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