Post-Graduate Fellow / Multicultural Focus
Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal
arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the
racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body.
The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational
experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty,
administration and staff.
Amherst College invites applications for the Post-Graduate Fellow /
Multicultural Focus position. The Post-Graduate Fellow /
Multicultural Focus is a full-time, one-year term position. Given
Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts
colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate
the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards
supporting a broadly diverse community.
The Post-Graduate Fellowship/Multicultural Focus is a 1 year
(August 1 to July 31) Fellowship appointment that reports to the
Assistant Director of Diversity Education and Training. The program
emphasizes learning through participation in various
multidimensional roles and functions of college mental health
practitioners. Fellows will work alongside psychologists, social
workers, mental health clinicians, and psychiatric staff to provide
a full range of clinical and outreach services to the Amherst
College community. An essential role for the Post-Graduate Fellow
will be to support diverse student communities by providing
clinical, preventative, and educational services to help students
address the mental health and developmental challenges they face in
their personal and academic lives.
The Center for Counseling and Mental Health provides a variety of
services including individual and group counseling, psychiatry
services, case management, mental health promotion and preventative
services, consultation, and teaching. These services are designed
to help students overcome mental illnesses or learn how to cope
effectively with them, improve their academic performance and
cognitive functioning, develop a deeper understanding of themselves
and the intersections of their identities, create and maintain
satisfying relationships, foster a sense of meaning and purpose,
and make healthy life and career choices. The Center for Counseling
and Mental Health operates within a developmental philosophy and a
brief therapy model, and fellowship candidates must demonstrate an
ability to work with a diverse student body within these two
In light of the Center for Counseling and Mental Health's deep
commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, this fellowship
position will facilitate a unique opportunity for the Fellow to
develop and further hone their multicultural clinical and
consultation skills, and to contribute to campus outreach programs
which support Amherst's student diversity. Amherst College is a
highly selective, small liberal arts college with a very diverse
student body — 45% of our students are students of color from the
US; 10% are international; 40% come from low-income families; 18%
identify as LBGTQ+; and 25% have registered disabilities with 2 out
of 3 being mental health or learning disabilities. Consequently,
the Post-Graduate Fellow will work to provide culturally
appropriate clinical, consultation, and outreach interventions
which address identity development and intersectionality, the
impact of systemic oppression (both historical and acute), trauma
related to marginalized identity membership, and its impact on
mental health and student success.
Our training program complies with the requisites for APPIC
membership, and we host three post-graduate fellows per year.
Fellows will receive 2 hours of individual supervision and 1 hour
of group supervision per week. Fellows will also participate in
weekly staff meetings, weekly clinical team case conference
meetings, and training seminars. In accordance with APPIC
standards, Fellows will receive formal evaluation, generally twice
a year. Mid-year evaluations are written and discussed formally
with Fellows, but mutual feedback is encouraged in an informal
ongoing manner throughout the year. Year-end evaluations are also
written and geared toward supporting Fellows in their transition
toward employment. The training program has a due-process procedure
in the event Fellows encounter difficulties during their training
Responsibilities will include conducting evidenced-based,
culturally appropriate intakes and clinical assessments, individual
and group counseling, urgent care, on-call services 1 to 2 weeks a
semester, and coordinating care with our psychiatric staff and case
manager. The Fellow will need clinical skills as a generalist, and
will have opportunities to develop specialty skills in working with
adolescents and young adults. Fellows will work with students who
present with mental illnesses that often emerge in this stage of
development (e.g. bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders,
personality disorders, and other major mental illnesses) and with
students presenting with normative developmental concerns typically
experienced during this period (e.g. identity, relationships,
individuation from family). Because more than half the students we
serve are BIPOC, international, queer, first-generation, and/or
low-income, the Fellow must be interested in, and have some skill
in working with identity development and intersectionality, and
understand the ways in which systems of oppression affect students'
mental health. In addition to clinical services, the Fellow will
also engage in and contribute to preventative and educational
outreach initiatives. This fellowship position will work to engage
historically marginalized communities and communities that
typically under-utilize mental health care, with an emphasis on
working with BIPOC students. This will include work/connection with
our program directors for Mental Health Promotion, Health
Education, and identity-based Resource Centers, as well as working
collaboratively with a number of other departments across campus.
We value wrap-around care, and Fellows must be comfortable working
The fellowship position, along with all the Center for Counseling
and Mental Health staff, works toward building and sustaining a
center that meets the needs of both individual students and the
College community as a whole. We recognize that all of our
practitioners bring different gifts and try to assign work from a
strengths-based perspective, thus allowing people to grow
professionally in ways that best fit their talents and skills.
Strong commitments to (1) holistic approaches to student
development, (2) understanding current issues facing students of
color in historically white institutions (3) interdisciplinary
treatment models, (4) the development of on-going, personal and
professional multicultural competence, (5) collaboration across the
College community and (6) a strong work ethic, are all crucial to
succeed in the Fellowship.
- All degree requirements for a Doctorate in Counseling
Psychology or Clinical Psychology (PhD, PsyD, EdD), or related
field from an APA-accredited program OR Masters in Social Work,
Counseling, or related field from an accredited program is required
and must be completed by August 15, 2023. Receipt of the degree
must be verified no later than August 31, 2023.
- Minimum of two years of related professional
- Able to work in a brief treatment model in a fast-paced
- Demonstrated knowledge of, and skill in addressing race and
racism in a clinical context.
- Outstanding communication, collaboration, interpersonal, and
- Strong organizational and time-management skills.
- Occasional work on weekends and evenings.
- Specific training and experience working with diverse
populations including, but not limited to: students of color,
LGBTQIA students, students of different ethnicities and
International status, first generation, low-income, disability,
- Clinical experience in college or university mental health
settings and/or in community mental health.
Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth
and development, continued learning, and career advancement.
Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly
competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and
faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our
overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the
options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements.
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