About the University
Stony Brook University is one of the State University of New York's four University Centers. Stony Brook has a population of approximately 26,000 students. CAPS is located on Stony Brook’s West campus where students are enrolled in Baccalaureate, Master’s, Graduate certificate, and Doctoral programs. CAPS has a satellite office on East campus (Health Science Center) where students are enrolled in the following schools: Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing, and the School of Social Welfare. The student body at Stony Brook is exceptionally diverse. With regard to data from Fall 2013, the ethnic distribution of the total student body was recorded as: 38% White, 19% Asian, 15% International, 9% Hispanic, 6% Black, 11% Unknown/Other, and 2% Multiracial. With regard to International student data recorded in Fall 2013, 3757 students originated from 109 countries; the countries with the largest representation were China, South Korea, India, and Taiwan.
The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Stony Brook University (SBU) is to provide psychological and psychiatric services in support of student’s health and well-being as they pursue their academic careers. An interdisciplinary team of licensed and certified mental health professionals provide psychotherapy and psychiatric treatment to the student population as well as immediate help in psychiatric emergencies. We provide individual and group therapy (process group, meditation groups, and groups for students from underrepresented populations). We have a 10-session limit, and we most typically see students for 10 sessions per academic year. Many clinicians have strong backgrounds in relational psychodynamic work, and most of our clinicians work from an integrative perspective. CAPS is committed to affirming and respecting people of all backgrounds. We work with an explicit awareness of the importance of affirming the experiences of LGBTQ-identified students as well as individuals from racially and religiously persecuted groups.
Three administrative support staff members provide clerical support to staff and trainees. Copying, printing and scanning resources are readily available. IT support (for issues regarding computers, printers, and the electronic medical record keeping system) is provided. The university provides typical office software (e.g., Word, Excel, Power Point) and the CAPS electronic scheduling and record keeping system (Medicat) has been programmed with customized templates for clinical contacts. SPSS is provided to staff as needed.
About the Population
CAPS at Stony Brook University serves the student body of the university. As is consistent with national data regarding trends in college mental health, SBU students seek mental health services in increasing numbers. Students seek services for a range of issues, including anxiety and depression, substance use issues, reactions to recent or past trauma, eating disorders, and relationship difficulties. Many students come with preexisting mental health issues. As emerging adults, students often grapple with developmental concerns including issues regarding sense of self including sexual and gender identities, and cultural, racial and ethnic identities.
About the Postdoctoral Fellowship
The primary goal of the postdoctoral fellowship at CAPS is to prepare fellows for functioning as independent professional psychologists with specific skills in the treatment of college students in a multicultural setting. In addition to clinical activities, post-docs are actively involved in outreach activities and planning. The goal of the postdoctoral program is educational in nature. We are concerned with providing fellows with a range of experiences in the context of a supportive learning environment. Postdoctoral fellows are given increasing amounts of responsibility and autonomy as the year progresses, commensurate with their satisfactory participation in the program.