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Mental Health Clinician – Academic – School Based Health Center

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Provides a range of clinical social work services to students/clients and families in School Based Health Program, utilizing individual, family and group modalities and practicing within the guidelines of professional social work ethics and standards. Provides psychosocial assessment of the individual and family, including limitations, deficits and strengths in their current situation and environment, as well as functional level.

  • Conducts a psychiatric social work assessment according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). Develops treatment plans with appropriate and competent interventions.
  • Responsible for psychosocial assessment and intervention in crisis situations that often involve issues of suicide, homicide, family violence, elder or child abuse.
  • Provides treatment, therapy, psychoeducation and/or counseling utilizing individual, family and group modalities.
  • Provides information, referral and creative resource acquisition for specific individual and family needs both within the school and in the community as indicated.
  • Assists students/families to understand psychosocial factors impeding their maximal utilization of school and community resources.
  • Collaborates with and provides psychosocial consultation to the SBHC to promote a smooth, coordinated plan of care.
  • Aids the team in understanding and integrating the significance of psychosocial factors in relation to student’s illness, treatment and recovery.
  • Identifies psychosocial issues that may impede academic progress. Makes recommendations regarding student/family care and management.
  • Assists SBHC to assist student/family level of understanding to make informed decisions.
  • Provides outreach, case finding/screening for high-risk issues that may impact on student’s progress, participation in plan, discharge or ability to utilize resources.
  • Provides case management. Consults, collaborates and communicates with a wide range of social, governmental and legal agencies, courts, schools, clinics, other hospitals, physicians and other sources. Serves as a family advocate with a variety of systems both internally and externally as required.
  • Acts as a consultant to host school in assessing critical and on-going social-emotional-behavioral needs of student body as a whole and in cohorts and recommending a course of action.
  • Actively engages in the regularly scheduled meetings, programs and activities of the school.
  • Complies and ensures compliance with credentialing, administrative and billing policies and procedures.
  • Ensures required clinical reviews are accomplished according to 3rd party payors’ guidelines.
  • Works closely with 3rd party payors to ensure requests for treatment are approved.
  • Sign off/review notes of subordinate clinicians in accordance with 3rd party payor guidelines and/or program policy and procedures. Maintain credentialing files with Revenue Office in accordance with BPHC policies and procedures.
  • May be called upon to testify in court.
  • Ensures clinical documentation is complete and according to departmental standards. Performs other administrative documentation and record keeping using electronic medical record.
  • Candidate will be credentialed through Boston Medical Center Department of Psychiatry upon hire or another designated agency. Insurance and billing protocols must be maintained including administering the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS.).
  • May supervise staff social workers, social work associates, social work interns, parent consultants, nurses, medical students and volunteers as required.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s required (preferably in Social Work or Clinical Counseling field)
  • LICSW required with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in trauma, adolescent issues and diverse populations, or
  • LMHC with 5 years LMHC experience in addictions, trauma, adolescent issues and diverse populations
  • Licensure must be obtained within the first 6 months and thereafter maintained as a condition of employment
  • Clinical experience in trauma, adolescent issues and diverse populations.
  • Knowledge of current social work theory and practice, the ability to apply treatment and case management methods, and familiarity with community issues and resources.
  • Understanding of organizational theory and practice in large systems and the knowledge of social and health care policies and systems.
  • High degree of diagnostic, treatment, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Analytical skills required to assess student needs, develop associated treatment modalities and provide effective counseling.
  • Computer skills and knowledge of general SW- spreadsheet, db, and presentation programs (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).
  • Bilingual-bicultural Spanish & English desirable.

Additional Information

City of Boston Residency Required, A Criminal Offenders Records Information request must be completed for this position. However, a record is not an automatic bar to employment but is reviewed in relation to the job applied for., This position requires direct client/patient contact and as a result of such direct contact, certain immunizations will be recommended and/or required prior to commencement of employment duties., Any position that requires an advanced degree will be subject to education verification, The Boston Public Health Commission is an EEO Employer and all applicants meeting the minimum requirements are eligible to apply

Union Status: Union

Job Grade: 20A

Pay Range: $971.01-$1,160.44

Standard Hours: Shift

35 hours/week, Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 3:00pm (Academic Schedule)