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Applied Fellowship in Counseling and Clinical Psychology

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Psychological Services at the Mind & Spirit Counseling Center (formerly called the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center)
Urbandale, Iowa

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Applications due Friday, January 12, 2024

This program will NOT follow the APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Standards with Common Hold Date and is not committing to allow applicants to hold offers until the Common Hold Date. Applicants may need to respond to an offer from this program prior to completing interviews or hearing from other programs about their standing.

Greetings to applicants and interested parties from the Director of Psychological Services.  The Psychological Services Program at the Mind & Spirit Counseling Center is pleased to offer a full-time, one-year, applied clinical and counseling psychology fellowship in psychotherapy and psychological assessment.  We are accepting applications until the position is filled.  The Center is a non-profit, multidisciplinary, holistic community of learners providing the highest quality mental health services and education for over 50 years.

Fellows will elect foci for their year of training, with a wide range of clinical experiences represented in the rotations available.  Rotations are for 6 months, and each fellow will select a single major and minor rotation for each half-year.  While the rotations are designed as emphases for each 6-month period, it is not the intention that they be rigid.  Thus, a fellow who elects to spend the first major rotation in an adult individual psychotherapy with a minor rotation in older adult services could see some youth therapy clients during that half-year, as an example.  Examples of training experiences include the following major rotations:  Adult Individual Psychotherapy, Youth Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, and Spiritually-Informed Psychological Services. Minor rotations include:  Adult Individual Psychotherapy, Youth Individual Psychotherapy, Older Adult Services, Psychological Assessment, Couples and Families Therapy, Spiritually-Informed Psychological Services, and Health and Prescribing Medical Psychology Services.  More information about the rotations will be found on our website, and through discussion with the Director of Psychological Services.

A note on the practice locations, and on COVID-19 considerations.  The Center operated throughout the pandemic, with the current practice blending in-person services at our primary office and telehealth services (in-office or at home) for most clinical staff.  Additionally, we have historically operated a number of satellite clinic locations, including our current satellite at the Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines where a free medical clinic is also run.  The Center received some very generous grants during the pandemic, allow us to well-equip the Center with healthcare-grade filters, air purifiers, hand-sanitizing stations, PPE, etc.  Even with the end of the public health emergency, we continue to take the safety and health of both our clients and our staff quite seriously!

Additional Information

Agency Type
APPIC Membership
APA Accredited
Recognized Specialty
Clinical Psychology
Emphasis or focus area
Other Emphasis
Research Time
Less than 25%
Training Director
Scott P. Young, Ph.D., M.S.C.P.
Contact Email
Contact Phone
(515) 251-6673
Virtual Interviews
Strongly Preferred
Duration in Months
Hours Per Week
# of Licensed Supervisors
Number of Positions
Applications recieved last year
Will follow APPIC Selection Standards
Estimated offer date
Friday, February 23 2024
Created Date
Saturday, December 11 2021
Unfilled Positions
Fringe Benefits
The fellow will receive a stipend of $45,000 and liability coverage under the Center’s policy. The fellow will also have the option of participating in the Center’s individual health insurance policy (jointly funded by the Center 65% and the fellow 35%), and dental insurance (same 65/35% split). The fellow is also eligible to participate in the Center’s 403(b) retirement program at her/his discretion. The fellow will receive 2 weeks of vacation time and will accrue 1 day of sick leave per month. The fellow will be allotted time during the fellowship for EPPP preparation and attendance at the Iowa Psychological Association Conferences. A stipend will be provided toward licensure fees, and the fellow will be included in the Center’s professional liability insurance policy. Long-term disability insurance is provided, and the fellow may elect additional insurance coverages (e.g., short-term disability, life, etc.).
Research opportunities
Research is not a major feature of this postdoc. Subject to the needs of the Center, and the interest of the fellow, some limited time for research may be available.
Additional Comments
We are accepting applications until the position is filled, and the start-time can be flexible. Under some circumstances, we may consider a part-time postdoc for multiple years.
Application Instructions
Required qualifications and application materials include: Completion of a doctorate (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an APA/CPA accredited program and completion of an APA/CPA accredited health service internship prior to start date in August each year. (2) Iowa Provisional Psychology Licensure or eligibility. (3) Cover letter that describes training goals for the fellowship year; how you envision this training will further your professional identity as a practicing psychologist; fit with the fellowship program, and interest in the Mind & Spirit Counseling Center specifically; your theoretical orientation; and experience working with diverse populations. (4) Current C.V. that includes a description of your internship rotations and anticipated graduation date. (5) All graduate transcripts associated with training for your degree (masters and doctoral) – unofficial transcript is acceptable. (6) Three letters of reference. A letter of reference from your internship director or primary internship supervisor describing your progress, clinical work, and anticipated completion date. A letter from the chair of your dissertation committee that details the status of your dissertation and the anticipated completion date of your doctoral training. Letter of reference from a recent clinical supervisor familiar with your work. (7) Work samples, including a case conceptualization and a psychological assessment report, deidentified according to HIPPA standards. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. If you have questions, or to apply for this position please call at (515) 251-6673 or email Scott P. Young, Ph.D., M.S.C.P., Director of Psychological Services, or send materials to the Director at 8553 Urbandale Ave. Urbandale, IA 50322 or email at syoung@mindspirtcenter.org.

This record was last updated on Thursday, September 21, 2023

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