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UnitedHealth Group Oncology Psychologist - OptumCare Cancer Care - Las Vegas, NV in Henderson, Nevada

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OptumCare Cancer Care of Nevada is committed to offering patients compassion, innovation, and high quality care. The group is headquartered in the greater Las Vegas, NV area.

The Oncology Psychologist will fulfill a number of duties, encompassed under the scope of psychological practice, to enhance the cancer patient’s experience, and to strengthen the goals of the Cancer Patient Support Services program. They will work closely with the psychosocial oncology team (psychiatrists, LCSWs, and chaplains) and oncologists to enhance the quality of life and health outcomes of cancer patients and their caregivers by addressing their emotional, psychological, cognitive and social needs. The psychologist will conduct psychological assessments, provide individual and group counseling, and provide consultation and treatment of psychiatric disorders and emotional conditions in patients with cancer. They act as a patient/family advocate in negotiating the healthcare system, and facilitate team support of identified cancer patient and family needs through ongoing communication with multi-disciplinary OptumCare Cancer Care physicians and providers. Demonstrates knowledge of age-specific differences in the cancer patient population, including adulthood, middle age, and the elderly. This includes physiological, psychological, and developmental differences unique to each group. The psychologist will fulfill a number of duties, encompassed under the scope of psychological practice, to enhance the patient's experience, and to strengthen the goals of the overall cancer program.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Performsand documents a comprehensive psychosocial assessment sensitive to thecultural and age-appropriate needs of the patient and family

  • Providesrecommendations for treatment and/or referral

  • Providesbrief counseling and crisis intervention for patients, families andsupport systems

  • Providesand documents psychosocial and mental status assessments withrecommendations for treatment and/or referral

  • Supportsand contributes to the maintenance of positive inter-agency collaborationand networking via meetings, phone calls, correspondence and in-servicepresentation

  • Coordinateswith physician offices and other referral resources as appropriate

  • Providescare appropriate to the patient population

  • Utilizethe NCI Distress Thermometer as a tool to monitor psycho-social well-beingin patients

Required Qualifications:

  • Valid/current State of Nevada Psychologist license

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology or PsyD from an APA-accredited university doctoral program required

  • 5 years’ experience working as a Clinical Psychologist required

  • Demonstrated clinical experience in individual and family counseling and crisis intervention

  • Excellent skills in individual and family counseling and crisis intervention

  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, effective written and oral communication, diplomacy, organizational skills

  • Self-directed, and creative in problem solving

  • Ability to work collaboratively, as well as independently

  • Participates as a member of the OCCC Cancer Committee and the OCRC Research Committee

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working with Oncology patients, within an outpatient Oncology program

  • 5 years psycho-oncology experience preferred

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Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug - free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

Job Keywords: PhD, Clinical Psychology, PsyD, Oncology Psychologist, Psychosocial Assessment, Family counseling, Crisis Intervention, OCCC Cancer Committee OCRC Research, Committee, Las Vegas NV