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UMC Director of Psychosocial Services

UMC Health System

Lubbock, TX
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Title: UMC Director of Psychosocial Services
JobID: 5463
PhD/PsyD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. Two years of related clinical/counseling experience, including one year of supervised post-doctoral training.  Employees providing clinical services must be credentialed through the Medical Staff Office.  License eligible as a Psychologist in the state of Texas. (Licensure should be required in a reasonable amount of time).
The duties of the Director of Psychosocial Services at the SWCC include development, and coordination of the psychosocial program, and the administration of empirically supported services in an oncology setting. This includes oversight of psychosocial clinical services to be provided by the SWCC team including individual and group programs.  Implements the program and monitors effectiveness of psychosocial care of SWCC patients.  Supervises other members of the Psychosocial Services Team.  Coordinates ongoing psychosocial program evaluation efforts.  
Development, integration, and evaluation of psychosocial assessment and treatment protocols, behavioral health interventions, and accompanying materials for psychological/behavioral health interventions.
Evaluate patient needs related to psychosocial distress, communicates and integrates the outcome of screening results with healthcare providers, discusses possible referral options with the patient and healthcare team, and counsels patients to attend recommended services. Provides follow-up with patients as necessary regarding appropriate services.  Determine alternate referrals if needed.
Provide behavioral health and psychosocial interventions based on empirically supported principles including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment-based therapies and other similar treatment approaches for cancer patients and their families.
Provides appropriate psycho-diagnostic services; including but not limited to psychological assessment of distress related to diagnoses, depression, anxiety, assessment of Bone Marrow Transplant candidates, adaptive functioning, and behavioral health needs.     
Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including; individual patient counseling, group support, consultations, and family counseling.                                        
Provides feedback to physicians and other members of the patient’s healthcare team regarding psychosocial concerns and treatment related behavioral health issues. Initiates discussion of clinical issues with team and designated clinical staff as they arise.
Works closely with the medical oncologists to identify patient needs and develop treatment plans.  Maintains open communications with SWCC providers and staff.
Triages as needed and appropriate to Onco-Psychiatry for acute/crisis interventions, and medical/psychotropic medication management needs.
Maintains appropriate documentation for all clinical activities and provides a periodic summary to track patient volume and clinical activity.
Identifies and ensures that patient and family education needs are met, assesses barriers to learning and documents interventions in patient chart.
Participates in staff development activities via formal and informal education.
Assists w/ development and delivery of staff training for improving psychosocial care.
Collaborate with team members to address the issue of stress and the cognitive behavioral influences of behavioral health interventions.
Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team individually and in group meetings in recommending, implementing, and monitoring of psychosocial barriers to achieving established goals.
Participates in the development and revision of psychosocial practice guidelines and educational resources for the SWCC to assure highest level of quality patient care.
Develops and oversees educational groups for patients and family members to support and encourage implementation and maintenance of lifestyle/behavior changes relevant to optimizing cancer treatments and outcomes, and reducing the risk of future cancers.
Participate in educational activities for healthcare providers, patients and families concerning potential psychosocial services to which patients can be referred.
 Routinely attends appropriate departmental and committee meetings and completes required reports in a timely and professional manner.
Provides clinical training and supervision for psychology students.                              
Represents the SWCC at professional programs, community group events and support groups when applicable.           
Participates in scholarly research activities.                   
Performs other duties as required and deemed necessary. 

Job Type: Full time
Category: Management
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