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Medical Family Therapist-Cancer Support Program. Job in Durham Care Jobs

Durham, North Carolina
Job Type
Full Time
22 Sep 2022
Duke Raleigh Hospital Duke Raleigh Hospital offers the latest in care and technology in a patient-friendly setting. It has been an important part of Duke Health since 1998 and has served Wake County for more than 35 years, employing more than 2,000 teammembers. The hospital provides 186 inpatient beds and a comprehensive array of services, including the Duke Raleigh Cancer Center, Duke Raleigh Orthopedic and Spine Center, cardiovascular services, neurosciences including the Duke Raleigh Skull Base and Cerebrovascular Center, advanced digestive care, disease management and prevention, wound healing, outpatient imaging, intensive and progressive care, pain clinic, same-day surgery, emergency department and community outreach and education programs. U.S.News & World Report ranked Duke Raleigh Hospital as high performing in orthopaedics and five adult procedures/conditions: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, kidney failure, lung cancer surgery, and stroke. Location: Duke Hospital -Duke Women's Cancer Care Raleigh (This position is a hybrid role, working 1-2 days onsite, 3 days remote)

Work Hours: Standard 8am-5pm Mon-Friday no holidays

Occupational and General Summary The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program offers medical family therapy to individuals, couples and families to help them manage the emotional impact of the cancer on their lives and relationships. This Medical Family Therapist role will support adult cancer patients and their loved ones who are receiving cancer care at the Duke Women's Cancer Care Raleigh location. 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.

Work Performed
  • 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.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Cancer experience preferred but not required
Minimum Qualifications

Education Work requires a Master's degree in Psychology, Counseling or Marriage and FamilyTherapy.

None required beyond education/training requirement.

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications
Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) by the NC Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board. Or Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) by the NC Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board.

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  • Job Reference: 718646560-2
  • Date Posted: 22 September 2022
  • Employer: Duke Health
  • Location: Durham, North Carolina
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Other
  • Job Type: Full Time