Embedded Psychologist - Graduate School of Professional Psychology

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Work type: Staff Part-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty, Research, Instructional Support

The University of Denver (DU) is a top ranked university in a thriving city at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at DU was created in 1976 to house one of the first Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs in the country, under the Vail training model (practitioner-scholar). The PsyD program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1979. In addition to its generalized clinical psychology training, GSPP is developing specialty tracks in Latinx Psychology, Military Psychology, Oncology Psychology, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorders. Furthermore, GSPP provides four specialized master’s programs: Sport Coaching, Sport and Performance Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and International Disaster Psychology, as well as a certificate in Strength and Conditioning and Fitness Coaching. The School also has an exclusively accredited APA internship consortium and several in-house psychology training clinics which serve Denver and the surrounding communities. In addition, students participate in a wide range of rigorous, community-based field placements. As a professional school, GSPP promotes and utilizes high level pedagogy that integrates applied practice, theory, research, and scholarship.

All GSPP programs promote comprehensive academic and applied training within an environment which values cooperation and collaboration and fosters critical thinking and self-determined functioning; the department is committed to educating students to provide culturally competent services to clients and the community. Knowledge of multiculturalism and inclusive excellence guides GSPP in the mission to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible to all students, staff, and faculty. GSPP has developed a collegial atmosphere with significant opportunities for creativity, teamwork and innovation. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment and encourage applications from individuals with marginalized identities.

As part of our strategic initiative to expand psychology’s reach, GSPP has launched an “embedded psychologist” model, through which a licensed psychologist provides on-site clinical and consultation services to improve mental health in a community space. In addition, this individual also trains and provides clinical supervision for students to provide these services.

Position Summary

The Embedded Psychologist will provide on-site consultation and clinical services in a community site; develop a field placement program at the site; hire, train, and supervise field placement students; run program evaluation to measure the efficacy of this new initiative; develop proposals for additional funding; and manage the administrative aspects of this new program. At the start, the Embedded Psychologist will be based at the Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) in Denver. The position is for one year, with the possibility of extension or expansion to other locations if additional funding is secured.

More specifically, the Embedded Psychologist will work closely with GALS’s Director of Counseling and Wellness and staff to provide: preventative services that recognize early warning signs of distress; treatment services that speak to apparent issues among students; and a high level of clinical consultation to amplify and enhance the service delivery already ongoing. This work will leverage the clinical psychologist’s expertise to further enhance the social-emotional components of the GALS curriculum and school experience through:

  1. Consultation on clinical issues for counseling team, teachers, and administration.
  2. Psychological assessments.
  3. Early intervention services.
  4. More thorough liaison services to other mental health professionals. 
  5. Ongoing development of the continuum of care offered by the school counseling team

Program evaluation will be expected to evaluate outcomes, not just outputs, and track the efficacy of the services and the reasons behind that efficacy. Outcomes will focus on identifying the unmet psychological needs in the GALS community and creating a targeted plan for addressing them. Implicit in this is a marked increase in education and service surrounding conflict resolution, sexual health, substance use, mindfulness, crisis intervention (assessment of suicidality and self-harm) and emotional regulation. Throughout the process, GSPP will help build partnerships and articulate opportunities for leveraging common resources. This is a pilot program, and as such, the Embedded Psychologist will also track and report on a number of metrics and client satisfaction surveys. The Embedded Psychologist will also assist with developing proposals for additional funding based on these metrics and the program evaluation results.

Developing and managing a new field placement will require strong administrative and clinical skills, which are detailed below.

This is a part-time, non-benefited position not to exceed 1,000 hours in a calendar year.

Essential Functions

  • In collaboration with GALS and the Dean, continue to develop the Embedded Psychologist and field placement program at GALS.
    • Conduct needs assessment to prioritize services.
    • Maintain continuously collaborative relationships with GALS personnel to ensure program success.
  • Provide direct clinical and consultation services, based on the agreed-upon needs and goals.
  • Hire, train, and provide clinical supervision to GSPP field placement students who work at GALS.
    • Meet with student therapist supervisees to conduct supervision in individual and/or small-group settings.
    • Review all session notes and reports, provide feedback, and monitor corrections.
    • Review assessment scoring, interpretation, feedback and reports.
    • Assist students in managing high-risk clients or any potential crises.
    • Complete student evaluations, providing consistent and regular feedback.
    • Craft descriptions of the field placements to share with students, in collaboration with GSPP’s Field Placement Directors.
    • Interview and hire students who best fit the positions.
    • Develop and implement training for students for the GALS field placement.
    • Supervise psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation cases for student therapists:
  • Conduct thorough program evaluation with meaningful outcomes.
    • Establish mutually agreed-upon metrics for program evaluation.
    • Track and report on metrics for continuous improvement.
    • Assist with future funding proposals based on these data.
    • Identify best practices.
  • Uphold GSPP’s commitment to inclusive excellence through all professional activities.
    • Model best practices that foster inclusiveness.
  • Manage administrative tasks, such as paperwork, time tracking, and assistance with funding proposals.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong relational, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and follow both HIPAA and FERPA guidelines.
  • Ability to be punctual and reliable.
  • Basic technology skills, including familiarity with MS Office suite.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Ability to create an inclusive training environment.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in psychology (PsyD or PhD).
  • Licensure as a psychologist in the State of Colorado.
  • At least 5 years in the field of psychology.
  • Prior clinical supervision experience. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience working in a school or with adolescent populations.
  • Prior administrative management experience.
  • Prior experience writing grants or similar funding proposals.

Work Schedule

Part-time, 20 hours per week. Hours will vary.

Hourly Range

$43/hr - $50/hr

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. For questions about this position, please contact Laurie Ivey at Laurie.ivey@du.edu.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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