The Emergency Behavioral Health Clinician assesses behavioral and psychological needs of customers in the Emergency Department (ED) to determine level of risk of harm to self, others and/or property and provide immediate referral to appropriate level of care; renders a diagnostic impression in cases related to mental illness and chemical dependency; establishes appropriate safety plan and treatment goals.
Emergency Behavioral Mental Health Clinicians employ a brief, psychotherapy model identifying and proposing solutions to the problem, providing support and sharing stress reduction techniques to assist customer and/or family during times of acute stress and/or decompensation. Providers work in collaboration with ED Physicians, Psychiatrists, RN’s, other mental health professionals and staff in the ED and on the inpatient units to meet the needs of the customer. Services are provided to customers of all ages. Emergency Behavioral Mental Health Clinicians also provide limited case management and discharge planning for customers they have assessed.
- Master’s or Doctoral degree from an accredited college/university required. Degree in Social Work that results in licensure in the independent practice of clinical social work strongly preferred. Degrees that result in licensure of Licensed Psychologist may be considered.
- 3 to 5 years of experience in community mental health with a behavioral medicine focus.
- Experience providing Crisis Intervention services, hospital experience preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of evidence-based psychotherapy techniques and interventions.
- Extensive knowledge of diagnostic criteria.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision to make clinical recommendations to Emergency Department providers, physicians, psychiatrist, detox facility nurses and outpatient providers in regards to immediate safety concerns.
- Ability to exercise mature, individual and ethical clinical judgments.
- Demonstrates superior organizational, problem-solving, interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills.