Dear prospective applicant,
Thank you for your interest in the psychology training programs at Georgetown University’s Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS)!
We are a passionate and dedicated team whose members represent a broad range of theoretical traditions, from psychodynamic and humanistic traditions to cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral and multicultural approaches. Our clients are the bright, talented, and extremely hardworking students in Georgetown’s many schools and programs.
The staff at Georgetown CAPS are enthusiastic about mentorship and training. We look forward to helping you navigate the array of learning opportunities on campus and in the wider DC region, developing your clinical skills while serving the Georgetown community.
We invite you to submit an application and look forward to reviewing your materials. You can learn more about our training program on our website. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With warm regards,
Sarah Bellovin Goldman, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Psychology Training (2018-2019)
Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS)
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM, 2018-2019
Georgetown University is a selective, urban Jesuit university located in Washington, DC. The University has a total enrollment of 18,515 students in the University's four undergraduate schools (Georgetown College, the School of Foreign Service, Nursing and Health Studies, and the McDonough School of Business), three graduate divisions (Law, Medicine, and the Graduate School), and two satellite campuses (School of Continuing Studies and School of Foreign Service-Qatar).
The campus is nestled in the Georgetown historic neighborhood of Washington, DC. The charming “village” of Georgetown, twelve square blocks in size, retains the spirit of the colonial town in which the University was founded more than two centuries ago. The immediate neighborhood boasts federal-style townhouses and cobblestone, tree-lined streets leading to the intersection of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, which represent the heart of the Georgetown neighborhood.
Georgetown rests in close proximity to the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court, as well as major theaters, concert halls, museums, monuments, and thriving restaurants. In addition to attracting notable guest speakers, Georgetown counts among its alumni many ambassadors, numerous members of Congress, a current Supreme Court justice, and one former U.S. president. To be part of the campus community at Georgetown is to join a multifaceted dialogue focused on intellectual, personal and spiritual growth.
about georgetown caps
Georgetown University’s Division of Student Affairs contributes to the establishment of a student-centered learning community that fosters educational and personal development and is dedicated to the Jesuit tradition of care for self and others - cura personalis. The Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS) serves as the university's primary mental health agency for its students and campus community. Our central mission is to collaborate directly with students in overcoming difficulties that may interfere with the definition and accomplishment of their educational, personal, and career goals. Accordingly, CAPS strives to provide students with opportunities to develop greater self-understanding, identify and solve problems, and improve academic performance through the alleviation of psychological, emotional, and cognitive impediments. Our mission often extends beyond the consultation room and into the campus community. Through outreach, partnerships, and consultation initiatives to faculty, staff, parents, and other campus offices, CAPS seeks to promote psychological health as a value to the Georgetown community.
Georgetown University is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action institution in employment and admission.
commitment to diversity
CAPS is committed to recognizing, supporting, and affirming the diversity of the Georgetown University community. We strive to provide an environment that embraces difference and cultivates a campus climate of respect and inclusion. We acknowledge the importance of valuing differences among and between one another. Therefore, we feel it is important as mental health professionals to educate, lend support to, and encourage discussions of difference. We welcome all students, including those that may not typically utilize traditional mental health services. We seek to communicate and embrace diversity throughout all aspects of CAPS services, including clinical work, training, and outreach.
We understand diversity to include a wide range of identities including, but not limited to the following: race and racial identity, ethnicity and ethnic identity, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, social class and socioeconomic status, nationality, citizenship status, education level, age, body shape and size, religious and spiritual beliefs, veteran status, and differences in mental and physical ability. We believe that understanding and affirming diversity is a lifelong goal that upholds the Jesuit values of Georgetown University, including Cura Personalis, Educating the Whole Person, Interreligious Understanding, and Community in Diversity. As mental health professionals, we honor and respect individuals whom we serve, and we seek to provide culturally relevant and sensitive services that help to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse campus community.
overview of postdoctoral fellowship
Georgetown University’s Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS) will offer a 10-month, 40-hour/week (1,733-hour) postdoctoral fellowship program from August 20, 2018 to June 21, 2019. Pending funding approval, the fellowship may be extended to 12 months.
We have openings for two to three postdoctoral fellows (known as Psychology Associates in the District of Columbia) for the 2018-2019 academic year. All fellows must register as Psychology Associates in the District of Columbia prior to beginning their fellowship. For more information on registering as a Psychology Associate, please visit: https://doh.dc.gov/node/415222.
Our training faculty represent a broad range of theoretical orientations, from psychodynamic and humanistic traditions to cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral and multicultural approaches. Georgetown CAPS employs 28 staff members across three campuses, including 12 psychologists, one sport psychologist, two clinical social workers, five psychology trainees (two postdoctoral fellows and three predoctoral externs), three psychiatrists, one PGY-4 psychiatry resident, one intake coordinator, one case manager, and two administrative professionals.
Our program is designed to foster the growth of clinicians from post-internship to postdoctoral practice and beyond. We have a special focus on preparation for careers in university counseling. In pursuit of that goal, we provide advanced training in college mental health, with a particular focus on short-term therapy models (both individual and group). Postdoctoral fellows may carry a limited number of long-term therapy cases as well.
Our training emphasizes integrative and evidence-based approaches. Fellows participate in all functions of the counseling center and are considered an integral part of the staff.
Fellows’ responsibilities include:
- individual and group therapy;
- intake and triage;
- crisis intervention and emergency services;
- consultation to students, parents, faculty, and university staff; and
- outreach to the campus community.
Beyond these duties, we offer opportunities for program development, co-leading skills training or process groups, supervising predoctoral externs, and teaching Georgetown undergraduates as an Engelhard Health Professional Fellow.
postdoctoral fellowship training goals
The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at Georgetown University provides supervised advanced training for recent graduates of clinical psychology and counseling psychology doctoral programs. The general goals of the program are:
- to provide each Fellow with an opportunity to enhance and expand psychotherapy, assessment, clinical supervision, outreach, consultation, and crisis management skills, in preparation for practice as a licensed psychologist;
- to promote each Fellow's awareness of the ethical and cultural factors impacting his/her/their work with clients and organizations; and
- to prepare each Fellow to assume the role of a psychologist in a variety of professional settings, with particular emphasis on work with University students, faculty, and staff.
In addition to these general goals, individual goals for the training year are developed by each trainee, in conjunction with the training director and the primary and specialty supervisors.
In order to complete the Fellowship successfully, each Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to demonstrate advanced clinical skills in psychotherapy (which may include individual and group modalities), outreach and consultation, crisis intervention, and assessment/diagnosis.
Individual Therapy: Postdoctoral Fellows provide individual psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students throughout the academic year. Each fellow is expected to carry an average of 12 clients. Short-term treatment models are emphasized, and fellows are trained in case coordination with the wider university community. Fellows may also carry a limited number of long-term therapy clients, provided this is approved by their primary supervisor.
Group Therapy: Georgetown CAPS offers opportunities throughout the year to conduct group psychotherapy, both process-oriented and psychoeducational. Fellows will co-lead groups with another clinician, and will have the option of creating a new group. Group topics are flexible and vary by interest and need. A listing of current groups can be found here: https://studenthealth.georgetown.edu/mental-health/group-therapy.
Initial Consultations: Fellows gain significant diagnostic assessment experience by conducting weekly initial consultation interviews, focusing on eliciting the information needed to formulate initial treatment plans for new clients. Fellows will be responsible for three initial consultations per week. Diagnosis, formulation, treatment plan, and disposition will be discussed in supervision.
Crisis Intervention: Fellows participate in CAPS’ after-hours on-call service, which fields calls regarding crises on campus. The service is staffed by rotating clinicians from 5:00 PM to 9:00 AM for one week at a time. Fellows can expect to participate in the on-call service 2-3 times per academic year. Senior staff members are available for backup support and consultation at all times. In addition, fellows are expected to reserve one weekly “priority hour” during CAPS business hours for crises.
Supervision of Externs: Fellows are expected to supervise predoctoral psychology externs. These assignments depend on the number of externs at CAPS each year. Fellows’ supervision of externs is supervised by a licensed clinician.
Individual Supervision (2 hours): Each postdoctoral fellow will have a Primary Supervisor and a Specialty Supervisor. Specialty supervision focuses on a particular client population, treatment modality, theoretical orientation, type of case, or diagnostic category. Possible areas of specialization include Eating Disorders, Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, LGBT Issues, Sexual Trauma, Multiculturally-Informed Psychotherapy, and Psychodynamic Theory. Assignments to Specialty Supervisors are made based on fellows’ clinical interests.
Group Supervision (1 hour): Fellows participate in weekly group supervision with the Assistant Director for Psychology Training.
Supervision of Group Therapy (1 hour): Fellows receive supervision from the clinician with whom they co-lead groups.
Supervision of Supervision (1 hour): Fellows are supervised by a licensed psychologist for their supervision of predoctoral psychology externs. This supervision training group combines didactics related to the supervision process with experience providing supervision for fellow trainees.
Outreach and Consultation
Consultation: Fellows will provide consultation to Georgetown students and other stakeholders, such as university staff, faculty, friends, and parents.
Outreach: Fellows are expected to participate in, at minimum, four (4) outreach events (two per semester) over the course of the fellowship year. Outreach activities can consist of psychoeducational workshops, trainings, events, and/or campaigns on campus. Fellows will partner with the CAPS Outreach Coordinator to develop this programming.
Didactics and training activities
Weekly Postdoctoral Seminar (2 hours): Fellows participate in a 2-hour weekly seminar. Seminar topics may include diversity, social justice, and multiculturalism; ethics; professional development; risk and suicidality; short-term treatment modalities; and controversies in evidence-based practice.
Staff Case Conference (1 hour biweekly): Fellows are assigned to small groups with other CAPS staff members to discuss challenging cases, provide and seek support, and gain feedback on treatment progress.
Staff Multicultural and Diversity Seminar (1 hour biweekly): Fellows participate in a biweekly CAPS meeting addressing issues of multiculturalism and diversity, both on campus and more broadly. Guest speakers from Georgetown and beyond are often invited to present on a specialty topic.
Staff Meeting (1 hour): Fellows participate in a weekly staff meeting attended by CAPS-affiliated staff from across our three campuses. This meeting is designed to address administrative, clinical, and outreach issues at CAPS and on campus. Fellows are valued as colleagues and are encouraged to participate in these meetings, and are encouraged to suggest agenda topics for discussion.
Elective Training Experiences (1-2 hours): Fellows may choose to participate in an elective training experience with either an administrative, clinical, or outreach focus. For example, a fellow with a particular interest in outreach could partner with the CAPS Outreach Coordinator to develop programming with other Georgetown offices (e.g., the Division of Athletics or Residential Living). Opportunities vary by need and depend on staff availability.
The evaluation process is an integral part of training at Georgetown CAPS. The goal of evaluation is to provide each trainee with clear feedback about his/her/their strengths and weaknesses as a clinician, in order to focus and enhance the learning experience. The evaluation experience is supportive and non-threatening, with the aim of fostering trainees' professional development.
Evaluation of postdoctoral fellows takes place twice during the academic year:
- Fall semester: December 1
- Spring semester: June 1
At these times, the primary and specialty supervisors complete a Postdoctoral Fellow Evaluation. The evaluations consist of a comprehensive written evaluation of each aspect of the Fellow's clinical, outreach, and consulting work.
In addition to the formal evaluation, the supervisors and training director provide the Fellow with verbal feedback on strengths, areas of growth, and personal and professional functioning. At this time, the supervisors may adjust training goals, based on progress to date and in consultation with the Fellow.
In the event that a postdoctoral Fellow has serious deficiencies in skill development or professional progress, she/he/they will be given verbal and/or written feedback as soon as the CAPS training staff become aware of the deficiency. The supervisors and training director (with other senior staff as appropriate), along with the Fellow in question, will create a plan of intervention to address the trainee's difficulties.
Fellows also have the opportunity to evaluate the Georgetown CAPS training program. Each semester, fellows are asked to complete a written evaluation of the training program and their supervision experiences. In addition, ongoing input from trainees is encouraged.
CAPS Professional Staff
(** denotes members of CAPS Training Committee)
**Philip Meilman, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Susan Gordon, Ph.D., DePaul University
Associate Director and current Director of Psychology Training
Patrick Lillis, M.Ed., University of Maryland
Associate Director and Intake Coordinator
**Sarah Bellovin Goldman, Ph.D., Columbia University
Assistant Director for Psychology Training, 2018-2019
Sonja Lillrank, M.D., Ph.D., University of Tampere, Finland
Assistant Director for Psychiatry
Laura Lokker, Psy.D., J.D., Rutgers University
Assistant Director at the Law Center
**Lindsay Metcalfe, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Assistant Director for Clinical Services and Outreach Operations
**John Wright, Ph.D., Florida State University
Assistant Director for Diversity Initiatives
Lauren DePompeo, Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Psychology Staff, Law Center
Lara Edelstein, L.G.S.W., University of Maryland School of Social Work
Staff Social Worker
Caitlin Elsenbeck, M.D., Drexel University College of Medicine
Psychiatry Resident, Spring 2018
Mariana Figueira, Psy.D., The George Washington University
Staff Psychologist, School of Continuing Studies
Brad Foltz, Ph.D., Indiana University
Head of Sport Psychology, Division of Athletics
Justin Hopkins, Psy.D., Regent University
Staff Psychologist, Law Center
Ana Maria Muñiz-Leen, M.D., University of Miami
Staff Psychiatrist, November 2017
**Engin Ontiveros, Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville
Staff Psychologist and International Student Specialist
**Daniel Phillip, Psy.D., Loyola University, Maryland
Ana San Martin, M.D., Instituto de Ciencias de las Salud CES - Medellin, Colombia
Elizabeth Steinmeyer, L.I.C.S.W., Columbia University
Case Manager and Outreach Coordinator
Carrie Tiller, L.I.C.S.W., University of Maryland, Baltimore
Staff Clinical Social Worker at the Law Center
**Matthew Worhach, Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY
Staff Psychologist and LGBT Specialist
Applicants who meet the following criteria by the fellowship start date are eligible to apply: 1) completion of an APA-accredited predoctoral internship; and 2) completion of all degree requirements from an APA/CPA-accredited doctoral program (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in clinical or counseling psychology.
stipend and benefits
The postdoctoral fellowship is a 10-month, 40-hour/week (1,733-hour) program. The appointment extends from August 20, 2018 to June 21, 2019. Pending funding approval, the fellowship may be extended to 12 months. The stipend for the 10-month position in 2018-2019 is $31,269.
Fellows will need to obtain supervision independently for an additional 267 hours after the conclusion of the fellowship to satisfy the District of Columbia’s licensing exam eligibility requirement of 2,000 postdoctoral hours.
Postdoctoral fellows are entitled to the same benefits as full-time staff members. These include a choice of comprehensive health insurance plans, 17.5 paid vacation days, 15 employee holidays, 5 professional development days, $850 toward professional development expenses/licensing fees, select Georgetown employee discounts, and a generous retirement matching program. Fellows are provided with a private office and computer, and have access to university and library privileges. Parking and use of the campus fitness center are available for additional fees.
current and previous fellows
- Erin Gelzer, Psy.D., The George Washington University
- Avi Margolies, Psy.D., The George Washington University
- Corene Alvarado, Ph.D., University of Alaska
- Jessica Pavlick, Psy.D., The George Washington University
- Andrea Liner, Psy.D., The George Washington University
- Laura Scarpone, Psy.D., The George Washington University
- Taylor Lerner, Psy.D., The George Washington University
- Emily Lindon, Psy.D., The George Washington University
- Ilyse Zable, Psy.D., The George Washington University
- Jill Fay, Psy.D., Adler School of Professional Psychology
- Jamila Young, Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago
- Lindsay Metcalfe, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- Erica Shirley, Ph.D., University of Virginia
- Julia Shabat, Ph.D., Northwestern University
To apply for our postdoctoral fellowship, the following materials must be submitted by Tuesday, January 2, 2018:
- A cover letter indicating your specific interests in our program and university mental health
- Current CV
- Official graduate school transcript
- Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your internship’s training director or equivalent supervisor
- A letter from your doctoral program’s Director of Clinical Training attesting that you will have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree (including dissertation) by the fellowship start date.
In keeping with guidelines issued by APPIC, we will adhere to a Universal Notification Date of Monday, February 26, 2018.
All applications should be submitted through the APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application system (APPA CAS) at https://appicpostdoc.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login.
predoctoral externship program, 2018-2019
overview of predoctoral externship program
Georgetown University’s Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS) will offer a 9-month, 16 hour/week predoctoral externship program from August 20, 2018 to May 31, 2019. We have openings for three predoctoral externs for the 2018-2019 academic year. Externs are expected to be on-site from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Our training faculty represent a broad range of theoretical orientations, from psychodynamic and humanistic traditions to cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral and multicultural approaches. Georgetown CAPS employs 28 staff members across three campuses, including 13 psychologists, one sports psychologist, one clinical social worker, five psychology trainees (two postdoctoral fellows and three predoctoral externs), three psychiatrists, one PGY-4 psychiatry resident, one intake coordinator, one case manager, and two administrative professionals.
Our program is designed to foster the growth of psychology trainees as they accumulate experience in clinical and counseling psychology. We offer specialized training in university mental health, with a particular focus on short-term therapy models (both individual and group). Externs carry a caseload of up to eight clients. Although short-term treatment is emphasized, externs may carry a limited number of long-term therapy clients as well. Training will emphasize integrative and evidence-based approaches.
CAPS provides exposure to a wide range of diagnostic presentations, levels of functioning, and modes of treatment (intake and evaluation, individual, group, outreach/consultation), making it an excellent early training experience. Opportunities exist for program development and co-leading skills training or process groups. Externs receive weekly individual and group supervision from CAPS staff, participate in ongoing didactic activities and case presentations, and are expected to provide and receive feedback from supervisors over the course of the training year.
Core opportunities include:
- individual and group therapy;
- intake and triage;
- consultation to students, parents, faculty, and university staff; and
- outreach to the campus community.
We welcome applications from doctoral students enrolled in APA-accredited programs in clinical or counseling psychology. We invite applications from students with a wide range of clinical interests and theoretical orientations.
The deadline for externship applications for the 2018-2019 year is Friday, February 2, 2018.
In keeping with the guidelines issued by the Greater Washington Area Directors of Clinical Training (GWADCT), we will adhere to a Universal Student Acceptance Date Approach. Specifically, we understand that students will not accept an externship offer until Friday, April 6, 2018.
Students interested in applying for the predoctoral externship program should submit:
- A cover letter indicating your specific interests in our program and university mental health;
- CV describing academic and clinical training;
- One letter from the student's advisor or training director; and
- Two letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors.
Please submit applications by email (letters of recommendation should be sent directly by letter-writers) to:
Sarah Bellovin Goldman, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Psychology Training