Psychologist - Outpatient in Tacoma/Bonney Lake, WA

Franciscan Medical Group
Facility: Franciscan Medical Group 
Tacoma, WA  
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This job is responsible for coordinating, supporting, and providing evidence based treatment with the assigned clinic(s) and for coordinating referrals to clinically-indicated services outside the clinic.  An incumbent functions as a core member of a Collaborative Care team that is made up of the patient’s primary care provider, a psychiatric consultant, behavioral health specialist and, when available, other providers in the primary care clinic.  An incumbent provide evidence-based treatments or consult with other mental health providers when such treatment is indicated.


Works with treatment team to provide and manage treatment.

·         Functions as the lead therapist and provides clinical oversight for the masters level Behavioral Health Specialist.  Ensures that evidence based practices are provided by treatment team.

·         Supports and closely coordinates mental health care with the patient’s primary care provider and, when appropriate, other healthcare team members.

·         Participates in regularly scheduled (usually weekly) caseload consultation with the psychiatric consultant and communicates resulting treatment recommendations to the patient’s PCP; focuses consultations focus on patients new to treatment or who are not improving as expected.

·         Supports psychotropic medication management prescribed by PCPs, focusing on treatment adherence, side effects and other complications, and effectiveness of treatment.

·         Provides or facilitates in-clinic or outside referrals to treatments as clinically indicated.

·         Monitors patients (in person or by telephone) for changes in clinical symptoms and treatment side effects or complications.

·         Conducts treatment according to established protocols or accepted clinical standards of practice.

Provides effective psychotherapy and brief interventions within scope of practice.

·         Provides brief interventions using evidence-based techniques such as Behavioral Activation, Problem-Solving Treatment, Motivational Interviewing, or other treatments appropriate for primary care settings.

·         Assumes responsibility for patients with more complex needs behavioral health needs.

·         Completes relapse prevention plan with patients who are in remission.

·         Facilitates patient engagement and follow-up in care.


Performs patient assessment/data collection, interprets findings and formulates treatment plans.

·         Reviews medical record/documentation prior to initial evaluation to familiarize self with patient’s history and obtains necessary information to perform a thorough, quality assessment.

·         Screens and assesses patients for common mental health and substance abuse disorders.

·         Selects and administers assessment tools according to standards as established by profession and department.

·         Assesses the clinical status of patients referred by primary care providers through brief consultative contacts.

·         Works with primary care provider to refer cases to mental health specialist’s psychiatrist as appropriate.

·         Assists in the detection of “at risk” patients and development of plans to prevent further psychological or physical deterioration.

Collaborate in the development and implementation of plan of care based on patient needs throughout patient’s course of care.

·         Regularly assesses clinical signs and symptoms to determine effectiveness of treatment, progress of patient towards goals, the need for modifying goals and treatment.

·         Adheres to most recent treatment plan and documented frequency per evaluation/certification or reassessment/recertification.

·         Facilitates treatment plan changes (e.g. changes in medication, psychosocial treatments and/or appropriate referrals for services, etc.) for patients who are not improving as expected in consultation with the PCP and the psychiatric consultant.

Identifies and implements strategies to meet the educational needs of the patient/family/significant others as relates to psychological health and/or substance use. 

·         Teaches patients, and families, prevention, and treatment enhancement techniques for psychosocial/behavioral health issues.

·         Provide patient education about common mental health and substance abuse disorders and available treatment options.

Designs effective curricula for education to address psychosocial/behavioral health issues in primary care and leads effective classes for staff/medical practitioners and other behavioral health providers.

·         Trains and teaches effective behavioral health interventions and the primary behavioral health model to medical practitioners and other behavioral health providers.

Completes all required documentation, in an accurate and thorough manner, in accordance with CHI-FH and/or grant documentation standards.

·         Utilizes documentation that meets the accepted clinical, hospital and departmental standards and chart review criteria.

·         Completes documentation responsibilities in a timely manner according to hospital and departmental criteria.

·         Participates in chart review process and adjusts practices according to feedback as provided.

·         Tracks patient follow-up and clinical outcomes using a registry; documents in-person and telephone encounters in the registry and utilizes the system to identify and re-engage patients.

·         Documents patient progress and treatment recommendations in the registry so they can be easily shared with PCPs, the psychiatric consultant, and other treating providers.

Monitors the site’s behavioral health capabilities, identifying issues related to patient services and makes recommendations for improvement.

Cultural Sensitivity and Competence:  Demonstrates proper use of communication tools/materials for effective communication and understands how the culture(s) of patient populations can affect communication, collaboration and the provision of care, treatment and services.  Patient Population Served:  Demonstrates knowledge and proper skills associated with the department’s defined specific populations served.

Other: Performs related duties as required.


STANDARD PRECAUTIONS STATEMENT:  Uses Standard Precautions including personal protective equipment for anticipated contact with blood or other potentially infection materials.

SPECIFIC POPULATION:  Demonstrates competency in adjusting the delivery of care and/or clinical technique appropriate to address the age specific needs of the patient.  Demonstrates competency in adjusting interactions appropriately to meet the specific needs of the customer.


Customer Service:  Willingness to help customers in a professional manner.  Responds to people and issues promptly and appropriately in order to resolve problems, issues and conflicts.  Demonstrates that helping is our business through good service behaviors, especially a genuine willingness to assist.  Uses AIDET approach.

Communication:  Communicates effectively in both oral/written form using clear and truthful messages;  Fully shares information and expresses ideas, opinions and reactions constructively.  Seeks feedback and gives others constructive feedback.

Time Management:  Is dependable and meets attendance/tardiness standards and policy.  Properly notifies supervisor of absence or expected tardiness.  Organizes work well and uses time effectively.

Professionalism:  Takes responsibility and holds oneself accountable, meets commitments and deadlines.  Acts promptly and makes appropriate decisions within the scope of the work assignment.  Considers the impact of decisions and actions on the patients, employees and the environment.  Behaves in a professional, collaborative, and supportive manner.

Adaptability:  Willingly accepts and adapts to changes in routine, schedule or assignment.  Looks for solutions when problems are encountered.

Reverence & Compassion:  Awe, respect and love—the essence of the FMG ministry & Caring deeply for all people, especially for the poor.  Treats all members of the community with respect.  Listens, shows empathy for other people's feelings and points of view.  Contributes positively to the healing environment and mission of FHS/FMG and CHI.

Integrity:  Trust, honesty, wholeness, commitment.  Behaves ethically, including avoiding any conflict of interest. Cares for all resources as if they were his/her own.  Maintains the confidentiality and privacy of patients, co-workers and the organization.

Excellence:  Innovation, quality, collaboration and stewardship.  Encourages and supports innovative ideas that promote resource management and generation of new resources.  Maintains a high level of competence and continues to grow in skill.  Supports quality performance by others through frequent encouragement and recognition of contributions and efforts.

Education/ Work Experience:

Psychologist (PhD/PsyD) and two years of related work experience that would demonstrate attainment of the requisite job knowledge/abilities.  

One (1) year of work experience as a member of an interdisciplinary team is preferred.


Current Washington State licensure as:

·         If hired with the following associate licensure, must obtain full licensure within three years of date of hire in the position:

·            Licensed Psychologist

Job Knowledge/Abilities:

·         Knowledge of the principles, standards, practices and tools relating to behavioral medicine, including evidence-based treatments for medical and mental health conditions.

·         Knowledge of the principles, standards and practices relating to psycho-pharmacology for common mental health disorders appropriate within scope of practice of the practitioner.

·         Knowledge of differential diagnoses and evidence-based psychosocial treatments for common mental health and/or substance abuse disorders as appropriate.

·         Knowledge of community services and resources, and referral network(s) applicable to activities within designated scope of responsibility.

·         Knowledge of medical and psychiatric terminology sufficient to prepare accurate documentation and communicate effectively with patients, families and other team members.

·         Ability to make quick and accurate clinical assessments of mental and behavioral conditions, and to demonstrate expertise in screening for common mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.

·         Ability to demonstrate knowledge of brief structured intervention techniques (e.g. motivational interviewing, behavioral activation etc.) sufficient to perform the duties of the position.

·         Ability and comfort in working with primary care medical providers using a consultative style.

·         Ability to work through brief patient contacts, including via telephone and teleconferencing; and to engage patients in a therapeutic relationship as appropriate.

·         Ability to design and implement clinical pathways and protocols for treatment of selected mental and behavioral conditions.

·         Ability to design effective psycho-education curricula and lead effective psycho-education classes.

·         Ability to train and teach effective behavioral health interventions and the primary behavioral health model to medical practitioners and other behavioral health providers as needed or requested

·         Ability to work effectively as a team, interfacing with patients, primary care providers, consulting psychiatrist and mental health specialists, as well as with administrative and support staff.

·         Ability to exercise balanced judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions, and to handle difficult or confrontational situations in a calm, consistent, and equitable manner.

·         Ability to demonstrate expertise in assessment and treatment planning for common mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.

·         Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

·         Ability to read, understand and communicate in English sufficient to perform the duties of the position.

·         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as required by the duties of the position, including coaching and persuading patients to follow effective self-management practices and techniques.

·         Ability to use office equipment and automated systems/applications/software at an acceptable level of proficiency.

Physical/Mental Requirements:

See attached Physical/Functional Job Requirements

Working and Environmental Conditions:

See attached Physical/Functional Job Requirements

About CHI Franciscan:

CHI Franciscan has exciting and rewarding careers with competitive salaries and benefits. ,,,, We are a family of hospitals, health care services, and medical providers delivering compassionate care to people throughout the South Puget Sound. We are part of Common Spirit Health, one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the country.
Our mission is to deliver high quality care that meets our patients' medical needs while providing emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. We believe this three-part approach — physical, emotional, and spiritual — is essential to healing the whole person. Come join our team!

At CHI Franciscan, we provide high-quality care that meets our patients' medical needs while providing emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. We believe this three-part approach – physical, emotional and spiritual – is essential to healing the whole person. More than 12,000 employees unite under this patient-focused mission.

Working at CHI Franciscan also provides you a bounty of opportunities to advance your career. We are part of Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation's largest not-for-profit health care systems. Our locations include St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Highline Medical Center in Burien, Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton and Silverdale, and Regional Hospital in Burien.

Equal Opportunity Employment Consistent with our Core Values, Catholic Health Initiatives employers are EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled Employers. Qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic.

Community Information

CHI Franciscan is based in the Pacific Northwest at the heart of the stunningly beautiful Puget Sound region of Washington. Our main support offices are located in Tacoma, with clinics and hospitals in King, Kitsap and Pierce counties. Here we enjoy mild weather and stunning views of Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains. The Puget Sound communities offer award-winning arts, cultural, and sporting events with national recognition. A region of economic and cultural diversity, The Puget Sound is a great place to work, play and raise a family.

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Phone: 253-779-6239
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