MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER, EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST (FULL-TIME, DAYS)
University of Washington
Location: Seattle, Washington
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: 197025
A higher degree of healthcare.
All across UW Medicine, our employees collaborate to perform the highest quality work with integrity and compassion and to create a respectful, welcoming environment where every patient, family, student and colleague is valued and honored.
As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region.
The Harborview Behavioral Health Institute has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, day shift, MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER, EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST.
STEP serves a widely diverse population of clients, all of whom are experiencing a first episode of psychosis. An Employment Specialist/Mental Health Practitioner will be expected to be able to work with a wide variety of clients and be sensitive to the culture, religion, language, age, gender and sexual orientation of those we serve. The Vocational Specialist will focus on assisting clients choose, get, and keep jobs while working with the rest of the treatment team to minimize the effects of symptoms of mental illness. Their primary focus will be to develop community-based jobs for clients and all the preparation and supportive services associated with this activity.
VOCATIONAL CASE MANAGEMENT • Maintains a caseload, size to be determined by team. • Provides employment and advocacy services. • Assists clients in identifying employment strengths and ways of overcoming barriers. • Works with potential employers, current employers and co-workers of clients. • Works with clients’ families and social networks. • Works with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and other allied agencies. • Assesses employment challenges and determine interventions. • Consults with case managers and medical staff regarding effects of vocational activities and treatment.
GROUP • Leads or co-leads groups. • Develops groups relevant to the vocational needs of clients. • Maintains group size to be financially and clinically viable.
TEAM MEMBER • Attends relevant meetings. • Becomes knowledgeable about team clients. • Provides coverage for other team members. • Represents the needs and concerns of the team at relevant meetings. • Meets productivity standards as developed by team. • Assists other teams and programs as needed.
DOCUMENTATION • Maintains clinical and billing records. • Submits daily billing logs to Data Systems. • Charts client contact in the medical record. • Develops referral information for DVR, negotiate plans and produce timely reports. • Develops and implements vocational plans, based on clients’ situations. • Prepares information requested by outside agencies such as DSHS, Social Security Administration, and others. • Updates Financial Counselor of changes in patients’ financial status. • Collects data for evaluation and research.
TEACHING • Assists in training residents, nursing and social work students. • Assists in orientation of new staff. • Explains procedures to new staff, students and residents. • Allows new staff and trainees to observe treatment procedures.
TRAINING • Participates in training as needed. • Provides training at agency inservices, conferences, and other events as needed.
COMMUNICATION • Is accessible to team members. • Informs front desk of schedule and availability. • Responds to email and voice mail daily. • Shares areas of expertise with program via consultations, team and staff meetings, and presentations.
MISCELLANEOUS • Attends weekly staff meetings • Attends weekly team meetings • Attends supervisory meetings • Serves on committees as assigned or volunteered for • Performs other duties as assigned
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS • A Master's Degree in behavioral sciences, such as psychology, psychiatric nursing, occupational therapy, vocational or educational counseling, or social work OR Bachelor's Degree in nursing or a behavioral science AND three years' of experience in the direct delivery of professional mental health care. • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration
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