Research/Clinical Postdoctoral Fellowship in Portland, Oregon

The Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, & Training Center is offering one-year clinical/research fellowships that begin in the late summer of 2020. Positions are flexible depending upon the match between the interests of the fellow and the needs of the center.

There are three possible fellowship tracks that are available for applicants:

1. Anxiety disorders track – The anxiety disorders track focuses on developing expertise in the treatment of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders through learning structured time-limited treatments (based on exposure principles and acceptance and commitment therapy). Supervision is provided by Dr. Brian Thompson and Dr. Joanne Chan, both of whom are also involved in research on evidence-based interventions for anxiety disorders. This may include working with adolescents and/or adults. The fellow will also have time set aside for administrative and research activities within an anxiety specialty clinic.

2. Research track – Fellows participating in this track will spend between 50-80% of their time in research and the remainder providing clinical services. They may have the opportunity to participate in analyzing research data, writing papers, and potentially collect pilot data on an original research project. Possible research areas include:

  • Shame, compassion, and alcohol use
  • Shame and self-compassion as moderators of treatment outcome
  • The interpersonal behavior and social signaling of highly self-critical and shame prone individuals
  • Psychedelic science and psychedelic assisted therapy

3. Clinical specialty track – This track focuses on the provision of clinical services and the development of the fellow’s expertise in their chosen area of focus. Areas where specialty supervision can be provided include: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT), PTSD, depression, emotionally-focused couples therapy, and motivational interviewing. It’s possible the fellow may also be able to be involved in psychedelic or MDMA assisted therapy we hope to soon be conducting at the Center.

Fellows may have the opportunity to co-lead ACT, compassion-focused, and RODBT classes/groups or learn how to deliver emotionally-focused couples therapy.

The ideal candidate will have clinical training in ACT, behavior therapy, RO DBT, psychedelic assisted therapy, EFT, or compassion-focused therapy approaches. Fellows will receive at least two hours per week of individual supervision per week, which is sufficient for licensure in Oregon.

About Portland Psychotherapy:

Portland Psychotherapy is based on a social enterprise model that attempts to contribute to the social good in four areas:

  1. Our local community– through providing clinical services (including a reduced fee), psychotherapy training and workshops, supervision of trainees, and support for local therapists
  2. The wider community– through contributing to scientific research and scholarship, dissemination of innovations, and participation in national and international organizations
  3. Employees– providing an excellent place to work with high quality of life for employees
  4. The natural environment– through managing our environmental footprint in sustainable ways that minimize our negative impact on the planet

All profits generated at Portland Psychotherapy are used to fund our local and wider community social good efforts. This includes the clinic’s low fee services and training programs. In addition, these funds are what support all the research our center conducts including dedicated salary support for doctoral researchers, research coordinators, or trainees involved in research. Our funding structure protects Portland Psychotherapy from the vicissitudes of grant funding and allows us to focus on furthering science rather than chasing grants. This also allows our clinicians to operate in a true scientist-practitioner model through opportunities to both contribute to and benefit from research conducted in the center. More information about our unique business model can be found here. A listing of our scientific publications can be found here.

We are a collaborative group of skilled clinicians and researchers who work together to provide the highest quality of care to those we serve and to use our work to contribute to the broader scientific community. We all have a shared commitment to using science to address the problem of human suffering. We are motivated to develop and maintain expertise in what we do and are continually training and educating ourselves to excel in our areas of expertise. We are looking to add additional team members who share this vision. We strongly value cooperation and collaboration among our staff. Portland Psychotherapy is also highly committed to affirming inclusivity and diversity. Our center’s organizational structure allows us to serve clients with and without insurance, as well as those in financial need through sliding scale and low fee services.

Portland is a fantastic city that is often ranked as one of the most livable cities in America. The city has a vibrant and growing community of ACT clinicians and researchers and Portland Psychotherapy is seen by this community as a leading center for evidence-based therapy, ACT, training, and research in the area. Our center is housed in a beautifully restored 1889 Victorian home in the vibrant N. Williams corridor area of Portland which provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for clients and staff alike. For more information about building please see our website.

Minimum requirements: Doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. Demonstrated interest in and experience with evidence-based therapies.

This is a full-time position (i.e., 40 hours per week). Portland Psychotherapy strives to provide its staff with a high level of flexibility and autonomy and supports its employees in developing a sustainable work-life balance. The schedule is reasonably flexible and requires daytime hours. Portland Psychotherapy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Persons from historically disadvantaged populations including gender, sexual, and racial minorities are encouraged to apply.

Pay is competitive and comes with a benefits package that includes health insurance, retirement plan, disability and life insurance, public transportation support, travel, and training funds. Employees are also able to attend all training events sponsored by the center free of charge.

Deadline for applications: January 5, 2020. Email curriculum vitae, a cover letter indicating your specific interests in this position, and have three letters of reference emailed directly to: humanresources@portlandpsychotherapyclinic.com. Please indicate which track you are interested in when applying.