Duties: This full time position entails clinical work within the Behavioral Health Laboratory (BHL) to assist in the assessment, referral, coordination, and delivery of tele-health services for elderly primary care patients identified with a variety of emotional, cognitive, and psychiatric problems in the context of medical problems and/or other biopsychosocial stressors. The BHL is an evidence-based program that integrates mental health and primary care, and is designed to improve the outcomes of mental health care within primary care settings. The incumbent will be responsible for assessing and monitoring patients, providing education and brief psychotherapeutic interventions to both patients and their caregivers, facilitating use of community resources, and collaborating with other members of the BHL team to ensure meeting program goals. S/he will use structured diagnostic and clinical assessments to facilitate care and to communicate with primary care providers. The care delivered is structured based on a thorough working knowledge of the principles of Depression, Anxiety, and Pain Care Management as outlined in the appropriate BHL manual, and delivers same to participants. A significant focus is on brief problem solving or behavioral activation therapy. The incumbent will participate in determining the appropriate level of care that patients need and advises primary care providers, patients and their caregivers about the variety of clinical and psychosocial support options generally available to most state residents in their local community. S/he will develop and maintain a working knowledge of federal, state, and local resources for use in providing services to participants. Contact with patients and caregivers will be by written correspondence and telephone calls, including the provision of telephone caregiver support. This requires substantial communication skills, knowledge of the issues frequently encountered by caregivers of older adults with cognitive and/or mental health problems, and the ability to engage participants and foster alliances. We will provide a full training program. Services are provided in the context of a team environment with cases presented to the Medical Director, and/or Supervising Clinician weekly or as required. The target population will be predominantly older adults from across the state of Pennsylvania, and the interventions will be largely telephone-based. This program has been established for ten years and is fully funded by the Department of Aging, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Qualifications: Combination of educational and work experience demonstrating competencies to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. MSW degree and two years of experience are required. One to two years of mental health, geriatric, and/or primary care experience are strongly preferred. Training or experience in a medical setting strongly preferred. Extensive familiarity with clinical settings, and a variety of treatments for depression and anxiety preferred. Skill with computers, researching reference materials, organizing and maintaining records, and preparation of record summaries required. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work and communicate with a variety of stakeholders required. This position is contingent upon continued funding.
Reference Number: 40-29925
Salary Grade: 026
Employment Type: Exempt
Special Requirements: Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Job Family: J-Technical/Professional Medicine/Health