Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psychology at Whittier College Student Counseling Center
Whittier, CA 90608

Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society.

Since being founded in 1887, Whittier College has been a place of academic innovation, where a community of learners pushes past constraints and “measured” ways of doing things, embracing the bold and the cutting edge. Located on 75 acres in the heart of Southern California between bustling Los Angeles and beautiful Orange County, Whittier is distinguished by its small size, pioneering faculty, and nationally recognized curriculum. Facilities rival those at large public institutions, but this is an intimate setting where students and professors unite in an ongoing pursuit of knowledge. Currently, Whittier College holds the HSI credential and is a minority-majority school with approximately 70% of the student population identifying as students of color and many as first generation college students as well.

Through counseling and supportive services, the Whittier College Student Counseling Center equips students to thrive by developing and encouraging mental and emotional health, with approximately 20% of the student body utilizing our no-cost, short-term counseling services. Clinical hours are spent predominantly in individual counseling; however, the following are also a part of the training experience: intake assessment, crisis intervention (walk-ins and on-call rotation), group and/or couples counseling, triage and consultation. In addition, the post-doctoral fellow will play a vital role in the training of practicum counselors. S/he will provide weekly tape review and consultation and teach several didactic training seminars to the staff.

In addition, the post-doctoral fellow will participate in program development, workshops, classroom presentations/lectures and special projects as they arise. The Counseling Center collaborates with a variety of departments on campus and provides consultation to the Student Life and Residential Life teams. There is also the opportunity to provide brief consultations to students informally, following Cornell University’s “Let’s Talk” program. One of the assigned duties of the post-doctoral fellow is acting as outreach coordinator for the WCSCC and serving as a leader in the CC outreach events. The fellow will serve as the contact person for all campus outreach requests and will also coordinate the provision of campus outreach by leading a weekly outreach consultation meeting with counseling center staff, oversee the writing of a weekly psychoeducational bulletin, and maintaining an accurate record of all CC outreach hours.

****The 2021-2022 stipend is an approximate amount.  Fellow is paid hourly and total depends on college schedule as well as actual hours worked


As a training site for graduate-level and post-graduate trainees, the Whittier College Student Counseling Center (WCSCC) is committed to following the COVID-19 Health guidelines of the State of California, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Current counselor trainees are providing telehealth (video and/or phone sessions) services only. They have the option to provide those services from their homes (with supervisor permission) or to come on-site into the WCSCC. Supervision is also currently being provided remotely through video, but trainees have the option for in-person supervision if requested. Trainees are required to come to the site periodically in order to pick up supplies or to exchange the on-call phone. All training activities and required meetings are currently remote. It is unknown at this time what service provision will look like at the college for the 2021-22 training year and will depend on the decisions of health and college officials.  Potential post-doctoral fellows should be prepared to provide clinical and other services both in-person and via telehealth means.


Whittier College Student Counseling Center
13406 E. Philadelphia Street P.O. Box 634
Whittier, California 90608


Stephanie Smolinski, PsyD
(562) 907-4239



Whittier, CA 90608
Job type
Full Time
Pay rate
$31,250 (approximate yearly stipend- paid hourly at rate of $18.02)
Ordained position
Exempt status
Not Exempt
Psychological Services