Behavioral Medicine Specialist Psychology

Kaiser Permanente   •  

Union City, CA

Industry: Healthcare


Less than 5 years

Posted 40 days ago

Description: Evaluates and diagnosis' Health Plan members seen in primary care who have mental disorders or behavioral conditions that affect or are a consequence of their medical condition.

Essential Functions:

- Utilizes principles of Health Psychology to develop implement, coordinate and evaluate treatment plans for referred members that may include crisis intervention, brief psychotherapy, psychoeducation groups and brief case management. 
- Administers and evaluates psychological and neuropsychological tests on a limited basis.
- Prepares concise intake evaluations and treatment plans, and maintains ongoing confidential progress records in accord with state and NCQA regulations.
- Provides education and support to members and their families to encourage compliance with medical and behavioral regimes.
- Co-manages medical conditions through the use of nonpharmacologic and behavioral interventions in order to leverage physician time and develop appropriate patterns of utilization.
- Collaborates with physicians in screening and evaluating patients for psychotropic medications, within the scope of practice.
- Provides consultation and training to other members of the APC team in the areas of mental health, behavioral medicine and health psychology.
- Provides consultation on program development, and conducts program evaluation and outcome assessment, as needed.
- Serves as liaison and refers to the Psychiatry Department, Chemical Dependency Services, Behavioral Health Education, specialty behavioral medicine services and other internal and community resources as appropriate.
- Supervisory Responsibilities: This job does not have the authority to hire, fire or discipline.

Secondary Functions:
- Conduct confidential interviews, psychosocial assessments and interventions for pregnant women who have problems with alcohol and other drugs.
- Provide case management, refer to treatment or community agencies as appropriate.
- Provide presentations, training and consultation to physicians and multidisciplinary care team.
- Partner with Early Start MD Champion to lead the Early Start program in reaching its goals.
- Organize and attend monthly department Early Start meetings.
- Teach periodic evening classes.

Basic Qualifications:
- Minimum two (2) years of professional experience under the direction of a licensed psychologist or board certified psychiatrist.
- Ph.D., PsyD or EdD in clinical or counseling required from an accredited college or university.
Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
- Current valid license to practice psychology in the State of California.
Additional Requirements:
- Previous clinical responsibilities to include diagnosis, crisis intervention, brief individual and group psychotherapy, and consultation and collaboration with medical personnel.
- Knowledge of state regulations and APA standards as it related to client treatment, patient rights and client/patient confidentiality.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team and within a primary care environment.

- Must have a Nat'l Provider Identifier (NPI), or obtain an NPI, prior to employment start date.
- Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.
Preferred Qualifications:
- Familiarity with psychopharmacology preferred.
Additional Preferred Qualifications:

- Ideal candidate will have experience in both peri-natal care and substance abuse treatment with expertise or working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in a busy medical setting.

Job Number: 742686