Post-Doctoral Training

 A view of the city from the Bluff at LMU

This 9-month + 2 week Fellowship is designed to meet the licensure requirements in Psychology for supervised Post-Doctoral professional experience as defined by the California Code of Regulations. This includes a minimum of 1500 hours of supervised professional experience. Fellows accrue the full 1500 hours at LMU, which usually takes approximately nine months of full-time work, up to 44 hours per week.

Student Psychological Services at Loyola Marymount University is a collegial, supportive environment in which Fellows refine clinical, administrative, and consultative skills. The staff works closely as a team, and Fellows are regarded as important members of our SPS team. Our training philosophy supports the idea that Post-Doctoral Fellows learn most effectively when they are provided opportunities in a structured program, in which they are invited to take initiative and to function with appropriate independence. The Post-Doctoral training year is a chance to focus on the further acquisition of skills and knowledge that will lead to licensure and assure a solid beginning as a competent, ethical, professional psychologist.

The treatment philosophy at SPS is to provide psychotherapeutic and consultation support services to students to enhance their academic functioning and maximize their total learning and growth experience at LMU. This emphasis is consistent with the mission of the University, the resources available to Student Psychological Services, the population being served, and the availability of mental health services in the community. Post-Doctoral Fellows work closely with their Supervisors and the Training Coordinator to determine which cases will best fit with and enhance their training experience.

Our approach to treatment is integrative and we promote the use of interventions that are based on empirically supported treatments. We encourage Fellows to think broadly about their clinical work and to draw from knowledge in developmental psychology, psychopathology, neuropsychology, multi-cultural psychology, learning theory, family systems, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and humanistic approaches.

  • A primary goal of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship training program is the refinement of applied professional skills through supervised practice, modeling, seminars, assigned readings, and collegial interaction. Achieving knowledge and skills in the following areas are expected. These areas include ethics, laws, diagnosis, treatment planning and interventions, including crisis evaluation, psychological assessment as needed, understanding multi-cultural differences, and consultation and education. By the end of the Post-Doctoral year, Fellows are expected to have achieved a level of competence that will prepare them for licensure and independent practice as a psychologist.

    Fellows are also required to demonstrate skills in independent scholarship by completing assigned readings and pursuing on their own additional relevant readings and educational experience throughout the Fellowship year. Fellows are expected to actively participate in all aspects of the training program.

    Competence commensurate with Post-Doctoral entry level is expected in each of these skills areas, and the achievement of these competencies is the standard for successful completion of the program. Below are a few examples of the level of competency expected of Fellows by the end of the training year:

    • Fellows are expected to have knowledge of laws and ethics and to show the ability and willingness to apply them consistently and with good judgment in their clinical practice. A working familiarity with pertinent California laws and with APA ethical guidelines should be readily apparent by the end of the year.
    • Fellows will have the ability to assess and treat most cases with independence by the completion of training. Fellows will write progress notes and written treatment plans if necessary, that evaluate presenting problems and symptoms, and relate them to goals and interventions for a wide variety of presenting problems.
    • Fellows will demonstrate competence in consultation and education and will present themselves
    • Fellows will have the opportunity to provide supervision to students as a part of the newly developed Wellness Educator Program. Within this program, students are trained to provide outreach to the LMU campus on topics related to overall wellness. As supervisors, fellows will participate in the beginning of the year training and will provide bi-weekly supervision to the Wellness Educators group. Additional responsibilities include helping the Wellness Educators make appropriate contacts on campus and assisting them in designing and executing events.
    • Fellows are expected to participate in any basic psychological testing that may arise in the course in a professional manner to faculty and staff members as well as students. Fellows will be expected to participate in and show initiative in developing outreach, consultation and educational activities on campus of supporting a treatment.

  • Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is steeped in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions of dedication to academic excellence and the total development of the student. Loyola Marymount was recently ranked in the top three regional universities in the Western United States, receiving high marks in academic reputation and faculty resources.

    LMU includes five colleges: Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, College of Business Administration, College of Communication and Fine Arts, College of Science and Engineering, and School of Film and Television. The Graduate Division includes the School of Education and Loyola Law School.

    Located in West Los Angeles on a bluff overlooking Marina del Rey, the campus is in a quiet residential area and has open space and panoramic views. The Law School is located in downtown Los Angeles. Loyola Marymount has an enrollment of approximately 5900 undergraduate students, 2100 graduate students and 1200 law students. It offers a Doctorate in Education, thirty Master’s degrees and has fifteen credential programs. There is a rich cultural life at the University, including the performing and fine arts as well as NCAA Division I athletics.

    LMU Student Profile

    The undergraduate and graduate student body is recruited largely from Southern California and the Western United States, but has students from all 50 states and dozens of countries around the world. A total of 9,484 students were enrolled for the 2017-2018 academic year broken down as follows: 6,257 undergraduate, 2,151 graduate, and 1,076 law school. Our student population consisted of students identified as 44% Caucasian, 21% Latino, 10% Asian/Pacific Islander, 7% African American, and 7% Multi-race. Approximately 10% of the student population are international students from countries such as Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, Canada, India, and South Korea. More than 3,200 students live in university housing. Graduate students primarily live off campus, and complete their programs on either a full or part time basis.

  • Because Fellows are at different levels of skill development and vary somewhat in their focus of interests, our model utilizes an individualized approach in reaching a training agreement with each Fellow. A written agreement between the Fellow and Training Coordinator will be developed, which specifies the basic skills and professional conduct required as well as additional goals the Fellow wishes to achieve. The training agreement serves as a reference point for periodic evaluation and planning. It can be modified as long as the Fellow is progressing satisfactorily in achieving the basic requirements.

  • Evaluation is primarily a feedback process that helps guide the Fellows’ training. It is offered in a supportive, interactive atmosphere. Feedback regarding professional development is continuous and occur as an integral part of supervision. In addition, Fellows will receive written evaluations from primary supervisor in December and May. Fellows are expected to review their written evaluations with supervisors, and provide input into the evaluation process.

    In the unusual instances in which a Fellow is not making satisfactory progress toward a successful completion of the training year, due process policies exist. There are also written University policies that assure Fellows that any complaints they may have regarding the training year will receive a fair hearing. Fellows will also be asked to provide written evaluations and feedback to their supervisors in December and May, as well as an evaluation of the training program. The Coordinator of Training will review the latter document with each Fellow independently.

  • Content

    The Post-Doctoral Fellowship is a minimum of 1500 hours to be completed within a nine-month, two week period. Post-Doctoral Fellows can work up to 44 hours per week. Clinical training involves the evaluation, treatment and referral of our undergraduate and graduate students. There are extensive opportunities to work with both male and female late adolescents and young adults and to a lesser extent with adults of other ages.

    There are rich opportunities to treat a very diverse clientele in terms of ethnicity, culture, and socioeconomic background. The clientele presents with a wide range of problems including adjustment difficulties, relationship concerns, major affective disorders, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and often present in psychological crisis. Learning disabilities, substance abuse problems, and other disorders are also present.

    The clinical caseload is generally 16-20 hours per week and includes intake/assessment, crisis management, individual and group psychotherapy. It is expected that Fellows take advantage of the many opportunities to participate in campus outreach and education. The remaining 20-22 hours per week are spent in supervision, outreach, case consultation, seminars, and completing documentation.


    Each week the Fellows receive at least two hours of individual supervision and one hour of group supervision as part of their clinical training. Fellows are assigned individual supervisors with whom they meet weekly, but they are also encouraged to receive supervision and consultation from other Student Psychological Services staff. All supervisors provide a supportive, comfortable learning situation that is intended to treat the Fellows with respect and to encourage self- confidence and openness.


    Fellows have a variety of opportunities to participate in outreach programming throughout the
    campus, and work closely with the SPS staff to develop and deliver programming to students,
    faculty and/or staff. Fellows are expected to cultivate their interests via the outreach program,
    and are encouraged to seek out relationships with other campus offices.

    Wellness Educator Program

    Supervision of the Wellness Educator Program is one of the assigned duties for this fellowship. Fellows organize, facilitate, and supervise a group of wellness educators who provide outreach regarding health and wellness to our campus community.

    Case Consultation

    There is a bi-weekly case consultation with the SPS staff. This is an opportunity to present cases, listen to other staff member’s cases and to participate in case conceptualization, intervention, and treatment planning.

    There is also bi-weekly meetings with SPS consulting psychiatrist(s). Cases of mutual interest and concern are discussed as well as general issues that overlap psychology and medicine. There is an emphasis on collaboration to provide preventive education on campus, and throughout the year interns will have opportunities to participate in campus outreach and education projects such as alcohol and substance abuse awareness, eating disorders and date rape prevention.


    Fellows participate in several seminar and didactic experiences throughout the year. The number of hours varies. Didactics generally focus on relevant research on clinical issues in treating our clientele, including current legal and ethical issues. Didactic experiences focus on emerging issues in treating a college population as well as developments in the field of psychology. Outside speakers are invited, and reading material pertinent to the presented topics is provided.


    Fellows will receive a stipend for 9 months + 2 weeks. Health and dental coverage, 6 days paid sick time, University paid holidays, and other University benefits are included. A University staff identification card is issued to Fellows which gives access to a number of University facilities and activities, parking structures, and a discount at the LMU Student store.

    Duration of the Program

    The Post-Doctoral Fellowship begins August 10, 2020 and concludes in May 23, 2021.

  • Requirements

    Applicants must have completed all doctoral degree requirements from an APA accredited graduate program in clinical or counseling psychology prior to the beginning of the Fellowship. The internship must be an APA-accredited internship or an APPIC member program. Prior experience in university psychological services is desirable, but it is not required.

    Date of Application

    The 2020-2021 applications deadline is January 4, 2021. Interviews will be offered to applicants who pass our initial screening. Offers will be made upon the completion of our interview process. Candidates offered a position may either accept immediately, or take up to 30 minutes to “hold” the offer and reach a decision.

    Once all positions have been filled, we will notify applicants who were interviewed.

    Complete the Application

    Please complete the application through Human Resources.

    Please attach the following to the online application:

    • A cover letter addressing the following questions:
      • What are your goals for your post-doctoral training year?
      • Why have you selected LMU as a potential site?
      • How would you describe the constructs you find most useful in case conceptualization and treatment planning?
      • What is your experience with crisis intervention?
      • How would you describe yourself as a supervisee and co-worker?
      • What are your professional goals?
    • A current curriculum vitae.
    • Provide three letters of recommendation from sources familiar with your clinical skills and academic background. Two of the letters must be from your clinical supervisors within the last year.
    • Please include a confirmation letter from your graduate department that you have (or are expected to have) completed all requirements for the doctoral degree prior to the beginning of our post-doctoral fellowship, including completion of your dissertation.
    • Graduate transcripts. (Official transcripts are not necessary. Copies are acceptable.)

Thank you for your time and effort in applying to the LMU Student Psychological Services Post-Doctoral Fellowship. We look forward to giving your materials our most serious consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Tracy D. Shaw, Assistant Director/Training Coordinator at (310) 338-2868 or email her at