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Behavioral Health Therapist, Psychology, SMVH

Job ID 113270 Date Posted 10/09/2021
San Diego, California
  • Sharp Mesa Vista
  • Psychology
  • Day Job
  • Part-Time
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The Behavioral Health Therapist's primary assignment will be the Inpatient Senior Behavioral Unit at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital. Under direction of the Program Supervisor, this position is responsible for conducting group, individual, and family therapy for patients involved in the inpatient, partial hospital or structured outpatient programs. With consultation from the multi-disciplinary treatment, coordinates the treatment plans and provides case management for assigned patients.

The Psychology Department at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital plays a central role in inpatient and intensive outpatient programs serving a broad range of clinical populations. The department currently consists of 6 regular and 2 per diem psychologists as well as 8 doctoral interns and 20 practicum trainees. We partner regularly with psychologists, masters-level therapists, and other disciplines in our many outpatient programs to ensure continuity of care. The discipline of psychology is highly respected at Mesa Vista. Many leadership roles in the hospital are occupied by psychologists. Psychologists are relied upon by physicians, nurses, social workers, and other members of the interprofessional team – informing case conceptualization, treatment and discharge planning. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and other forms of CBT, Trauma Informed Care, Cultural Competence models, and the Recovery model are integrated into all our units and programs.  In addition to providing direct clinical service to patients, Psychologists are involving in program development and evaluation as well as staff training. Psychologists also provide supervision and training for psychology practicum students, doctoral interns, and postdoctoral fellows. The department has been the home of an APA-accredited doctoral internship since 1998.

As the largest behavioral health care provider in San Diego with 149 beds, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital provides a full range of programs to people of all ages including children, adolescents, adults and seniors challenged by depression, anxiety, thought disorders, substance abuse or other serious mental illness. The hospital’s robust Clinical Research Program has conducted more than 250 clinical trials of investigational medications since its inception in 1963, providing new options and hope for people with mental illness.

Sharp Mesa Vista provides inpatient care and offer outpatient programs throughout the community.

This position is located in Serra Mesa, San Diego County; Primary assignment is the Inpatient Senior Behavioral Unit.

Part-Time (.8) benefitted Position. 8-hour day shift with variable start times between 7:00 am - 9:00 am, as appropriate to meet unit/department needs

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Masters degree in counseling, psychology or related field
  • Current BLS certification for Health Care Providers issued by the American Heart Association
  • Demonstrated competence in group, individual, and family therapy
  • Good communication skills with a focus on quality patient care

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Completed or currently enrolled in an APA accredited Doctoral program in Clinical, Counseling Psychology  (i.e., awarded or working toward a PhD or PsyD)
  • Completed or currently enrolled in an APA-accredited Doctoral Internship program in Clinical Psychology
  • One year experience in as inpatient psychiatric setting
  • Expertise in CBT
  • Competence in ACT or a strong commitment to develop competence
  • Strong commitment to providing culturally competent care, considering all aspects of individual and cultural diversity
  • Strong commitment to the Recovery Model, Trauma Informed Care and Person Centered Care
  • Competence in brief psychological assessment and interprofessional consultation appropriate to a psychiatric, geriatric inpatient unit

Sharp HealthCare is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, transgender status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status or any other protected class.

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