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San Diego, CA

 GENERAL PURPOSE OF JOB:  To provide quality psychological services to adult, adolescent and child psychiatric patient population (age range approximately 5 and up)  and their families, spouse, significant other; to serve as a member of interdisciplinary team supporting the organization's treatment program and philosophy and assure the deliverance of quality treatment to  psychiatric patients and their families.

  • Conducts initial psychological assessments to document history and identify preliminary issues for treatment focus by interviewing the patient and consulting with collateral sources, the treatment team, and review of the medical chart.
  • Provides process oriented group therapies as well as conducts psycho-educational and other didactic groups for patients and family members using various professional treatment modalities.
  • Provides individual, couples or family therapy using evidence based highest quality modalities for which they have received an adequate amount of training and supervision.
  • Completes psychological discharge summary to document treatment provided and current discharge status.
  • Conducts psychological testing including administration, scoring and comprehensive report writing by assessing the patient and consulting with collateral sources, the treatment team, and review of the medical chart.

  •  Attends regular treatment team meetings to provide psychology/ therapist perspective on treatment goals, progress and future needs and issues.
  • Reports to community/state agencies any patient issues required and represents facility in any legal proceedings.
  • Demonstrates conduct in keeping with Aurora ethical standards.
  • Complies with facility safety, infection control and security program.
  • Participates in activities, which enhance professional growth and development.
  • Supports facility internal and external customer service standards.

  QUALIFICATIONS AT ENTRY:Doctoral degree in Clinical or Health Psychology,  or equivalent  doctoral degree in a recognized mental health field; experience in inpatient setting preferred; written and oral communications skills, skills in psychotherapy, time management, and crisis intervention common to acute psychotic as well as to non-violent crises intervention practice.  Knowledge of acute adult psychological disorders; advanced principals of clinical psychology as specifically applied to adults, children, and adolescents; skills in conducting marital and family group therapy. Skills in maintaining information as highly confidential; must demonstrate the ability to treat other age populations as needed or have the capacity to develop skills through the organization's cross-training, orientation program.  In the absence of these qualifications upon hire, must demonstrate ability to learn these concepts and develop these skills within reasonable time frame.  Ability to clearly summarize pertinent clinical information via written correspondence and medical records documentation.


Ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, walk, push, pull, lift, moving about in work area and throughout organization to accomplish tasks, finger (i.e., pick or type) and grasp.  Ability to express and exchange ideas via spoken word, conveying information to others in an audible, accurate and, on occasion, quick manner.  Able to perceive the nature of sounds with no less than 40 db. loss at Hz, 1000 Hz and 2000 Hz with or without correction; perceive detailed information through oral communication and to make fine discriminations in sound.  Perform repetitive motions with wrists, hands and fingers.

Work is primarily sedentary in nature requiring occasional exertion of up to 10 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.

Work requires visual acuity to read, prepare, and analyze data, transcriptions, and characters on computer terminal; visual inspection of documents, and similar objects or items at distances generally close to the eyes. 

Worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions; conditions are typical of office settings and administrative work.

Must be able to concentrate on work amid distractions such as noise, conversations, and foot traffic; must be able to consistently meet deadlines regardless of case load; must be flexible in work hours in order to meet patient and organization operating needs.  

Must maintain self-control in volatile or hostile situations such as when verbally or physically confronted. 

Must be able to set therapeutic limits and maintain therapeutic distance with clients; maintains therapeutic boundaries with patients during treatment and following discharge. 

Must be able to address and prioritize multiple task demands within established time frames.