For Interns and Fellows
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Current Opportunities
At Sharp HealthCare, we're proud to have offered professional training in clinical psychology for nearly two decades.
We provide three levels of training: practicum training for advanced doctoral students, a doctoral internship program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and a fellowship program approved by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).
About our postdoctoral fellowship program.
Our postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology provides fast-paced, intensive, experiential learning; seminars; and ample individual and group supervision in a practitioner-scholar training model.
At Sharp, we place strong value on the idea that science informs practice and practice informs science. Also described as a junior-colleague model, our program provides opportunities for fellows to work alongside licensed professionals in psychology and other disciplines. Our expert team is broadly acknowledged for the unique contributions each person brings to the table.
Our fellowship program fulfills the licensure requirements for postdoctoral supervised practice in California. Fellows are encouraged to be licensed as psychologists prior to the end of the training year.
At Sharp, we're proud to offer our fellows a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes decent pay, health benefits, paid leave, a small education reimbursement fund (for CE) — and great weather nearly all year round.
Many of our current psychologists are former Sharp interns and/or fellows. And seven of our current staff/faculty members were former postdoctoral fellows.
We are offering four postdoctoral fellowship positions for 2018-2019. Three of these positions are at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, our behavioral health hospital. One position is located at the inpatient level, and two positions are located at the adult intensive outpatient level. The fourth position is at Sharp McDonald Center, the only medically supervised chemical dependency recovery center in San Diego County.
COG-IOP and DBT-informed IOP fellowship (Sharp Mesa Vista, 2 positions)
These fellowships are in an intensive outpatient program for adults with severe mood, anxiety and personality disorders. Each fellow receives six months of specialized training in COG-IOP and six months of specialized training in DBT-informed IOP.
Patients include adults diagnosed with severe mood, anxiety and personality disorders. Approximately 50 to 75 percent of our patients are referred from inpatient psychiatric units, and other patients are referred from outpatient professionals because they are either not progressing or are at high risk at a lower level of care.
Our COG-IOP and DBT-IOP programs utilize a co-therapist model. Throughout the year, COG/DBT fellows supervise at least one intern or advanced doctoral student and participate in group supervision-of-supervision with other fellows. Fellows will also conduct comprehensive intake evaluations for prospective patients, lead psychoeducation groups, participate in weekly treatment team meetings and conduct individual therapy sessions (DBT-IOP).
Adult inpatient fellowship (Sharp Mesa Vista, 1 position)
The inpatient fellow works in two adult inpatient units at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital. With the support and supervision of our associate training director and our licensed psychologists, the fellow provides individual and group therapy, supports and educates families, conducts brief assessments, acts as the psychology leader in program development and quality management and plays an active role in the management, training and supervision of advanced doctoral students.
Strong candidates will have a solid theoretical foundation in CBT/ACT/DBT and will arrive with significant experience using traditional CBT and third-wave treatments in a psychiatric inpatient setting. This position would not be a good fit for applicants who are new to the inpatient environment. Inpatient fellows will be well supported but will operate with a high degree of autonomy and be expected to mentor junior colleagues.
Chemical dependency fellowship (Sharp McDonald Center, 1 position)
Sharp McDonald Center provides comprehensive, evidence-based treatment to adults with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. As San Diego's only freestanding chemical dependency recover center that is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, Sharp McDonald Center provides inpatient (detox and inpatient rehab), partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care.
Evidence-based interventions include ACT, DBT, seeking safety and relapse prevention principles. Our services include individual therapy, case management, group therapy and family therapy. Each program has an overall wellness design, is abstinence-based and has been developed to facilitate safe, sober living and long-term recovery.
With the supervision and support of the facility manager, a licensed clinical psychologist, the fellow acts as a primary therapist in the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs, and is an integral member of the interdisciplinary treatment team.
In addition to direct patient care, the fellow has supervision responsibilities for the predoctoral intern and practicum student trainees on-site and participates in measurement-based care and program evaluation activities throughout the year.
Highly qualified candidates will have applied clinical experience with interdisciplinary treatment teams, chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders, inpatient treatment settings, third-wave modalities, MI and brief solutions-focused approaches in therapy.
In addition to weekly one-on-one and group supervision, fellows facilitate group therapy as a co-therapist alongside a more seasoned therapist and have frequent opportunities to observe and be observed. This approach allows fellows to increase independence and responsibilities consistent with professional development.
As an integral part of the interdisciplinary team, fellows play a role in our APA-accredited psychology internship program as well as our externship program for advanced doctoral students. Fellows receive training and supervision in clinical supervision, and have the opportunity to provide clinical supervision throughout the year.
Cultural competence is a high priority for our clinical teams and our training program. Fellows participate in a monthly critical consciousness seminar to provide culturally competent supervision and to take a leadership role in supporting culturally informed care for patients.
Minimum qualifications for Sharp fellowships.
- APA-accredited doctoral program in psychology
- APA-accredited doctoral internship
- Anticipated dissertation defense and completion of all other graduation requirements prior to start of fellowship (to be confirmed in letter of recommendation)
- Applicants' training, experience and interests should communicate training goals and fit with setting/training opportunities
Application process and checklist.
Once you're ready to apply, please email the following in PDF format:
- Cover letter describing how your training goals and previous experiences align with your chosen fellowship position, as well as the eligibility requirements described above
- Current curriculum vitae
- APPIC application, letters of reference and essays
-Include the full APPI you submitted for internship, which can be downloaded by your internship training director from the APPIC selection portal using either last year's link or the link that corresponds to the year you applied to the internship. Either you or your internship training director may submit this. Contact Dr. Lynn Northrop, director of clinical training, with any questions.
- Three letters of recommendation, which should be emailed directly from your supervisor(s) with your name in the subject line, and which must confirm APA-accredited internship and graduate program, dissertation status and appropriate experience
-One letter must be from dissertation chair or graduate school training director confirming that you have met all requirements for graduation and will have defended your dissertation no later than July 31, 2018.
-Two letters from clinical supervisors, at least one of whom has directly supervised you in the use of traditional CBT theory and techniques and can confirm that you have achieved basic competence and are prepared for advanced specialty training in CBT. Letters should speak to the type of supervision provided (audio, video, live supervision, co-therapy, etc.).
Cog/DBT fellowship application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted via email to Dr. Laura Thackray.
Inpatient fellowship application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted via email to Dr. Jan Estrellado.
Chemical dependency fellowship application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted via email to Dr. Kristin Steele.
You are welcome to apply to all of our fellowships if they align with your training goals. If you choose to apply to more than one fellowship position, please include a separate cover letter for each position and send the appropriate materials to the corresponding supervisors/contacts for each position.
We occasionally receive applications from individuals who have been subject to remediation or probation at some point during their graduate school or internship training. Although prior remediation or probation will by no means prevent consideration for a fellowship, any history of formal remediation/probation must be noted and addressed in your cover letter and in at least one letter of recommendation.
Application due date: Jan. 15, 2018
Sharp will adhere to the APPIC's postdoctoral selection guidelines. Please refer to the Universal Psychology Postdoctoral Directory for additional information about the application and selection timeline.
If you have questions about the application process or requirements, please contact the training director, Dr. Lynn Northrop, PhD, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital psychology postdoctoral fellowship program is an APPIC member program and abides by APPIC policies, which should be carefully reviewed on the APPIC website.
Although we are not using the APPA CAS system this year, we will follow the other aspects of APPIC's postdoctoral selection guidelines.