Behavioral Psychologist - Nexus Children's Hospital - Houston, TX

Description

In conjunction with the medical staff, the Behavioral Psychologist works directly with the entire treatment team to provide Behavioral interventions to the patients as necessary.

  1. Coordinates the development and monitoring of the behavioral and psychological aspects of the interdisciplinary treatment plans, including discharge plans, in conjunction with a patient’s attending physician.
  2. Develops and provides training and support for team members, including rehabilitation therapists,nurses, CNAs, and PCAs, to facilitate the implementation of behavior management recommendations and the interdisciplinary treatment plans.
  3. Provides individual and/or group behavioral interventions for patients and their families in accordance with the patient’s interdisciplinary treatment plan.
  4. Educates internal staff members about behavioral interventions and effective communication and interpersonal strategies for caring for a pediatric population.
  5. Participates in weekly team conferences for all patients on caseload in conjunction with the interdisciplinary care team.
  6. Provides behavioral analyses to identify and treat problem behaviors that may interfere with other therapeutic successes.
  7. Identifies and coordinates resolution of areas of concern or conflict with patients’ families, as these concerns or conflicts pertain to a patient’s care, in a professional, proactive and courteous manner.
  8. Communicates with the Clinical Service departments and coordinates intervention with all therapy departments to achieve cohesion and effectiveness as an integrated, empirically-supported, specialized rehabilitation program.
  9. Communicates with the Clinical Services team regarding treatment planning, behavioral programming, clinical coordination, goals, objectives, areas of clinical concern, and monitoring of the efficacy of these services.
  10. Presents self in a professional manner when representing the facility.
  11. Provides short-term, solution-focused individual, group, and family health psychology services for an inpatient medical population as appropriate for their treatment plan.
  12. Establishes effective communication practices with medical staff to provide insight into the psychological barriers interfering with patient recovery and to provide suggestions for improved staff/patient relations.
  13. Formally and informally, educates and in-services staff about the role of mental wellness and psychology in effective patient care.
  14. Participates in discharge planning and provides recommendations for services post discharge.
  15. Identifies areas of need and facilitates support for those areas of need.
  16. Participates in marketing to the community and educating surrounding hospitals in coordination with the marketing team as caseload responsibilities permit.
  17. Stays current with latest research and practices in the treatment and care of patients with disruptive behavior, developmental disabilities, internalizing disorders, obesity, acquired/traumatic brain injuries, and stroke as it applies to the role of the psychologist.
  18. Attends conferences/workshops as appropriate to maintain a professional network of resources and educates other professionals (locally and nationally) on the programs available at the facility.
  19. Participates in on-going program development meetings to assess the efficacy of current programs and makes recommendations for treatment fidelity.
  20. Performs other duties as assigned.
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Job Requirements

Experience

  • Training and experience in developing, training, implementing, and monitoring behavioral programs.
  • Training and experience with patients with severe disruptive behavior (e.g., aggression), intellectual disability, and co-morbid psychiatric conditions. Additional training with autism population highly preferred.
  • Experience providing parent management training to families of diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience implementing behavior management and psychotherapy interventions in an inpatient hospital setting.
  • Minimum two (2) years’ working in an inpatient hospital setting or intensive outpatient (IOP) preferred.

Skills

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION:

  • Licensed Psychologist in the State of Texas
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification preferred
  • CPI or other Crisis Intervention certification highly preferred or obtain upon hire
  • Must be certified in First Aid/CPR (if applicable)

Must maintain current licensure in good standing during employment with this facility

Education Required

  • Doctorate in Psychology