Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

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Post-Internship Clinical Fellowship

Updated 7.2.2019

 

“Welcome to the incoming class of Clinical Fellows!  It is my mission for you to have an excellent training year as a Fellow, full of rich clinical experience and professional development as you ready yourselves to launch your professional careers!  This is an exciting time and CCS is committed to providing you with a variety of opportunities that will enhance your career as mental health professionals.  I will work with you to tailor your experience to fit your career goals in the field!  We are excited to have you with us this year and welcome aboard!”

Meera Menon, M.D.
Senior Staff Psychiatrist
Clinical Fellowship Coordinator

 

Clinical Fellowship Training Program

 

The mission of the Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) is to provide a comprehensive array of mental health services to assess, prevent, treat, and resolve the mental health issues of OSU students. More specifically, we promote the personal well-being and academic success of students by providing comprehensive individual and group mental health services, psycho-educational prevention, and outreach programming; by influencing the community as a nurturing environment through support, advocacy, and education/training; by enhancing the academic quality of life; and by supporting the emotional, relational, and intellectual development of the students served and the mental health professionals in training.

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University has one of the largest student populations on one campus in the United States. Its enrollment of 61,170* students on the Columbus campus is richly diverse, with approximately 21% (12,873) of students identifying as racial/ethnic minorities (African American, 3,713; Asian, 4,161; Hispanic, 2,758). In addition, 2,153 students identify as being of two or more races and 6,731 are international students. Underrepresented groups are seen as clients in slightly greater numbers at CCS than are reflected in the campus population enrollment statistics for most groups. The Counseling and Consultation Service also serves a significant representation of clients from other ethnic, cultural, religious, sexual orientation, socioeconomic statuses, and disability groups. In serving such a large and diverse student body, the Counseling and Consultation Service takes a holistic, developmental and mental health approach to support students in fully participating in their OSU experience. As part of the OSU Office of Student Life, CCS’s approach is consistent with the overall Student Life goal of creating the “extraordinary student experience.” The OSU campus is located in central Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. With a metropolitan area of over 1,000,000, Columbus is geographically situated in the heart of Ohio. Social, cultural, and recreational opportunities exist to suit every taste: classical music to country, gourmet dining to "down home cooking," football to marathon racing, ballet to progressive art, and ethnic festivals to a huge state agricultural fair. Another attractive aspect of the Columbus community is the reasonable cost of living for a city of its size and the relative ease of travel by car within the metropolitan area.

**Enrollment figures are from the Fall 2018 15th Day Enrollment Report Columbus campus.

Counseling and Consultation Service

The 2017-2018 CCS staff is a diverse group, which includes 41 senior staff (24 psychologists, 4 psychiatrists, 6 counselors, and 6 social workers), 5 post-internship clinical fellows, 5 psychology interns, 2 social work interns, 3 clinical counseling interns, 4 practicum students, 2 psychiatric residents, and 11 administrative staff. We also have adjunct clinical staff who help us provide some evening services. Clinical Fellows are considered an integral part of the staff and are included in all functions of the agency. The CCS staff employs an energetic, innovative, and multicultural group of people who sustain the high level of activity necessary to meet the demands of a large university. Clinical service and training are given high priorities, with room for staff members to pursue projects of particular interest to them. Administration of the center is facilitated by the Leadership Team (Director, Associate and Assistant Directors, Chief of Psychiatry, and Office Manager). The administrative climate is collaborative in nature and staff members have opportunities to be involved in program planning. Psychotherapy and supervision training at CCS is enhanced by digital recording capabilities installed in each fellow's private office and in all senior staff clinician offices.

CCS is housed in two locations on OSU's Columbus campus. These two locations are the 10th floor of the Lincoln Tower and the 4th floor of the Younkin Success Center.  The Success Center was designed to provide a variety of offices to support students' success at The Ohio State University. The other offices comprising the Success Center are: 1) Career Counseling and Support Services Office (a career counseling unit serving all enrolled OSU students, including career resources in the Younkin Media Resource Center); 2) the Student-Athlete Support Service office (SASSO); 3) University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT); 4) Walter E. Dennis Learning Center, which includes an academic learning lab; and 5) Buckeye Careers (a career initiative with the goal of supporting students in obtaining internships and other professional opportunities). The Lincoln Tower location houses Student Life offices including CCS and is also a residence hall for students.

The hours of operation of the center are from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters. Summer hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., daily, with one evening per week designated with a 7:30 p.m. closing time. 

 

CLINICAL FELLOWSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM

The focus of this fellowship is to provide individuals with supervised clinical practice opportunities to refine clinical skills in preparation for functioning as an independent practitioner in a university mental health setting.  Fellows experience a supportive environment that encourages greater professional autonomy balanced with support and numerous opportunities for consultation with seasoned senior staff throughout the year.  Clinical Fellows are valued as contributing colleagues within a broader multidisciplinary mental health training program and human service agency housed within a university community.

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM

The Clinical Fellowship program at CCS is a distinct program in our comprehensive, multidisciplinary training program. The primary role of the Clinical Fellow is to provide clinical services utilizing the experiences gleaned from completion of an internship program or other relevant experience. A “learning by doing” philosophy of training is the foundation of the Clinical Fellow program, in part, based on the assumption that a more structured/didactic approach to training was provided in prior training experiences. Access to formal training activities, including a weekly case conference, assists individuals with the integration and augmentation of former training and clinical practice experiences.

Clinical Fellows maintain a flexible work schedule that includes working five days a week with two of these days including evening hours. 

The Clinical Fellowship is a multidisciplinary training program that includes representatives from psychology, counseling & social work fields.

FELLOWSHIP COMPONENTS

Direct Clinical Service

Approximately 65% of fellowship time is focused on the provision of direct clinical service.  This translates to approximately 26 direct service hours with 14 hours for other activities such as clinical writing, case management, staff meetings and committee involvement.

  • Individual and Couples Therapy – Opportunities are afforded to work with diverse undergraduate and graduate/professional clients. Clients are diverse both in clinical presentation and identities.  CCS provides primarily brief, time-limited counseling. 

  • Triage/Urgent Counseling – Typically a client’s first point of access to services at CCS is through a telephone triage appointment. For urgent situations, clients may be seen in person in a timely manner for an urgent appointment or for a diagnostic evaluation appointment (CCS’s label for initial counseling appointments). Clinical Fellows provide 2.0 hours of triage/urgent coverage each week. 

  • Group Therapy – CCS offers an average of 20-30 groups each semester, which have both topical and general emphases. Priority for group therapy is given to counseling interns, psychology interns, and social work interns.  Clinical Fellows can also lead or co-lead a group.

  • Career Counseling – Some students initially present at CCS with career concerns. Often career themes are interwoven throughout psychotherapy work. CCS staff work closely with the adjunctive office of Career Counseling and Support Services to assist students with career concerns and needs.

  • Crisis Intervention – Clinical Fellows serve on an agency crisis team, which responds to campus mental health emergencies. Each team typically will be involved in response once or twice during an academic year.

 

Training (Indirect clinical service)

Required

  • Individual Supervision – Weekly two-hour supervision with a licensed senior staff member focuses on clinical case management, therapy dynamics, and professional/personal development issues. Clinical Fellows provide input each term about supervisor preferences.
  • Case Conference – Weekly one and one-half hour forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the provision of clinical care in the university setting. Case Conference presentations focus on a multicultural clinical analysis of cases, with attention to conceptualization, diagnosis, case management, ethical considerations, and intervention strategies.  Case conference is facilitated by senior staff clinicians.
  • Professional Development Programs – CCS offers 3-6 professional development programs each year for agency staff. Often these are clinically focused presentations by practitioners and researchers familiar with the mental health needs of university populations.
  • Orientation Training – This is an intensive training period of three – four weeks duration prior to the start of fall semester. Clinical Fellows are oriented to the university and CCS while becoming acquainted with one another.  Agency policies and practices are addressed, as well as topical content pertinent to service delivery and client care.

Optional

  • Training Seminars – Optional seminars focusing on topics pertaining to clinical issues, multicultural issues, research, and assessment are available to Fellows. Typical topics have included: counseling African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos(as), Asians, LGBTQ clients, physically challenged; psychopharmacology, couples therapy, brief therapy, sex therapy, group therapy, eating disorders, chemical dependency, and abuse survivors.
  • Committee Work – All Clinical Fellows have the option to select an agency committee or task group on which to serve. Committees include:  Clinical Services, Training, Tech Reach, Research and Stigma Reduction.  This affiliation assists Clinical Fellows in connecting with staff across the agency. Disposition committee is required for one semester.
Agency Administration (Indirect Clinical Service)

Required

  • Staff Meetings – All Clinical Fellows participate in weekly full staff meetings. In addition, regular meetings with the coordinator of the Fellowship Program are held to discuss training and professional development issues on a weekly basis.
    About Our Staff 

 

Typical Weekly Schedule (may vary week to week)
 ** Clinical Fellows are required to work 2 evenings per week until 8pm.

1. Administration                                                                Weekly Hours

Full Staff                                                                                         1

Agency Committee Meeting (One Semester: Disposition)             1 - 2

Paperwork, Case Management, Tx Planning                                 9-10

2. Clinical Service

Triage / Urgent                                                                               2

Individual Clients                                                                           19

Groups                                                                                           1.5

Workshops/Outreach (Optional)

3. Supervision                                                                                        

Individual Supervision                                                                    2

Coordinator Meeting                                                                      1

Group Supervision                                                                        .5

4. Structured Training

Case Conference                                                                           2

Training Seminars (Optional)

Approximate Total:                                                                    40 hrs

 

Benefits

The Clinical Fellowship is a 12-month program with a stipend of $31,500.00 beginning August 1. As an Ohio State University employee, Clinical Fellows may be eligible for many outstanding benefit programs including medical coverage, state or alternative retirement plans, life insurance, 10 paid holidays, and flexibility with leave schedule. To view the Ohio State University benefit programs go to http://www.hr.osu.edu/benefits.

Clinical Fellows also have a private office with computer, e-mail account, internet access, and access to university facilities including libraries and recreational facilities.

Application Requirements

These are the minimum requirements to APPLY for the Clinical Fellowship:

  1. Completion of a Ph.D./Psy.D. in clinical or counseling psychology, from an APA-accredited program preferred    (consideration also given to ABD candidates who have proposed), OR MSW degree, working toward independent licensure, OR master's degree in counseling/counselor education or related field, working toward independent licensure. Two years of related experience is a plus.
  2. For the disciplines of social work and counseling, applicants must have degrees conferred and have obtained their LSW or LPC license for the State of Ohio by August 1st, the first day of the Fellowship.
  3. A supervised internship or equivalent work in a university counseling center, mental health agency, or related professional setting.
  4. General skills, knowledge, and experience in individual, couples, group counseling and psychotherapy; assessment; multicultural issues; and crisis intervention. 

Starting Date: August 1, 2019

Application Procedure

Application must be submitted online here. This job posting will be live and available to receive applications from mid-December to mid-January. Specific dates are provided below. Please check the link accordingly. All materials need to be uploaded or received by the January deadline date.

As part of the selection process, candidates will need to upload the listed materials below on the online job site at www.jobsatosu.com, including:

  1. Letter of application, indicating your interest in, goals for, and expectations of clinical fellowship at a university counseling center 
  2. Vitae or Resume
  3. Three letters of professional reference

Contact Us

Please contact for questions:

Meera Menon, M.D. 
Senior Staff Psychiatrist 

Chair, Clinical Fellow Search
Counseling and Consultation Service
The Ohio State University
4th Floor, Younkin Success Center
1640 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201-2333
menon.34@osu.edu
Telephone: (614) 292-5766
Fax: (614) 688-3440

Application posting: December 15, 2019

Application deadline: January 12, 2020

The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, qualified women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.