JOB TITLE & CODE:
Clinical Therapist-Outpatient (81387)
Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry
Assess and treat individuals with mental illnesses or substance abuse problems. Such services include: individual and group therapy, outreach, crisis intervention, social rehabilitation, and teaching skills for everyday living for patients of all ages, (children, adolescents, adult and geriatric issues) in a behavioral health environment.
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, AND/OR LICENSURE:
Master’s Degree in related field.
Licensing or certification at the following levels:
Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW), OR
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), OR
LPC or Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC), OR
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
NOTE: Non-independently licensed therapists must obtain their independent licensure within 3 years of employment.
CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The statements described here are intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities and duties. Other duties may be assigned.
Provide psychosocial assessments of patients and families to identify emotional, social, and environmental strengths and problems related to their diagnosis, illness, treatment, and/or life situation.
Formulate, develop, and implement a comprehensive psychosocial treatment plan utilizing appropriate clinical social work treatments and interventions. Interventions may include crisis intervention, brief and long-term individual, marital, family and/or group therapies as well as grief and bereavement work.
Screen, identify, diagnose, treat and manage mental health and/or substance abuse problems in patients and family members. Provide training to other health care professionals in same. May perform these functions independently or as part of a team.
Assist with screening, identification, diagnosis, management and treatment of victims of abuse, neglect, domestic violence, rape, etc. Provide training to other health care professionals in same. May participate in on-call or after hours coverage. Provide consultative services to health care team members within scope of care definitions as needed. Maintain a working knowledge of relevant medical/legal issues that impact on patient care, e.g., advance directives, child and elder abuse.
Provide education to patients and families around issues related to adaptation to the patient's diagnosis, illness, treatment and/or life situation.
Participate in multi-disciplinary health care teams and provide leadership in representing clinical social work perspective/liaison with patient and family.
Provide teaching and training for students, staff, and faculty from social work and other disciplines. Contribute to the academic mission of the medical center and health system by participating in academic activities such as committees, conferences, publications, teaching and research.
Maintain working knowledge of and liaison with community agencies and resources.
Knowledge of hospital, medical center and/or health system resources to access and provide for patient care needs.
Document assessment, plan, interactions, and interventions according to departmental, hospital and/or health system guidelines and standards.
Attend and participate in staff, committee, department, and other administrative meetings.
Keep current with social work and health care developments and seek to increase further enhancement of job related knowledge.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work with difficult or challenging clients of various ages and demographics.
Work performed requires prolonged periods of sitting.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Normal clinical office environment in a behavioral health clinical setting.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ability to work effectively and autonomously in a self-directed role.
Highly collaborative with strong interpersonal and team building skills.
Ability to prioritize multiple work assignments and manage time efficiently.
Flexibility in accepting diverse work assignments and managing stress related to change.
Requires understanding of human development and behavior.
Must have an appreciation for the effects of various social, economic and cultural factors, and an understanding of how these factors interact.
Date Reviewed/Revised: March 2017