Job Location: Kodiak Community Health Center - Kodiak, AK
Education Level: Graduate Degree
Job Category: Health Care
The Behavioral Health Therapist serves as a key member of the Primary Care Team ensuring that KCHC patients receive appropriate mental, behavioral and emotional support services during and following their primary care clinic visits. Behavioral Health Therapist may assist primary care providers in any of the following ways:
Recognition and treatment of behavioral health disorders;
Site of employment:
- Early detection of “at risk” clients, with the goal of preventing further psychological or physical deterioration;
- Prevention of relapses in chronic health conditions that tend to recur over time;
- Prevention and management of addictions;
- Obtaining quality clinical outcomes with high prevalence behavioral health disorders;
- Management of clients who use medical visits to obtain needed social support;
- Improving the quality of primary care interventions;
- Efficiently referring clients to appropriate behavioral health specialty care when appropriate.
The site of employment may be the main KCHC medical clinic, the KCHC Administrative building or at any other location where KCHC provides services or staff performs work. Staff may work remotely with the permission of their supervisor and the Executive Director.
Essential Job Functions:
As an integral member of the KCHC Healthcare Team, acts as a member of the primary care team in the provision of health services to individuals, their families and/or their communities. Works collaboratively with patients and their caregivers—to the extent preferred by each patient— to accomplish shared goals within and across settings to achieve coordinated, high-quality care. Provides ongoing guidance, support, and education to other members of the KCHC Healthcare Team as it pertains to ensuring effective, quality behavioral health care for KCHC patients and their families.
Essential Job Qualifications:
- Assists primary care providers in recognizing, treating and managing behavioral health and psychosocial issues and acts as a vital member of the primary care team.
- Conducts client intakes, focusing on diagnostic and functional evaluations, and makes recommendations to the primary care provider concerning the clients’ treatment goals and plan
- Provides consultation and training to the primary care providers to enhance their skills and effectiveness in treating behavioral health problems.
- Provides brief, focused intervention for clients who are in need of behavioral health services
- Provides ongoing, chronic counseling to clients who have long-term behavioral health needs.
- Advises the primary care providers about which clients are best served within the primary care setting and which should be referred to specialty behavioral health care facilities.
- Initiates follow-up to ascertain client progress and to determine if changes in treatment plan approaches are indicated.
- Develops relapse prevention plans as indicated and helps clients to achieve and maintain emotional stability.
- Assists in the detection of “at risk” clients and develops plans to prevent deterioration.
- Monitors and coordinates the delivery of behavioral health services for clients as related to behavioral health care, including linking with other treatment providers not only within the primary care setting, but with the client’s permission to other agencies as well.
- Assists clients with community referrals such as public housing, vocational rehabilitation, social support, etc.
- Documents client progress and diagnostic information in the electronic medical record.
- Ensures that all primary care providers are fully informed regarding client’s needs and progress and assists providers in the formulation of treatment plans.
- Assists clients in effecting behavioral changes for any physical and behavioral health disorders and assists them in making healthier lifestyle choices.
- Provides clients with self-management skills and educational information needed so that the client can be a full participant in their own treatment and recovery.
- Provides consultation to clinic providers, management and other team members about available behavioral health services.
- Assists clients to comply with any medical treatment initiated by the primary care provider (i.e. offering strategies to cope with medication side effects).
- Performs other related duties, as assigned, that support the overall mission and vision of Kodiak Community Health Center.
: Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Health Education or other related behavioral health field that will be accepted for licensure as listed below.
: Minimum of one year Behavioral Health counseling required. Minimum of one year in primary care with working knowledge of concepts, practices and theory is strongly preferred.
: Must possess State of Alaska Professional Licensure. Accepted Licensure includes LCSW, LPC, LMFT or LMSW.
Experience/Certification in PTSD, EMDR, Marital Family Counseling
- Ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, with all levels of staff personnel.
- Team-oriented and able to work collaboratively with staff.
- Strong problem-solving and time-management skills.
- Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, medical office environment with frequent interruptions, public contact, and occasional crisis situations.
- Ability to maintain strict confidentiality with sensitive medical information and foster an ethical work environment.
- Ability and willingness to carry out responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
- Demonstrates complete understanding and responds effectively with sensitivity to special populations served by KCHC. Special populations include, but are not limited to, those defined by race, ethnicity, language, age, sex, sexual orientation, economic standing, disability status, migrant, homeless, seasonal workers, and the uninsured.
- Regular attendance and punctuality is expected and required.
- Must be able to read, write, and speak English.