Process-Oriented Postdoctoral Psychology Position with focus in Diversity, Equity, Access, & Inclusion

Eligible candidates are invited to apply for our full-time 12-month psychology postdoc positions at Portland Mental Health and Wellness, a group psychology practice in Portland, Oregon. The firm start date for this position will be September 4, 2023. Postdocs in this position will provide general individual, group, and relationship psychotherapy with adolescents and adults under the supervision of licensed psychologists. Postdocs will gain experience in the assessment rotation and will co-lead a group. The postdoc will also engage in a variety of process-oriented didactic seminars, peer support, and receive assessment supervision, group supervision, and individual supervision. Other training opportunities may occur during the training year. This position does not offer training in the provision of supervision. 

Postdocs will have the opportunity to gain skills in psychological assessment through a structured program of learning, including seminars and supervision. Specifically, in advanced integration of test data from multiple sources (e.g. WAIS, Rorschach, PAI, and other instruments) using a psychodynamic framework. Assessment will focus on understanding the complexity of the person, with an emphasis on collaboration with the patient and providing a therapeutic experience. Postdocs will also have the opportunity to provide assessments for patients seeking gender affirming surgeries using a social justice perspective aligned with recognized WPATH Standards of Care. Please note that COVID safety protocols may limit the types of assessment we are able to offer patients and therefore a modified assessment rotation may be necessary. 

Postdocs work four 10 hour days, 8 AM – 6 PM. Prior to the start of the training year the postdoc will select either a Mon – Thurs schedule or a Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri schedule. Once COVID safety protocols allow, this will be a hybrid schedule with a combination of in office and work from home (telehealth) days. Until such time, postdocs will provide all services via telehealth and can elect to work any combination of in office or from home.

This position requires postdocs to attend to an increasing caseload over the first few months. Eligible candidates will have the willingness to put in the time and attention needed to take ownership of various requirements of this role. These include timely attention to administrative tasks and documentation turnaround, meeting quarterly productivity requirements of 218 clinical contacts (an average of 19-21 clinical contact hours per week), while learning a new role, a new culture, and community of clinicians. Though postdocs are provided support, the capacity for distress tolerance during the first few months is an important quality for successful candidates. 

Eligible candidates must reside in the US and have a PsyD or PhD in clinical or counseling psychology (ABD at the time of application is acceptable) from an accredited US Program. Candidates must have completed their degree by the position start date and the Oregon Board Contract approval is required within the first few weeks of the position (proactive and urgent attention to submitting all possible required board application and contract requirements before the start date of the postdoc are essential). Eligible candidates must demonstrate strong clinical skills, ability to build respectful relationships with colleagues (both administrative and clinical), and a commitment to working with clients of diverse and intersecting identities.

Portland Mental Health and Wellness is a collaboration among psychologists, licensed professional counselors, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, LPC/MSW Interns, and supportive administrative staff. Our clinicians generally practice from relational and process-oriented models and focus on the whole person in the context in which they live. Staff psychologists practice from gestalt, psychodynamic, and other person-focused and process-oriented frameworks. Supervision utilizes a therapeutic model in an effort to both support and challenge our trainees to attend to both their patients and their own process. Strong attention is paid to navigating ethical and legal matters, and sharpening your sense of how you wish to work as a professional to maintain a fulfilling career. 

Portland Mental Health and Wellness is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic clinical staff. We are committed to sustaining a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from underrepresented or marginalized groups. We are an equal opportunity employer; all qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, as well as those not protected by law.

The position includes the following benefits package: $53,630 yearly salary, health/dental/vision insurance covered at 60%, 80 hours vacation, 48 hours of floating holiday time, 40 hours health paid time off, a $5,000 relocation stipend (to be paid the first week of employment) and $600 to help offset the costs of EPPP study-materials or exam fees incurred during the contract period and the option/anticipation that you will stay on after you get licensed.

NOTE: PMHW is unable to offer this position to international applicants or those with degrees from outside the US due to Oregon Board of Psychology restrictions related to postdoctoral residency and PMHW is unable to offer necessary visa sponsorship. 

How To Apply:  

Step 1: Interested candidates are asked to first review our organizational culture page to learn more about PMHW, how we work, and assess their commitment to becoming a contributing member of this culture. If after reviewing this page you continue to be excited about this opportunity, please proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Submit a detailed letter of interest and curriculum vitae here. This form will provide you with the place to name your three letter of recommendation providers who will then be sent a link to upload their letter of recommendation to us.   

Application Deadline: January 2, 2023 at 4 PM

Postdoc Interview Day: February 16, 2023 (Time TBA).
Please note: We will be following the APPIC Common Hold Date for position offers.