Behavioral Health Therapist – Palliative Care LMSW or LPC
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
Type: Full Time
Hospital, Public and Private
Home Health Care Provider
Integrated Healthcare Delivery System
Internal Number: 42344
Munson Healthcare is northern Michigan’s largest and leading healthcare system. Based in Traverse City, Michigan, our team of medical experts, nine award-winning community hospitals, and related organizations serve people in 30 counties.
Behavioral Health Therapist – Palliative Care (The Palliative Care Behavioral Health Therapist or Counselor (Master’s Level) will be licensed by the State of Michigan to provide psychotherapy, counseling, and psychoeducation and credentialed to bill for services. As a graduate of a CSWE or a CACREP accredited graduate school the qualified candidate will have demonstrated skills in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams in a medical setting (or comparable experience). Those skills include participation in team treatment planning during team huddles, case conferences, conjoint treatment planning, and consultations with other departments.
The Palliative Care Behavioral Health Therapist or Counselor will have experience and a professional interest in providing treatment to patients with life limiting illness including: Cancer, COPD, IPF, Dementia, MS, ALS, CHF, and CKD. In addition, the candidate will be familiar with methods for differentiating between emotional suffering and physical pain. Further, she or he will have experience delivering treatment integrating non-pharmacological treatment methods with conventional medical care.
Recognizing the risk for patient dependence on pain medications, the candidate will be able to speak to risk assessment for opioid misuse by patients with life limiting illnesses and the types of psychoeducation beneficial to opiate naive patients in addition to individuals with a history of substance misuse or dependence. In their role, the therapist or counselor will be effective at co-counsel patients with these complex conditions by working with Nurse Practitioners
Core job functions of the Behavioral Health Therapist or Counselor:
Interviewing, assessing, formulating diagnoses, developing treatment plans and intervening with patients and their families to alleviate emotional suffering,
Providing telehealth mental health treatment in addition to in person interventions, Collaborating with Palliative Care team members when identifying the risk of patients for opiate use disorder,
Providing consultative services to Palliative Care team members about patient motivation, functional capacity, and progress in treatment,
Intervening with patients and their caregivers in crisis events as needed, Educating and counseling caregivers in methods to reduce caregiver distress and anticipatory loss,
Training, counseling and educating patients in the skills vital to successfully navigating treatment,
Collaborating with other Palliative Care team members while counseling patients and their families during Advanced Care Planning activities,
Skill training patients and their families in self-soothing, self-compassion, self-regulating mood, health related behavior changes, self-care, and stress reduction,
Identifying potential organization and community based resources patients may use to meet their needs, referring accordingly,
Documenting encounters with patients and caregivers in the Electronic Medical Records, Utilizing billable codes for services as appropriate.
Professionals occupying this position will be treating patients who are likely to have health related conditions that create existential or spiritual distress in addition to mental and emotional suffering. Consequently, the Licensed Behavioral Health Therapist or Professional Counselor will be engaged in treating patients who are facing their own mortality. This position is distinct from that of a Hospice Social Worker or a Spiritual Care Advisor in Hospice. However, it shares some of the same activities with a different focus, continued curative treatment.
Experience the Total Rewards at Munson:
Accidental death and dismemberment insurance
Competitive starting salaries
Employee assistance program
Full medical, dental, and optical insurance
Healthcare and dependent care flex spending account
Life insurance for employee and family
Long-term disability insurance
Paid holidays and paid time off
Retirement savings plan
Wellness plans and discounted gym memberships
For immediate consideration, please email your resume to Nora Barber, [email protected]
Munson Healthcare by the Numbers:
709 licensed acute care beds
264 licensed long-term care beds
7,500 employees and 1,000 physicians
We cover 11,177 square miles – about the size of Vermont and Delaware combined.
About Traverse City, Michigan
Traverse City is an official “Coast Guard City” and sits at the base of twin bays – West Grand Traverse Bay and East Grand Traverse Bay. It has award-winning schools, a community college, and a busy airport with daily service to major cities. Traverse City is a thriving community offering unequaled year-round recreation, as well as vibrant cultural and social opportunities often found in much larger cities.
Traverse City is well known as one of America’s “must see” places for family vacations, fine arts, local craft beer and wine, farm-to-table food, fun festivals, sailing, golf, hiking, skiing, fishing, and miles of pristine freshwater shoreline. After a great day at work, nature’s playground is waiting for you right outside the door.
Learn morehttps://www.munsonhealthcare.org/careers/locations/traverse-city-careers Munson Healthcare is an equal opportunity employer.
Master’s degree from a social work, psychology, and/or counseling accredited program.
Michigan license to provide behavioral health counseling that may be a LMSW or LPC. With manager approval, Limited Licensed individuals may be considered.
Preferred work experience of 3 years or 6000 hours of counseling and/or related experience.
Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in behavioral health assessment and treatment of substance use disorder, mental health, and co-occurring disorder interventions and applications with a focus on evidence based practices.
In Outpatient Behavioral Health department only: Certified Advanced Addiction credential through Michigan Board of Addiction Professionals or the ability to obtain a 3-year Development plan within 30 days of hire to secure certification.