Psychologist, CFE HIV/AIDS
This is an exciting position on the very caring and competent team at the Hope to Health Research & Innovation Centre on the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver. Having a psychologist in primary care is an emerging and exciting area in British Columbia that is set to expand in the future as the province moves to more integrated care models. The team at Hope to Health cares for people from all walks of life with direct access to primary health care including mental and behavioural healthcare. The clinic also houses research teams, several specialists (e.g. psychiatry, infectious disease etc.), social workers, a safe injection site, and integrates quality improvement into every aspect of clinic operations.
The care model for psychology is based on Primary Care Behavioural Health (PCBH) model in which the psychologist is an integrated member of the team who sees patients alongside other providers. After a warm handoff (where the provider introduces the psychologist to the patient) the psychologist meets clients for 15 minutes up to 30 minutes as the initial appointment. These appointments sometimes involve psychoeducation, motivational interviewing about their goals, and most often have an intervention within the first encounter. If clients wish for more support, recurring sessions (30 mins) can be booked that are focused on helping with specific behavioural issues (i.e. lifestyle behaviour change such as diet, sleep, and exercise), and mental health issues (e.g., MDD, Anxiety disorders, PTSD).
This is a position for psychologists who enjoy a fast-paced environment, brief assessment/intervention, love working in a team of like minded people, and who want to help the most vulnerable populations. Organizational leadership and the team strongly support psychology and see it as central to their service delivery model.
For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Theo Elfers, R. Psych, the PHC practice leader for psychology, at email@example.com.
The Psychologist, CFE HIV/AIDS is responsible for the provision of a full range psychological, supervisory, and program evaluation services. Working independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team, completes psychological assessments, provides psychological treatment, evaluates the effectiveness and appropriateness of treatment and facilitates education of clients. Maintains client records including the documentation of client diagnosis and most effective form of treatment and prepares progress notes and psychological reports. Liaises with external agencies and establishes and maintains effective working relationships with stakeholders. Attends clinical/case conferences. Provides formal and informal consultations, participates in quality improvement and risk management activities, provides clinical teaching and supervision to students and conducts and participates in research.
- Demonstrated knowledge in Primary Care Behavioral Health.
- Demonstrated ability in evidence-based psychological assessment, including structured and semi-structured diagnostic assessment. Knowledge of therapeutic, diagnostic and consultation techniques.
- Demonstrated ability in treatment and management of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders.
- Knowledge of the principles of recovery in mental illness.
- Knowledge and background in clinical health psychology with a focus on integrated primary care.
- Knowledge and understanding of cognitive and behavioural health change.
- Demonstrated ability to provide effective psychological treatment to people with various chronic health conditions.
- Demonstrated knowledge of clinical health psychology, behavioural change models, cognitive therapy, psychological treatment development and treatment integrity.
- Knowledge of psychopharmacology (e.g., indications and side-effects).
- Knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in patient care.
- Knowledge of evidence-based psychological practice.
- Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and to contribute as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
- Demonstrated ability to provide effective consultation.
- Demonstrated ability to teach and supervise.
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, including comprehensive written assessments.
- Demonstrated knowledge of relevant legislation.
- Demonstrated ability to implement guidelines, decision support tools and protocols.
- Demonstrated quality assurance, program evaluation, and research skills.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively lead, teach and mentor others.
- Ability to plan, implement, organize and prioritize work.
- Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.
EducationPh.D. in Clinical Psychology from a recognized and accredited learning institution. Current registration with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia or registration with the College within one year of employment. Training in team-based health psychology is required.
Two years recent related experience working in primary care or similar settings including experience working with and leading psychological interventions, consultation, and interdisciplinary team work with chronic health and mental health patients.
DutiesCompletes brief psychological assessments of clients, using standardized and evidence- based interview and assessment procedures. Within a bio/psycho/social treatment model and working as part of an interdisciplinary team, incorporates psychological assessment results with the broader treatment plan.
Provides short-term treatment to patients identified to be at risk for developing chronic disease or in the early stages of chronic disease to make lifestyle cognitive and behavioural modifications (including but not limited to physical activity, nutrition, stress management, sleep, medication adherence, dealing with negative emotions, enhancing well-being and problem solving).
Provides short-term treatment to patients identified to be at risk for developing mental illness or those with existing mental illness.
Develops and facilitates group-based treatment programs.
Maintains electronic and paper patient records by documenting assessment findings, treatment plan, client participation in the program as well as treatment progress outcomes and discharge plans.
Coordinates with medical and mental health providers to ensure wrap-around and comprehensive care for clients requiring a higher level of mental health assessment and treatment.
Provides continuing education to physicians and other health care providers to increase community capacity and understanding of behavioural and cognitive contributors to health outcomes.
Evaluates the effectiveness of the psychological treatments and provides new recommendations and program development as appropriate.
Maintains liaison with referring physicians and other professionals regarding clients’ total care.
Leads the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, pathways, protocols and decision support tools for family practice patients.
Assists with the analysis of data in order to make necessary adjustments to guidelines and pathways.
Attends and participates in multidisciplinary conferences, medical rounds, service and department meetings as required and appropriate.
Participates in program evaluation, program development, and program implementation.
Participates in clinical research.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Employees of Providence Health Care receive an excellent and comprehensive health benefit package, as per their collective agreement or terms and conditions of employment.
*Other benefit packages may apply if this is an affiliate posting.
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