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Psychiatrist Consultant (Remote)

Company: Good Shepherd
Location: New York
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

About Us

Good Shepherd Services is a leading multi-service agency with more than 85 programs that serve over 30,000 youth and families each year - and builds on their strengths to help them gain skills for success. At Good Shepherd we respect the dignity and worth of every person and reject intolerance, inequity and injustice in whatever form it may take. Voted one of the top 100 places to work in NYC by Crain's New York, Good Shepherd Services offers a fantastic work environment, a collaborative team dedicated to fulfilling our mission, and an amazing array of benefits. Join our team and help make a difference!

Overview

Reports to: Director of Social Services

Location: TBD (programs are located in Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn) with remote possibilities

Hours: Minimum of two evaluations per week

Job Summary: In the context of a milieu setting, the Psychiatrist is responsible for four major components: 1) an active, collaborative member of the treatment team; 2) routine and emergency psychiatric evaluations; 3) psychiatric impressions to be shared with milieu staff and 4) medication management.

Provide Evaluations and Impressions:

  • Programs must have evaluations completed quickly as youth are there for a finite amount of time. The psychiatric evaluation is one of the most important methods of assessment.
  • Routine Psychiatric Evaluations, as needed: Conduct comprehensive evaluations after being provided with available paperwork (e.g. past medical history and, in most circumstances, a psychosocial written by a social worker (or by staff from outside agencies, when available).
  • Conduct an urgent assessment of youth with the understanding that very basic information will be provided (possibly only verbally), especially when discharged from hospital on a psychiatric basis.
  • Psychiatric Consultation and Assessment on an emergency basis/ when needed: Conduct an urgent assessment of a youth in crisis to assist treatment team in preventing hospitalization or to aid in developing an action plan with the Treatment team. Information will be provided verbally to staff (supervisors, Social Workers, etc) if not in writing.
  • Visit the milieu daily to observe youth/ check in with Residential Life Staff regarding updates of youth. Check in with Social Workers regarding Psychiatric needs of youth on their caseload.
  • Provide guidance, psychiatric impressions and clinical expertise in the milieu based on needs of the program.

Medication Management:

  • For youth on psychotropic medications, the psychiatrist assesses and adjusts these medications as needed.
  • Assess whether medications are warranted and, in conjunction with the Treatment team, devises an appropriate plan.
  • For youth who are psychiatrically hospitalized, the psychiatrist communicates with the treatment team at the hospital to consult about planning and post discharge plans.
  • Meet /talk with parents to obtain informed consent as needed.

Participation in Treatment Team/Other Meetings Regarding Youth Needs:

  • The psychiatrist provides a summary of his/her evaluation of youth he/she has assessed and, based on his/her psychiatric knowledge, offers impressions and collaboration based on staff's reports.
  • Lead clinical consultations for each program. Lead in service trainings to staff on psychiatrically related topics.
  • Provide psychoeducation on treatment needs/ psychopharmacology based on impressions and reports from staff.
  • Share, summarize and present critical findings on evaluation with Treatment team (& Service Plan Reviews).
  • Adhere to Child Welfare Principles of Safety, Permanency and Well-being.
  • Provides timely paperwork in compliance with ACS, OCFS and COA requirements.
  • Provides Psychiatric Evaluations and Impressions as well as Medication Management for youth who are not on site but for whom the program retains case planning.
  • Participate in mandatory on-line or in-person trainings (e.g., Medicaid Compliance and HIPAA)
  • Effectively use and practice the Sanctuary Model tools: safety plans, community meetings, psycho-educational groups, team meetings, red flag reviews, treatment planning conferences (or similar), and self-care in the department/program to create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
  • Promote and model the seven Sanctuary Model commitments to create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
  • Integrate the Sanctuary Model SELF (Safety, Emotional Management, Loss and Future) framework into daily practice to ensure quality care and an effective work environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • MD or DO license/NY State Board Certification or Board Eligible in Psychiatry - Child/Adolescent Psychiatry preferred.
  • Experience working with children, adolescents and families.
  • Must have a commitment to work from a strength-based, youth development and trauma-informed perspective
  • Must have a commitment to GSS models of practice including Youth and Family Development.
  • Demonstrated excellence in verbal, written, organization and prioritization skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a fast-paced milieu setting.

Additional Information

Good Shepherd Services is an equal opportunity employer that is proudly committed to becoming an anti-racist and multicultural organization that stands up for justice and equity. We welcome prospective employees from diverse backgrounds, for administrative support and direct service and leadership roles, who will join us on that journey, uphold our values and approach, and believe in our mission. Additionally, we aim to have a racially representative leadership and workforce that is reflective of the communities we work in partnership with.

Good Shepherd Services is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and termination of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.

Keywords: Good Shepherd, New York , Psychiatrist Consultant (Remote), Other , New York, New York

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