The Mental Health Therapist 2 (two positions available) is a direct-service clinician role in the Early Psychosis Programs at the UC Davis Medical Center. The goal of the UCD Early Psychosis clinical and research programs is to intervene as early as possible to support recovery for youth with serious mental illness.
The Mental Health Therapist 2 (two positions available) is a direct-service clinician role in the Early Psychosis Programs at the UC Davis Medical Center. The Therapist provides gold-standard clinical and functional assessments as well as evidence-based individual, family and group interventions (including CBT for Psychosis, Trauma-focused CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Family Focused Therapy, and Multi-family group). Services may be provided in a variety of clinical, research and community settings. The Therapist works as part of a multi-disciplinary team and attends weekly team and supervisory meetings to ensure fidelity to the program model. Supervision and training opportunities will also be provided if available.
Master’s degree in psychology or related field
Marriage and Family Therapist License issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences Examiners; license must be current and in good standing
Minimum of one-year full-time experience providing direct evidence based clinical assessment and treatment services to youth with early psychosis ages 12-40 and their families
Proven experience with psychodiagnostic interviewing with youth ages 12-40 to determine diagnosis according to DSM-IV and DSM-V and experience with standardized clinical rating measures for assessment of serious mental illness (KSADS, SCID-5, and Structured Interview of Prodromal Symptoms -SIPS)
Proven experience writing clear and concise assessment reports for clinical purposes
Proven experience using evidence-based interventions for the treatment of youth with early psychosis ages 12-40 and their families (individual and group approaches based in CBT for psychosis, DBT, and/or ACT as well as family-oriented treatments such as Multifamily group and Functional Family Therapy) is required to work in this outcomes-oriented treatment program; prior experience with trauma-focused treatments for youth is considered a strength
Experience interacting with people of diverse backgrounds, the ability to identify when differences in culture of language may impact communication, and how to resolve those differences appropriately and with cultural humility
Knowledge of Windows-based computer software and electronic medical records
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, verbal, written and listening. Ability to convey instructions, directions, and information appropriately and accurately
Ability to work well as part of a multidisciplinary clinical team
Knowledge of child, elder abuse, and domestic violence reporting requirements, and other significant legislation and laws regulating mental health practice (such as Tarasoff, patient confidentiality) with ability to make appropriate interventions based on law and policy.
Ability to work independently and organize a variety of concurrent activities, set realistic goals and objectives, plan ahead and meet deadlines without compromising quality
Ability to use clinical supervision to enhance professional growth and examine clinical work
Ability to successfully manage conflict
Bilingual language capacity, both oral and written, is strongly preferred
Spanish language capacity is strongly preferred
Prior experience with documentation required by Sacramento County mental health system (such as Avatar) or UCDMC (such as EPIC) is strongly preferred
This position may be subject to a criminal background investigation, drug screen, Live Scan fingerprinting, medical evaluation clearance, and functional capacity assessment.
The University of California has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy (ucop.edu) covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, employees must submit proof of vaccination or a University-approved exception or deferral.
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