donald Winnicott, Jacques Lacan, Luce Irigaray, Thomas Ogden, Philip Bromberg, Nina Coltart, Masud Khan, and Jessica Benjamin. We have also chosen an area such as attachment, suicide, eating disorders and the body, the nature of evil, supervision processes, the intergenerational transmission of trauma and have read theory and fiction on the topic from different sources.
Interviews with selected candidates begin in February. Applicants should email a letter of introduction and resume to:
Dr. Rebecca Ergas, CAPS, Haverford College, 370 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA 19041-1392, 610-896-1290, firstname.lastname@example.org