Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 51 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; an Ambulatory Surgery Center with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. In fiscal year 2018, Duke University Hospital admitted 42,916 patients and had 1,085,740 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.
U.S News & World Report named Duke University Hospital #1 in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2018-19.
Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 20 nationally for seven adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.
In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.
Medical Family Therapist- Duke Cancer Center Support Program
General Description of the Job Class
Medical Family Therapists are individuals who have demonstrated professional expertise in healthcare in the field of Medical Family Therapy. Medical family therapist provides clinical care using a relational and systemic lens. Provides relationally based therapy to patients and families coping with medical illness. Facilitates collaboration with, and provide consultation to, the patients' medical team and health system. Supervises medical family therapy interns (graduate students) in their clinical practice and development of their clinical knowledge and skills.
Duties and Responsibilities of this Level
Provide professional medical family therapy services, inpatient and/or outpatient, to patients and their families that are enrolled in care with a medical provider and/or medical team.
Formulate, develop, and implement treatment plans that comprise mental health, behavioral health, and physical health in combination. Provide one-on-one, couple, family, and group therapy
Develop individualized treatment plans for each patient and family.
Provide in-patient consultations to patients with acute psychological, behavioral, or medical concerns.
Meet individually with group patients who appear to have acute needs. Assess patients identified to have potential psychological or behavioral emergencies.
Consult with colleagues and/or Risk Management, as necessary for acute or emergency cases.
Possess knowledge of psychopharmacology and pharmacology relevant to the target clinical population and the biopsychosocial effects of these medications and adjusts care accordingly or provides consultation to medical team.
Understands common biological and mental/behavioral comorbidities of various health conditions with consideration of cultural and spiritual beliefs and practices and adjusts care accordingly or provides consultation to medical team.
Provide consultative services to health care team members on behavioral health.
Supervises medical family therapy interns (graduate students) in their clinical practice and development of their clinical knowledge and skills.
Provide guidance and coaching to staff members working with clients as needed.
Facilitate problem solving between providers, staff, and/or clients.
Design, implement, and deliver medical family therapy-based group therapy sessions for patients and families.
Provide education to patients and families related to biopsychosocial issues that impact medical care.
Contributes to knowledge base regarding current empirical trends and current policies relevant to interdisciplinary collaboration and behavioral health care.
Conduct lectures and participates in community outreach activities.
Serve as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
Maintain detailed medical records for every patient/family contact, session, or clinical phone call.
Provide appropriate referrals to outside mental health services, as indicated or requested.
Provide patients with information about support groups and/or additional educational resources, as indicated or requested.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Work requires a Master's Degree in Psychology, Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy.
Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) by the NC Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board is strongly preferred.
Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) by the NC Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board.
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