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Counselor-Behavioral Health (LCSW Required - Hybrid work from home & office-based position)

Arnett Physicians
Date Posted
28 June, 2021
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Requisition Number
306577
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Counselor-Behavioral Health (LCSW Required - Hybrid work from home & office-based position)

Job Description

Overview

The Behavioral Health Counselor (BHC) is a core member of the integrated behavioral health care team, along with the patient’s medical provider, psychiatric consultant, and patient. The BHC is responsible for supporting and coordinating the mental and physical health care of patients on an assigned patient caseload. The BHC facilitates ongoing communication with patients’ referring medical provider, as well as any other pertinent treatment providers, to ensure optimum level of care of patients. A BHC effectively engages patients in brief therapeutic interventions while using evidence-based tools to assess progress. The BHC communicates patient progress to the entire care team and adjusts treatment plans in collaboration with all members of the care team. Outside referrals are facilitated by the BHC when patient requires alternate or higher level of care. The BHC is responsible for maintaining data entry to monitor individual treatment progress, as well as overall program effectiveness.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Support the mental and physical health care of patients on an assigned patient caseload. Closely coordinate care with the patient’s medical provider and, when appropriate, other mental health providers.

2. Screen and assess patients for common mental health and substance abuse disorders. Facilitate patient engagement and follow-up care.

3. Provide patient education about common mental health and substance abuse disorders and the available treatment options.

4. Systematically track treatment response and monitor patients (in person or by telephone) for changes in clinical symptoms and treatment side effects or complications.

5. Support psychotropic medication management as prescribed by medical providers, focusing on treatment adherence monitoring, side effects, and effectiveness of treatment.

6. Provide brief behavioral interventions using evidence-based techniques such as behavioral activation, problem-solving treatment, motivational interviewing, or other treatments as appropriate.

7. Provide or facilitate in-clinic or outside referrals to evidence-based psychosocial treatments (e.g. problem-solving treatment or behavioral activation) as clinically indicated.

8. Participate in regularly scheduled (usually weekly) caseload consultation with the psychiatric consultant and communicate resulting treatment recommendations to the patient’s medical provider. Consultations will focus on patients new to the caseload and those who are not improving as expected under the current treatment plan. Case reviews may be conducted by telephone, video, or in person.

9. Track patient follow up and clinical outcomes using a registry. Document in-person and telephone encounters in the registry and use the system to identify and re-engage patients.

10. Document patient progress and treatment recommendations in EHR and other required systems so as to be shared with medical providers, psychiatric consultant, and other treating providers.

11. Facilitate treatment plan changes for patients who are not improving as expected in consultation with the medical provider and the psychiatric consultant and who may need more intensive or more specialized mental health care.

12. Facilitate referrals for clinically indicated services outside of the organization (e.g., social services such as housing assistance, vocational rehabilitation, mental health specialty care, substance abuse treatment).

13. Develop and complete relapse prevention self-management plan with patients who have achieved their treatment goals and are soon to be discharged from the caseload.


 Masters Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related area is required.
• CPI (Non-Violent Crisis Intervention) certification may be required.
• Requires current licensure or license eligibility in the state of Indiana as an HSPP, LMFT, LCSW or LMHC.
• Clinical licensure preferred.
• Requires knowledge of the impact of the disease process and of human behavior to provide psychosocial assessments, short-term therapeutic counseling, and crisis intervention to patients, families and staff.
• Requires knowledge of state and county adult and child protective legal mandates.
• Requires knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span.
• Maintains principles, practices and techniques of crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques.
• Develop and maintain strong working relationships with the community, medical teams, law enforcement, APS/CPS, schools, probation and other agencies as indicated.
• Requires proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word.
• Requires relevant health care, mental health or community-based experience.

 

Safeguarding our patients and each other is an important part of how we deliver the best care possible to the communities we serve. As a condition of employment, IU Health requires all new hires to receive various vaccinations, including the influenza and COVID-19 vaccines, barring an approved exemption. New hires will also be provided the option to submit proof of previous vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccine is not required to begin employment; however, all team members need to be fully vaccinated by September 1, 2021.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at IU Health. IU Health does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, national origin, gender identity and/or expression, marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Qualifications for the Counselor-Behavioral Health (LCSW Required - Hybrid work from home & office-based position) Role

Overview

The Behavioral Health Counselor (BHC) is a core member of the integrated behavioral health care team, along with the patient’s medical provider, psychiatric consultant, and patient. The BHC is responsible for supporting and coordinating the mental and physical health care of patients on an assigned patient caseload. The BHC facilitates ongoing communication with patients’ referring medical provider, as well as any other pertinent treatment providers, to ensure optimum level of care of patients. A BHC effectively engages patients in brief therapeutic interventions while using evidence-based tools to assess progress. The BHC communicates patient progress to the entire care team and adjusts treatment plans in collaboration with all members of the care team. Outside referrals are facilitated by the BHC when patient requires alternate or higher level of care. The BHC is responsible for maintaining data entry to monitor individual treatment progress, as well as overall program effectiveness.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Support the mental and physical health care of patients on an assigned patient caseload. Closely coordinate care with the patient’s medical provider and, when appropriate, other mental health providers.

2. Screen and assess patients for common mental health and substance abuse disorders. Facilitate patient engagement and follow-up care.

3. Provide patient education about common mental health and substance abuse disorders and the available treatment options.

4. Systematically track treatment response and monitor patients (in person or by telephone) for changes in clinical symptoms and treatment side effects or complications.

5. Support psychotropic medication management as prescribed by medical providers, focusing on treatment adherence monitoring, side effects, and effectiveness of treatment.

6. Provide brief behavioral interventions using evidence-based techniques such as behavioral activation, problem-solving treatment, motivational interviewing, or other treatments as appropriate.

7. Provide or facilitate in-clinic or outside referrals to evidence-based psychosocial treatments (e.g. problem-solving treatment or behavioral activation) as clinically indicated.

8. Participate in regularly scheduled (usually weekly) caseload consultation with the psychiatric consultant and communicate resulting treatment recommendations to the patient’s medical provider. Consultations will focus on patients new to the caseload and those who are not improving as expected under the current treatment plan. Case reviews may be conducted by telephone, video, or in person.

9. Track patient follow up and clinical outcomes using a registry. Document in-person and telephone encounters in the registry and use the system to identify and re-engage patients.

10. Document patient progress and treatment recommendations in EHR and other required systems so as to be shared with medical providers, psychiatric consultant, and other treating providers.

11. Facilitate treatment plan changes for patients who are not improving as expected in consultation with the medical provider and the psychiatric consultant and who may need more intensive or more specialized mental health care.

12. Facilitate referrals for clinically indicated services outside of the organization (e.g., social services such as housing assistance, vocational rehabilitation, mental health specialty care, substance abuse treatment).

13. Develop and complete relapse prevention self-management plan with patients who have achieved their treatment goals and are soon to be discharged from the caseload.


  • qualifications__list
     Masters Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related area is required.
  •  CPI (Non-Violent Crisis Intervention) certification may be required.
  •  Requires current licensure or license eligibility in the state of Indiana as an HSPP, LMFT, LCSW or LMHC.
  •  Clinical licensure preferred.
  •  Requires knowledge of the impact of the disease process and of human behavior to provide psychosocial assessments, short-term therapeutic counseling, and crisis intervention to patients, families and staff.
  •  Requires knowledge of state and county adult and child protective legal mandates.
  •  Requires knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span.
  •  Maintains principles, practices and techniques of crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques.
  •  Develop and maintain strong working relationships with the community, medical teams, law enforcement, APS/CPS, schools, probation and other agencies as indicated.
  •  Requires proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Requires relevant health care, mental health or community-based experience.
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Indiana University Health is Indiana’s most comprehensive health system, with 16 hospitals and more than 34,000 team members serving Hoosiers across the state. Our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine gives our team members access to the very latest science and the very best training, advancing care for all. We’re looking for team members who share the things that matter most to us. People who are inspired by challenging and meaningful work for the good of every patient. People who are compassionate and serve with a purpose. People who aspire to excellence every day. People who are always ready to apply themselves.

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