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CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST - 324397
Healthcare/ Pharmacies / Hospitals / Medical / Emergency Services
Wage / Salary:
R - Market Related - P/M (Per Month)
Cape Town, Western Cape
10-20 hours per week,Available Immediately
The main purpose of this position is to provide students with clinical, educational and advocacy interventions within a student-centered and professional multidisciplinary primary mental health care service. The psychologist is required to work in accordance with the regulations of their professional board/council (HPCSA) at all times.
The assessment and diagnosis of students presenting with psychological, psychosocial and/or psychiatric problems.
Formulating and implementing an appropriate treatment plan in line with the service needs and policies of the SWS.
Contracting with the student for the suitable psychological therapy, psychosocial counselling and/or making the appropriate referral and follow up.
In the case of a psychiatric emergency, arranging and follow up of admission to an appropriate hospital.
Prepare the appropriate documentation, note taking and correspondence.
Explore the suitability of other treatment options such as long-term individual, couples, family or group interventions.
Assessment and referral for brief term or long term groups and participation in the co-facilitation of group interventions.
Plan, co-ordinate and facilitate therapy and psycho-educational groups.
In conjunction with Student Wellness staff, and within the professional scope of practice, respond to, manage and contain mental health emergencies, including trauma, assault, rape, sexual abuse, panic attacks, psychotic presentations, acute anxiety disorders, para-suicides as they present at Student Wellness Service.
Participate in in-house training programme/workshops run by SWS in order to keep up with new mental health care developments/practice/knowledge (this is separate from CPD requirements which are the responsibility of the incumbent as part of HSPCA registration).
Participate in regular group/peer case discussions within the SWS to ensure that best quality service is being rendered to all your student clients. Ensure participation in private Case Supervision for best practice and alignment with medico-legal and ethical standards.
Maintain registration with, and adhere to practice guidelines and ethical codes as stipulated by, the relevant professional board/council to guide general clinical practice.
Adhere to practice guidelines and protocols relevant to the organization and its community as stipulated by the Student Wellness Service and within the practitioner’s scope of practice.
Mental Health/Psychosocial Education & Promotion
Needs assessment of, and appropriate responses to, specific requests for psychosocial interventions from the organization student body and staff.
Participate in policy work and other activities aimed at development and promotion of mental health of organization community.
Promote mental health/psychosocial education, awareness and related life-skills in line with Student Wellness Service requirements through, inter alia:
Individual consultations with students.
Planning, co-ordination & implementation of activities focusing on the psychosocial development of the student body & campus community, including life skills, mentoring & orientation programmes & workshops/Expo’s.
Preparation of educational materials including posters, pamphlets, website etc
Talks to parents, relevant staff, Radio etc
Consultation, Liaison & Advocacy
Liaison with other members of the SWS team, other divisions within DSA and other relevant units within the university (e.g. DISCHO, HAICU, etc) including assisting with training, and supporting staff with regards to mental health issues.
Consultation/liaison with members of the academic, administrative and residence staff for clinical purposes and in order to build up a support network for present and future students.
Consultation and liaison with other mental health professionals and specialist units as required for clinical purposes within context-specific Student Wellness Service policies, practices and protocols.
Assist and refer appropriately students who have difficulties with, for example, academic performance, housing, nutrition, food/catering, finances, legal aid, health & safety on campus, other resource identification.
Bring issues and problems arising on campus or in students’ lives that negatively affect students’ mental health/wellness to the attention of SWS management in order that systemic solutions can be sought.
Participate in mental health advocacy programmes as required
Contribute to the performance of the Student Wellness team as a whole through:
Assisting colleagues as necessary to ensure as smooth and professional a service to students as possible.
Performing additional administrative tasks that fall within the professional scope of practice as required and negotiated with line manager.
Keep accurate records of all consultations on student client file, on the Management Information System complete referral forms, file test results/reports etc.
Obtain feedback from student clients both on an individual basis and through questionnaires, suggestion-box etc.
Record and submit monthly statistics to management.
Assist and support management of the Student Wellness Service team, through representing the team in other organisations.
Arrange appropriate assessment, documentation and follow-up for academic purposes where leave of absence, exam deferment applications, re-admission applications, extra time for examinations, and extension of time for assignments may be required.
Sit on Readmissions Review Committees, follow-up students who are readmitted and report back to management and the faculties.
Other Projects and Tasks
Participate in or take on the co-ordination of and/or various portfolios or projects that run within the SWS
Drawing up mental health care protocols for specific problems/issues.
Staff training and development initiatives and programmes.
Evaluation research with respect to student need and service pattern surveys; efficacy of psychological therapy studies and lessons for enhanced service delivery planning.
Presenting research/evaluation findings in 1.c. above both internally and externally to professional conferences and/or as articles in professional journals.
Attending professional workshops and conferences in order to network with colleagues and keep abreast of current and new trends in counselling services.
Conducting needs assessment and training of stakeholders or non-professional staff where appropriate.
Supporting the larger campus community around mental health and counselling issues where required and appropriate.
Masters in Clinical Psychology, or equivalent
Registration as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health Council of South Africa as a Clinical Psychologist (HPCSA)
Completed community service
Clinica & counselling skills and experience
Personal accountability & commitment to patient care
Strong interest in and empathic attitude to working with students
Flexibility and adaptability to a variety of presenting problems
teamwork & interpersonal relationship skills