Training Philosophy and Goals


The foundation of our post-MSW fellowship is primarily grounded in mentoring relationships with senior staff members and to allow more in-depth training leading to the development of areas of expertise. Individual supervision is provided, as well as mentoring to support the Post-MSW fellow’s area of specialization. A Post-MSW Seminar will meet at the same time as the Post-Doctoral Fellows Seminar. Many of the seminar sessions are run together.

The Post-MSW training philosophy is influenced by “the practitioner-scholar” model from psychology and the empowerment and social justice models from Social Work. Both offer hands-on experiences complemented by access to and knowledge of the larger social science theory and practices of social work and psychology.

We see as fundamental to this program the value of working in a multicultural, multidisciplinary, and multitheoretical environment, which we believe enriches us both personally and professionally. We strive to create a micro-community at CAPS that reflects the university and mental health fields at large. Post-MSW’s would be expected to value and respect collaboration, teamwork, effective conflict and openness to learning.


The goals of the Post-MSW Fellowship are to develop:

  • Advanced skills in assessment and treatment appropriate to college counseling center work, taking into account cultural awareness, including social justice and empowerment, developmental and mental illness concerns;
  • Advanced skills in providing brief counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, groups, and couples;
  • Advanced crisis intervention skills;
  • Advanced skills in the implementation of outreach
  • An area of specialization;
  • Increased confidence in the multiple roles of a Social Work professional
  • Build supervised hours towards licensure

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