Postdoctoral Residency Training Model

Training Model

The postdoctoral residency program at ASU Counseling Services (ASU CS) trains postdoctoral residents in accordance with a Developmental- Practitioner training model. The overarching philosophy supporting this model is that learning is a developmental process, and that at the postdoctoral level, learning is achieved through the practice of advanced professional skill development while receiving support, training, feedback and the opportunity to observe professional role models. Professional socialization and the ability to observe and interact with peers and other professionals is a key element of the learning process. Ethical and effective psychologists must consider all aspects of their own cultural contexts and the population they serve. This includes understanding the interaction of worldviews and the experiences of oppression and privilege. The program fosters appreciation for the richness of human diversity in all its aspects, including but not limited to culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, spirituality, gender, physical ability, age, and SES.

Training staff teach and model the belief that developing as a psychologist is a lifelong process, thus normalizing the belief that all practitioners have relative strengths and weaknesses, make mistakes, and have the opportunity to grow from reflection upon those experiences. We believe that self-awareness and the ability to continually reflect on one’s own personal dynamics are critical to the development of effective professional skills.

Post Doctoral Resident Focus Areas

The purpose of the training focus area is to provide the resident with an opportunity to receive training from ASU CS leadership in order to develop professional skills and experience in a focus area integral to leadership positions in a university counseling center. The specific tasks are negotiated at the beginning of the year with the Training Director and administrator(s) overseeing the focus area.

Listed below are the two focus areas currently offered, and some of the possible projects related to each area. This list is intended to give a sense of the kinds of activities that each focus area would include so that residents can make an informed choice about the area that would best fit their career aspirations. These lists are not exhaustive - and other opportunities may come up throughout the course of the year that would provide an opportunity for training related to a focus area. Residents would not necessarily be expected to engage in all of the projects listed in an area, though each area includes activities that would typically be expected of residents focusing in that area (noted below with asterisks).

Training Administration
The training administration focus area is designed to provide experiences to help the resident prepare for a career emphasis on counseling center training work. Some possible projects related to this focus area include:

  • Serving on the Training Committee
  • Oversight of the intern and postdoc "brown bag" educational presentation series.*
  • Co-facilitation of the practicum seminar.*
  • Co-facilitation of the intern supervision seminar in the spring semester.
  • Participate on the ASU CS’s Continuing Education Committee.
  • Participate on the ASU CS’s Postdoctoral Search Committee.

Counseling Center Administration
The counseling center administration area is designed to provide experience to help the resident prepare for a career that includes counseling center administrative work, particularly in clinical administration. Some possible projects related to this focus area include:

  • Participation on the Quality Assurance committee.*
  • Attend consultation meetings with other departments with a designated supervisor*
  • Work with the Assistant Director, Clinical Services in consultation, planning and training with residential life administration*
  • Lead a clinical team to manage frontend coverage over the summer
  • Assist in scheduling for residential life on-call for clinical staff