Psychologist Program Director - Nexus Children's Hospital - Houston, TX

Description

The Psychologist Program Director is responsible for providing clinical leadership and management of all aspects of clinical programming, including providing guidance, supervision, and oversight to the clinical and residential teams at a smaller facility or a single program. This position works conjunction with the medical staff, and with the entire treatment team to provide Behavioral inventions to the patients as necessary.

JOB SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • 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 as needed for implementation of the Behavioral Management Program 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 and/or coordinates weekly team conferences for all patients on case load in conjunction with interdisciplinary care team.
  • Provides psychological screenings, personality assessments, psycho-educational assessments, and behavioral analyses to identify and treat handicapping conditions 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 services department and coordinates intervention with all therapy departments to achieve cohesion and effectiveness as an integrated, empirically-supported, specialized rehabilitation program.
  • Communicates with the Director of Clinical Services regarding treatment planning, behavioral programming, clinical coordination, goals, objections, areas of clinical concern, and services successfully implemented.
  • 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 directed by physicians.
  • 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 and the community about the role of mental wellness and psychology in effective patient care.
  • Establishes criteria for obtaining data in the Healthy Eaters Feeding Program, the Prader-Willi Syndrome Program, and the Changes Obesity Program as well as monitors treatment fidelity for each program.
  • Tracks and manages the therapeutic outcomes data to assess effectiveness of the Healthy Eaters Feeding Program, the Prader-Willi Syndrome Program, and the Changes Obesity Program.
  • Participates in discharge planning and provides recommendations for services post discharge.
  • Identifies areas of need, provides assistance, and coordinates support groups for patients and/or caregivers.
  • Participates in marketing to the community and educating surrounding hospitals in coordination with the marketing team.
  • Stays current with latest research and practices in the treatment and care of patients with feeding/oral aversion, 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.
  • Provides supervision to psychology interns to monitor the implementation of behavioral and psychological aspects of the interdisciplinary treatment plans as well as safeguarding the delivery of psychological services to patients.
  • Participates in on-going program development meetings to assess the efficacy of current programs and makes recommendations for treatment fidelity.
  • Provide oversight and/or input on residential accommodations and assignment of clients, including new admits and room changes.
  • Ensure program policies and procedures meet national accreditation agency and state license standards.
  • Facilitate development of organizational systems to ensure efficient inter- departmental communication.
  • Conduct behavioral assessments; develop and evaluate behavior interventions
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
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Job Requirements

Experience

  • Training and experience in developing , training, implementing, and monitoring written behavioral programs. • Minimum two (2) years’ working in an inpatient hospital setting preferred.

Skills

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION:

  • Licensed Psychological Associate, preferred
  • Must be certified in First Aid/CPR
  • Must maintain current licensure in good standing during employment with this facility

Education Required

  • Masters in Psychology required