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Position Title: Behavioral Health Options Coordinator (Psychology Specialist)
Position Number 009730
Department: Counseling Services, Curry Health Center
Closing Date: Screening begins November 15, 2013. Applications received after 11/14 may be considered.
Work Schedule: Full-time, 12 months/year, 1.0 FTE
Highly qualified individual may be eligible for higher rate of pay within policy and budgetary restrictions.
Union Affiliation: None
Probationary Period: Six months minimum
Benefits Include: Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, professional development/wellness program
Curry Health Center (CHC) is the primary health care provider for the students of the University of Montana. We fulfill our campus role of promoting student success by:
- Providing direct health care to students
- Enhancing personal health and development
- Supporting the campus community through education and public health activities
- Providing a variety of learning opportunities for students
The Behavioral Health Options Program (Options) provides substance abuse prevention/intervention and standard outpatient treatment. Its mission is to educate and motivate students to address high-risk behaviors associated with heavy alcohol or other drug use.
This position manages all the services provided by the Behavioral Health Options Program, which include behavioral intervention programs focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on substance abuse, skill-building seminars, as well as ASAM Level 1 outpatient treatment. This position requires managing and supervising a staff of one professional counselor and 12-15 student interns to provide services, and providing direct clinical services to University students, which requires assessing needs, diagnosing, generating and coordinating treatment plans, and providing individual and group counseling at an independent practice level.
The ratio of clinical work to management is 50/50. The position is responsible for managing all the cases from referring authorities (i.e. judges, Dean of Students, Director of Residence Life, faculty, etc.) and determining whether or not the needs of the student can be met through the service. When a student’s needs outstrip the program’s services, the Coordinator serves as a liaison to local and regional treatment providers. The Coordinator oversees the scheduling of program services and the clients into those services; renders professional decisions independently; provides timely and factual information to the media (when requested) regarding substance use issues and services available. The position is responsible for assessing client satisfaction and developing the program to better meet the needs of the students. The Coordinator is an ex-official officer of the Drug and Alcohol Advisory Committee and serves as the chair. As such, the Coordinator is responsible for preparing the University’s Drug and Alcohol Biennial Review per federal law outlined in the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989.
The Coordinator collaborates with Director of the Counseling Service (or designee) to recruit, train, and supervise graduate-level interns in the integrated delivery of mental health and substance abuse services. This position oversees the scheduling requirements of student interns with respect to office assignments, group/seminar appointments, and assignment of Options client appointments. When interns are unable to meet their responsibilities (i.e. when they are ill or have academic conflicts) the Coordinator arranges relief service. The position oversees technology assistance to interns with particular respect to programs unique to Options/CHC. The Coordinator must stay current on Montana State Laws and University Policies regarding alcohol and other drugs, as well as the supervisory rules and regulations governing Licensed Addictions Counselors, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Licensed Psychologists.
This position requires incumbent to develop working knowledge of AAAHC standards as they apply to Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse Programs and demonstrated ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team within the Counseling Service and Curry Health Center.
- Professional level knowledge of evidence based intervention/treatment practices for substance use and co-occurring disorders, as well as pertinent drug and alcohol information, legal issues, and current research findings
- Understanding of the American Society of Addiction Medicine patient-placement criteria
- Familiarity with or ability to learn the UM Student Conduct Code and relevant Montana State Laws
- Demonstrated ability to apply the skills of Motivational Interviewing, particularly with mandated clients
- Experience in group facilitation
- Experience in addictions counseling and intervention
- Ability to identify and assist clients with co-occurring disorders (substance use and psychiatric)
- Ability to maintain clinical records in accordance with the policy requirements of Counseling Services and CHC
- Skills include data management
- Excellent case management with attention to detail to assure compliance and prompt completion of referral requirements
- Demonstrated ability to learn and work with proprietary computer software programs. (Options uses an electronic record keeping and practice management software system titled Medicat, a Microsoft Access database, BANNER, as well as others)
- Experience with personnel management and clinical supervision
- Requires the ability to manage multiple schedules and coordinate office assignments for interns
- Familiarity with models of program and personnel evaluation
- Ability to establish and maintain relationships with local, state, and regional treatment providers, social service resources, as well as key campus and judicial constituents (Director of Residence Life; Dean of Students; judges; probation officers)
- Requires the knowledge and ability to track referrals to assure compliance, notify referral sources of compliance/non-compliance, and to independently hold students accountable to their conduct code sanctions by placing and releasing university registration holds
- Ability to communicate as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team; consult on matters pertaining to alcohol and substance abuse and co-occurring disorders; communicate with relevant parties, the progress of students in the program, costs, recommendations, and requirements remaining toward program completion
- Knowledge of rules governing the transmission of personal health information, with particular expertise in matters related to substance abuse
- Understands HIPAA and FERPA requirements, all aspects of confidentiality and exceptions, and relevant Montana laws governing the sharing of mental health and substance abuse information
- Strong public speaking skills with ability to present relevant information via lectures to classes and campus/community groups
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Master’s degree in counseling, social work, or psychology and eligible or possess a Montana Licensed Addictions Counselor credential (LAC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LCPC)/Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
- If not licensed, must be able to obtain LAC within a year of employment and LCPC/LCSW within two years of employment.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below. Step 5 "Attachments" in the online application process is where you may upload additional materials. Only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.
- Letter of Interest – please also address the stated required skills for the position
- Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
- Names and contact information for three (3) professional references
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment
In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request.
As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
References. *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing. Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).