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#98847 EFT Mental Health Therapist

Extended Review Date: Mon 4/29/2019

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 04/05/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 04/16/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting edge research, and state of the art clinical services. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

The Moores Cancer Center Mental Health program is designed to provide comprehensive evaluation and ongoing care to people who have cancer and require mental health support. Under supervision, this position is also designed to support couples and family members who are struggling through the stressor of cancer and its treatment. The incumbent in this position will specifically focus on patients who are in distress and can benefit from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to help those patients learn to improve their relationships.

Often, clients are dealing with anger, fear, loss of trust, or sense of betrayal in their relationship. EFT has been proven effective for couples who are having trouble coping with their own illness and as a result have developed mental health issues, and those whose preexisting mental health conditions are impacting their ability to engage in treatment.

The incumbent will work under the supervision of a member of the medical staff and medical director of the Psychiatry-Oncology program and ultimately report to the Directors of the Division of Clinical Psychiatry and provide the following: treatment for referred patients who can benefit from EFT; education and liaison to care teams that treat intimate cancers; education to members of the department of Psychiatry on EFT; and collection of clinical and outcome data aimed at assessing the clinical efficacy of EFT treatment in patients with intimate cancers.


  • Master's Degree from an accredited school of social work or related field and two (2) years of post-Master's experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Certified in providing Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) as a treatment modality, training and supervising therapists in the EFT model.

  • Proven ability to consolidate clinical information from a variety of sources into an assessment and treatment planning process.

  • Proficiency using computer word processing to formulate documents, email for communication with other professionals, knowledge of internet to access resources as needed for client care and own professional development.

  • Strong ability to write coherent and timely reports, evaluations and care summaries.

  • Proven working knowledge of DSM-V categories and differential diagnosis.

  • Demonstrated experience in case and resource coordination.

  • Proven experience with formulation of treatment plans to guide treatment.

  • Strong experience intervening in crisis management situations with supervision.

  • Demonstrated experience working with patients undergoing treatment for intimate cancers.

  • Experience performing data collection and analysis for the purpose of demonstrating the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must have a valid CA driver’s license, an acceptable driving record, and reliable transportation.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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UC San Diego School of Medicine
Payroll Title:
PSYCHIATRY/Clinical Services
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Moores Cancer Center
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Appointment Percent:
HX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday


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