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Post-MSW Fellowship in Clinical Social Work

We are excited to announce that the University of California at Berkeley will be accepting applications for 2 full-time positions in our post-MSW fellowship program in clinical social work, which will begin July 24, 2023. Our program is a postgraduate training program committed to providing 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 consists 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 1 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 1 year employment contract for the 2nd year.

POST-MSW FELLOWSHIP IN CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK: University Health Services at University of California, Berkeley provides comprehensive medical and mental health services to a diverse urban campus community of more than 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The fellowship is grounded in the core principles of ethical and social justice oriented clinical social work practice, in a mental health setting utilizing an integrative model of therapeutic and community-based interventions at the individual, small group, and campus levels. Fellows receive 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 counseling departments in University Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Social Services (SoS). CAPS 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. CAPS works with students who seek support for a broad range of bio-psycho-social concerns including serious mental illness. SoS 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 counseling. Fellows receive intensive individual and group supervision in both units.

Qualifications: Applicants must have completed a Master of Social Work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), by July 21, 2023. Two years or more of supervised direct-practice experience, typically received during field placements/internships—though work experience will be considered—are required. At least one field placement/internship with clinical/mental health focus is required. Applicants must possess a strong demonstrated interest in providing mental health services to diverse populations and must have had training in various modalities of psychotherapeutic interventions. Fellows are required to register as an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), after they have graduated and before the fellowship begins, so that they are registered with the BBS as an ASW by the start date of the program.

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 training social workers who reflect the diversity of the communities they will serve, both while at Berkeley, and in their future careers.

Appointments: The fellowship will begin July 24, 2023 with an anticipated stipend for the first year of $40,500, and benefits including vacation, sick leave, professional development time, medical insurance, (currently does not include vision or dental,) and other university benefits (library privileges, access to university recreational facilities for a fee) are provided for 12 months. The anticipated stipend for the 2nd year is $55,000, with the same benefits as the 1st year, for an additional 12 months. According to University of California policies, this fellowship is considered a sensitive position and requires a background check as a condition of employment.

*Currently, our fellows are working remotely part time, and on-site part time. We do not yet know if the 2023-2024 fellowship will continue to operate with the current hybrid model. Additionally, we will continue to follow public health guidelines, recommendations from UC Berkeley leadership, University Health Services, and SoS and CAPS leadership, regarding staff safety and our service delivery model, both throughout the year, and as we make decisions for Fall 2023.

Please visit the University Health Services website for additional information about the application process: https://uhs.berkeley.edu/counseling/about/training-programs/post-msw-fellowship-clinical-social-work  
The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, January 20, 2023.

Robin Walley, LCSW
Interim Post-MSW Fellowship Coordinator
Social Services, University Health Services
University of California, Berkeley
rwalley@berkeley.edu 

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Last Updated: 11/3/22