The Behavioral Health Consultant will contribute to the overall clinical operation of the Behavioral Health department and the daily care of the outpatient population in our Primary Care clinic. This caregiver will serve our patients guided by our values of Love & Excellence while functioning as a member of the clinical team through collaboration, providing consultation, assessment, treatment and behavioral health education. To provide collaboration with and a conduit to Behavioral Health and support an integrated model of health care.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
Demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to provide psychological care appropriate for the Primary Care population. This requires the ability to conduct assessments, obtain and interpret information, to identify age and culturally-specific patient needs, and to provide the care needed.
Demonstrates the ability to function in a consult and liaison role for the Primary Care department meeting the acute needs of patients and providing outpatient psychotherapy as appropriate.
Coordinates transition of care to community setting as necessary; maintains knowledge of resources including community providers and support organizations appropriate for the patient population served
Demonstrates the ability to provide highly-skilled behavioral health consultation to the clinical team
Collaborates with interdisciplinary team and community partners as appropriate
Develops group support and therapy activity as appropriate for the specific Medical or Specialty population, and as needed within the Christiana Care Health System
Contributes to the development of staff by providing consultation, education and suggesting best practice alternatives as appropriate.
Maintains connection and consultation with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Completes mandatory CCHS education and maintain certification in area of specialty.
Demonstrates responsibility in maintaining established productivity levels.
Demonstrates knowledge of patient's rights and maintains confidentiality of departmental and patient information.
Actively involved in identifying opportunities and implementing strategies to improve performance that impact the patient population.
Identifies service gaps pertaining to patients' psychosocial needs and plans programs that address the psychosocial needs of patients.
Implements programs effectively and evaluates effectiveness of programs, making modifications as needed.
Assesses learning needs of patients and families and carries out treatment as indicated.
Attends and participates in collaborative, interdisciplinary rounds.
Responds to staff requests for information/guidance; provides staff education
Develops and provides patient education as appropriate.
Provides system-wide presentations as applicable.
Education and Licenses/Certifications: State of Maryland Board of Social Workers Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or Licensed Psychologist or License Eligible within 30 days. Crisis Intervention Training within 90 days of hire.
Experience: A minimum of two years' experience in a mental health setting. Hospital experience preferred.
Work Schedule: Mainly scheduled Monday-Friday, dayshift though hours may vary depending on the needs of the office.
Internal Number: JR58092
About ChristianaCare Health System
ChristianaCare Health System is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is one of the country's largest health care providers, ranking 21st in the nation for hospital admissions. Christiana Care is proudly a Nurse Magnet recognized institution. Christiana Care Health System is also one of the largest health care providers in the mid-Atlantic region, serving all of Delaware and portions of seven counties bordering the state in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. A not-for-profit, non-sectarian health system, Christiana Care includes two hospitals with more than 1,100 patient beds, and is a major teaching hospital with two campuses. Christiana Care is continually recognized for excellence on a regional and national level. Our role in the community is expressed in the Christiana Care Way: "We serve our neighbors as respectful, expert, caring partners in their health. We do this by creating innovative, effective, affordable systems of care that our neighbors value."Christiana Care is a great place to work because we value diversity and recognize it to be a core part of our success. Because of the diversity of our employees, affiliated health professionals and volunteers, we are ...positioned to meet the unique needs of our patients and community. We acknowledge and celebrate the uniqueness and talent of each employee. Because of our talented workforce we are able to provide a quality healthcare experience to our patients and community. We strive to create an inclusive environment in which individual diversity can be leveraged and thrive. Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.