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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician's Assistant (PA) Needed at Trauma-Informed Nonprofit

A Values-Driven, Patient-Centered Opportunity for a Caring Provider

JOB DESCRIPTION

La Cheim Behavioral Health Services (La Cheim BHS) is seeking a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician’s Assistant (PA) with expertise in mental health -- including assessment, diagnosis, and medication management for adults with severe mental illnesses.

 

The part-time position (8-16 hours a week) takes place at a thriving, patient-centered Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) mental health center near downtown Oakland, CA. We treat a wide variety of mental health conditions in these day treatment programs for adults -- always striving for a tone of understanding and patient empowerment.  Patients receive a comprehensive array of services including assessment, medication management, individual therapy, group therapy, and aftercare planning, within a trauma-informed, strengths-based, compassionate brief therapy framework. 

 

The position offers an opportunity to work as part of a passionate, values-driven, diverse treatment team that includes an MD medical director, PNPs, PAs as well as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs), Clinical Psychologists, supervised post-graduate Clinical Associates, and Peer Specialists.  Clinical perspectives and trainings include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), as well as trauma-focused approaches (recently, the work of Peter Levine and Judith Herman). 

 

Daytime hours, 9-5 Monday to Friday, somewhat flexible. 

Please note: at this time La Cheim BHS is providing 100% telehealth services, but all job applcants must also be willing and able to provide on-site services when/if La Cheim reopens on-site.

 

Requirements:

  • Comfortable working with adults with diagnoses of severe mental illness

  • Excellent organization, problem solving, communication, presentation and decision making skills

  • Able to work independently or under appropriate supervision within California laws 

  • Able to work as responsible member of a collaborative treatment team

  • Understands and can work within a trauma-informed, strengths-based, brief therapy model 

  • Responds to needs for case triage by severity when applicable

  • Strong boundary setting and time management skills to ensure that complex cases can be adequately serviced within the time allotted.

  • Ability to perform the following patient assessments: patient comprehensive screening and assessment; suicide/self-harm risk; health and physicals; patient medication assessment.

  • Commitment to timely, clear documentation, highlighting medical necessity for treatment

  • Diplomacy and effectiveness in collaborating with outpatient psychiatric providers

Qualifications:

  • Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner License from the State of California

  • Valid California Driver’s License and Automotive Insurance

  • Criminal Record Clearance

  • Medical and TB Clearance

Physical Requirements

The following is the extent of the specific activity required for this position:

  • Sitting – up to 2 hours, not continuously; standing – up to 4 hours, not continuously 

  • Walking – up to 2 hours, not continuously; bending over – up to 1 hour, not continuously

  • Crawling – up to 0 hours; climbing – up to 0 hours, reaching overhead – up to a few minutes

  • Crouching – up to ½ hour, not continuously; kneeling – up to a few minutes

  • Balancing – up to 0 hours; pushing or pulling – up to a few minutes

  • Lifting or carrying – 25 pounds or less; repetitive use of feet – up to 0 hours

  • Repetitive use of hands – up to 3 hours; 

  • Use of feet/standing – up to 6 hours;

  • Grasping – with one or both, simple and firm, for up to 1 hour, not continuously

  • Fine dexterity - either hand up to 1 hour, not continuously Auditory and visual acuity – 8 hours within normal limits and may be with glasses, contact lenses or hearing aids

  • Exposure to normal dust, heat, and noise

  • Frequent exposure to office equipment

 

Equal Opportunity Employer

La Cheim School, Inc. is committed to diversity in its programming and in creating a staff reflective of the populations of the San Francisco Bay Area. We encourage and actively recruit applicants representing diversity of color, age, sex, race, religion, national origin, physical ability, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

 

Questions?

Need more information?  Please email Brad Falconer, PsyD at brad@lacheim.org

ABOUT OUR PSYCHIATRIC TEAM

Adam Nelson, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Nelson received his Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was also inducted into the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, and his Medical Degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine on full scholarship from the U.S Air Force. He then went on to complete his internship and residency in Psychiatry at Albert Einstein -- Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Hillside Hospital, one of the leading institutions in teaching both psychoanalytic practice and psycho-pharmacology. Dr. Nelson has been practicing psychiatry for nearly 25 years. 

Lorna Hall, PA

Lorna is a physician assistant on La Cheim's psychiatric team.

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Suzy Lozier, PA

Suzy is a psychiatric physician assistant. She received a BA from Brown University and a Master of Medical Science degree from Yale University School of Medicine. She worked in Family Practice and Women's Medicine for seven years before joining a Psychiatric practice where she specialized in treating children and adolescents. In 2016 she started the Telepsychiatry Program at Action Urgent Care. She moved with her daughter from the Yosemite Area to Oakland and has been treating patients at La Cheim since December of 2018.

Miriam Lundy, NP

Miriam is a psychiatric nurse practitioner.  She studied biology at UC Berkeley and did psychiatric research at McLean Hospital in Boston before completing her master's degree at Yale University in 2010.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, climbing, and spending time with her family.

Dmitriy Reznik, PA

Dmitriy is a physician assistant on La Cheim's psychiatric team.

Short biographies are also available for the rest of our clinical team.

ABOUT OUR PARTIAL HOSPITALIZATION PROGRAM (PHP) / INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM (IOP)

La Cheim's Valfer Life Renewal Program provides a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adults. To learn more, check out our clinical staff, our client testimonials, and an overview of a day in our PHP/IOP.

 

We specialize in treating clients with depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, unresolved issues of grief and loss, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), and thought disorders. We also address issues associated with chemical dependency, recovery and relapse prevention.

We are currently focusing on becoming even more trauma-informed and recently hosted a training given by noted trauma expert Peter A. Levine, PhD.

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