Postdoctoral Training in Psychology at Moorpark College Student Health Services 2021-2022

Moorpark College,

Moorpark College Student Health Center
Last Posted:

Mon, Nov 16th, '20


February 15, 2021. Completed applications received on or before January 18, 2021 will be given priority.

Start Date:

August 2021

Last Updated:

Mon, Nov 16th, '20

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  • Full Time

Mental Health Counseling and Psychological Services is imbedded within Student Health Services, offering students integrated services oriented towards treating the whole person. The mental health staff is comprised of a supervising psychologist, a marriage and family therapist, and two post-doctoral fellows. The medical staff includes a Coordinator, who oversees Student Health Services (both medical and mental health services), nurses, a nurse practitioner, health center assistants, a physician, and a health educator. The Student Health Center offers a supportive and collegial working environment. Medical and mental health staff often collaborate on an individual student’s care.  Fellows are regarded as important members of the SHC team.

Moorpark College Student Health Services offers post-doctoral training within a community college health center. We will have two, ten-month (one academic year), full-time post-doctoral fellowship positions for the 2021-2022 academic year. Postdoctoral fellows will accrue a minimum of 1,500 hours of supervised professional experience, as required for licensure in California, and as defined by the California Code of Regulations.

This fellowship opportunity is designed to complement and extend prior clinical training, with a focus on the provision of brief, empirically validated therapeutic modalities to currently enrolled students. Fellows’ responsibilities typically include intake assessment, primary and backup crisis coverage and management, short-term individual psychotherapy, consultation, and developing and facilitating classroom presentations and workshops for the campus community. Fellows will also potentially serve as community liaisons for equity groups on campus, including students of color, veterans, students who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community, and young adults with histories in the foster care system. Clinical supervision supports the use of the following treatment modalities: Psychodynamic, CBT, Narrative, problem-solving, and mindfulness-based approaches as appropriate. Typical student presenting concerns include, but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, stress, relationship concerns, self-image, academic difficulties, time management, issues related to loss, grief and bereavement, and challenges related to adjustment to college. 


Moorpark College serves approximately 14,000 full and part-time students as of Fall 2019. MC students self-identify as Hispanic or Latinx (35%), White or Caucasian (44%), Asian (8%), Black or African American (2%), and of two or more races/ethnicities (6%). The student community is highly diverse with respect to socio-economic backgrounds, gender/sexual identities, and age (24% of Moorpark students are age 25 or older). Additionally, many of our students are first generation college students.  Moorpark has an excellent reputation for university transfer preparation, and its signature career/technical programs include nursing, radiation technology, biotechnology, and exotic animal training operated within the world-renowned America’s Teaching Zoo.

The city of Moorpark is a suburban city in eastern Ventura County, easily accessed from all of Ventura County and much of Los Angeles County. Over the years, the majority of our postdocs have lived in the greater Los Angeles area.  



A doctorate (Ph.D./Psy.D.) in clinical or counseling psychology, or equivalent psychology degree from an APA accredited graduate program/internship is strongly preferred. The doctoral degree must be completed (posted) prior to beginning the post-doctoral fellowship.


Significant experience providing individual therapy to adolescents or young adults, a strong interest and prior experience in conducting short-term therapy with diverse populations, and previous experiences performing outreach services and delivering presentations are essential skills. Fellows must also have experience with, and demonstrate competency in crisis intervention/management, as fellows interact with students with debilitating conditions that sometimes may require initiating psychiatric hospitalizations. Experience in providing trauma informed care/treatment is also desired, as students seeking support often report histories of childhood trauma, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence (IPV). 


Postdoctoral fellows work Monday through Friday from August to May, without on-call obligations. Fellows are contract employees of the Ventura County Community College District; pay is $30.00 per hour (equivalent to ~$43,000 for the academic year). There are approximately four weeks of break each academic year: three weeks during late December-early January and one week in the latter half of March. Fellows do not work during breaks. 


Please address all application materials to Shawn Silverstein, Ph.D., Supervisor of Mental Health Counseling, and send via email to Dr. Silverstein at  Completed applications received on or before January 18, 2021 will be given priority. Interviews may be conducted in person or via Zoom/Skype, however, in-person interviews are preferred (depending upon COVID-19 restrictions and precautions in place at the time of interviews).

To apply, please submit one email containing:

1. A cover letter introducing yourself, describing your past experiences working with diverse populations and your interest in Moorpark College.

2. Curriculum Vitae (CV).

3. Three letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors, including a letter from your pre-doctoral internship.

4. Unofficial Transcripts for all graduate coursework