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Date Added: Fri 04/06/2021

Behavioral Health Consultant (LCSW Or LPC)

Philadelphia, PA, US
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Job Type: Permanent, FullTime

Job Description

Spectrum Community Healthcare is in search of a dynamic Behavioral Health Consultant to join its team of exceptional providers. The ideal candidate will be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania with no restrictions to practice within the scope of their license and possess at least 3-5 years post Master's experience.

In this role, you will provide behavioral health consultation as part of a team based model of care delivery to primary care patients with substance use disorders, including patients receiving Medical Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid addiction. You will partner to improve the psycho-social functioning and the self-management of chronic illness in children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide professional expertise and consultation to Primary Care Providers and the care team within a population based care framework.
  • Work collaboratively across disciplines and administrative functions within the organization and the surrounding community to identify and help manage 'at risk' 'chronically ill,' and 'frequent attenders.'
  • Perform strengths-based assessment and brief behavioral treatment for a wide range of psychological and substance abuse disorders. Refer to specialty clinics as appropriate.
  • Develop proficiency in fundamental medical terminology and education as it relates to chronic illness e.g. diabetes, hypertension, COPD/asthma, pain disorders
  • Work in a 'readiness to change' (Stages of Change) model versus a long term therapeutic model of care.
  • Apply knowledge of and experience with a broad repertoire of psychotherapeutic skills from a variety of theoretical perspectives (e.g. Motivational Interviewing, Solutions Focused Tx,, Mindfulness techniques, Acceptance & Commitment Tx, and CBT).
  • Facilitate support groups e.g. chronic disease-self management, pain management, smoking cessation.
  • Help patients, families, and caregivers build skills to improve coping, distress tolerance, and stress reduction.
  • Teach prevention and techniques to self-manage symptoms and chronic illness.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with external medical, behavioral, and social service community partners.
  • Provide diagnostic assessments and effective triage of patients in need of referrals to specialty mental health care
  • Develop educational, training materials and conducts sessions or disseminates information to care team on recent advances in the field.
  • Participate in Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance activities as appropriate.
  • Represent the heath agency at external events and meetings.

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Psychologist: PsyD or PhD, or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Experience in substance abuse counseling.
  • Familiarity with Medical Assisted Treatment (MAT).
  • Desire to work with diverse under-served populations.
  • Comfort and flexibility in working in a fast-paced health environment.
  • Experience with interdisciplinary team-based care preferred.
  • Medical literacy and knowledge of psychopharmacology desired.

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