Community Health Team Behavioral Health Consultant - Women's Health Initiative - Porter Medical Group UVM
Medical Services – Other Clinical Staff
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Community Health Team Behavioral Health Consultant - Women’s Health Initiative: Part-time (40 hours per pay period), days & evenings with flexibility to work varying hours based on need, eligible for select benefits. Clinical licensure in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Substance Abuse Treatment, or Psychology required, LCSW preferred.
The Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) is a member of the Community Health Team (CHT) and will be working directly with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) Middlebury Health Center (an OB/GYN practice). The goal of the BHC is to extend the care offered by the Provider to address psycho-social needs with their patients (including but not limited to women of reproductive age -15-44 yo) who screen positive. Needs include education/cognitive limitations, psychological challenges such as anxiety or depression, alcohol or substance abuse/dependency, instability/volatility in housing, employment or primary relationships, obesity, tobacco addiction, sedentary lifestyle, social isolation, and any combination of these and other factors that negatively impact or impede insight, self agency, or motivation for health-related behavior change.
The BHC will provide assessment and screening relative to these barriers, and provide short-term (4-6 sessions) counseling and/or referral to other providers/agencies/programs as appropriate.
Works within PPNNE. Establishes collaborative relationships with the staff of the practice and implements efficient process to accept referrals and provide feedback to the providers.
Documents patient contacts and enters clinical notes into patient’s medical record in accordance with established CHT practices.
Consults and collaborates with other providers/agencies/programs as appropriate in assessing, counseling, and making referrals for longer-term or specialty treatment/services.
Tracks data as required by the Blueprint.
Conducts biopsychosocial assessment of patient, identifying strengths and barriers to the management, improvement or maintenance of health and medical conditions.
Guided by Provider’s referral objective, engages patient in a process that is ultimately goal-oriented. Sessions may take the shape of psycho-education, motivational interviewing, action-planning, supportive counseling, coaching, behavior modification, short-term therapy, and specific skill instruction (e.g. relaxation exercise, mindfulness meditation, DBT/CBT, etc.)
Make referrals to longer-term or issue-focused therapeutic modalities as appropriate.
Consult and collaborate regularly with providers and with other members of the CHT.
Be a role model for excellent customer service and communication.
Adhere to ethical and professional standards of licensing board and Porter Medical Center.
Build relationships between PPNNE and community partners through community outreach, and represent PPNNE through outreach efforts.
Support PPNNE in achieving WHI attestation deliverables.
Demonstrates good communication skills in speaking and writing.
Performs with tact and diplomacy at all times in interactions with patients, providers, CHT members, and office staff.
Appropriately documents patient contacts and enters data into EMR
Maintains and fosters communication with the CHT, as indicated to support goals, objectives and philosophies.
Clinical licensure in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Substance Abuse Treatment, or Psychology. LCSW preferred.
Five years’ experience in clinical setting preferred.
Experience with depression care preferred.
Familiarity with local healthcare and human services systems, agencies, resources, programs and facilities.
Ability to effectively interact with a diverse population
Ability to effectively interact with all levels of organization personnel.
Ability to work with appropriate autonomy and initiative.
Good communication skills, for both written and oral presentation.
Computer literacy with proficiency in Word , Outlook and Internet usage; must be willing and able to learn necessary skills for use of patient’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR)