Job Req ID:  113597

Psychiatric Therapist

The Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research is seeking a Psychiatric Therapist to provide protocolized psychotherapy to research participants both on an individual basis in the context of an approved research protocol under the supervision of Principal Investigator, staff physician, and research program manager. 

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Function as clinical facilitator (independently or as primary clinician in a two-person clinical team) to support study participants through clinical research protocols. When working in a two-person team, this may involve supervision of lower-level staff.
  • Provide individual or group counseling to study participants. This may include structured psychotherapy such as brief motivational interviewing, as well as less structured or supportive psychotherapy.
  • Administer clinical assessments including structured clinical interviews (e.g., SCID-5), and other clinician-rated psychometric assessments (GRID-HAMD, C-SSRS, etc.).
  • Monitor, guide, evaluate, and rate various activities of study participants throughout study visits.
  • Assess clinical condition of study participants during sessions and communicate information to BPRU medical staff as needed to address emergent medical and psychological issues.
  • Interact with faculty and staff on research teams, in clinical programs, and with educational outreach initiatives to strategize about their communication needs.
  • Demonstrate effective risk assessment and crisis management.
  • Refer participants to outside resources or agencies when appropriate.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain planning for caseload.
  • Practice acceptable ethical and behavioral standards of conduct, and promote and ensure good clinical practices, ensuring adherence to clinical research protocols.
  • Provide operational support, including scheduling subject visits, confirming availability of necessary facilities, preparation of session room and equipment, compiling necessary forms, providing professional explanations of such matters as orientation procedures, payment procedures, collecting and entering physiological and behavioral data into database, and/or assisting with data management.
  • Serve as back-up for research protocols (other than primary assignment) as needed.
  • Be available by phone the evenings after select study visits in case of urgent participant concerns.
  • Assist with community outreach and recruitment efforts.
  • Assist in developing/maintaining training and educational materials as needed.
  • Participate in peer/group or individual supervision with other clinical staff.

Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Ability to work and provide psychotherapy in a clinical setting with research participants who have a variety of mental health conditions.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to interact effectively within and outside the department.
  • Ability to interact effectively with individuals at all levels and from diverse cultures.
  • Proficient in computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn about the work of the department as well to acquire new technical skills as needed.
  • Excellent organizational skills to work effectively in an environment that requires balancing multiple assignments.

Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications

  • Current Social Work Licensure in State of Maryland - LCSW-C or LCPC preferred and must maintain license throughout duration of employment.
  • Specific Physical Requirements.
  • Able to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods.
  • Able to reach by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
  • Finger dexterity required, able to manipulate objects with fingers rather than entire hand(s) or arm(s), e.g., use of computer keyboard.
  • Communication skills using the spoken word.
  • Ability to see within normal parameters.
  • Ability to hear within normal range.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's Degree in Social Work or Nursing is required. LCSW-C or APRN in the State of Maryland, or Clinical Psychologist license in the State of Maryland for a doctoral level psychologist required.
  • Two years clinical experience in therapy and psychiatry required.
  • Some training in psychodynamic therapy required.
  • Some experience treating both neurotic and personality disordered patients required.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Doctoral Degree in psychology.
  • Two years counseling, psychotherapy, or directly related experience. Related experience in a clinical or research setting.



Classified Title: Psychiatric Therapist 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MC  
Starting Salary Range: $47,500 - $83,300 Annually ($65,000 targeted; Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30-5 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Johns Hopkins Bayview 
Department name: ​​​​​​​PSYCHIATRY CPCR 
Personnel area: School of Medicine 



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