Provides psychiatric and chemical dependency (i.e., behavioral health) clinical services for all BHS programs and services, including intake and initial assessment services to all areas of the hospital, as requested, with primary focus on the Emergency Room and the Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. Provides pre-admission screening and intake assessments for all BHS programs as required. Provides "on call" coverage between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on a rotating basis (in a four week period, full-time staff will do a minimum of 5 on-call shifts and per diem staff will do a minimum of 1 on-call shift). Provides crisis intervention services to all areas of the hospital, as indicated. Collaborates with other team members regarding provisional diagnoses, assessment, admission, care planning, treatment, and discharge and continuing care planning. Provides coordination and delivery of psychosocial services to individuals, groups, family members, and community groups. When assigned to the Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit, is responsible for conducting utilization reviews with outside providers, entering authorizations into the system and doing discharge planning.
EDUCATION: At a minimum, a Master's Degree required in a behavioral health or other relevant field of practice from an accredited school.
CERTIFICATION/LICENSES: Licensed to practice independently and formulate diagnoses in the State of New Mexico as an LMFT, LPAT, LPCC, LISW, Psychologist, or an Advanced Practice Nurse. Completion of prevention and management of aggressive behavior course within 2 months. BLS within 6 months.
Ability to work independently on own accord and initiative, yet as a team member
Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Advanced behavioral health assessment and referral skills
Understanding of complex psychopathology and ability to deal with all types of patients with myriad behavioral health conditions
Understanding of crisis intervention theory, case management, and referral process; knowledge of psychopathology and DSM-IV-TR diagnoses
Ability to negotiate with community providers and third party insurers
Strong clinical and interpersonal skills
Ability to lead and co-lead psychodynamic, psychoeducational, expressive, and supportive therapy sessions
Understanding of recovery process
Formulates treatment plans in conjunction with rest of treatment team
Ability to assess clients in an emergency situation and in a variety of settings
Flexibility with job assignments
Ability to read, write and communicate verbally in English.
EXPERIENCE: Minimum three years clinical experience in a behavioral health or related setting, minimum of one year performing in a crisis assessment/intake capacity. Recent inpatient experience preferred.
CHRISTUS HEALTH is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost more than 600 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 350 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. CHRISTUS operates in 6 U.S. states, Colombia, Chile and 6 states in Mexico. To support our health care ministry, CHRISTUS Health employs approximately 45,000 Associates and has more than 15,000 physicians on medical staffs who provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.