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Behavioral Health Specialist (LCSW or LPC)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512915-601352
    • Job Location: Philadelphia, PA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: August 16, 2020
    • Years of Experience: Less Than 1 Year
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • FLSA Status: Exempt
    • Job Status: Full Time
    • Department: Medical
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Job Description:

Job Summary:

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. Improve 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.

Experience and Skills:

  • 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



Competitive Compensation Package Offered