Job Description

Job Title: Behavioral Health Therapist I (Penn Hills Elementary School)
Job ID: 731001
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Monday-Friday, daylight hours
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Penn Hills CSBBH
Location: 1079 Jefferson Road, Pittsburgh PA 15235

Description

Purpose:
The Behavioral Health Therapist will work as part of the Community and School-Based Behavioral Health Team program, a comprehensive behavioral health team. The CSBBH team works with K-4 students at Penn Hills Elementary School in the Penn Hills School District who have a diagnosed behavioral health disorder.


Responsibilities:

  • Assesses changing needs of patients per guidelines for the Community and School-Based Behavioral Health team model, and incorporates these into treatment plan and treatment plan review.
  • Plan and implement individual, group, classroom and family therapies in the home, school and community settings as therapeutically appropriate.
  • Completes clinical documentation on the same day of service delivery and provides clinical information to patient access representative personnel and insurance providers to ensure authorization for services.
  • Conducts assessments of new patients using the identified format for documentation and clinical decisions regarding treatment, interventions and referrals, as instructed. Implements, improves, and adapts concepts, models, and constructs of treatment for application in service delivery to patients.
  • Creates a treatment plan that includes an effective continuum of therapeutic, supportive and other services for the patients a variety and complexity of needs serviced by the program.
  • Discusses need for additional services with the clinical team to determine appropriateness of recommendations. Refers patients to other levels of care, community based self-help programs for recovery or other community social or human services as needed.
  • Documents all assessments, treatment sessions, contacts and other work done on behalf of patients according to guidelines.
  • Grows clinical skills by learning and implementing new treatment approaches on a regular basis, including the utilization of evidenced-based treatment to address traumatic stress for young children.
  • Independently demonstrates competency in management of administrative responsibilities associated with patient care with minimal supervision. This may include but not be limited to caseload management, group census, and other administrative tasks.
  • Maintains daily records of clinical productivity in the program as instructed.
  • Participates in regular treatment team meetings to discuss clinical cases, review and update patient treatment plans, monitor therapeutic progress and initiate recommendations for referral and continuing care.
  • Participates in the mentoring of student interns.
  • Participates in the quality assurance and performance improvement activities of the program.
  • Participates in the regulatory and licensure preparation activities on an ongoing basis with program leadership.
  • Reviews cases and/or groups periodically, as well as serious clinical patient condition changes with supervisor and other clinical personnel as indicated.

Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Education in School Counseling, or related field required. (Successfully completed the educational requirements as defined in PA code Chapter 49.1/49.2, 2.) 
  • One (1) year of clinical experience preferred. 
  • Prior experience working with children (grades K-4) with a diagnosed behavioral health disorder highly desired.
  • Prior experience working in a school setting preferred.
  • Knowledge of psychiatric evaluation and assessment process, as well as application of current version of the DSM preferred. 
  • Experience in diagnosing and treating behavioral and psychiatric conditions preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Passed the examination required by 49.11. relating to licensure examination.
  • Must sign a license agreement and be actively working to obtain the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW), or Licensed Family Marriage Therapist (LMFT) within 30 months of hire.
  • Act 31 Clearance
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $20.07 to $32.88

Union Position: No

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