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The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences within the UW School of Medicine is the third largest clinical department with 285 full-time faculty members, 280 clinical faculty members, and over 200 staff. Department faculty provide clinical services in 5 hospitals, 14 primary care locations, and several outpatient sites in addition to telepsychiatry consultations to more than 150 clinics in Washington and beyond. As the only academic psychiatry department serving the five state WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho), the Department’s highly competitive residency training program is largely responsible for developing the mental health workforce in the Pacific Northwest. The Department’s robust research portfolio totals $35 million in grants and contracts per year for projects ranging from clinical neurosciences to treatment development to health policy and population health. The Department is recognized as an international leader in developing, testing, and implementing Collaborative Care, an integrated care model increasingly seen as a solution for population-based mental health care. Other areas of excellence include Addictions, Autism, High Risk Youth, Neurosciences, and Trauma, and the Department is developing innovative new programs in Technology and Mental Health, Global Mental Health, Maternal and Child Mental Health, and Targeted Intervention Development.
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for a Continuing Education Specialist.
This position will play a key role within the SPIRIT Lab in providing training, consultation, and implementation support (including fidelity reviews) to the growing number of Programs of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) teams in Washington State. This trainer may also work to support PACT/ACT projects within the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) serving behavioral health providers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho, as well as other related evidence-based practices (EBPs) disseminated within the SPIRIT Lab. Both the Northwest MHTTC and the SPIRIT Lab primarily focus on implementation of evidence-based practices for adults with serious mental illness and early psychosis.
PACT has been shown to produce positive outcomes in the people who receive such services and requires a high level of clinical, organizational, and team-based skills to implement. This work is creative and breaks new ground for the field of public behavioral health in the State of Washington. Further, PACT implementation is tied to a set of contract deliverables for the SPIRIT Lab to meet for the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) and for the NW-MHTTC to meet its objectives in their Cooperative Agreement with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The successful fulfillment of these responsibilities is critical to the professional reputation and growth of the SPIRIT Lab and NW-MHTTC, as well as to the field as a whole, as there are no established procedures that apply to this work and much of it requires innovation and creativity in developing new approaches to fulfilling contract deliverables and making these projects successful. A high level of professionalism and previous experience is required to obtain the cooperation and respect of all stakeholders to meet SPIRIT Lab/NW-MHTTCs contractual obligations. Further this position requires positive working relationships with the directors and program managers of HCA, and community behavioral health centers and stakeholders across Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho.
The successful fulfillment of these contract responsibilities is also critical to the professional reputation and growth of the SPIRIT Lab and NW-MHTTC as a center of excellence in implementation and evaluation of EBPs for adults with serious mental illness and early psychosis across the state. A high level of professionalism, clinical expertise, and previous experience is required to obtain the cooperation and respect of all stakeholders to meet the SPIRIT Lab’s contractual obligations for these projects and initiatives. Stakeholders include the program managers within the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Recovery and providers of behavioral health services in Washington State.
RESPONSIBILITIES: •Further develop and refine PACT/ACT start-up training curriculum and slides and supporting resources and materials. (20%) •Take the lead on conducting several PACT fidelity reviews per year, with co-reviewers from other PACT teams and/or staff from UW SPIRIT Lab. This role includes leading the consensus rating process with co-reviewers, writing a comprehensive fidelity report focused on quality improvement recommendations and training, and providing feedback to PACT teams about fidelity findings. (15%) •Facilitate or co-facilitate professional consultation to PACT teams through the PACT Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Clinic, as well as in person and by phone. This role will also include consultation to agency administrators to facilitate adoption and sustainment of PACT and other evidence-based practices within PACT. (20%) •Provide didactic mini-training within PACT ECHO Clinics and other webinars to PACT teams based on the trainer’s respective areas of clinical expertise (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis, family education and support). (10%) •Anticipate PACT teams’ training needs and coordinate with other PACT trainers on ongoing training and support to the PACT teams statewide. (10%) •Respond to or triage training inquiries. Collaboratively, with Project Leads, assess feasibility, timeline, and implementation strategy for training efforts. (10%) • •Assist administrative staff with developing and finalizing collaborating external trainers’ and consultants’ statements of work and contracts as needed. (5%) •Work with colleagues to formulate and implement strategies to engage diverse groups of evidence-based practice implementation stakeholders. (5%) •Assist with stakeholder report preparation and presentation (e.g., each PACT teams’ Stakeholder Advisory Group, the Washington State Legislature, Health Care Authority). (5%)Stakeholders include the program managers within the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery and the Washington State Healthcare Authority.
REQUIREMENTS: •Master’s Degree in clinical degree in psychology, social work or other mental health counseling specialty •At least two years of experience as a clinician providing recovery-oriented services to individuals living with psychosis or other serious mental illness; •At least one year of experience working within an ACT/PACT team; •Experience with providing manualized and/or structured psychotherapeutic interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), structured behavioral interventions, and/or motivational interviewing; •Special requirements: Must be able to travel on at least a quarterly basis within Washington State. Both day travel and overnight travel (e.g., for multiday workshops) are required
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Experience with training and/or consulting to other behavioral healthcare clinicians. •Experience in recovery-oriented care and shared decision-making. •Experience with delivering family engagement and interventions. •Experience with delivering substance use disorder treatment for people with serious mental illness. •Bilingual applicants and/or applicants with strong training in culturally-informed and trauma-informed care preferred
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