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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 full-time (100% FTE, salaried) Lead Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) trainer-consultant position will play a key role in providing training and consultation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp) and CBTp-informed care for individuals experiencing a psychosis risk state, first episode psychosis, and multi-episode psychosis. This trainer-consultant may also collaborate with the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (Northwest-MHTTC), which is co-directed by SPIRIT Lab faculty. 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.
CBT for psychosis has been shown to produce positive outcomes but several barriers to high-fidelity delivery plague providers in both the private and public behavioral health sector . Washington State is ahead of the curve in dedicating mental health block grant and state funding to the implementation, dissemination of CBTp and CBTp-informed care across FEP, adult outpatient, inpatient, and forensic settings. The SPIRIT Lab at the University of Washington serves as an Intermediate/Purveyor Organization to help organizations implement and sustain CBTp. We also contract directly with organizations and offer open enrollment CBTp training. SPIRIT Lab faculty have contributed to national schizophrenia treatment guidelines, federal documents advocating for CBTp as standard of care, national workgroups pertaining to psychosocial interventions for psychotic disorder, and serve as core faculty with Washington State’s Center of Excellence in Early Psychosis. Further, the University of Washington is a hotbed of behavioral health Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) research, and SPIRIT faculty benefit from emerging D&I research to expedite best and emerging practices in our own work with implementation stakeholders. This position will be critical to the professional reputation and growth of SPIRIT. Successful candidates will possess both technical experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and psychotic disorders, as well as excellent leadership qualities, dedication to cultural humility and whole-person care, the ability to form positive working relationships with diverse stakeholders, and familiarity with in-person instruction and both synchronous and asynchronous instruction for adult professional learners.
This position will contribute to both existing and emerging contracts. 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’s contractual obligations for these projects and initiatives. Stakeholders include the directors and program managers of the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, administrators and providers of mental health services in Washington State and other parts of the U.S..
Training and Education •Develop, refine, and deliver in-person and virtual trainings in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp), and Individual Resiliency Training (IRT), a CBTp-informed intervention. •Facilitate and co-facilitate in-person workshops, webinars, and e-learning courses to community partners on evidence-based treatments including CBTp, Individual Resiliency Training (IRT), other CBTp-informed interventions, and complimentary approaches (e.g., motivational enhancement therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy). •Integrate best practice strategies that adhere to principles of adult learning for both virtual and in-person trainings. •Facilitate or co-facilitate professional consultation, including case-based consultation to clinicians (e.g., on ECHO Teleconsultation Clinics), as well as consultation to agency administrators to facilitate adoption and sustainment of evidence-based treatments. •Provide written and verbal feedback to learners on model adherence and fidelity. •Respond to and triage training inquiries by collaboratively assessing feasibility, timeline, and implementation strategy for training efforts.
Administrative duties •Assist administrative staff with developing and finalizing collaborating trainers’ and consultants’ statements of work and contracts as needed. •Work with colleagues to formulate and implement strategies to engage diverse groups of evidence-based practice implementation stakeholders. •Assist with stakeholder report preparation.
REQUIREMENTS: •Master’s Degree in clinical degree in psychology, social work or other mental health counseling specialty •At least three years of experience as a clinician providing recovery-oriented psychotherapeutic interventions to individuals living with serious mental illness (primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). •Experience in recovery-oriented treatment and shared decision- making. •Competent in providing training to mental health clinicians. •Experience using evidence-based strategies to engage adult learners in person and/or virtually. •Competent in clinical delivery of both CBTp and Individual Resiliency training (IRT). •Competent in CBT clinician supervision and consultation. •Experience leading teams and overseeing multiple projects. •Special requirements: Must be able to travel on at least a quarterly basis (primarily 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 •Familiarity with multidisciplinary treatment team approaches that are focused on effective engagement and outreach such as coordinated specialty care (CSC) for treating first episode psychosis or PACT/ACT. •Experience in recovery-oriented treatment and shared decision-making. •Experience with family engagement and interventions. •Experience training clinicians in CBT. •Bilingual applicants and/or applicants with strong training in culturally-informed and trauma-informed care preferred
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