Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Thriving in the CalPolyPomona's diverse culture and embracing its value of experiential learning, Counseling and Psychological Services offers the multicultural post-doctoral fellowship program to train psychologists of the next generation.  The fellowship provides recent graduates of psychology doctoral programs an enriching experience in higher education student mental health, and fosters them to be culturally humble and ethical with expertise in working with college students from diverse backgrounds.

Valuing human diversity is the cornerstone of the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Fellowship Program.  This value is in alignment with the Respect for People's Rights and Dignity Principle (Principle E) of the American Psychology Association Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct as follows:

"Principle E:  Respect for People's Rights and Dignity Psychologists respect the dignity and worth of all people, and the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, and self-determination.  Psychologists are aware that special safeguards may be necessary to protect the rights and welfare of persons or communities whose vulnerabilities impair autonomous decision making.  Psychologists are aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status, and consider these factors when working with members of such groups.  Psychologists try to eliminate the effect on their work of biases based on those factors, and they do not knowingly participate in or condone activities of others based upon such prejudices."  (American Psychological Association Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, 2017)

Embracing this value, the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program places an emphasis on advancing fellows' skills and specialty in working with a diverse student population and promoting cultural humility.  To achieve this, diversity is integrated into every aspect of the program.  Post-doctoral fellows are expected to enter the program with basic understanding, training, humility, and experience working with diverse populations.

Goals of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

Recognizing that post-doctoral fellows are professionals in their final year of their supervised professional experience, the program expects that fellows had completed their doctoral education program and have had basic training and clinical experience prior.  The goals of the post-doctoral fellowship at CAPS include, but are not limited to: 

  1. To refine clinical skills for those who wish to build careers within university counseling centers.
  2. To advance crisis intervention skills.
  3. To strengthen multicultural humility.
  4. To promote intentional and mindful clinical practice.
  5. To prepare future psychologists for independent practice.
  6. To foster professional development, ethical awareness, and understanding of self.


For more information about our post-doctoral fellowship program, please review our training manual.  If you would like to apply for the post-doctoral fellowship position, please apply through CalPolyPomona Job Opportunities.