Mental Health Professional (Psychiatrist or Advanced Practical Psych Nurse)
Job no: 496880
Work type: Staff
Categories: Health Services, Student Affairs & Services, Full Time
Psychiatric services are provided by two roles: psychiatrists and psychiatric advanced practice nurses. Both disciplines are responsible for the independent provision of direct clinical services and participation in center-wide initiatives.
Pay Grade: 36E
Context of the Job:
The Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD) is a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive student learning and psychological wellbeing program providing a diverse array of services so that students can be more successful in their academic, personal, and career pursuits. The CCSD is accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services, Inc. (IACS) and sponsors three levels of doctoral training for psychologists including an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited doctoral internship in health psychology.
The Center’s efforts focus on helping students reduce psychological symptoms, cope with complicated life events and developmental tasks, improve interpersonal skills and relationships, and increase self-knowledge and problem-solving ability. The Center promotes equality and respect for individuals and cultures, focuses on diversity and inclusion, and encourages ongoing education regarding issues faced by students in minoritized groups. CCSD is part of the Division of Student Life which contributes to and facilitates critical learning and development within healthy, inclusive, and supportive communities so that all students may thrive at UD and beyond.
This position is key to accomplishing the mission for CCSD. Under the direct supervision of the director, the clinical responsibilities include psychiatric evaluation and treatment of students including diagnosis, administering, or prescribing of medications, and adjunctive psychotherapy. Referrals and crisis interventions are made appropriately to both on and off-campus services. Internal and external consultation support is provided to Student Health Service physicians/nurses/health educators/administrators, CCSD psychologists, Residence Life/Housing Directors and support staff, Student Life Vice President and Assistant Vice Presidents, University faculty and deans, parents, families, and private physicians/psychiatrists/ psychologists. The Mental Health Professional also provides supervision to doctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows in the CCSD.
The work of the Mental Health Professional supports the University’s mission and vision of comprehensive wellbeing services for students, as well as the strategic initiatives of the Division of Student Life to ensure student success. The Mental Health Professional will be an active citizen of the department, engaged in internal committee work, development, and delivery of clinical and training programming, as well as creating connection and community with staff. Members of the Student Life Wellbeing team engage with all aspects of the University community to engender a campus environment that supports health and wellness and creates a foundation for life-long wellbeing by providing Blue Hens with the services, care, and skills to make healthy choices.
- Responsible for delivery of psychiatric services to University of Delaware students, including psychiatric evaluations for various cognitive, emotional, developmental, social, and behavioral disorders by utilizing psychological tests, behavioral observations, family and medical histories, and interview data.
- Determines nature and extent of mental disorder and formulates treatment program, utilizing a variety of psychotherapeutic methods and medications; evaluates, prescribes, monitors, and manages psychotropic medications.
- Provides clinical supervision to the doctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows from the CCSD.
- Responsible for mental health crisis interventions, including assessment and diagnosis for commitment procedures as appropriate in cooperation with University departments and agencies outside the University.
- Confers with patients, parents, families, and consulting psychiatrists/physicians to facilitate individualized, case-specific mental health care.
- Provides outreach to the University community (parents, families, students, faculty, staff) covering mental health issues.
- Recommends appropriate referrals to medical and mental health specialists and other health care facilities for specialized care.
- Provides consultation to Student Health Service medical staff, staff of the CCSD, Dean of Students, Residence Life, and Housing, as well as to University faculty and administrators concerned with students' mental health issues.
- Provides training seminars and in-service programs for all the above.
- Maintains timely and accurate psychiatric records.
- Provides other appropriate duties as assigned by the Director of the CCSD.
- Maintains professional licensure and professional competence through appropriate continuing education opportunities including, but not limited to, ongoing professional development in the areas of diversity/inclusion and college mental health.
- M.D. or D.O., or Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN) with three to five years related experience required. For MD/DO candidates: effective clinical training experience to include completion of a psychiatric residency.
- Active and unencumbered licensure in the state of Delaware, federal DEA registration, and Delaware controlled substance permit desirable, or eligible to obtain.
- Relevant board certification, or board eligible.
- Effective interpersonal communication and human relation skills are required.
- Previous college health or clinical group practice experience is desirable.
- Excellent interviewing and psychiatric evaluation skills.
- Knowledge of relevant diagnostic tests and procedures.
- Ability to observe, assess and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
- Advanced knowledge and understanding of cultural competency and diversity issues is essential and should be shown through graduate coursework, publications, presentations, and/or skill in expressing such knowledge in person in an interview setting.
- Knowledge of legal and ethical standards for the delivery of medical care, including FERPA.
- Knowledge of relevant drugs and non-pharmaceutical patient care aids and ability to prescribe dosages and instruct patients in correct usage.
- Experience doing clinical work via telehealth is strongly preferred.
- Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information.
- Ability to maintain quality and safety standards.
Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.
Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
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