The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness ("The Alliance"), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, offers a yearly Postdoctoral Fellowship Program under the supervision of Joann Hendelman, PhD, RN, FAED, CEDS, CEDRN. The program is based at 1649 Forum Place, Suite 10, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
This fellowship isfocused on the care of individuals and their loved ones suffering from eating disorders. Individuals suffering from eating disorders represent a complex and heterogeneous population, one which challenges clinicians at all levels of ability. The Alliance provides outpatient treatment for adults, female and male, who present with various eating disorder behaviors, as well as other co-morbidities. Modalities of treatment offered at The Alliance include individual, couples, and family therapy, nutritional counseling, and a variety of group psychotherapies.
The Alliance offers a 13 month Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Two positions are available for each calendar year. These 40+ hour per week positions enable fellows to accrue up to 2,000 license-eligible hours of supervised practice during the course of their training. The program allows the fellow to develop a comfort level working with this population. Fellows function as valued members of a clinical team. As such, the fellow operates with a significant degree of autonomy and responsibility while maintaining close contact with the Clinical Director.
The training experience is designed to strengthen fellows' competencies as clinicians using assessment, psychotherapy, case management, and treatment team membership in each of the following areas:
Aim 1: Fellows will achieve competence in the area of Evidence-Based Practice in Intervention at the independent practice entry level.
Aim 2: Fellows will achieve competence in the area of Ethical and Legal Standards at the independent practice entry level.
Aim 3: Fellows will achieve competence in the area of Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Consultation and Supervision at the independent practice entry level.
Aim 4: Fellows will achieve competence in the area of Individual and Cultural Diversity at the independent practice entry level.
Aim 5: Fellows will achieve competence in the area of Communication and Interpersonal Skills at the independent practice entry level.
Aim 6: Fellows will achieve competence in the area of a Professional Identity as a Psychologist at the independent practice entry level.
Aim 7: Fellows will achieve competence in the area of the Treatment of Eating Disorders.
Upon successful completion of their year-long training program, fellows are equipped to provide treatment for this population within an eating disorders treatment program or in private practice.
Stipend and Benefits
Each fellowship position earns a stipend of $37,000 in addition to two weeks of paid vacation, six paid sick days, seven paid holidays, and the option of healthcare benefits. Details on accruing vacation, sick, and holiday pay will be discussed at the time of the interview. There is an additional $2,500 expense budget for conferences and training outside of The Alliance.
Fellowship Application Process
To be eligible for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, applicants must have completed a doctoral program in clinical, educational or counseling psychology and a predoctoral internship with preference given to applicants from programs with APA accreditation. A doctorate from a developmental or school psychology program with predoctoral internship will be considered as well.
1. Completion of all professional doctoral degree requirements from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
2. Or APA/CPA accredited program and predoctoral internship meeting APPIC standards.
3. Professional Liability Insurance policy
Complete application package includes:
1. A letter from the director of their graduate program stipulating that, by the start date of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, they have completed all requirements for their doctorate and will graduate
2. Verification and Eligibility of Readiness Letter from their internship training director to begin a fellowship program
3. A current curriculum vitae
4. Three (3) letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors (these may arrive after the deadline date), sealed with signature of sender
5. Official transcripts
6. Written sample of a psychological assessment.
A letter of interest and a complete application package addressed to The Alliance for Eating Disorders Postdoctoral Fellowship Program must be received by January 15, 2018 to be considered in the first pool of applicants. If any positions remain open after the first pool of applicants have interviewed, then applications will be received until the positions are filled.
Hard-copy applications should be submitted to:
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
1649 Forum Place, Suite 2
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Electronic applications should be submitted to: