Licensed Professional Counselor

Behavioral Health
Fort Worth, Texas
Posted 2 weeks ago

Job description


Job Summary:

  • The Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA),
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW),
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN),
  • Physician Assistant (PA),
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC),
  • Licensed Marriage/Family Therapist (LMFT),
  • Provisionally Licensed Psychologist (PLP)
Will perform, in an integrated Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC) psychosocial diagnostic assessments by conducting interviews of patients and their families /
significant others (if appropriate), contacting outpatients service providers, and investigating histories through contacting prior agencies, schools, court personnel, and other
sources of collateral information in order to identify strengths and problems, and develop an individual treatment plan (ITP) which maximizes patient functioning in their
Please Note: This position is 40 hours per week.

Position Goal

To provide patient behavioral healthcare with utmost customer service, compassion, and integrity in a federally qualified healthcare clinic setting.

Duties/ Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Utilizing a collaborative documentation approach, completes a comprehensive social determinants of health assessment which is maintained in the patient’s electronic health record (EHR) within five days of initial contact with the patient according to established center’s Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) workflow.
  • Coordinates the development of individual service plans (ISP) for patients on caseload. Ensures that the primary care provider team inputs are coordinated with ISP development according to established Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Clinical Management Behavioral Health System (CMBHS) criteria and timelines.
  • Provides clinical case management for cases assigned to ensure timely and effective delivery and management of services identified on the ISP.
  • Provides patients with self-management skills and educational information needed so they can be full participants in their own treatment and recovery.
  • Provides highly skilled clinical social work services to patients and their families, utilizing a wide array of intervention modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, individual, group, and family therapy for the purposes of changing maladaptive behavior, enhancing client capacity to cope with symptoms of mental health challenges and / or substance abuse, completing a relapse prevention plan with patients who are in remission, and improving communication and interactions between the patient and his or her primary support system.
  • Coordinates via a Social Determinates of Health (SDOH) Lens, pre-discharge arrangements and communications with primary care providers, completes oral and written referrals in an accurate and timely manner to aftercare services for community-based services, psychosocial rehabilitation services, specialized outpatient therapy and medication, residential services, substance abuse services, and other agencies as determined by patient need.
  • Provides highly skilled psychoeducation services to patients, their families, and other service providers to increase understanding of mental health challenges, substance abuse, legal factors, and other issues as determined by patient need to enhance patient and family knowledge and utilization of rehabilitation processes and resources.
  • Provides brief, solution focused counseling and intervention for patients who need mental health services.
  • Documents interventions in progress notes, group treatment notes, and patient and family education form according to CMBHS established standards. Utilizes goal orientated focus for interventions and documentation.
  • Maintains knowledge of current developments in statutes, case law, and departmental/agency regulations in the fields of social work, and mental health. Utilizes this knowledge in providing direct services and in collaboration with Center’s primary care providers.
  • Consults with patient and primary care provider about behavioral treatment options and preferences; coordinates initiation of ISP, identifies possible barriers to treatment and supports development of solutions to barriers.
  • Support patient service flow through the maintenance of collaborative processes with various NTACHC staff to enhance the “patient experience”.
  • Monitors patients closely (in-person or by phone) to administer follow up assessments and facilitate engagement in treatment.
  • Works with primary care clinical team and leadership in ensuring patient flow for behavioral health services, including scheduling of patients.
  • Works, where indicated, to effect behavioral changes in patients with, or at risk for, physical disorders and helps them make healthier lifestyle choices.
  • Gives primary care providers timely feedback about the patients ’s care, treatment recommendations, and progress via verbal feedback and documentation in the patients record.
  • Provides social work supervision to assigned graduate students. Assigns, monitors, and evaluates work for assigned social work intern and unlicensed social work staff.
  • Provides leadership in social work department and center wide performance improvement / quality improvement activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Behavioral Health consistent with professional standards, the goals, and objectives of the program and with the clinical practice policies of NTACHC.

Performance Requirements

  1. Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of psychiatric and basic social work practices, including but not limited to, integrative behavioral health, cognitive behavioral and solution focused therapies, collaborative documentation, substance abuse treatment, psychotherapies, psychological, and emotional growth, and development.
       2. Familiarity with the types and applications of emergency medical procedures, such as CPR.
      3. Basic uses of diagnostic procedures employed in social work practice.
      4. Knowledge of motivational interviewing and problem-solving techniques.
      5. Ability to follow and give clear, precise, oral, and written instructions.
      6. Capacity to participate in a multi-disciplinary primary care health care team.
      7. Skilled in preparing, implementing, and monitoring ISP’s.
      8. At least three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience as a clinical social worker after earning a master’s degree in social work. Based on                                             assignment to second-level supervisory positions, at least one year of experience must have been in a supervisory capacity.
     9. A Master’s or higher degree in social work, Licensed Professional of the Healing Arts (LPHA) is required.
    10. Licensure as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA) by the Texas State Board of Social Worker /Professional                                   Counselors Examiners is required.
    11. Based on assignment, travel may be required. Those employees who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s                                    license/insurance or the equivalent from another state.
1) A Doctorate in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, counseling education, or human services may be substituted for the required nonsupervisory experience based on two years of education for one year of experience.
2) No substitution will be permitted for the required supervisory experience. One year of education equals 30 semester hours. Education toward a degree will be prorated based on the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with diverse individuals with medical, behavioral, substance abuse and/or emotional challenges.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency a plus.

Typical Physical Demands:

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions associated with this position.
Because we are committed to inclusion of those with disabilities, reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
associated with their position.
  • Carrying: Transporting an object, usually by hand, arm or shoulder.
  • Lifting: Raising or lowering an object 25-50 pounds.
  • Repetitive Motions: Making frequent movements with a part of the body.
  • Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; those activities where detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.

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