FSAP Postdoctoral Training Program

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UCSF is the second largest employer in San Francisco with approximately 23,000 employees working at the University Campus and Medical Center, and FSAP is an internal Employee Assistance Program that provides individual counseling and organizational consulting services to both groups.

Since 1995, FSAP has been training postdoctoral fellows and preparing them for licensure as clinical psychologists. Our training program offers a unique opportunity for postdocs to refine their short-term counseling and coaching skills, as well as to learn specialized skills in organizational consultation and intervention.  Many of our trainees go on to work in hospital and academic settings, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), and in private practice where they provide consultation to business and academic organizations.  

Fellows function as integral members of our clinical team. Their primary duties include intake assessment, brief psychotherapy, crisis intervention, psychological first aid and critical incident debriefing, and referral services with individual clients. In addition, the trainee will learn skills specialized for EAP work, including psycho-educational presentations to the UCSF community and organizational consulting services to management. The one-year training program consists of clinical activity, didactics, supervision & mentorship, and provides 1500+ hours of supervised experience toward licensure.  A stipend, medical plan, vacation and sick leave are provided for the training year and pre-licensure course costs are covered.

Training Program Components

Clinical Theory & Technique:  
Didactics are held weekly and covers topics specific to EAP settings and professional development. Clinical staff and outside speakers/clinicians present on topics relevant to brief clinical work. Topics include: Mindfulness, Grief Counseling, Solution-Focused Threapy,Threat Management, Critical Incident Debriefing and Psychological First Aid.  

Referral and collaboration with other UCSF Departments is a key element to our work in an EAP setting. Each month, representatives from various departments come and speak with us about their services and how they help UCSF Employees. Examples of in-services include the UCSF Police Department, Disability Management, and Office of Diversity and Outreach.  

Journal Club:  
Journal Club is a monthly meeting of clinical staff and trainees which helps us to keep abreast of new developments in research and clinical practice. Trainees lead thoughtful discussions on clinically relevant research on topics such as emotional intelligence, stress management, and organizational interventions services.  

On a weekly basis, postdoctoral fellows receive both individual and group supervision from members of the clinical staff with expertise in various clinical domains such as threat assessment, brief interpersonal psychotherapy and substance abuse. 1500+ supervised professional experience hours will be obtained during the course of the fellowship.  

Process Group:
Process group is held weekly and provides space for trainees to consult and get support from clinical staff and one another regarding the handling of complex cases, dealing with countertransference reactions, and professional development.  

Pre-licensure Coursework:
Pre-licensure coursework is provided through online training with the exception of substance abuse pre-licensure requirement. 

How to Apply

FSAP employs three postdoctoral fellows yearly. Fellows start on a staggered schedule at the beginning of February, June, and October of each year. 

Deadline to apply for 2019 dates: 

Start Date Deadline
February 2019 Open Until Filled  
June 2019 Open Until Filled  
October 2019 Open Until Filled

* Please make sure to indicate clearly whether you would like to be considered for the February, June, or October starting date. If you would like to be considered for two or all of the start dates, notate this clearly on your cover letter.


  • PhD or PsyD in Psychology from an Accredited Program (if you are ABD, you will need to wait to apply until your degree is conferred, or provide proof that your degree will be conferred before the start of the postdoc).   
  • Practicum experience primarily with adult populations
  • Experience and/or strong interest in organizational, leadership, and group psychology 
  • Letter of interest
  • Current CV
  • 3 current letters of recommendation on instiutional letterhead. 

Send Applications To

Attention: FSAP Training Director
Email:  [email protected]
Fax:      415/476-6183
Mail:   Attn: Training Director
            UCSF Faculty & Staff Assistance Program             
            3333 California St., Suite 293
            San Francisco, CA 94118-0938