Introduction

Thank you for your interest in the University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Our training program is designed to facilitate the transition from student to early career professional through seminars, supervision and clinical experiences.

Our goal is to create an atmosphere that is conducive to a fellow’s learning and development through an appropriate balance of support and challenge.

About Our Program

We have a culturally and professionally diverse training staff who are committed to providing you quality training. Our staff represents various theoretical orientations, and share a commitment to providing multiculturally sensitive training experiences.

Our center offers:

  • individual counseling
  • couples and group counseling
  • outreach
  • consultation
  • crisis intervention
  • psychological testing
The postdoctoral fellowship program is an integral part of the mission of the University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC), and the entire professional and support staff is involved in the supervision and training of our fellows. The training program’s goal is to prepare fellows to function competently and independently as psychologists. We aim to graduate fellows who are clinically competent, highly ethical, culturally sensitive, and who have developed a well-defined professional identity. The program follows a practitioner-scholar model of professional training for psychologists, which emphasizes experiential learning. As a practitioner, the fellow applies the knowledge gained from scholarly and scientific evidence to clinical practice. As a scholar, the fellow is engaged in study of the science of psychology and mental health, and is encouraged to contribute to the profession through involvement in scholarly activities. In addition, the training staff provides a wide variety of clinical and supervision orientations used in training.
Postdoctoral fellowship is a time to further the development of professional skills and to make the transition from trainee to independent professional. The fellowship program offers advanced training in a variety of areas related to the health field of psychology. We attempt to create an atmosphere that is conducive to learning by providing fellows with an appropriate blend of support and challenge. We see fellows as early career professionals and treat them accordingly, giving them a great deal of autonomy and responsibility. At the same time, we try to provide the professional and emotional support necessary to allow for growth in their professional development as they strengthen their area of specialization.

In response to the increasing mental health challenges and needs of college students, this fellowship program aims to increase attention, awareness, and organization of resources to address vital collegiate mental health issues and to help further train future professionals who plan to serve this highly diverse population. Fellows receive advanced training in general university counseling services and a selected area of specialization. The fellowship program currently offers specialized training in three major areas: (1) Comprehensive Assessment, (2) Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies, and (3) Intensive Support.

Evaluation and feedback is an important part of the fellowship experience. Clinical supervisors, group supervisors, and members of the training staff evaluate and provide feedback to fellows throughout the year and one official evaluation at the end of each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer). This feedback focuses on the development of the fellow as a professional and as they develop their area of specialization. Fellows also have the opportunity to evaluate their clinical supervisors and the training program throughout the year.

Fellows are expected to fulfill the multiple roles of a university counseling center clinician, which may include counseling services (individual, couples, and/or group therapy), assessment, crisis intervention, referral, consultation, outreach, supervision of student trainees, participation in training seminars and professional development activities, and timely completion of necessary administrative functions. Fellows are encouraged to present at regional and national conferences and to pursue projects (e.g., writing for publication) for their professional development in their area of specialization.

Three specialty areas of service training are designed based on the reported increasing mental health needs of college students and the areas of expertise of the CWC faculty.

• Comprehensive Assessment: enhancing abilities to conduct LD/ADHD assessment and to use assessment to help early detection, diagnostic clarification, and treatment planning, especially for students who may be in the prodromal stage of a severe psychiatric disorder or who seem treatment-refractory
• Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies: enhancing abilities to serve traditionally under-served cultural minority groups, including racial/ethnic minority, LGBTQ, first generation, and international students
• Intensive Support: enhancing abilities to identify, serve, and support high-risk students, including students with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, disability, and chronic mental health issues


If you have any questions about our program, please feel free to call me at (352) 392-1575 or preferably, email me at mlan@ufsa.ufl.edu. I look forward to receiving your application and wish you success in the post-doctoral fellowship application process.

Mei-Fang Lan, PhD



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