Postgraduate Training Opportunities
Training for Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows
FPFS provides opportunities for postdoctoral fellows to accrue supervised professional experience in the areas of psychotherapy, assessment, supervision, and administration. This is accomplished through two unique post-doctoral supervisory positions:
Postdoctoral Supervisor - Assessment. This person is responsible for supervising FPFS students in the area of psychological assessment. In this role, the postdoctoral supervisor develops training programs and trains clinical psychology practicum students to administer, score, interpret, and write personality assessment reports. The supervisor also supervises the administration of these assessments by trained students. In addition, the supervisor in this position administers, scores, interprets, and write reports on their own personality assessment clients. This is a full-time position with a stipend and benefits.
Postdoctoral Supervisor - Therapy and Administration. This person is responsible for supervising FPFS students in the area of psychotherapy. In this role, the postdoctoral supervisor provides weekly supervision to six clinical psychology students who each have a caseload of eight to ten clients. This supervisor also has his/her own private practice, which involves providing psychotherapy to 10–15 clients per week. Finally, this supervisor plays a critical role in helping the Fuller School of Psychology manage its network of practicum sites around the Los Angeles County area. This is a full-time position with a stipend and benefits.
Training for Marriage and Family Interns
FPFS also provides training opportunities for students from Marriage and Family programs who have graduated with their master’s degree and are seeking additional hours in preparation for licensure.
Postdoctoral Supervisor - Assessment. Students who have their master’s degree from a Marriage and Family program may qualify as a Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Intern. MFT interns provide psychotherapy to 15–20 clients weekly, including individuals (children, adolescents, and adults), couples, and families. This is a paid part-time position in which the MFT intern receive a percentage of the therapy fees his/her clients pay to the clinic. MFT interns also receive individual and, as appropriate, group supervision. In addition, interns have access to other training opportunities such as in-service lectures and training.
What Makes Training at FPFS Unique?
FPFS is unique as a training clinic in a number of ways, including these:
Intensive supervision. All MFT interns and postdoctoral fellows receive weekly individual supervision and, as needed, weekly group supervision. This allows for both in-depth, private, one-on-one attention and the opportunity to learn from and help your fellow interns or fellows. Supervision is provided by a licensed marriage and family therapist or licensed clinical psychologist.
Video recording capability. FPFS therapy rooms are equipped with video recording capabilities that record both the client and the clinician. MFT interns and postdoctoral fellows can take advantage of this resource to enhance their training experience.
Exposure to a variety of therapeutic modalities and types. At FPFS, we believe that the best training experience exposes students to a variety of ways to conceptualize and treat clients and to a variety of treatment types. For example, MFT interns and postdoctoral fellows receive supervision from a variety of theoretical perspectives: insight (e.g., psychodynamic), action/behavioral (e.g., cognitive behavioral), and systems therapies. Further, we strive to provide opportunities for each student to treat adults, children/adolescents, and couples/families.
Access to a diverse clientele population. Los Angeles County in general and the Pasadena area in particular are blessed with a rich mixture of racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. This provides students the opportunity to learn and utilize culturally sensitive conceptualization and intervention practices.
Integration of psychology and spirituality/religion. One of the most important and fundamental ways FPFS is unique is that its very existence is predicated upon treating mind, body, and spirit in an integrated manner. Simply put, this means that people are more than just physical beings. It also means that psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety often manifest as physical symptoms such as fatigue or pain. Further, it means that our spiritual health can impact and be impacted by our physical and psychological symptoms. These beliefs are inextricably linked to the establishment and ongoing vision of FPFS, a vision strongly influenced by both the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and Fuller Theological Seminary. MFT interns and postdoctoral fellows receiving training at FPFS will have opportunities to learn how this integration is done in practice. And, because FPFS attracts many clients who want their spirituality/religion integrated into their treatment, students will have many opportunities to practice integration with willing clients.
For More Information
Irene Rapp LMFT
Director of Training, Fuller Psychological and Family Services
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist