Clinician II, Eating Disorders (OP/IOP/PHP) - UTHealth Houston Behavioral Sciences Campus

Houston, TX

Clinician II, Eating Disorders (OP/IOP/PHP) - UTHealth Houston Behavioral Sciences Campus

Location: Houston, Texas


Category: Clinical Professionals

UTHealth Houston Behavioral Sciences Campus

Requisition #: 240000AS

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

The UTHealth Center for Eating Disorders is a multi-level of care eating disorder treatment program, affiliated with McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston). Our center is a collaboration between the Louis A. Faillace, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Adolescent Medicine. Located at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center at UTHealth Houston , our interdisciplinary team of psychologists, therapists, medical providers, and registered dieticians, will comprehensively provide evidence-based psychological treatments, medical monitoring, medication management, and dietary support to adolescents and adults with eating disorders across our Outpatient , Intensive Outpatient , and Partial Hospitalization Programs .

As a part of the UTHealth Houston Behavioral Sciences Campus , we operate out of the largest academic psychiatric hospital in the country. Located within the Texas Medical Center , we are uniquely situated to provide collaborative, interdisciplinary care for patients, and training for students, across departments and institutions. The UTHealth Center for Eating Disorders ’ mission is four-fold:

  1. Clinical: We aim to provide the Greater Houston community with the highest quality, accessible, cost-effective, research-supported treatment that our field has to offer.

  2. Research : We seek to engage in innovative research aimed at enhancing our understanding and treatment of eating disorders across the lifespan.

  3. Education : Our goal is to provide students and trainees across disciplines of behavioral sciences, psychiatry, adolescent medicine, internal medicine, and nutrition, with expert-led education and training opportunities in the provision of eating disorder-specific services.

  4. Community : Through our community outreach efforts, we offer didactics on eating disorders screening, assessment, prevention, psychoeducation, and treatment to community providers, parents, and families, as well as middle and high school students, teachers, and counselors.

Position Summary:

The UTHealth Center for Eating Disorders is seeking two full-time, licensed mental health professionals (LPC, LCSW, LMSW) to provide clinical services across our Outpatient (OP), Intensive Outpatient (IOP), and Partial Hospitalization (PHP) Programs . Clinical responsibilities will include conducting comprehensive initial assessments, treatment planning, and therapy (individual, family, and group) for adolescents (12-17) and adults (18+) with eating disorders.

Through our insurance-based, Outpatient Eating Disorders Clinic , candidates would offer traditional, evidence-based, outpatient therapy for adolescents and adults with anorexia nervosa, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), bulimia nervosa, and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED), with and without comorbid anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Applicants chosen would adherently provide Maudsley Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Enhanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT-E), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ARFID (CBT-AR), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Those with interest in expanding outpatient services to include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) would be enthusiastically welcomed to do so. All clinicians are expected to dedicate at least 0.2 FTE each week to the provision of outpatient services, with additional opportunities for internal moonlighting for those that desire supplemental income.

Through our Adolescent Eating Disorders PHP/IOP, we use a stepped-care approach to the treatment of adolescents with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and OSFED. If families and their loved ones are struggling to improve at our outpatient level of care, or are simply in need of more support, our stepped-care approach to treatment allows us to seamlessly provide patients with the same therapy at higher levels of care, while systematically integrating additional evidence-based treatments that are shown to be effective in addressing their eating concerns.

Our IOP is soundly rooted in FBT, CBT-E, and ERP , while our PHP expands on this model to offers additional biotemperament-based tracks of DBT and RO DBT. All clinicians are expected to dedicate at least 0.8 FTE each week to the provision of PHP/IOP services. Program hours are 7am-3pm.

Additional responsibilities include the opportunity to: supervise practicum students/ interns; co-present didactics to trainees across disciplines of psychology, social work, counseling, nutrition, psychiatry, and adolescent medicine; engage in presentations geared towards the local community; attend regular interdisciplinary consultation team meetings; and meet individually for regular case consultation with the program director, Zachary Appenzeller, Psy.D.

Applicants must demonstrate strong evidence of training and interest in evidence-based treatments for eating disorders , and common comorbid psychopathology ( anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), subtance use disorders, borderline personality disorder (BPD), and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) . Applicants with prior training and experience providing FBT, CBT-E, CBT-AR, ERP, DBT, and RO DBT are strongly preferred. However, applicants with less training or experience that are eager to learn will be provided with significant opportunities for mentorship and training across all evidence-based treatments offered at our center.

Location: UTHealth Houston Behavioral Sciences Campus

Dept.: BSC Programming

Status: Full-Time

FLSA: Exempt

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Provides indirect services to patients. Acts as an advocate for the patient/family with the treatment team.

  2. Provides direct services to patients including: biopsychosocial/psychosocial assessment, and treatment that includes: individual, group and family therapy, crisis intervention and treatment planning.

  3. Provides oversight of patient’s care, progress in treatment, and progress; this is accomplished through feedback to and from the patient, significant others, the treatment team, and community resources.

  4. Works with a multidisciplinary treatment team to develop an individualized treatment. Works closely with physicians in identifying diagnoses to assist in the treatment process. Develops a treatment plan that will support patient’s ongoing recovery and development.

  5. Assesses the psychosocial functioning of patients throughout the treatment program; conducts interviews with patients and significant others to determine assets as well as challenges to optimal patient functioning both while in the program.

  6. Establishes and maintains relationships with community resources to assist with patient’s medical needs for on-going treatment, residence, financial support, transportation, education, and vocational rehabilitation.

  7. Refers patients and family to community resources.

  8. Applies for court ordered mental health services for patients unable or unwilling to consent to treatment deemed necessary to protect the life of the patient or others. Presents to the Probate Court, both in writing and in oral testimony, reports of the specific patients behaviors prompting the request for involuntary admissions for services.

  9. Provides training to staff and supervision of students and incumbents in the Clinician I position.

  10. Provides consultation within department regarding subject matter expertise.

  11. Other duties as assigned.


Current license from the Texas Board of Social Work Examiners to practice as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Minimum Education:

Master’s degree in a behavioral science.

Minimum Experience:

Two years of experience in a mental health setting.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Veteran Information:

Military occupations that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include but are not limited to: 0925, 46N1D, 46N1E, 46N1F, 46N1G, 46N1J, 46N1R, 46N3D, 46N3E, 46N3F, 46N3G, 46N3,46N3J, 46N3R, 46N4D, 46N4E, 46N4F, 46N4G, 46N4J, 46N4R, 46NXD, 46NXE, 46NXF, 46NXG, 46NXJ, 46NXR, 46NX.

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Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.