Behavioral Health Specialist

Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jun 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


The Behavioral Health Specialist (BHS) with Trauma Specialization will primarily provide clinical care in the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model within a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) for individuals facing homelessness. The PCBH model utilizes brief (15- to 30-minute) visits for a wide variety of behavioral issues that present in primary care. Visits are consultative in nature, working with the primary care providers (PCP) to develop and implement treatment plans using evidence-based strategies. In addition, this position will include a 16-hour weekly PTSD and other trauma/stressor-related disorders clinic. The BHS will provide individual or group psychotherapies, including evidence-based psychotherapy modalities: cognitive processing therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), prolonged exposure (PE) as well as other CBT-based, trauma-informed treatment. The BHS is accountable to the Director of Behavioral Health Services.

Job Duties

• Carries out the mission of HHH and ensures the quality of services through interaction with patients.
• Provides support services to patients with physical health, mental health and/or substance abuse diagnoses.
• Performs assessments of patient needs and, with patient and primary care clinician, develops a negotiated care plan.
• Provides consultant services to clinical staff based on PCBH model.
• Evaluates and/or revises care plan as indicated with appropriate documentation in progress notes and communicates this to relevant multi-disciplinary team members.
• Provides evidence-based treatments for individuals with exposure to trauma.
• Builds and maintains a therapeutic relationship with patients through engagement and negotiated goal setting.
• Maintains clinical documentation, organization and patient confidentiality.
• Advocates with community service providers to facilitate access of patients to needed services.
• Conducts group classes and group visits to promote skill building, education and improved health for the patient as needed.
• Attends and participates in meetings and Quality Improvement activities as required.
• Participates in evaluation of peers, support staff and supervisor as required.
• Sustains productivity expectations established by supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Social Work, Counseling or Psychology.
  • No experience required.
  • Current Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience and/or interest in working with homeless and/or medically underserved populations
• Practice experience with trauma-informed care/treating individuals with exposure to trauma
• Ability to use Microsoft Office and Excel, spreadsheets, and computer data-base systems
• Practice experience in the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model

• Familiar with empirically-supported protocol for trauma treatment (e.g., Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
• Demonstrates characteristics for working within a multi-disciplinary team environment
• Demonstrates strong interpersonal and negotiating skills
• Demonstrates strong analytical skills; strong verbal and written skills
• Manages time effectively, handles multiple assignments simultaneously, and prioritizes projects
• Demonstrates professionalism in appearance and actions
• Supports the agency Mission and Standards of Excellence
• Assumes responsibility for own actions, behavior, quality of work, and productivity

Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.



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