Behavioral Psychologist - Nexus Children's Hospital - Houston, TX
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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- Provides individual and/or group behavioral interventions for patients and their families in accordance with the patient’s interdisciplinary treatment plan.
- Educates internal staff members about behavioral interventions and effective communication and interpersonal strategies for caring for a pediatric population.
- Participates in weekly team conferences for all patients on caseload in conjunction with the interdisciplinary care team.
- Provides behavioral analyses to identify and treat problem behaviors that may interfere with other therapeutic successes.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Presents self in a professional manner when representing the facility.
- Provides short-term, solution-focused individual, group, and family health psychology services for an inpatient medical population as appropriate for their treatment plan.
- 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.
- Formally and informally, educates and in-services staff about the role of mental wellness and psychology in effective patient care.
- Participates in discharge planning and provides recommendations for services post discharge.
- Identifies areas of need and facilitates support for those areas of need.
- Participates in marketing to the community and educating surrounding hospitals in coordination with the marketing team as caseload responsibilities permit.
- 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.
- 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.
- Participates in on-going program development meetings to assess the efficacy of current programs and makes recommendations for treatment fidelity.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- 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.
- 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