Psychiatric Therapist

Baltimore, MD

We are seeking a Psychiatric Therapist  who provides protocolized psychotherapy to research participants both on an individual basis in the context of an approved research protocol at the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research (CPCR). Under supervision of Principal Investigator, staff physician, and research program manager, this role will evaluate research participants to ensure that they meet study inclusion/exclusion criteria and provide administrative support and clinical supervision of lower level staff.


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, including building relationships with organizations and members of communities that are currently underrepresented in the CPCR’s research.
  • Assist in developing/maintaining training and educational materials as needed.
  • Participate in peer/group or individual supervision with other clinical staff.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Mental Health or a related discipline required.
  • Licensure as a mental health professional in Maryland (e.g. LCSW-C, LCPC, Psychologist) and must maintain license throughout duration of employment.


Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date. 


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:

  • Licensure as a mental health professional in Maryland (e.g. LCSW-C, LCPC, Psychologist) and must maintain license throughout duration of employment.


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.


Classified Title: Psychiatric Therapist

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MC 

Starting Salary Range: $45,650 - $62,850 annually (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Full Time 

Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30am-5:00pm 

Exempt Status: Exempt 

Location: Johns Hopkins Bayview 

Department name: SOM Psy Bay Behavioral Pharm Rserch Unit 

Personnel area: School of Medicine


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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