Post-Internship Clinical Fellowship
Clinical Fellowship website Updated 6.19.20
"Thank you for your interest in the OSU Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) Clinical Fellowship! This fellowship is an excellent opportunity to gain practical clinical experience with a diverse student population within a college counseling center. You will be challenged while receiving supervision and training among an experienced interdisciplinary staff at our center. CCS and I are committed to providing you with a variety of opportunities that will enhance your career as a mental health professional. Please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions."
Amy Young, MSW, LISW-S
Assistant Director of Training,
Clinical Fellowship Coordinator
Clinical Fellowship Training Program
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The Ohio State University has one of the largest student populations on one campus in the United States. Its enrollment of 61,391* students on the Columbus campus is richly diverse, with approximately 22% (13,744) of students identifying as racial/ethnic minorities (African American, 3,953; Asian, 4,409; Hispanic, 3,025). In addition, 2,278 students identify as being of two or more races and 6,563 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 2019 15th Day Enrollment Report, Columbus campus. CCS statistics are referenced in comparison to the previous year's enrollment figures.
The CCS staff is a diverse group, which includes psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, social workers and administrative staff. The 2019-2020 training cohort consists of 5 post-internship clinical fellows, 5 psychology interns, 2 social work interns, 2 clinical counseling interns, and practicum students. The CCS staff employs an energetic, innovative, and diverse group of people who sustain the high level of activity necessary to meet the demands of a large university. Administration of the center is facilitated by the Leadership Team (Director, Associate and Assistant Directors, Chief of Psychiatry, and Office Associate). The administrative climate is collaborative in nature with staff members and trainees having opportunities to be involved in program planning. Psychotherapy and supervision training at CCS is enhanced by digital recording capabilities installed in each Clinical Fellow's private office and in senior staff clinician offices.
CCS is housed in two locations on OSU's Columbus campus. In 2016, CCS expanded to a second location on the 10th floor of Lincoln Tower in addition to the original location at the Younkin Success Center (YSC). YSC was designed to provide a variety of offices to support students' success at The Ohio State University. The other offices comprising the Younkin 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) 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 internship and other professional opportunities). There are also a variety of Student Life offices in the Lincoln Tower including Student Conduct, Student Health Insurance, Student Dining Services, and Center for the Study of Student Life. Additionally, Lincoln Tower is a residence hall for hundreds of students.
Clinical Fellow offices are located both at the Younkin Success Center and Lincoln Tower site.
The hours of operation of the YSC location 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 terms. Summer hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily, with one evening per week designated with a 7:30 p.m. closing time.
The hours of operation of the Lincoln Tower location are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday during Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
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 may include representatives from psychology, counseling and social work fields.
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 Couple 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.
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.
Training (Indirect clinical service)
Case Conference – Weekly two 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.
Training Seminars – Optional seminars focusing on topics pertaining to clinical issues, multicultural issues, research, and assessment are available to Fellows. This seminar focuses on various training topics and have included: counseling with awareness to intersecting identities, psychopharmacology, brief therapy, group therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety, ethics and social media, working with eating disorders, chemical dependency/substance abuse, and treatment with trauma 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, Outreach, Research and Stigma Reduction, Eating Disorder Treatment Team/Consult Group. This affiliation assists Clinical Fellows in connecting with staff across the agency. Disposition committee is required for one semester.
Agency Administration (Indirect Clinical Service)
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.
Typical Weekly Schedule (may vary week to week)
** Clinical Fellows are required to work 2 evenings per week until 8pm.
- Administration Weekly Hours
Full Staff 1
Agency Committee Meeting (One Semester: Disposition) 1 - 2
Paperwork, Case Management, Tx Planning 9-10
- Clinical Service
Triage / Urgent 2
Individual Clients 19
Individual Supervision 2
Case Conference (group supervision) 2
Cohort Meeting (group supervision) 1
Supervision with Group co-leader .5
- Structured Training
Training Seminars (Optional) 2
Approximate Total: 40 hours
The Clinical Fellowship is a 12-month program with a stipend of $31,500.00 beginning in August. 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.
These are the minimum requirements to APPLY for the Clinical Fellowship:
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.
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.
A supervised internship or equivalent work in a university counseling center, mental health agency, or related professional setting.
General skills, knowledge, and experience in individual, couples, group counseling and psychotherapy; assessment; multicultural issues; and crisis intervention.
Starting Date: August 3, 2020
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:
Letter of application, indicating your interest in, goals for, and expectations of clinical fellowship at a university counseling center
Vitae or Resume
Three letters of professional reference
Please contact for questions:
Amy Young MSW, LISW-S
Assistant Director of Training
Chair, Clinical Fellow Search
Counseling and Consultation Service
The Ohio State University
4th Floor, Younkin Success Center
1640 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201-2333
Telephone: (614) 292-5766
Fax: (614) 688-3440
Application posting: December 21, 2020
Application deadline: January 11, 2021 at Midnight
The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, qualified women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.