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
addiction. Improve psycho-social functioning and the
self-management of chronic illness in children, adolescents, adults,
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
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
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.