Access Institute | How to Apply
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Individual, couples, and group therapy as well as assessment services are offered at our Hayes Valley clinic. Fellows spend up to 26 hours per week providing direct clinical services to children, adolescents, adults and seniors. The psychodynamic approach allows for more intensive treatments and many patients are seen at the clinic up to two or three times per week. Fellows may also work off-site providing services at one of our partner programs.

The stipend for the first year of the fellowship is $25,000.
The stipend for the second year of the fellowship is $12,000.
Fellows receive 2,000 hours towards licensure in the first year.

Positions will include:
• Outpatient Emphasis
• School-Based Emphasis
• Elder Emphasis
• Psychological Testing and Assessment Emphasis

Outpatient Emphasis

Fellows assigned to this post concentrate on work with adult patients at our Hayes Valley Outpatient clinic. Beyond their work with individual patients, fellows with this focus receive training and gain experience working with couples and groups. These fellows conduct telephone intake interviews to assess and refer applicants for treatment.

School Based Emphasis

Fellows can apply to receive specialized training in child treatment, including psychodynamic play therapy at a public elementary school. In addition to working at the Hayes Valley Clinic, these fellows spend part of their clinical hours working at a school site and receive additional individual and group supervision focusing on school-based, psychodynamic treatment, parent consultation, and collaboration with teachers and other schools-based providers.

Elder Emphasis

In addition to working at the Hayes Valley Clinic, fellows in the Elder Post work at the Bayview Hunters Point Adult Day Health Center where they offer individual, group and milieu therapy to seniors. Fellows collaborate with the medical professional staff at the center (nurses, social workers & physical therapists) and work to facilitate an integrated approach to elder care. There is additional individual and group supervision for fellows in this track focusing on clinical geropsychology, consultation and person-centered dementia care.

Assessment Opportunities

Fellows in any focus who are interested in performing psychological assessments receive specialized supervision in neuropsychological, psychological and cognitive assessment. Assessments include testing for differential psychiatric diagnosis, learning ability, ADHD, cognition, memory, and dementia. Supervision includes assistance with interpretation and writing of the test battery.

Application Procedure


Applications from interested candidates are submitted directly to Access Institute by mailing your paper application to:

Ruth Simon, Ph.D.
Director of Training, Access Institute
110 Gough Street, Suite 301
San Francisco, CA 94102

Deadline: Applications are closed for the 2107-18 training year. Check back for info and deadlines for the 2018-19 year.


  • cover letter (please indicate the emphasis you’re applying for)
  • resume/curriculum vitae
  • three letters of recommendation
  • autobiographical essay
  • essay describing your theoretical orientation

Note: We are a CAPIC Postdoctoral Program member.