Cooper University Hospital is located in Camden, NJ directly across the river from Philadelphia, PA. We are part of a healthcare system that has over 60 medical offices, clinics and urgent care centers as well as a reputable medical school (CMSRU). We serve the Camden urban area as well as the suburban areas surrounding the city. We are the only Level 1 trauma center in southern NJ serving a population of two million.
The newly developed Compassion and Resiliency Experience (CARE) Program was created as partnership among the Psychiatry Department, the Behavioral Medicine Section and the Human Resources Department. Goals of this program are aligned with improving work-life balance as well as wellness and resiliency of all providers and staff. The program sponsors activities for individual and groups across multiple levels of the health system and interfaces closely with Cooper leadership’s efforts to foster the health of its employees. There will also be opportunity for collaboration with Cooper Medical School at Rowan University (CMSRU) on wellness programming.
Primary Role/ Wellness Program Development (60%)
The Wellness Psychologist will spend 60% time organizing educational programs, leading group activities, providing individual and team consultations, and engaging in resource identification and organization as well as referral for providers, trainees, and staff. A major responsibility is developing and offering interactive psychoeducational as well as skill building sessions on topics such as stress management, wellness, resilience, mindfulness, balancing work and life, team building, and effective communication. Priorities for wellness program development include (1) raising the visibility of clinical and staff anxiety, burnout, depression, stress, and suicide; (2) improving baseline understanding of common challenges to work-life well-being; and (3) advancing evidence-based, multidisciplinary solutions to improve patient care by focusing on caring for the caregiver. The Psychologist will be expected to develop and lead interventions such as reflective sessions and process groups on wellness and to provide professional presentations as requested (staff in-service, Grand Rounds, GME and medical school). They will also be responsible for evaluating these interventions in order to guide future initiatives especially those aimed at promoting resiliency in the face of the COVID pandemic and the challenges it is presenting to the vitality of Cooper providers and staff.
The Wellness Psychologist will work with other members of the CARE Program to assist the development of Peer Support Teams, the Critical Incident Response Team and other initiatives to support provider and staff wellness leaders. They will be expected to develop unique and novel ways to share tenets of work-life balance, professional fulfillment and mindfulness with teams throughout the health system. There are opportunities for the Wellness Psychologist to work in collaboration with administration in Patient Engagement, Organizational Effectiveness, Marketing and Facilities to advance wellness goals at an institutional level. They will also serve as a mental health expert/consultant on various committees to support the health system’s goals for improving mental health and wellbeing of its employees
Clinical Work (40%)
The Wellness Psychologist is expected to devote at least 40% time to clinical work seeing patients in either inpatient or ambulatory services working with medical patients. Clinical work will be directly with patients in an integrated setting to ensure that mental health challenges do not undermine compliance with medical regimen. Strong collaboration and communication with medical teams is needed in this role with goal to reduce re-admissions, reduce number of provider appointments and provide education and skills needed to address somatic challenges that may negatively impact physical well-being.
The Wellness Psychologist must meet the requirements and fulfill teaching duties of an Assistant Professor at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University. They will be expected to present at cooperative programs within CUH (GME, in-service, Psychiatry Grand Rounds and other medical department Grand Rounds), and outside of CUH when requested. They are also expected to participate in weekly group supervision and didactic training of Psychology trainees.
The Wellness Psychologist will be expected to participate in on-going Psychology research, initiate new research projects, work toward procurement of internal and external grant-funding, participate in professional presentations at national conferences and work toward publication of research.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develops meaningful and effective relationships with leadership, Medical Attending Leadership, Nursing, PD’s, and Administrative Leads in all areas. Engages in regular communication with all.
- Program development to ensure educational opportunities on wellness, self-care and burnout are provided.
- Identifies gaps in psychological programming and recommend and implement solutions.
- Support and assist in re-establishing the CIRT program
- Coordinate and assist in planning Monthly Wellness Grand Rounds.
- Provide and implement individual Resiliency sessions to units focused on 15-30 minutes dedicated to mindfulness, sleep hygiene, stress management and variety of other topics in the area of Wellness. Develop and create a schedule as well as obtain direct consultations for these groups.
- Develop original presentations and trainings on Wellness as needed to cover areas such as stress management, self-care and provider wellness to individuals as well as teams.
- Develops original presentations and trainings on wellness for medical and nursing teams, residents and staff as needed to cover areas such as stress management, self-care and provider wellness
- Engage in Health Hero’s Research Initiative collecting data and reaching out to individuals and teams with elevated scores.
- Participate in weekly didactics and group supervision with Psychiatry and Psychology teams, as able
- Participate in on-going Provider well-being research; initiation of new projects, work toward procurement of internal and external grant-funding; participation in professional presentation at national conferences; work toward publication of research
- Represent Cooper locally, regionally, and nationally at conferences-presenting emergency. Work collaboratively with other institutions to share best practices and program strategies. Oversee data collection and maintain database. Submit publications to peer reviewed journals in collaboration with Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine teams
- Provide secondary supervision for Psychology externs, interns and Post-Doctoral Fellows as applicable.
- Clinical Role with direct patient care across various clinics – Provides patient assessment, intervention and psychotherapy, develop treatment plans, collaborate with medical teams and make recommendations as needed
Education, Experience and Special Requirements:
- Psy.D./Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology; Specialization in Clinical, Health or I/O Psychology
- Must be licensed in New Jersey (license eligible will be considered)
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work independently and exercise sound clinical judgment
- Ability to work in cooperation with multidisciplinary medical team
- Strong organizational and management skills