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Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Our fellows are exposed to inpatient and outpatient care as a part of multidisciplinary medical teams at Scott & White Medical Center – Temple, part of the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas.

Scott & White Medical Center – Temple offers a 12-month, APPIC-accredited clinical health psychology fellowship with two tracks: end-of-life care, grief and bereavement and clinical health psychology.

Our program provides a broad array of experiences rather than specialized training only in one or two areas. Our fellows work with inpatients and outpatients with acute and chronic needs across a variety of medical services. Patients range from mature adolescents to elderly adults.

Fellows provide patient assessment, intervention and consultation to a variety of multidisciplinary medical teams, such as the neurology headache clinic, the pain center, weight reduction surgery team, the kidney transplant team and the heart transplant team, as well as the palliative care team and hospice. Fellows also have the opportunity to engage in program development, supervision and/or research during their training year. In addition to applied experiences, applicants will also participate in a number of didactic experiences relevant to their work in health psychology.

We accept two fellows per year.

Curriculum

Objectives and Goals

Our program embraces the practitioner-scholar model by requiring supervised clinical work, research investigation/collaboration and activity as an educator. All three of these endeavors are deemed essential to incorporating the theory-research-practice triad into a career as a clinical psychologist.

Accordingly, our programs strive to enable fellows to:

  • Utilize accurate psychological assessment processes
  • Develop effective psychotherapy interventions (individuals, couples, and groups),
  • Perform consultation and outreach services
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ethical practice of psychology
  • Incorporate supervision as a mode of peer consultation
  • Teach psychological knowledge to professionals and lay persons
  • Respect multi-cultural differences
  • Deploy research skills to study empirical questions
  • Progress toward professional licensure

Fellows follow a carefully planned weekly training curriculum:

  • Two hours of individual supervision
  • Two to three hours of formal seminars
  • 16 hours of clinical work in an outpatient mental health clinic
  • 10-12 hours in associated clinical settings
  • Eight hours of research time

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Our program offers two emphases: end-of-life care, grief and bereavement and clinical health psychology. Fellows receive training specific to their specialty track as well as exposure to the alternate track to broaden their educational experience.

End-of-Life-Care, Grief and Bereavement

This track is designed to train future psychologists in the relatively under-represented subspecialty of dying, death and bereavement – also called thanatology, the study of death and psychological mechanisms for coping with death.

Fellows have a minimum of two hours per week of individual supervision and two hours per week of formal seminars that concentrate on theoretical and research-based information in six major areas:

  • Dying
  • End-of-life decision making
  • Bereavement
  • Assessment/intervention
  • Traumatic death
  • Death education

These educational objectives closely follow recommendations codified by the Association for Death Education and Counseling, an international and interdisciplinary professional organization devoted to promoting excellence in the care of the dying and the bereaved.

Fellows in this track work closely with the hospice/home care and palliative care teams at a variety of training sites, which exposes them to clinical spectrum of approaching death, end of life issue and acute grief at the time of death, immediate aftermath and more extended bereavement trajectory.

Clinical Health Psychology

This track is designed to prepare psychologists to work in a variety of settings, including: hospitals, clinics, private psychology practice with medical specialization and academic psychology departments.

Clinical health psychology provides a broad array of experiences rather than specialized training in one or two areas. Fellows work in both inpatient and outpatient settings to treat patients with acute and chronic needs. Patients range from children and adolescents to adults and elderly as well as families.

Fellows receive in-depth training opportunities encompassing assessment, psychodiagnostics, research and evidenced-based clinical practice as well as exposure to a diverse patient population.

Fellows provide patient assessment, intervention and consultation to a variety of multidisciplinary teams, including:

  • Neurology
  • Headache clinic
  • Pain center
  • Weight-reduction surgery team
  • Transplant teams

Individual Supervision of Clinical Experience

Initially, fellows have the opportunity to observe licensed psychology supervisors conduct psychological assessment, treatment, couple/family therapy and group therapy (both inpatient and outpatient), in order to familiarize themselves with and acclimate to the practice environment at Scott & White Medical Center – Temple. In addition, fellows receive individualized instruction in organizational standards, protocol, the electronic medical record and the Dragon Naturally Speaking--Medical voice recognition dictation system. Generally, this orientation process takes one to two weeks to complete.

Once fellows begin regular office hours of practice, they can expect to spend approximately 18-20 hours per week in direct patient care and six to eight hours per week in associated clinical settings (65 percent of total time). Regular individual supervision (two hours per week) provides the necessary guidance and mentoring to allow fellows to function with "semi-autonomy" in implementing assessment procedures and designing/executing effective treatment strategies/techniques.

End of Life Track

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8 a.m. Palliative (MHC Unavailable) Administrative New Patient Hospice IDT & Home Visits (MHC Unavailable) Research
9 a.m. Palliative (MHC Unavailable) Supervision - Gamino Patients - MHC Hospice IDT & Home Visits (MHC Unavailable) Research
10 a.m. Palliative (MHC Unavailable) Patients - MHC Patients - MHC Hospice IDT & Home Visits (MHC Unavailable) Palliative Care Group Supervision
11 a.m. Palliative (MHC Unavailable)  Patients - MHC Patients - MHC Hospice IDT & Home Visits (MHC Unavailable) Palliative Care Group Supervision
12 p.m. Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Grand Rounds
1 p.m. New Patient Seminar - Admin. New Patient New Research
2 p.m. Patients - MHC Seminar Patients - MHC Hospice IDT & Home Visits (MHC Unavailable) Supervision - Blackburn
3 p.m. Patients - MHC Seminar - Admin. Patients - MHC Hospice IDT & Home Visits (MHC Unavailable) Research
4 p.m. Patients - MHC Seminar - Admin. Patients - MHC Hospice IDT & Home Visits (MHC Unavailable) Research
5 p.m.       Support Group?  

Fourth Monday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Psychology Case Conference
First Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Training Committee Meeting (TCM) for Psychology Internship Program

Health Track

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8 a.m. Patients - MHC Admin Patients MHC  Rotation Day
Headache Clinic
Research
9 a.m. New Patient Supervision - Blackburn Patients - MHC  Rotation Day
Headache Clinic
Research
10 a.m. Patients - MHC Patients - MHC New Patient Rotation Day
Headache Clinic
Research
11 a.m. Patients - MHC Patients - MHC Patients - MHC Rotation Day
Headache Clinic
Research
12 p.m. Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Grand Rounds
1 p.m. New Patient Seminar - Admin. New Patient Rotation Day
Headache Clinic
Supervision - Gamino
2 p.m. Patients - MHC Seminar Patients - MHC Rotation Day
Headache Clinic
Research
3 p.m. Inpatient Consults Seminar - Admin. Inpatient Consults Rotation Day
Headache Clinic
Research
4 p.m. Inpatient Consults  Seminar - Admin. Inpatient Consults  Rotation Day
Headache Clinic
Research
5 p.m.          

Fourth Monday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Psychology Case Conference
First Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Training Committee Meeting(TCM) for Psychology Internship Program

 

Supervised clinical experience is enhanced by a curriculum of didactic seminars. Our program provides fellows with two hours per week of formal seminars. The required seminar time will include the Didactic Seminar Series and the Professional Development Seminar Series.

Didactic Seminar Series

  • Theory of Grief and Bereavement: 24 weeks
  • Health Psychology: 24 weeks
  • Couples and Family Therapy: 12 weeks

Professional Development Seminar Series

  • Baylor Scott & White Health Orientation: 4 weeks (two hours per week)
  • Professional Development: 4 weeks
  • Psychology and the Law: 4 weeks
  • Ethical Practice of Grief Counseling: 12 weeks
  • Psychoactive Medicine for Non-prescribers: 8 weeks
  • Teaching and Supervision: 8 weeks (four weeks training and four weeks teaching)
  • Career in Professional Psychology: 4 weeks

In addition, fellows have access to regularly-scheduled grand rounds sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science as well as other clinical departments to enhance their professional knowledge.

Our program dedicates approximately 20 percent of fellows’ time to pursue research and academic activities. Fellows are expected to complete a research endeavor of reasonable scope and design during the course of their training year, including preparation of a manuscript for submission to a professional periodical.

The results of investigation may become the topic of a grand rounds presentation toward the end of the training year. Additionally, presentations may be presented at a professional meeting, such as annual state conference or national professional association.

Baylor Scott & White Health Division of Research and Education encourages staff research initiatives and provides in-house support to fellows with research design, biostatistics, and research coordinators. Specifically, there are mentorship grants available to support trainee research initiatives when paired with an appropriate faculty mentor.

  • Train at one of U.S. News & World Report's top 10 hospitals in Texas

    Scott & White Medical Center - Temple, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is a 640-bed teaching and research hospital with a Level I trauma center and nationally ranked specialty services.

How to Aply

Applicants may choose to apply through APPIC’s centralized post-doctoral application system (APPA CAS) to complete an application. Alternatively, application materials may be submitted directly via email.

Application deadline is January 4, 2019.

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Application Requirements

Eligible candidates must have completed a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology from a university-based program (PhD or PsyD) accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). Applicants must also have finished a one-year pre-doctoral internship that is APA-accredited or its substantial equivalent. Dissertations must be complete by the time the fellowship begins.

In order to be considered for the program, applicants must provide the following along with their application:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent (one to two pages) outlining the specific training track (i.e., end of life care, grief and bereavement or health psychology) for which one is applying and why
  • Three letters of recommendation (one letter should be from the internship director of clinical training/supervisor, one letter from the applicant's graduate program and another letter from a professional familiar with the applicant's academic and clinical training)
  • A statement from the applicant's graduate school director of clinical training indicating the applicant's status in the program and projected completion of the requirements for the doctorate prior to the fellowship year (waived for those who have already earned a doctorate)
  • Official transcript from graduate program
  • Copies of two clinical reports (de-identified), one assessment/evaluation report and one psychotherapy intervention note

Interview Process

Review of applications will commence immediately after Jan. 4, 2019. Typically, promising applicants are interviewed first by telephone followed by a required on-site interview to meet the faculty and view our facilities.

At this time, our program has elected not to follow the constraints of the Uniform Notification Date (UND) in extending offers to competitive applicants. Our timeline operates independently of the UND because our organization views the post-doctoral position as a possible portal to eventual employment; therefore, we approach the hiring process more like a job interview rather than a training program lottery. Our intention is to make a "first round" of offers prior to the UND so candidates applying to programs using the UND timeline know where they stand with us. If our positions are not filled after the UND, we will likely re-open the application process for a finite period of time in order to find qualified applicants.


Learn more about Baylor Scott & White's housestaff appointment eligibility, including guidelines for international medical graduates.

Contact Us

Tina Miller
Phone: 254.724.3874
Fax: 254.724.9928
Tina.Miller@BSWHealth.org

Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Baylor Scott & White Health
2401 S. 31st. St.
Mailstop: MS-22-103E
Temple, TX 76508

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Compensation and Benefits

The stipend for full-time fellows is set at $50,003 paid in 24 installments over a 12-month period. In addition to a competitive stipend, we offer our fellows a full menu of employee benefits. We help offset the cost of many of these benefits; others are options you can choose to pay for yourself.

Life in Temple

Temple uniquely offers a combination of access to big-city conveniences while maintaining a small-town atmosphere. Temple has also been ranked among the Top 20 Fastest Growing Cities in Texas and one of America's most affordable places of 2015.

Why Baylor Scott & White Health

As the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians and more than 40,000 employees.

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