Two Year Post-Master's Fellowship in AOD, Behavioral Health & General Counseling

Colorado State University Health Network,

Counseling Services
Last Posted:

Thu, Dec 17th, '20


For full consideration, complete applications must be received by 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

Start Date:

The Fellowship begins August 1, 2021 and concludes July 31, 2023.

Last Updated:

Thu, Dec 17th, '20

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  • Full Time

Colorado State University invites applications for a two year, full-time, 24-month position as Post-Master’s Fellow with the CSU Health Network. Each year of the fellowship will offer a different specialized training focus, in order to provide Fellows with the flexibility to work in a variety of settings. The Post-Master’s Fellowship requires graduation from a master’s program that is or is in the process of accreditation/reaccreditation, in either Counseling or Social Work and completion of an internship or field placement at a university counseling service or equivalent clinical experience. The program is designed to meet partial requirements for licensure in the state of Colorado. The Fellowship begins August 1, 2021 and concludes July 31, 2023. Fellows will be paid $36,279 per year plus a benefits package.

The Post-Master’s Fellowship at the CSU Health Network is designed to prepare individuals for a staff position in a university counseling service, with particular emphasis on social workers or counselors wishing to work at universities that have integrated their mental health and medical services. The training of clinically skilled, ethical, self-aware, and culturally competent mental health professionals is central to our mission.

A primary focus of the fellowship is the consolidation of clinical skills, to prepare Fellows for licensure and independent practice. In the first year of the fellowship, Fellows will obtain specialized training in the treatment of issues related to alcohol and other drug use through the DAY (Drugs, Alcohol, & You) Programs. During this year, they will work with both mandated and voluntary students as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team. The Fellow’s clinical hours will be divided between facilitation of psycho-educational workshops, national best practice programs such as BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students), individual therapy with a focus on Motivational Interviewing, harm reduction groups, and participation in the DAY Program’s multidisciplinary treatment team called Open to Change (OTC). OTC is the first treatment model of its kind, adapting components of the “Drug Court Model” for college students. Fellows may also work with group and individual clients through General Services, and provide crisis and triage services during a weekly shift as a member of our OCC (On Call Counseling) team.

In the second year of the fellowship, Fellows will work primarily in General Services, where they will have the opportunity to provide individual/group therapy, and initial consultations (intakes). Fellows also will obtain the training needed to function effectively in a Behavioral Health setting. Fellows will develop skills in brief intervention, assessment, and crisis intervention during a weekly Behavioral Health (BH) shift as part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary medical team. BH often provides opportunities for Fellows to work with students who are uncomfortable with traditional counseling services, so Fellows may also have the opportunity to work with students from more diverse backgrounds during this component of their training.

Fellows also are expected to commit to the development of cultural competence through self-examination and participation in university-based outreach and prevention services for both the general student population and underrepresented groups on campus. The CSU Health Network has a strong commitment to multiculturalism and has solid working relationships with the various Diversity Programs and Services Offices on campus.


Colorado State University
Colorado State University is a public research university founded in 1870 and located in Fort Collins, in the U.S. state of Colorado. The university is the state’s land-grant university, and the Flagship University of the Colorado State University System. As a land-grant institution, it is in the DNA of Colorado State University to promote education to anyone with the motivation and ability to earn a degree.

Our State is Colorado, but our Colorado State University Rams are built on a global scale. We unite in Fort Collins, where our diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences strengthen our community. Fort Collins is a community that blends education and industry, hard work and recreation, tradition and progress. True to our land-grant beginnings, we’re focused on practical solutions for today and tomorrow.

Colorado State University employs over 7,000 full and part-time faculty, exempt and non-exempt professionals, and classified staff. The current enrollment is approximately 33,058 students, including resident and non-resident instruction students. The University has approximately 2,000 faculty in eight colleges and 55 academic departments. Colorado State University, also known as CSU, offers more than 150 degrees in eight colleges. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in 65 fields of study, with master’s degrees in 55 fields. Colorado State confers doctoral degrees in 40 fields of study, in addition to a professional degree in veterinary medicine.

Colorado State University is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. For the health of our university community, the use of smoking, vaping or tobacco products is prohibited on CSU grounds or in buildings.

Colorado State University offers a wide selection of benefits to eligible employees that include Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, retirement programs and more. The University’s Commitment to Campus benefits program offers a wide range of programs, discounts and special benefits. For more detailed information about CSU benefits, Colorado State University, and Fort Collins, you can visit,, and

CSU Health Network
The Colorado State University Health Network is an integrated mental health and medical service serving both undergraduate and graduate students within a large land-grant university. It is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) for the doctoral internship in Counseling & Clinical Psychology and by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The training of clinically-competent, ethical, self-aware, and culturally sensitive psychologists is central to our mission.

Presenting issues range from the expected developmental concerns of college students to severe mental health diagnoses, including psychoses and personality disorders. The most common presenting concerns are: stress & anxiety, mood disorders, relationship issues, eating disorders, sexual concerns, substance abuse, and identity development. General Services includes individual and couple psychotherapy, a vibrant group therapy program, and crisis intervention services. Specialty programs include the DAY Programs (substance abuse & other addictions), Primary Care Behavioral Health, and the iTEAM (DBT informed post-hospitalization program providing integrated care to clients experiencing an acute mental health crisis). CSUHN has a strong commitment to diversity/inclusion and has solid working relationships with the various Diversity Offices on campus.

For more information about the CSU Health Network at Colorado State University, see


1. Completion of a Master’s degree between May 1, 2020 and August 20, 2021 from a master’s program that is or is in the process of accreditation/reaccreditation, in either Counseling or Social Work. This is defined as having either the diploma in hand or a letter from the graduate program director verifying the completion of all degree requirements pending institution graduation ceremony.

2. Completion of either an Internship or Field Placement at a university counseling service or community agency. This clinical experience must be completed before beginning the fellowship, except as described below.

  • Applicants whose Internship or Field Placement is scheduled to be completed after August 1, 2021 should discuss this conflict with the supervisor of that field placement prior to applying for this fellowship position, to see if the internship can be completed sooner (i.e., by working extra hours or using vacation or professional development time).
  • Applicants who are able to negotiate an earlier completion of their internship in this way will be given full consideration for the Post-Master’s Fellowship.
  • Applicants who are scheduled to complete their Internship/Field Placement in August are still eligible for the Post-Master’s Fellowship, provided they can attend the majority of the orientation training period (August 2-20, 2021) and make up the remainder of their Internship/Field Placement hours following completion of the orientation. Such applicants should include an anticipated schedule of Internship/Field Placement completion in their verification letter (see #4 under Application Procedures). Leave time for completion of Internship/Field Placement will then be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by written and verbal communication, awareness of impact of self on others, and commitment to personal growth and self-reflection
  • Demonstrated knowledge, ability, and commitment to working with culturally diverse communities
  • Experience providing clinical services to a college student/young adult population
  • Experience providing group psychotherapy, including experience facilitating interpersonal process groups
  • Experience working with clients/students in crisis (e.g., suicidal, self-harming, or gravely disabled, who may or may not need psychiatric hospitalization)
  • Professional commitment to serving clients whose substance use has resulted in negative consequences as demonstrated through active participation, intentional professional development, reading articles/research, engaging in the exploration of various treatment modalities (e.g., Twelve Step meetings, Rational Recovery, Smart Recovery, etc.) and/or participating in other opportunities for further learning
  • Experience working on a multidisciplinary team (preferably including psychiatry providers, primary care providers, and mental health providers)
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented setting
  • Outreach and prevention programming experience
  • Clinical experience incorporating the Stages of Change and utilizing Brief Motivational Interviewing

Fellows will be paid $36,279 per year plus a benefits package.


Applicants needing assistance to submit materials may contact Ginny Laahs,

For full consideration, complete applications must be received by 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Sunday, January 31, 2021. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Complete applications must include:

  • A cover letter that addresses your interest in the program and the ways in which you meet the Required Job Qualifications and the Preferred Job Qualifications (uploaded under Cover Letter).

  • A Curriculum Vitae (uploaded under Curriculum Vitae).

  • A copy of your diploma OR a letter verifying anticipated completion of your master’s degree by August 20, 2021 from the Department Chair or Training Director of your graduate program. This letter should also verify the anticipated completion of your Internship or Field Placement at a university counseling service or equivalent clinical experience by August 23, 2021 (uploaded under Other).

  • All graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) (uploaded under Unofficial Transcripts).

  • Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) professional references, two of whom must be familiar with the applicant’s clinical work (uploaded under List of Professional References). References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

  • A completed Summary of Clinical Hours form. ( (uploaded under Special Required Documentation).

  • A brief DE-IDENTIFIED clinical writing sample from your most recent clinical placement. This could be an intake report, case summary, or similar piece of clinical writing. Following HIPAA guidelines, copies of Electronic Health Records (EHR) will not be accepted (uploaded under Writing Samples).

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