Consilium Staffing Expands Services by Providing Locum Tenens Psychologists

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Consilium Staffing now offers locum tenens services for psychologists. Earlier this year, Consilium established a division to focus exclusively on psychiatrists, but in doing so discovered that the mental health departments with many clients had a need for psychologists as well as psychiatrists. In an effort to provide a more complete locum tenens solution for their clients, Consilium's psychiatry-focused team has expanded into psychology.

"Our Psychiatry team has been focused on continuing to understand Mental Health as a whole and how we can best partner with facilities so they are meeting their patient's needs," said Amy Gentile, Vice President at Consilium. "While in constant contact with our clients and prospective clients, we quickly realized the need to expand and include Psychologists to our Behavioral Health specialties. Making this addition means we can address client needs more comprehensively."

Psychiatrists and psychologists often work closely together within a treatment team, but there are clear differences in their training and role within those treatment teams. Psychologists go through five to seven years of graduate training, earning a PhD or PsyD degree. Psychologists are trained to provide psychotherapy, and are often involved with various types of psychological testing. The exact scope of work of a psychologist can vary widely depending on the level of training and the setting in which he or she is working. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who earn a M.D. degree and complete a residency in psychiatry. While psychiatrists, as medical doctors, are able to prescribe medications, in most states psychologists are not able to do so.

"Psychology plays an important role in mental health treatment team. Just as there is a need for psychiatrists, there is an increasing demand for psychologist's services," said Gentile. "We are excited to add this specialty to our service offering, and have found that our clients are already responding."

The term, "locum tenens" is a Latin phrase that means to "hold the place of." Consilium Staffing assists hospitals, primary care offices, urgent care centers, correctional institutions, and other healthcare facilities, when those facilities are under-staffed by partnering with physicians, nurse practitioners, and/or physician assistants who are able to provide coverage on a temporary or contract basis.