The Mental Health Specialist provides direct patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse. Primary responsibilities include recording patient vital signs, assistance with head to toe assessments and proper clinical documentation, maintaining all patient health data and records, running therapeutic CBT group sessions, maintaining a safe and therapeutic milieu including crisis intervention and performing Q15 observation rounds while working within the ethical boundaries of the field.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Psychology or related field is required. Associates Degree in a related field with two years related psychiatric experience or High School diploma with five years of related experience may offset the Bachelor's Degree requirement.
Experience: Acute in-patient experience working with children, adolescents and/or adults strongly preferred.
Must possess knowledge of general and psychiatric group processes, therapeutic relationships and processes, age specific growth and development, crisis and behavioral management. Must be self-motivated, results-orientated individual who is customer focused with a positive attitude. Must be able to work with clients that have poor social skills, suffer from substance abuse and a variety of mental illnesses. Bilingual (English/Spanish) is preferred.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The Essential Job Functions are defined as the fundamental job-related duties that are necessary to the position. An employee is deemed qualified for this position if he or she can perform the following duties with or without accommodations:
Perform all crisis intervention techniques (verbal and physical) and respond to code situations
Monitor and ensure patient safety at all times via continuous Q15 minute rounding
Ability to therapeutically communicate with patients
Ability to recognize and communicate the physical and psychological status of the patients under their care
Assist patient with Activities of Daily Living when necessary