La Clinica del Pueblo is searching for a Primary Care Mental Health Therapist to deliver brief services to patients and primary care providers using an integrated care model. The Mental Health Therapist will be responsible for providing support to medical providers and patients, collaborating closely with the Patient Services and Mental Health Departments, and conducting screenings, brief assessments and diagnostic consultations, medication adherence, education and crisis interventions as well as short-term brief therapy and referrals to other needed mental health services.
The MH Therapist II must be able to function in a fast-paced bilingual primary care environment. Qualified candidates must:
- Have a Master's Degree in Social Work, Counseling or Psychology from accredited university
- Be licensed at the LICSW/LPC level in DC;
- Be fluent in Spanish and English;
- Minimum 2 years experience providing individual, family and/or group therapy to Latino population;
- Be able to multi-task within a fast-paced environment serving patients that have complex social, psychological and medical needs;
- Function well as a team player within the medical team, collaborating with medical assistants, providers and other staff members within the Patient Services and MH/SA Department.
- Have basic knowledge of evidence-based behavioral assessments and interventions relevant to medical conditions, e.g., disease management; treatment adherence; and lifestyle change; ability to make quick and accurate clinical assessments and initial diagnosis;
- Be flexible and positive when dealing with frequent interruptions, scheduling changes and space sharing in collaboration with medical team members, including providers, MA's and reception;
- Have experience providing behavioral-focused and solution-focused interventions (usually lasting 20 minutes or less) within a short-term framework of three to five sessions or less.
- Be a good team player
- Be able to perform consultations and give provider feedback on the fly
- Proficiency in the identification and treatment of mental disorders;
- Be competent in knowledge of local resources for outside referrals;
- Be able to document in electronic medical record
- Assists the primary care provider in recognizing, treating, and managing mental health and psychosocial issues and acts as a contributing member to the primary care team;
- Assists in the detection of at-risk clients and in the development of plans to maintain stable functioning and prevent worsening of their condition; keeps the primary care providers fully informed of the clients' needs and progress and works with providers to formulate treatment plans;
- Provides consultation and training to the primary care providers to enhance their skill and effectiveness in treating mental health problems;
- Conducts identified screenings with all new patients, working with MA's and PCP's in initial intake.
- Conducts initial brief assessment with all new HIV patients to determine emotional and physical needs.
- Conducts interviews to complete end-of-life directives for all identified patients
- Works, where indicated, to effect behavioral changes in clients with, or at risk for, physical disorders and helps them make healthier lifestyle choices; Provides brief, focused interventions lasting approximately 20 minutes within a short-term framework of 3 – 5 sessions or less.
- Provides clients with self-management skills and educational information needed so they can be full participants in their own treatment and recovery;
- Helps the clients, where indicated, to cope with chronic conditions like pain and diabetes; assists the clients in complying with any medical treatment initiated by the primary care provider, such as offering strategies to cope with medication side effects.
- Conducts crisis interventions and manages emergency situations identified by medical providers.
- Gives primary care providers timely feedback of the clients' care, treatment recommendations and progress via documentation in the client record and verbal feedback;
- Makes referrals to in-house social services or external resources for appropriate mental health services in the DC Metropolitan area.
- Participates in weekly peer review meetings led by Mental Health Department
- Follows departmental protocol for clinical documentation, as well as tracking of appointments in EMR system.
- Meets regularly with supervisor to report and review work plan
- Perform other duties as assigned
How to apply
Application Procedure: Applicants should include their name, position they are applying for in the subject line of the advertisement
Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to:
2831 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20009, US