University Health Services at UC Berkeley provides 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 grounded in the core principles of ethical and social justice oriented clinical social work practice in a mental health setting. It utilizes 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 UHS counseling departments:
Counseling and Psychological Services (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.
Social Services 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.
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 one 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 one year employment contract for the 2nd year.
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 fellowship candidates from diverse backgrounds in support of having a counseling staff that reflects the diversity of our students.
The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 9, 2018. For more information, visit the University Health Services website.