Behavioral Health Specialist, Family Medicine Residency Core Faculty
AltaMed Health Services
Location: South Gate, California
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Masters
Mental Health/Social Services
Health Care System
Internal Number: 2021-12344
The Behavioral Health Specialist role is integrated within the Family Medicine Residency (FM) program at AltaMed and will utilize the primary care behavioral health delivery (PCBH) model. The behaviorist will emphasize evidence-based, integrated educational and clinical practice as part of primary care patients’ physical and emotional health needs by employing a team-based care approach to enhance the care of residents’ patients, as well as the training of residents. The behaviorist will address the challenges of providing effective family medicine care for vulnerable populations and engage residents on topics and skills to address social determinants, mental health conditions, utilization of proper evidenced-based screening tools, knowledge of effective evidenced based behavioral health treatments, crisis intervention skills, creating effective patient-centered care plans, and resident self-care. In addition to the role’s integration within the Family Medicine Residency program, the behaviorist will also collaborate with the AltaMed Health Education and Wellness department to assist AltaMed medical staff on the development of a personal self-care plan in order to promote resiliency and provider engagement. Primary duties include supervision of family medicine residents in behavioral medicine within the PCBH consultation model at the AltaMed South Gate clinic. The behaviorist will facilitate behavioral science curriculum development and teaching for the FM residency including, but not limited to, conducting Balint /support Groups and an integrated PCBH rotation for residents; completing resident training evaluations and providing timely and constructive feedback to residents about patient-provider style and interaction (including two observed and evaluated interactions per resident annually).The behaviorist will have appropriate time to succeed in both their clinical and academic roles, with specific time dedicated to patient care, clinical teaching, wellness coaching, supervision of learners on rotation and protected time dedicated to academic and administrative work.
Doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) in clinical or counseling psychology, family therapy, or social work from an accredited program required.
Completion of a clinical internship/residency appropriate for the field of study (such as an internship/residency in clinical and/or counseling psychology/social work.)
Experience working in an academic setting is preferred
1-2 years of experience in providing integrated behavioral health services using the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model. Knowledgeable of current medical staff self-care and resiliency models of care.
Clinically active, working in direct patient care and/or the supervision of patient care.
Supervise Family Medicine residents, following procedures for appropriate trainee levels of supervision and requirements for residency training (Supervision Policy) to ensure patient safety and high-quality care at all times.
Respect resident work hours, paying close attention to signs of Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation in individuals; if signs of fatigue are identified, faculty are required to follow the protocol outlined in the [Fatigue Mitigation] Policy, "Promoting resident self-care and monitoring self-care plan".
Be available for residents; competently address issues of depression, addiction and other concerns they may have for their patients.
Collaborate with the Health Education and Wellness program on medical staff resiliency models of care.
Be a role model
Observe and evaluate two FMP patient encounters per resident annually; providing meaningful and structured feedback to the resident.
Evaluate Family Medicine residents, using competency based/milestone evaluations and via direct observation and other relevant evaluation methods
Coordinate (including possible creation and/or revaluation) relevant behavioral health curriculum and didactics
Serve on relevant committees
Participate regularly in scheduled didactics (including, but not limited to: journal clubs, lectures, interdisciplinary conferences, workshops)
Demonstrate a commitment to scholarly work, both self-directed and with residents.
At AltaMed, we are on a mission to eliminate disparities in health care access and outcomes by providing superior quality health and human services through an integrated delivery system for Latino, multi-ethnic and often-overlooked communities in Southern California.