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UCLA Health Clinical Specialist in Los Angeles, California


Clinical Specialists provide a range of

services to a multidisciplinary team in an intensive

outpatient programs serving an adult population with OCD. Duties may include:

psychosocial assessment; care coordination; consultation to team; individual,

family, or group psychotherapeutic treatment; liaison with community agencies;

teaching trainees of various disciplines; treatment plan documentation and

disposition planning and advocacy. Requires excellent skills in interpersonal communication and

documentation, as well as clinical knowledge of individual, family, social,

& cultural issues in mental illness. The Clinical Specialist is expected to be able to perform the following repertoire of professional

activities, in accordance with policies and procedures.


Requirements: LCSW or LMFT or PhD

Demonstrated expertise in treatment of OCD with behavior techniques.

Experience in psychiatric settings

Ability to perform a basic mental status exam, with

consultation/supervision, and recognize changes in mental status.

Knowledge of CAMFT , CSW and/or APA ethics and scope of practice.

Knowledge of the goals & interventions of intensive

outpatient, day treatment, partial hospitalization, and inpatient programs.

Knowledge of relevant psychiatric diagnoses, including

presenting symptoms and typical treatment approaches.

Skill in rapidly establishing rapport & maintaining

effective therapeutic relationships with patients & families.

Basic knowledge of psychiatric & psychosocial factors

related to all life stages; expertise in at least one stage.

Ability to complete psychosocial assessments effectively

& efficiently.

Knowledge of psychosocial factors in the etiology &

treatment of mental illness.

Knowledge of LPS laws.

Ability to communicate clearly & therapeutically with

patients & families regarding the diagnosis, progress in program,

treatment plans, and recommendations.

Ability to establish & maintain effective &

mutually respectful relationships with professionals and support staff.

Ability to arrange effective clinical coverage during

planned absences.

Ability to assess & respond appropriately in a timely

fashion to the safety needs of patients, family and staff.

Skill at planning and conducting therapeutic groups.

Knowledge of child & adult abuse & neglect

reporting laws & procedures.

Knowledge of scope of practice of relevant other

disciplines, including psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, nursing,


Ability to develop and expand knowledge & skills in

specialization as well as other relevant service populations and modalities.

Skill at representing hospital programs to referring

professionals & agencies.

Knowledge of pertinent current community resources,

including income maintenance, mental health treatment, special education,

residential & vocational supports, and self-support & advocacy

organizations and ability to mobilize these resources in the patient/family's


Ability to maintain positive, professional relationships

with a variety of community agencies and demonstrate assertiveness,

persistence, & diplomacy when activating resources in support of the


Ability to recognize complex clinical situations and seek

& apply consultation or supervision when needed.

Skill at facilitating trainee's therapeutic relationship

with patients & families.

Ability to arrange for coverage of patients during planned

absences such as vacations.

Skill at assessing & problem-solving team and program

issues that impact patients & families.

Ability to work in a fast-paced setting and readily adjust

priorities according to changes in caseload, staffing, and other program


Skill at writing documentation that is timely, meaningful,

complete, legible, grammatically correct, concise, & consistent with

legal and administrative standards. This includes psychosocial assessments,

treatment plans, progress notes, aftercare plans, memos, letters/faxes,


Ability to use a computer for electronic mail & word

processing; Internet access to University & Hospital policies &

procedures, & community resources for patients.

Ability & willingness to share knowledge & skills

with social work colleagues through individual consultation and didactic


UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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