Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology: Currently in Development

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is a thriving, comprehensive, free-standing mental health system and a teaching hospital of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. As an interdisciplinary community of clinicians, administrators, researchers, educators and learners, Pine Rest is committed to training the next generation of highly competent and compassionate mental health professionals.

The new Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology serves as the culmination of training in professional psychology and is synergistic with the other existing and developing training programs at Pine Rest, including the APA-accredited Psychology Internship Program and the ACGME- and AOA-accredited Psychiatry Residency Program. We are not accepting applications at this time. Please continue to check with this website for updates on the fellowship and dates of upcoming deadlines.

The postdoctoral fellowship is guided by the practitioner-scholar model and prepares trainees for practice in clinical psychology at an advanced level in Child & adolescent clinical psychology.

This full-time program spans the course of two years and is designed to be developmental, contextual and exceptionally thorough in nature. The program centers on the advanced development of key competencies of evidence-based practice in psychology, including integration of science and practice, assessment, diagnosis, case formulation, treatment planning and implementation, diversity expertise and integration of patient characteristics and preferences into treatment. In addition, the second year of the program emphasizes the development of advanced skills in supervision, teaching and conducting clinical research.

The main clinical training focus of the fellowship track is outpatient psychotherapy provision. The extended length of the program allows fellows to see a number of patients with more complex mental disorders/co-morbidities through a complete course of long-term treatment. In addition, advanced fellows in the Child & Adolescent track participate in a year-long rotation in psychological assessment. The 40 hour per week commitment is divided as following:

  • Clinical activities: 32 hours (with at least 70% in direct patient contact)
  • Didactic training: 4 hours
  • Individual Supervision: 2 hours
  • Additional training activities: 2 hours (e.g. case conferences, grand rounds, research, teaching, supervision of junior trainees, reading, preparation for licensure, etc.)

Throughout the program, the fellows benefit from an outstanding faculty of teachers and supervisors in conjunction with a rich didactic training. Most of the fellowship faculty are full-time staff psychologists at Pine Rest, while others are seasoned and well-established therapists in private practice in the community. Each fellow receives a minimum of 2 hours of individual supervision per week. In addition, postdoctoral fellows benefit from ongoing interaction with other trainees, including psychology interns, psychiatry residents, child and adolescent psychiatry fellows and physician assistant residents.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is a teaching site of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and an Associate Member of the National Network of Depression Centers.