The position works with the mental health programs and functions of the Center for Sports at Tulane University and will assist with the entire mental health component of the Tulane Professional Athlete Care Team Clinic Programs. The primary responsibilities are divided between the interrelated functions of clinical management and some research practice. Duties include: patient assessment, treatment planning and coordination, counseling, multidisciplinary staffing, research, and ongoing program monitoring and development. Follow-up with appropriate services locally and nationally is required. The position must interface successfully with University resources such as Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, the NFLPA Trust, the Center Director, Tulane Athletics, and other academic departments and entities as needed to address the needs of the athlete and his/her family. The successful candidate must utilize the appropriate digital tools for communication and data analysis to support patient care, to enhance interoffice and intra-office communications, and to maintain confidentiality and the requirements of HIPAA.
Clinical Assessment and Treatment
· Conducts an intake assessment on each athlete during his on-campus / in-clinic evaluation.
· Utilizes diagnostic tools such as the DSM-5, the Beck Depression Scale (or other), Beck Anxiety Scale (or other), or instruments for assessing substance abuse.
· Coordinates treatment planning and care with members of the care team and the athlete (and his family where appropriate).
· Assists athletes in managing pain, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, career transition or other issues through counseling, referrals, and participation in the care team.
· Follows up with patients being treated for anxiety or major depression. Updates contact information; records prescribed treatment; reviews goals; and includes baseline diagnostic status, symptom severity, and treatment adherence. Reassesses those patients at each contact and arranges a full team reassessment as needed.
· Assists with complex, problematic situations, including crisis consultations and hospitalizations.
· Carries an appropriate treatment caseload, including individual therapy cases and leading and/or co-leading groups and workshops.
· Collaborates and communicates clearly and respectfully with colleagues about clinical matters.
· Communicates any new or significant needs or special patient circumstances with legal or medical safety ramifications to the Director immediately.
· Maintains patient and family confidentiality in all cases, unless a situation mandates a legal report of child abuse, elder/disabled person abuse, or a Tarasoff warning.
· Provides clinical consultation to colleagues when appropriate.
· Supervises trainees if needed.
· Maintains Licensed Psychologist credential and its requirements annually.
Departmental Management and Systems Development
· Establishes a care network for mental health/medical care referrals as needed.
· Obtains written permission through informed consent to release medial information from the patient or his legal guardian, making and following up with referrals for care outside of Tulane, tracking conditions and all contacts as part of the Center data management system.
· Reports appropriate department data as required by The Trust, the BBA, or other Center entities.
· Assists in marketing the services of the Center for Sport and its programs at special events or through other media as requested.
· Participates in staff meetings and trainings.
· Attends and presents at appropriate professional conferences.
· Performs duties in a high quality and timely manner, bringing positive energy and solutions to unexpected demands.
· Manages time and tasks within the hours allotted, alerting the Director to any gaps or overloads with the position.
Research and Training
· Locates appropriate existing data sets having to do with crises, traumatic injury, and psychosocial issues pertinent to the mission of the Center for Sport and at the discretion of the Director.
· Utilizes web search skills, Microsoft Office programs, data collection and presentation software, and data analysis programs such as SAS, SPSS, and Excel.
· Engages in research projects pertinent to psychosocial health of patients, at the discretion of the Center director. Collaborates, poses questions, selects data collection methods, and analyzes data.
· Utilizes on campus and external resources in accessing and/or developing high quality education products such as training manuals, PowerPoint presentations, podcasts, and DVDs.