Postdoctoral Clinical Trainee

University of California at Santa Cruz,

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Last Posted:

Thu, Dec 10th, '20


January 19, 2021

Start Date:

August 24, 2021

Last Updated:

Thu, Jan 7th, '21

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  • Full Time

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Clinical Trainee for the 2021-2022 academic year. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has four (4) positions open for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Counseling and Psychological Services provides a variety of services to UCSC undergraduate and graduate students, including brief individual therapy, crisis intervention, group psychotherapy, Let’s Talk drop-in consultations, outreach and educational programming, referrals, consultation for non-clients (e.g. staff, faculty, family members), as well as Psychiatry Services and training for Doctoral level Psychology Interns and Postdoctoral Clinical Trainees. 

There are two areas of focus available for the Postdoctoral Clinical Trainee. 

Qualified applicants can apply for one or both of the following tracks:

  • General Focus - 3 positions:   Focus on general clinical service delivery.
  • Trauma Focus - 1 position:   Focus on general clinical service delivery with a special emphasis on working with students who have experienced interpersonal trauma.


The Postdoctoral Clinical Trainee will be expected to conduct brief individual therapy, crisis intervention, case management, group psychotherapy, and primary prevention and outreach for University students and will attend regularly scheduled case conferences, supervisions, and CAPS staff meetings. 


UCSC welcomes applications from outstanding candidates interested in providing mental health services in a fast-paced university counseling center. 


The University of California, Santa Cruz, has earned national distinction as a university with high-impact research and an uncommon commitment to teaching and public service. A campus with world-class facilities and one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, UC Santa Cruz provides unparalleled opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experience. A commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement are also central to UCSC's core values.

Undergraduates pursue course work in 65 majors in the arts, engineering, humanities, physical and biological sciences, and social sciences. Graduate students work toward master's degrees, doctoral degrees, and graduate certificates in 41 academic programs.

UCSC people, including about 93,000 alumni, are leaders in virtually every field; and the campus is highly regarded for the positive impact it has on society.

  • Doctorate in Counseling or Clinical Psychology from an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program
  • Completion of an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited Doctoral Internship
  • Experience and skills in brief therapy, crisis intervention, and group therapy
  • Experience and skills in mental health outreach and psychoeducation for a college student population
  • Skills and experience working with a diverse population

Experience in a university counseling center; Demonstrated strong interest and commitment to social justice

Additional Qualification for Trauma Focus:  Experience and interest in providing services to individuals who have experienced interpersonal trauma.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Successful completion of a criminal history background check is required.


$48,900 annually; Medical benefits, paid sick leave and holidays in accordance with university policies, and two weeks approved leave.

  • Cover letter, indicating which position track you are applying to
  • Vita
  • 3 letters of recommendation


Cover Letters and Recommendation Letters should be addressed to:

o   Maryjan Murphy PhD, Interim Director

o   Counseling and Psychological Services, University of California Santa Cruz

Submit all application materials electronically to

*ATTENTION: To guarantee that your materials will be reviewed, your complete application and all letters of recommendation MUST BE RECEIVED by the initial review date of January 19, 2021.

Match Process

  • Applicants will be notified by late January 2021 of their application status. Phone or Zoom interviews will take place the first two weeks of February.
  • We will make offers to candidates on February 22, 2021, at 7 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Once an informal offer is made to a candidate, the candidate may proceed with one of the following actions: accept the offer, decline the offer, or hold the offer for 30 minutes.  If the position is held, it is considered frozen and cannot be offered to any other candidate during that time period.  After 30 minutes, the candidate must either accept or decline the offer; otherwise the offer is no longer valid.  Given this time frame, it is very important for candidates to thoughtfully consider whether they want a postdoctoral clinical trainee position in Counseling & Psychological Services at UC Santa Cruz for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Following the informal offer being made and accepted, central HR will provide a formal job offer to candidates on the completion of the required pre-hire criminal history background check and employment paperwork.
  • The candidate may call Maryjan Murphy Ph.D., Interim Director, one hour after notification to inquire about their status in the process. We will notify all candidates once our positions have been filled.

Questions About Application or Postdoctoral Clinical Trainee Positions

Questions about the postdoctoral clinical trainee positions should be directed to MaryJan Murphy Ph.D., Interim Director, at or (831) 459-2120.