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Adult PsychiatristsWith over 700 employees, Behavioral Health Services (BHS) at Denver Health is a large and rapidly expanding department that provides psychiatric care for patients in community, emergency, inpatient, justice, medical, mobile, and outpatient settings. As a non-profit committed to meeting community needs and promoting health equity, Denver Health offers psychiatrists a practice full of meaning and purpose. All physicians at Denver Health have an academic appointment at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. As such, Denver Health is an excellent place to work for physicians with an interest in clinical education.
Under minimal supervision, the psychologist performs direct patient care as a key member of our multidisciplinary reactive and proactive consultation-liaison (C-L) behavioral health teams. The psychologist abides by guidelines, expectations, and ethical practices as set by the organization and accrediting bodies. The psychologist examines and diagnoses patients, provides evidence-based, trauma-informed therapeutic interventions, develops treatment plans, and assists with dispositional planning. The psychologist will have opportunities to be involved in quality improvement, data monitoring, and research projects. As needed, the psychologist collaborates with psychiatrists and other physicians, performs administrative support functions, and provides supervision to psychology residents and fellows.
Provide high quality clinical services to individuals currently hospitalized, often for co-occurring complex medical and psychiatric conditions, that is diversity-equity-inclusion-informed and trauma-informed as well as developmentally appropriate
Conduct risk assessments, including safety planning and placing mental health holds as needed
Flexibility to meet the fluid demands of the patients, team, and hospital system
Consult with providers who are part of the primary treatment team and generate recommendations, referrals, and case management as needed
Generate documentation of assessment and intervention in the medical record in a timely manner
Participate in quality improvement projects and academic efforts in research and professional writing
Conduct brief diagnostic screening of patients using evidence-based assessments and screening tools and in-depth diagnostic assessment as needed
Actively participate in morning team staffing meetings with the C-L teams
Participate in teaching and didactics as part of the training faculty of the Division of Psychology for psychology pre-doctoral residents and practicum students
Must provide some weekend and holiday coverage
Primary clinical responsibility will be divided during the week between our reactive C-L Psychiatry service, our proactive behavioral health C-L services, and bolstering connections with provider teams in the hospital. When working with the reactive C-L Psychiatry service, the psychologist will see a mixture of new and follow-up consults for assessment and treatment, providing evidence-based and trauma-informed psychological interventions which sometimes may be brief, and other times may be with patients who are admitted to the hospital for prolonged periods of time.
When on our proactive C-L services, the psychologist will proactively screen new admissions to medicine, trauma, surgery, critical care, PM&R, palliative, pediatric, and labor/delivery services for behavioral health needs. This will be done through a combination of chart review, speaking to primary medical teams, and intermittently rounding with treatment teams. The psychologist must have the ability to evaluate and weigh patients' risk factors and needs and allocate time to those most likely to need psychological care, such as those in critical care settings.
When patients are identified as likely to clinically benefit from behavioral health services, the psychologist will determine whether their interventions will suffice (e.g. initial examination and diagnosis, trauma informed therapeutic intervention, further assessment if needed, and treatment planning) or whether a patient would benefit from a full consultation from psychiatrists, psychologists, and/or social workers from our reactive C-L psychiatry service or from our Addiction C-L service.
Overall, the provider in this role must be comfortable working in a dynamic setting where each day's specific responsibilities may be very different. This requires a broad range of skills that be readily utilized as appropriate. Enjoying adaptability to the ever-evolving needs is necessary for success. An expectation for the position is a willingness to work some weekends and holidays so the team may provide patient care 365 days a year.
When seeing patients: Monitors and evaluates the psychiatric condition of each patient and in collaboration with the psychiatrist and other disciplines and standards of care, or by applying appropriate protocols, makes decisions regarding treatment changes. Refers patient to specialized services as needed. Determines and assesses the mental health status of patients by reviewing records and obtaining comprehensive behavioral health histories. Gathers history from patient, providers, and family/significant others as needed.
Analyzes assessment data to formulate a unique plan of care through identified needs. Relates assessment findings to multidisciplinary team as appropriate. Identifies and reports any abnormalities in assessment data. Performs best practices and maintains HIPAA compliance. Provides bedside psychotherapy as needed following trauma informed evidence-based practices and adapting those to that patients' needs and ability to engage. Initiates, performs, or directs other health care professionals to provide care in alignment with patient needs. Occasionally, performs or supervises more formal psychological testing of patients to evaluate cognitive and adaptive functioning.
This work requires competence in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, comfortability handling what can be emotionally challenging trauma cases, extensive experience working with substance misuse, knowledge of co-occurring psychiatric and complex medical presentations, prior work in a large hospital system, assessing for capacity and risk and placing holds as needed, work with serious and persistent mental illness, exposure to patients in police custody as we have a corrections area of the hospital, and comfortability working with often underserved and unhoused patients. At times, this position can include consulting on or working with geriatric, adolescent, and pediatric patients.
As an academic medical center, it is desired that the psychologist participates in research-based activities including conducting research studies, publishing findings, and presenting at recognized conferences. The psychologist may be asked to support psychology residents on their research endeavors and could be needed to support grant funding initiatives.
Administrative and Documentation
Completes required documentation legibly, thoroughly and in a timely manner
Documentation is complete, concise and reflects care given
Prepares and maintains complete and accurate charts, case files and records
Participates in the clinical education of psychology residents, healthcare students/trainees, and new staff
Enhances professional growth and development through participation in additional trainings, educational programs, reviewing current literature, and attending in-service meetings and workshops
Collaborates with other health care professionals in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating care for individuals, collaborates with Risk Management to resolve identified and potential problems and ensures proper reporting of events as dictated by policy
Promotes positive interpersonal (customer) relationships with fellow employees, physicians, patients, and visitors
Treats these individuals with courtesy, dignity, empathy, and respect; consistently displays courteous and respectful verbal and non-verbal communications - this requires competence in and constant reflection around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Adheres to, complies with, and demonstrates support for the mission and values of Denver Health
Ensures confidentiality of patient information by creating and maintaining a secure and trusting environment by not sharing information learned on the job, except when necessary in the performance of the job responsibilities or to improve a patient's care
Has regular and predictable attendance
Ensures all duties, responsibilities and competencies are conducted in a manner that is effective and appropriate to patients/clients to whom care/service is being provided
Demonstrates knowledge and applicability of the principles of growth and development over the life span, as well as demonstrating the ability to assess data reflecting the patient's status and interpreting appropriate cultural information of the patients) to whom care/ services is being delivered/provided
Employee has completed and met their clinical competency standards
This position will be responsible for, but not limited to, coaching, supervision, fostering teamwork, training and development of one or more employees, including psychology residents at times.
Other duties as assigned.
Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical or counseling psychology required
One to three year of postdoctoral experience required
Prior experience working in an academic medical center on a behavioral health consultation-liaison service preferred
1. PSY-Licensed Psychologist - State Board of Psychologist Examiners Required and
2. Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) from American Heart Association Required
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledgeable and compliant with all regulatory standards, including specialty level requirements
Ability to work professionally, effectively, and kindly within an interdisciplinary team that often uses humor to diffuse the challenging work that we face
Knowledge of major concepts, principles and theories related to addiction, psychiatric disease processes (including serious and persistent mental illness, eating disorders, and trauma disorders), traumatic brain injury, intellectual disability, and recovery from polytrauma across the lifespan
Essential to be able to effectively work with patients who have been severely injured
Ability to document effectively so that medical teams are willing to incorporate recommendations
Previous experience with proactive consult services and a comprehension of common presentations to acute care hospital. This includes the ability to thoughtfully assess different psychiatric conditions co-occurring with complex medical conditions, comfortability working with medical teams and advocating for patient needs, ability to understand medical documentation in an acute care setting, knowledge of psychiatric medications including medication assisted therapies for substance use, and prior experience providing bedside psychotherapy in an acute care setting
Strong knowledge of rehabilitation psych practices
Must have training in topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and be willing to voice these values throughout work duties. This includes, but is not limited to, work with the underserved and unhoused population, social justice-oriented work, and trauma-informed, inclusive work as well as prior experience using language interpretation services during therapeutic sessions
Comfortability assessing for risk, safety planning, detaining patients when necessary in compliance with Colorado law (including necessary accompanying documentation), including petitioning the court for short/long term certification
Due to the nature of this work, knowledge of local mental health systems in Denver is necessary as well as understanding the current state of the opioid crisis in the area and the ability to provide harm reduction approaches to patients
Extensive knowledge of assessment including assessments of adaptive functioning and abilities to write and supervise high quality, brief assessment reports
Experience coordinating with trauma services administrators in hospital systems
Skill in utilizing the principles and practices of effective communication to elicit pertinent history from patients and negotiate problem solving, including verbal de-escalation
Ability to be actively involved in multidisciplinary teams relevant to quality improvement and serve as a consultant to resolve/discuss ethical issues
Ability to respond to feedback and incorporate it into practice.
Prior formal research publications and presentations is appreciated but not required
Proficient in the use of computers and computer systems and Microsoft Office Suite; Excel, Outlook, and Word
Knowledge of electronic health record preferred.
Strong consideration given for:
APA Accredited Internship at a Level I Trauma Center Hospital System with major rotations in C-L work, experience working within a safety net hospital system
Prior experiences that are pertinent at times including patients in police custody/corrections, crisis work, patients with eating disorders, training and experience providing clinical supervision, grant funded work, using Epic, statistical knowledge, and teaching experience
Formal training in evidence-based trauma intervention (e.g. EMDR, TF-CBT, SE)
$103,000.00 - $119,300.00 / yr
Outstanding benefits including up to 27 paid days off per year, immediate retirement plan employer contribution up to 9.5%, and generous medical plans
Free RTD EcoPass (public transportation)
On-site employee fitness center and wellness classes
Childcare discount programs & exclusive perks on large brands, travel, and more
Tuition reimbursement & assistance
Education & development opportunities including career pathways and coaching
Professional clinical advancement program & shared governance
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) eligible employer+ free student loan coaching and assistance navigating the PSLF program
National Health Service Corps (NHCS) and Colorado Health Service Corps (CHSC) eligible employer
All job applicants for safety-sensitive positions must pass a pre-employment drug test, once a conditional offer of employment has been made.
Denver Health is an integrated, high-quality academic health care system considered a model for the nation that includes a Level I Trauma Center, a 555-bed acute care medical center, Denver's 911 emergency medical response system, 10 family health centers, 19 school-based health centers, Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Safety, a Public Health Institute, an HMO and The Denver Health Foundation.
As Colorado's primary, and essential, safety-net institution, Denver Health is a mission-driven organization that has provided billions in uncompensated care for the uninsured. Denver Health is viewed as an Anchor Institution for the community, focusing on hiring and purchasing locally as applicable, serving as a pillar for community needs, and caring for more than 185,000 individuals and 67,000 children a year.
Located near downtown Denver, Denver Health is just minutes away from many of the cultural and recreational activities Denver has to offer.
We strongly support diversity in the workforce and Denver Health is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).
Take your career to the next level at Denver Health, where we offer a robust benefits package and endless opportunities for growth. Denver Health is a nationally-ranked, locally-trusted, premier healthcare institution located in the heart of Denver, Colorado.Twenty-five percent of all Denver residents, or approximately 150,000 individuals, receive their health care here. We are known as an integrated health care system that encompasses multidisciplinary academic specialties, a community health system, a level I adult trauma center, pediatric emergency and urgent care center home to Denver Public Health and many of the nation's leaders in medicine.Denver Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer At Denver Health we pride ourselves on our commitment to diversity. Equal opportunity is a fundamental principle of Denver Health. As an equal opportunity employer, Denver Health is committed to recruit, hire, promote and administer all human resource actions in a non-discriminatory manner. Denver Health is committed to providing equal opportunities in all business practices and to all persons regardless of age, race, color, national origin, genetic information, religion, sex, pregnancy, disab...ility, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status or veteran status (collectively “protected status”). Denver Health strives to maintain a work environment that is free from unlawful harassment and discrimination and will not tolerate any such conduct by employees or directed at employees within the scope of their employment. Read the full Human Resources Employee Principles and Practices policy.