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 Adult Clinical and Health Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship Mission and Goals


The mission of the Adult Clinical and Health Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Marshfield Clinic Health System is to train future psychologists to function with high levels of competency, diverse clinical skills, and leadership in multidisciplinary health care settings. Our program mission promotes the development of advanced skills for psychologists in the areas of both clinical psychology and clinical health psychology. 

Our program embodies the APA vision for training competent practitioners in health service psychology for the 21st century. This development occurs through the fellow's participation in a structured, intensive training program that involves direct and indirect supervision, didactic seminars, case conferences, and a planned clinical caseload involving varying practice settings, presenting problems, clinical tasks and patient populations.

The fellowship program builds upon the fellow's clinical skills developed in graduate school and internship. Based on this foundation, the program advances clinical and professional skills towards a fellow's development as a highly competent psychologist by providing a graduated level of clinical experiences and intensive individual supervision. Fellows progress to increasing levels of independent functioning based upon close supervision of cases and directed review of the relevant literature and other training materials. Each fellow accepted into the program is supported to master the training experiences of the program, attain professional goals of passing the EPPP and gaining licensure, and graduate from the fellowship.

The fellowship program is a small program consisting of psychologists who are dedicated to teaching as part of their clinical careers. We find teaching to be a mutual learning process in which fellow and supervisor are enriched. This is well demonstrated in the supportive, collegial mentoring that is provided to each fellow.


The goals indicated below are derived from the Program's Mission Statement and Philosophy of Training:

  • The fellowship will assist the fellow in becoming an accomplished clinician capable of practicing independently at an advanced level in a variety of clinical settings.
  • The fellowship will involve postdoctoral fellows with a range of consultation activities to facilitate their development as integrated care clinicians, in addition to their roles as diagnosticians and psychotherapists.
  • The fellowship will provide a structured sequence of seminars and training activities in support a fellow's development of breadth and depth of clinical skill and knowledge.
  • The fellowship will provide feedback and guidance to each fellow regarding their progress via: weekly supervision with their primary supervisor, weekly supervision with their clinical supervisor, monthly meetings with the Director of Training, quarterly formative performance feedback anchored to observable practice activities (OPAs), and semiannual summative feedback based on the functional and foundational psychology competencies.
  • The fellowship faculty will remain contemporary with clinical and professional practice standards, maintaining active involvement in continuing education in the areas relevant to fellowship training.
  • The fellowship will seek to balance structured training rotations with each fellow's unique training needs and interests as reflected in the development of the Individual Fellowship Plan (IFP) at the beginning of training.
  • The fellowship will assist postdoctoral fellows with completion of state licensing tasks to become licensed during or at the conclusion of the fellowship.      

Faculty will pursue the Mission Statement and Program Goals with fellows in a respectful and non-exploitative manner as a means protect the civil and personal rights of each fellow while adhering to treatment expectations of all staff at the Marshfield Clinic Health System.  

Our program is committed to training professional psychologists utilizing the Competency Benchmarks for Professional Psychology (Fouad et al., 2009).  We teach, model, reinforce, evaluate and, when necessary, remediate elements of each of the following foundational and functional core competencies in professional psychology:

  • Professionalism
  • Reflective practice, self-assessment, and self-care
  • Scientific knowledge and methods
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Individual and cultural diversity
  • Ethics, legal standards and policy
  • Interdisciplinary systems
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Consultation
  • Management
  • Advocacy
  • Research evaluation
  • Evidence-based practice 
  • Teaching
  • Supervision