The Behavioral Health Therapist is responsible for facilitating the delivery of quality treatment services through delivery of specific modalities. The position is responsible for providing a full range of therapeutic services including individual and group counseling, psychosocial assessment, treatment planning, therapeutic interventions, complex discharge planning, crisis intervention, referral and resource referral. This position assists the patient and family transition to the next appropriate level of care. Under the general direction of the social services director, and in collaboration with physicians and healthcare team members, evaluates and implements treatment regime for designated psychiatric patient population. This position is well versed in patients' rights regarding care, privacy, safety, confidentiality of medical records, and the Baker Act. In addition, the therapist co-ordinates the recovery planning process for all patients based on interdisciplinary assessments. As a key member in the care of the patient, develops therapeutic relationships based on trust and instills hope for recovery. This position provides person centered care evidenced by choice, respect, dignity, partnerships, self-management, and full inclusion.Responsibilities
Performs all responsibilities/duties required by the mental health unit as defined in the scope of service, to ensure that the unique nature of the client is addressed. Develops, discusses, and communicates a realistic plan of care for each patient, in collaboration with each patient/significant other in order to address all identified needs. Initiates integration of Interdisciplinary assessments. Assesses and diagnoses patient and family needs to provide quality care to assigned patients. Evaluates the identified problems, care provided, and patient's responses are reassessed to meet patient and family needs and assure overall quality of care delivered. Maintains current knowledge/certification/licensure. Pursues professional growth and development. Actively seeks out opportunities to grow and develop professionally. Acts as a role model to hospital staff as well as in the community. Provides clinical care to patients suffering from acute or chronic mental health problems, managing therapeutic regimes according to protocols. Provides psychosocial intervention, including crisis intervention, and teaching to clients. Coordinates referrals and facilitates transfers. Acts as clinical resource to nursing staff in area of specialization. Conducts psychosocial assessments with diverse client populations including various age groups who may experience physical or development disabilities, emotional, behavioral, and mental disorders, substance abuse. Conducts crisis interventions. Begins to prepare patient/family regarding optional pathway for care including several complications/options that may occur.Assist in other duties as assigned to support the operational needs of the department and organization. May be required to remain on campus immediately before, during, and after severe weather and/or disasters.Qualifications
- Master's Degree Counseling/Psychology, Psychology, Social Work Required
- 3 years Inpatient behavioral health therapy or case management experience Preferred
- BLS for Healthcare Providers (BLS) American Heart Association Upon Hire Required
- CPI within 90 Days Required
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker State of Florida within 2 Years Required
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) State of Florida within 2 Years Required
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) State of Florida within 2 Years Required
- Knowledgeable of all abuse reporting laws and reports as indicated.
- Knowledge of stages, processes and milestones of normal physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.
- Excellent customer service skills.
- Basic computer knowledge.
- Strong interpersonal and team skills
- Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Ability to establish strong rapport and relationships with patients and staff.
- Knowledge of basic medical terminology.
- Knowledge of trauma, substance abuse, mental health and risky behaviors.
Baptist Health Care is a not-for-profit health care system committed to improving the quality of life for people and communities in northwest Florida and south Alabama. The organization includes three hospitals, four medical parks, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, and an extensive primary and specialty care provider network. With more than 4,000 team members, Baptist Health Care is one of the largest non-governmental employers in northwest Florida.