Two Year Post-Master's Fellowship in AOD, Behavioral Health & General Counseling

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 30 Jan 2022

Posting Details
Working Title Two Year Post-Master's Fellowship in AOD, Behavioral Health & General Counseling
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 202101518AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Prof/Indiv Contrib II
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $36,279 - $37,005
Employee Benefits
Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: https://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/ & https://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/ .
Desired Start Date 08/01/2022
Position End Date (if temporary) 07/31/2024
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/30/2022
Description of Work Unit
Colorado State University
Colorado State University is a public research university founded in 1870 and located in Fort Collins, in the U.S. state of Colorado. The university is the state’s land-grant university, and the Flagship University of the Colorado State University System. As a land-grant institution, it is in the DNA of Colorado State University to promote education to anyone with the motivation and ability to earn a degree.
Our State is Colorado, but our Colorado State University Rams are built on a global scale. We unite in Fort Collins, where our diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences strengthen our community. Fort Collins is a community that blends education and industry, hard work and recreation, tradition and progress. True to our land-grant beginnings, we’re focused on practical solutions for today and tomorrow.
Colorado State University employs over 7,000 full and part-time faculty, exempt and non-exempt professionals, and classified staff. The current enrollment is approximately 33,058 students, including resident and non-resident instruction students. The University has approximately 2,000 faculty in eight colleges and 55 academic departments. Colorado State University, also known as CSU, offers more than 150 degrees in eight colleges. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in 65 fields of study, with master’s degrees in 55 fields. Colorado State confers doctoral degrees in 40 fields of study, in addition to a professional degree in veterinary medicine.
Colorado State University is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. For the health of our university community, the use of smoking, vaping or tobacco products is prohibited on CSU grounds or in buildings.
Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees: https://hr.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/01/benefits-summary-afap.pdf .
CSU Health Network
The CSU Health Network at Colorado State University provides a full range of cost-effective mental health and primary care medical services on campus, referral for community specialty care, and comprehensive health education and prevention services programming. Services such as physical therapy, dentistry, and optometry are available. The CSU Health Network is active in creating a healthy campus environment to support learning and success. For more information about the CSU Health Network at Colorado State University, see http://www.health.colostate.edu.
Counseling Services
Counseling Services at the CSU Health Network provides clinical services, outreach and consultation and training services. Our professional staff includes licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors, as well as graduate student staff from each of these disciplines. Our staff provides high quality mental health and substance use services that are easily accessible and support student success. We are dedicated to affirming respect, compassion, and acceptance for all, and we celebrate diversity with regard to all backgrounds and identities. We have a Multicultural Counseling Team which serves those with historically marginalized identities. Counseling Services supports the education and prevention mission of the CSU Health Network through presentations and training on mental health topics. Through outreach and consultation, we create collaborative relationships with offices serving students typically underrepresented in higher education and mental health services. Our training program provides post degree fellowship, internship, and practicum training to graduate students in psychology, social work, counseling, and student affairs. We recognize the importance of quality supervision and training in the education of future mental health professionals. For more information about CSU Health Network and Counseling Services, go to: http://health.colostate.edu/services/counseling-services/ . 
Position Summary
Colorado State University invites applications for a two year, full-time, 24-month position as Post-Master’s Fellow with the CSU Health Network. Each year of the fellowship will offer a different specialized training focus, in order to provide Fellows with the flexibility to work in a variety of settings. The Post-Master’s Fellowship requires graduation from an accredited master’s program in Counseling or Social Work and completion of an internship or field placement at a university counseling service or equivalent clinical experience. The program is designed to meet partial requirements for licensure in the state of Colorado. The Fellowship begins August 1, 2022 and concludes July 31, 2024. Fellows will be paid $36,279 – $37,005 per year plus a benefits package.
The Post-Master’s Fellowship at the CSU Health Network is designed to prepare individuals for a staff position in a university counseling service, with particular emphasis on social workers or counselors wishing to work at universities that have integrated their mental health and medical services. The training of clinically skilled, ethical, self-aware, and culturally competent mental health professionals is central to our mission.
A primary focus of the fellowship is the consolidation of clinical skills, to prepare Fellows for licensure and independent practice. In the first year of the fellowship, Fellows will obtain specialized training in the treatment of issues related to alcohol and other drug use through the DAY (Drugs, Alcohol, & You) Programs. During this year, they will work with both mandated and voluntary students as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team. The Fellow’s clinical hours will be divided between facilitation of psycho-educational workshops, national best practice programs such as BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students), individual therapy with a focus on Motivational Interviewing, harm reduction groups, and participation in the DAY Program’s multidisciplinary treatment team called Open to Change (OTC). OTC is the first treatment model of its kind, adapting components of the “Drug Court Model” for college students. Fellows may also work with group and individual clients through General Services, and provide crisis and triage services during a weekly shift as a member of our OCC (On Call Counseling) team.
In the second year of the fellowship, Fellows will work primarily in General Services, where they will have the opportunity to provide individual/group therapy, and initial consultations (intakes). Fellows also will obtain the training needed to function effectively in a Behavioral Health setting. Fellows will develop skills in brief intervention, assessment, and crisis intervention during a weekly Behavioral Health (BH) shift as part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary medical team. BH often provides opportunities for Fellows to work with students who are uncomfortable with traditional counseling services, so Fellows may also have the opportunity to work with students from more diverse backgrounds during this component of their training.
Fellows also are expected to commit to the development of cultural competence through self-examination and participation in university-based outreach and prevention services for both the general student population and underrepresented groups on campus. The CSU Health Network has a strong commitment to multiculturalism and has solid working relationships with the various Diversity Programs and Services Offices on campus.
Required Job Qualifications
1. Completion of a Master’s degree between May 1, 2021 and August 22, 2022 from an accredited program in either Counseling or Social Work. This is defined as having either the diploma in hand or a letter from the graduate program director verifying the completion of all degree requirements pending institution graduation ceremony.
2. Completion of either an Internship or Field Placement at a university counseling service or community agency. This clinical experience must be completed before beginning the fellowship, except as described below.
  • Applicants whose Internship or Field Placement is scheduled to be completed after August 1, 2022 should discuss this conflict with the supervisor of that field placement prior to applying for this fellowship position, to see if the internship can be completed sooner (i.e., by working extra hours or using vacation or professional development time).
  • Applicants who are able to negotiate an earlier completion of their internship in this way will be given full consideration for the Post-Master’s Fellowship.
  • Applicants who are scheduled to complete their Internship/Field Placement in August are still eligible for the Post-Master’s Fellowship, provided they can attend the majority of the orientation training period (August 1-19, 2022) and make up the remainder of their Internship/Field Placement hours following completion of the orientation. Such applicants should include an anticipated schedule of Internship/Field Placement completion in their verification letter (see #4 under Application Procedures). Leave time for completion of Internship/Field Placement will then be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by written and verbal communication, awareness of impact of self on others, and commitment to personal growth and self-reflection 
  • Demonstrated knowledge, ability, and commitment to working with culturally diverse communities 
  • Strong clinical skills including working with complex clinical presentation, students in crisis, and completing risk assessments
  • Experience providing clinical services to a college student/young adult population 
  • Experience providing group psychotherapy, including experience facilitating interpersonal process groups 
  • Professional commitment to serving clients whose substance use has resulted in negative consequences as demonstrated through active participation, intentional professional development, reading articles/research, engaging in the exploration of various treatment modalities (e.g., Twelve Step meetings, Rational Recovery, Smart Recovery, etc.) and/or participating in other opportunities for further learning 
  • Experience working on a multidisciplinary team (preferably including psychiatry providers, primary care providers, and mental health providers) 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented setting 
  • Outreach and prevention programming experience 
  • Clinical experience incorporating the Stages of Change and utilizing Brief Motivational Interviewing

Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties


Job Duty Category Clinical Work
Duty/Responsibility
  • Provide individual, couples, and group therapy for agency clients 
  • Provide on-call clinical services, including possible after-hours on call during campus crisis 
  • Duties may also include case management and consultation
Percentage Of Time 70%
Job Duty Category Administrative Work
Duty/Responsibility
  • Complete intake reports, case notes and other paperwork related to clinical duties 
  • Attend staff meetings. 
  • Responsibilities may also include program development.
Percentage Of Time 14%
Job Duty Category Supervision Received
Duty/Responsibility
  • Participate in individual and group clinical supervision 
  • Participation in training seminars will be individually negotiated based on needs/experience
Percentage Of Time 9%
Job Duty Category Outreach
Duty/Responsibility
  • Provide outreach services to members of the campus and Fort Collins community
Percentage Of Time 3%
Job Duty Category Other Duties
Duty/Responsibility
  • Provide other services as needed for the effective functioning of the CSUHN 
  • Participates in quality improvement initiatives to enhance the quality of position processes and programs
Percentage Of Time 4%

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants needing assistance to submit materials may contact Ginny Laahs, Ginny.Laahs@colostate.edu.
For full consideration, complete applications must be received by 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Sunday, January 30, 2022. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Complete applications must include:
  • A cover letter that addresses your interest in the program and the ways in which you meet the Required Job Qualifications and the Preferred Job Qualifications (uploaded under Cover Letter).
  • A Curriculum Vitae (uploaded under Curriculum Vitae).
  • A copy of your diploma OR a letter verifying anticipated completion of your master’s degree by August 22, 2022 from the Department Chair or Training Director of your graduate program. This letter should also verify the anticipated completion of your Internship or Field Placement at a university counseling service or equivalent clinical experience by August 22, 2022 (uploaded under Other).
  • All graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) (uploaded under Unofficial Transcripts).
  • Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) professional references, two of whom must be familiar with the applicant’s clinical work (uploaded under List of Professional References). References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
  • A completed Summary of Clinical Hours form. (https://health.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Summary-of-Clinical-Hours.pdf) (uploaded under Special Required Documentation).
  • A brief DE-IDENTIFIED clinical writing sample from your most recent clinical placement. This could be an intake report, case summary, or similar piece of clinical writing. Following HIPAA guidelines, copies of Electronic Health Records (EHR) will not be accepted (uploaded under Writing Samples).

For more information about the fellowship, the CSU Health Network, Colorado State University, and Fort Collins, visit our website at: https://health.colostate.edu/post-masters-fellowship/.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Special Requirements/Other - For the protection of patients and staff, the CSU Health Network follows CDC guidelines for employee health. Vaccinations must be up-to-date according to CSU Health Network Employee Health policy, or you must be willing to become current with requirements
Search Contact Ginny Laahs (Ginny.Laahs@colostate.edu)
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The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu .
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu .
The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu .
Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education .
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