Post-MSW Fellowship

UNC Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) addresses the needs of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral fellows and spouses. UNC Chapel Hill has a diverse population of about 29,000 students. A fairly representative portion of the student body at UNC accesses services at CAPS at some point in their academic career. We are part of Campus Health, which is administratively located within Student Affairs. We offer a wide array of clinical services in order to meet the needs of students with a variety of difficulties, ranging from academic stress or adjustment concerns, to more severe mental health disorders. Students most commonly present to counseling services for assistance with depression, anxiety, academic concerns, and/or relationship difficulties. We have found that students at UNC are bright and motivated and are able to make significant gains within the brief treatment model at CAPS.

Our multi-disciplinary staff is composed of psychologists, social workers, prescribers (psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and clinical pharmacists), and administrative support staff.  Our clinicians are all involved in training in some capacity and have a wide variety of clinical interests and expertise. As a staff, we are committed to training and supervision, and enjoy this aspect of our work. Each year we work with a total of 12-15 trainees at various levels of training from psychology and social work graduate programs.

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Overview of Post-MSW Training Program

VALUES The overall goal of the training program is to help fellows develop into professional clinical social workers who can think about, and integrate into their practice, the values and qualities that we have found to be essential to the field of clinical social work. These values include use of a multicultural lens, self-care, social […]

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Model and Philosophy of Training in Post-MSW Fellowship

The CAPS Post-MSW Fellowship Program utilizes a developmental sequential training process. We assess each fellow’s entry-level skills across the core service areas of the center and provide fellows a planned sequence of training experiences that increase in the level of required skill, complexity, challenge and autonomous functioning across the fellowship year. Training experiences are structured […]

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Goals of Post-MSW Fellowship

GOALS Goal #1: Fellows will demonstrate the ability to think about, and integrate into their professional functioning the values and skills that we believe are essential for practicing as a competent entry-level professional clinical social worker. Objectives for Goal #1: Objective 1A) Fellows will demonstrate competence in multicultural awareness and sensitivity; and will integrate multicultural […]

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Training Strategies for Post-MSW Fellowship

Orientation The first few weeks of the fellowship are dedicated to an extensive full time orientation which introduces the fellows to the organization and training program. Orientation provides an overview of services offered by CAPS and the skills required to perform these services. Some aspects of the orientation are designed to help fellows become more […]

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Structure of the Post-MSW Fellowship Program

Overall Structure The CAPS Fellowship Program is directed by the training committee with support and oversight from the Coordinator of Training. The committee assumes overall responsibility for the design, implementation and administration of the Fellowship Program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: setting and prioritizing of goals, objectives and competencies addressed by the program, […]

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Professional Standards and Guidelines for Post-MSW Fellowship

Policies and Procedures (adapted from Northern Illinois University) Standards of professional conduct (adapted from University of California Santa Barbara) STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT FOR FELLOWS All fellows are expected to comply with Campus Health and University policies that apply to all other staff. These policies are listed on the Campus Health website. Policies include but are not […]

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Guidelines for Addressing Unsatisfactory Performance or Problematic Behaviors in CAPS Post-MSW Fellowship

A. Verbal Warning  Direct communication and verbal warning to the fellow identifying the unsatisfactory behavior and/or the need to discontinue the problematic behavior. Examples: A meeting is scheduled with the fellow, their supervisors, training committee, and/or Assistant Coordinator of Training, to discuss the fellow’s failure to submit progress notes in a timely manner, or the […]

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Year Two Experience

Clinical Expectations Individual Brief Therapy & Group Therapy: 15 hours per week Referral Coordination: 3 hours per week Triage/Walk-In appointments: 4 hours per week Track/Outreach: 1 hour per week Track Active Learning: 1 hour per week Possible Provision of Supervision: 1.5 hours per week Fellows Process Group: .5 hours per week Documentation, phone calls, emails: Varies, but […]

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Year One Experience

Please note that expectations may change based on service delivery needs. Year One Clinical Expectations Individual Brief Therapy & Group Therapy: 15 hours per week Referral Coordination: 3 hours per week Triage/Walk-In appointments: 4 hours per week Outreach: At least 2 events per year Documentation, phone calls, emails: Varies, but approximately 10 hours of administrative time is granted […]

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Grievance Procedures for Post-MSW Fellows

The training program recognizes that fellows may occasionally have concerns about training-related decisions and actions of the Assistant Director for Social Work Training (“DSWT”) and Training Committee or specific aspects of the training program. In addition, fellows will occasionally have other work-related concerns about a supervisor or other member of CAPS staff or another CAPS […]

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FAQs for post-MSW Fellowship

Frequently asked questions about the post-MSW fellowship experience are answered here including some of the unique aspects of this fellowship and the area around campus.

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