Provides a range of psychological assessment, diagnostic, therapeutic, and/or case management services for individuals, couples, groups, and/or families, as appropriate to the specific expectations of the
position. Typically works under the direct guidance of a clinical professional within the environment of a clinical agency or a medical/hospital facility. May provide practical training and guidance to
students and/or paraprofessional staff, as required.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Collects data about patients through interview, case history, psychological tests, and/or observational techniques; evaluates data to identify causes of problems and to determine proper therapeutic
approach or referral to other specialists.
- Consults with other legal and treatment agencies and individuals in relation to patient/client records, rights, and responsibilities.
- Consults with other therapists and related professional and paraprofessional staff, as appropriate, in the performance of therapeutic and/or casework; refers clients to appropriate service agencies
- Follows up to determine reliability and validity of treatment used; makes recommendations regarding modification to services and service delivery.
- May lead paraprofessionals in performance of clinical duties.
- Participates in the review of clinical issues and program policies and procedures.
- Participates in, leads, and/or coordinates training sessions and workshops to enhance treatment skills.
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
- Provides and/or arranges for therapeutic interventions as appropriate for patients or clients in a crisis condition and for those with serious disturbance problems.
- Provides casework management of a specialized caseload, as appropriate to the requirements of the individual position;
performs research and case assessments; prepares individualized studies for admission, placement, and/or discharge, as applicable.
- Provides counseling, therapy, and/or psychotherapy to clients and families as appropriate to the position; prepares
treatment plans, discharge plans, and follow-up care programs; provides therapeutic crisis intervention and emergency services as required.
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Master's degree in Counseling, Social Work, or directly related Field; at least 6 months of directly related experience, which may include internship and/or practicum.
NM licensure as LPCC, LPC, LMHC, LMSW, LCSW, or equivalent level, OR licensed out of state and eligible for licensure.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Knowledge and understanding of clinical social work and mental health counseling principles, methods, procedures, and standards.
- Knowledge of psychological test administration, scoring, and interpretation.
- Interviewing and psychological/developmental evaluation skills.
- Ability to apply mental health counseling methods and techniques.
- Knowledge of case management.
- Knowledge of clinical operations and procedures.
- Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques.
- Ability to evaluate the progress of therapeutic programs and to make individual modifications.
- Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.
- Knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to patients' rights.
- Knowledge of community mental health resources.
- Knowledge and understanding of clinical counseling principles, programs and methodology.
- Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
Position requires: a) provision of direct therapeutic mental health services and treatment planning as part of a therapeutic services
team of professional and/or paraprofessional staff b) crisis intervention and provision of emergency services; b) patient
psychosocial evaluation and testing; c) determination of appropriate therapeutic approaches or referral of patients in consultation
with other professionals; d) participation in the delivery of professional training sessions and workshops.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- Must be credentialed per UNM HSC policies and procedures if billing for services under Medicare/Medicaid.
WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL EFFORT:
- Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
- No or very limited physical effort required.
Work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks, such as operating dangerous equipment or working with chemicals.
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