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The postdoctoral program at MHS provides postdocs with opportunities to participate in supervisory experiences, didactic training, campus-based consultation and outreach experiences, behavioral health, as well as case conferences and staff development activities as part of their training. In addition, postdocs receive supervision in different contexts (e.g., individual, group), and have opportunities to learn from different staff members about their approaches to clinical and consultation work at a university counseling center.
The first two weeks of the fellowship are designed to familiarize postdocs with the daily operation of MHS and UHS, and to facilitate transition to Madison and UW-Madison. A major focus of orientation is for postdocs to get to know MHS staff and supervisors, to feel a part of the agency, and to begin to develop individual schedules. Postdocs are introduced to different MHS functions, including campus-based services, psychiatry, administrative support, triage services, behavioral health, and Let’s Talk. In addition, postdocs are provided with didactic training, including sessions on initial consultation and assessment, crisis assessment and intervention, as well as risk assessment and legal and ethical issues. Postdocs also visit and learn about campus and student services at UW-Madison.
UW-Madison students are eligible for individual and couples counseling at Mental Health Services. Staff work in a short-term (10-sessions/year, 20 sessions/degree) intermittent model of service delivery.
MHS offers numerous groups over the year, including interpersonal process, support/theme (e.g., LGBTQ support, adult children of alcoholics, grief), and psycho-educational (e.g., mindfulness for anxiety, social skills, DBT) groups. All of these groups are co-facilitated.
On Call Coverage
Postdocs currently provide two hours/week of on call/triage coverage. Students can “drop-in” and meet with an on call/triage provider for a brief consultation. Students discuss their concerns, and then are assigned internally (e.g., 60-minute scheduled consultation/intake or single session appointment) or referred out.
Behavioral health providers (BHPs) work with medical providers and students to consider the physical, emotional, and behavioral aspects of health and determine therapeutic courses of action. BHPs help students develop behavioral change plans for tobacco cessation, weight loss, alcohol use, exercise or other lifestyle modifications. BHPs also help develop skills to effectively manage emotional or behavioral difficulties such as stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, anger, and relationship problems.
Postdocs can establish a liaison relationship with a UW-Madison department, student service organization, or campus group. Postdocs are consultants and provide presentations/workshops on mental health topics for students or staff within the organization they work with. Postdocs participate in at least four outreach requests for programming throughout the year.
Let’s Talk are no-cost, informal, drop-in confidential consultations at locations around campus that are available to students throughout the academic year. Let’s Talk counselors can help provide insight, support, and information about other resources. Let’s Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling and doesn’t constitute mental health treatment, but gives students an opportunity to address concerns, explore solutions, and understand how counseling might be helpful.
Postdocs meet weekly with staff in one of several teams to consult about on-call service delivery, challenging clinical experiences, treatment plan options, and personal or professional development.
All MHS staff meets weekly to talk about the agency, including service delivery, training considerations, counseling center partnerships, and self-care. Professional development training opportunities are provided to all staff once a month. Past trainings include multicultural counseling, DSM-5, multicultural supervision, threat assessment, and sex therapy.
Postdocs can participate on one of several steering committees that meet throughout the year. Committees include Training, Campus-Based Services, Professional Development, Quality Improvement, Technology, and Clinical Services. Additional UHS committees include Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity and Healthy Eating Services.