Instructor- Program for Early Assessment Care & Study (PEACS)

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University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry

Program for Early Assessment, Care, and Study / PEACS


The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.


The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, one of four campuses in the University of Colorado System, is the major academic medical center in the Rocky Mountain region. The Anschutz Medical Campus is home to the University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado and a new Veterans Affairs Hospital, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive biomedical research and clinical care centers in the western United States. With world-class health sciences research, educational and clinical facilities, the CU School of Medicine has established distinctive and highly productive programs, receiving research awards of more than $350 million per year, including more than $200 million from National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. The School's total annual clinical and research revenue exceeds $1.2 billion per year.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry has just welcomed their new Department Chair, C. Neill Epperson, MD and is in the process of growing the Department of Psychiatry with new programs and expanding existing programs.

This clinician will join a new early psychosis program (Program for Early Assessment, Care, and Study / PEACS), within the Colorado University – Anschutz Medical Campus Department of Psychiatry. PEACS is a specialized clinical and research program focusing on young people ages 12-30 who are experiencing new or worsening symptoms that may be warning signs for developing a psychotic disorder (clinical high risk for psychosis / CHR-P). As the program develops, PEACS will include a multidisciplinary team of providers and trainees from several disciplines coordinating to provide specialized CHR-P care, and will be connected with CHR-P research studies.

The clinician will receive training and supervision to conduct specialized, evidence-based early psychosis referral screening, assessment, and treatment (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis/CBT-P, acceptance and commitment therapy/ACT, and family focused treatment/FFT). Additional educational opportunities in the emerging science of early intervention for psychosis will be available. The clinician will provide clinical services, including comprehensive clinical assessments and consultations, as well as individual, family, and potentially group psychotherapy to young people experiencing CHR-P and their families. This position uniquely combines clinical and research work and would be an excellent opportunity for someone who is interested in gaining specialized expertise in early intervention for psychosis. PEACS is a new and developing program, so this role would be the best fit for a clinician who would enjoy learning about and participating in program development, and who is adaptable to some related unpredictability in work tasks and program needs (i.e., some of the roles listed below may be influenced by program development factors and current pandemic-related constraints).

Duties and Responsibilities:

Clinical Roles and Responsibilities May Include:

  1. Collect information about new PEACS referrals
  2. Complete specialized training and ongoing supervision to conduct the Structured Interview for Psychosis Risk Syndromes (SIPS), and the Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM-5 (SCID), and other clinic and research assessments as relevant
  3. Conduct CHR-P-P specialized intakes and consultations; provide feedback and psychoeducation to youth, families, and community providers
  4. Provide CHR-P specialized individual and family treatment to a caseload of young people and families
  5. Outreach and case management with young people and clients
  6. Coordinate care with other members of the PEACS team and with external providers as clinically relevant (e.g., inpatient providers, schools, etc.)
  7. Contribute to training with local providers, as well as undergraduate and graduate trainees
  8. Participate in available early psychosis learning opportunities
Research Roles and Responsibilities May Include:

  1. Conduct evidence-based assessments for any CHR-P funded research studies
  2. Maintain detail-oriented, accurate research assessment documentation
  3. Learn about PEACS databases and procedures
  4. Join discussions about internal and external early psychosis research collaborations
  5. Learn about and assist with pieces of new early psychosis grant applications
Program Development Roles and Responsibilities May Include:

  1. Assist with building a relevant network for referrals, research, and shared learning
  2. Contribute to program website content design and management
  3. Observe and lead early psychosis outreach, training, and consultation
Salary and Benefits:Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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 The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

QualificationsMinimum Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree
  2. Licensed LMHC or LCSW in Colorado or able to be licensed in Colorado
  3. At least 2 years of relevant experience with youth with mental health difficulties, which may include psychotic symptoms
Preferred Qualifications

  1. Multilingual (e.g., Spanish)
  2. Clinical specialization or expertise in evidence-based treatment for any of the following presenting concerns would be valued: depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, and substance use
  3. Completed academic/research presentations or publications
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the timeof hire.  

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Sep 4, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 9/9/2020
Application Due: 11/8/2020
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