April 18, 2014

Clinical child and adolescent psychologist position at UMass

The UMass Adolescent Continuing Care Program is excited to announce an open position for a skilled clinical child and adolescent psychologist who will provide clinical services within the UMass Adolescent Continuing Care Inpatient Unit at the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital. Clinical responsibilities include providing evidence-based individual, family, and group psychotherapy to severely traumatized and psychologically suffering adolescents who require an extended inpatient level of care.  

The UMass Adolescent Continuing Care Program is a fast-paced, dynamic work environment comprised of two 15-bed inpatient facilities sited on the grounds of the new, state of the art Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital. Patients range in age from thirteen to eighteen.  Patient population is culturally, ethnically, racially and socioeconomically diverse.  Assessment and treatment of clients is provided using a multidisciplinary, trauma-informed, and evidence-based approach.  Because of the demonstrated level of need, clinical admissions typically stay from four to seven months, which enables them to receive comprehensive clinical services. Common psychiatric diagnoses for the patient population include Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Severe Mood Dysregulation, Disordered Eating, severe OCD, and early onset psychosis.  For the vast majority of the youths referred to the UMass ACCU, the impact of complex interpersonal trauma is quite apparent and creative interventions are utilized to address the sequelae of trauma where conventional approaches have been insufficient.

In addition to offering extended clinical care, this program is also responsible for providing high quality inpatient forensic evaluations for adolescents.  Youth are referred for short-term admissions from the courts for assessment of competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility or to aid in sentencing.  Youth may be referred to this unit in order to be made competent to stand trial, or for support when found not delinquent or guilty by reason of mental illness.

It is also important to note that the UMass Adolescent Continuing Care Program is affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and serves as a major training site not only for psychology interns and trainees, but also for psychiatric residents, medical students, nursing students, and trainees in both social work and occupational therapy. Weekly and monthly academic lecture series as well as special clinical and research presentations provide a lively, intellectually stimulating environment with ample opportunity for discussion and learning.

Please encourage all interested and eligible parties to apply through the following job-posting:

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