Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship-Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD)

Colorado State University Health Network,

Counseling Services
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Mon, Oct 30th, '23


For full consideration applications must be received by 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Sunday, November 26, 2023.

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Mon, Oct 30th, '23

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  • Full Time

The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship at DAY (Drugs, Alcohol, and You) Programs within the CSU Health Network is designed to prepare individuals for a staff psychologist position in a university counseling service, with particular emphasis on psychologists wishing to enhance their skills in AOD assessment and treatment. The primary focus of this fellowship track is on obtaining skills to better assess and treat clients struggling with issues related to AOD who are both voluntary and mandated to treatment. Fellows would join a close and multidisciplinary team. Fellow’s clinical hours will be divided between individual therapy, groups, facilitation of psycho-educational workshops, national best practice programs such as BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students), and participation in the Open to Change (OTC) multidisciplinary treatment team. OTC is an innovative program, designed for working with students who are in need of substance use treatment. The program offers weekly individual therapy, group, academic support, and access to psychiatric services. The Fellow will have the unique opportunity to participate in all aspects of this multidisciplinary program, which uses a combination of sanctions and incentives to encourage positive change, while providing individualized treatment, psychoeducation, and compliance monitoring. In the past, more than half of DAY Programs students were mandated to treatment, but the demand for services for voluntary clients continues to rise.

Additionally, the Fellow may participate in providing drop-in counseling support through our on-call counseling team (OCC), as well as crisis intervention and university-based outreach and prevention services including advocacy and social justice interventions. The Postdoctoral Fellow is involved in advanced clinical training experiences through both supervision and participation in didactic seminars. Fellows may have the opportunity to co-facilitate a seminar for less advanced training clinicians. Seminar participation is negotiated with each Fellow individually, based on experience and training needs. Based on agency need, Fellows may also lead support, theme, or inter-personal process groups. Finally, Fellows may engage in program review and program development.


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.

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 Program (substance abuse & other addictions), and the iTEAM (DBT informed post-hospitalization program providing integrated care to clients experiencing an acute mental health crisis). The CSU Health Network 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
  • Anticipated completion of all requirements for graduation (coursework, comprehensive exams, internship, dissertation) from an APA-Accredited program in Counseling or Clinical Psychology by August 19, 2024 (i.e., by the first day of CSU fall classes). This is defined as having a letter verifying anticipated completion of all degree requirements from the Department Chair, Training Director, or other administrative official in the applicant’s APA-accredited academic program. Applicants from programs with a current status of “Accredited, on contingency” also are eligible to apply.

  • Applicant must be available to begin full-time employment on Monday, July 29, 2024 to complete an intensive 3-week orientation and training (the Fellow training year will officially run from July 29, 2024 to July 28, 2025).
  • Completion of APA-accredited doctoral internship by August 19, 2024. Applicants from programs with a current status of “Accredited, on contingency” are eligible to apply. Applicants who will finish their internship after July 29th must negotiate leave time with their internship training director in order to be able to attend our three week orientation and training period, from July 29 – August 16, 2024.
  • Clinical experience in a University Counseling Center or similar setting.
  • Demonstrated generalist clinical skills, including individual and group therapy
  • Experience working on a multidisciplinary team.
  • Clinical experience utilizing Brief Motivational Interviewing.
  • Clinical experience with substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
  • Personal and/or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources, and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the lived experience of persons with historically marginalized identities.
  • 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.
  • Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by written communication, awareness of impact of self on others, and commitment to personal growth and self-reflection.

Fellows will be paid $52,000 – $53,560, plus a benefits package.

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 Preferred Job Qualifications (uploaded under Cover Letter)
  • Curriculum Vitae (uploaded under Curriculum Vitae)
  • Names, email addresses, and phone numbers for three (3) Professional References (uploaded under List of Professional References). References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
  • A written response to the following two (2) questions (three (3) double-spaced pages maximum for both questions combined) (uploaded under Writing Samples): 1. Please describe your values in working with clients who struggle with issues related to substance abuse and/or use. How do you understand these clients, the choices they make, and the role that substance use plays in their lives? 2. Describe a meaningful experience working in a team environment. What were some of the benefits and challenges of working with people whose perspectives and training were different than yours?
  • A letter verifying the anticipated completion of all degree requirements from the Department Chair, Training Director, or other administrative official in the applicant’s APA-accredited academic program (uploaded under Other)
  • A letter verifying completion of APA-accredited doctoral internship by August 19, 2024 from the Internship Training Director. The letter should also verify that the applicant has been cleared to attend training activities beginning July 29, 2024, if internship completion date is not prior to August 19, 2024 (uploaded under Special Required Documentation)
  • All graduate transcripts (unofficial versions of transcripts printed from a school’s website are acceptable) (uploaded under Unofficial Transcripts)

For more information about the fellowship, the CSU Health Network, Colorado State University, and Fort Collins, visit our website at