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Psychotherapist

Location: 1525
Department: Behavioral Health
Job Code: 556
Pay range: $50,000 - $60,000
Employment duration: Full time
# of openings: 1

Description

About Whitman-Walker Health

At Whitman-Walker, our commitment to “Community, Caring and Quality” really shines through! Our mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care. We offer a full line of healthcare services including: (1) comprehensive outpatient offerings for medical and dental healthcare; (2) an on-site Pharmacy; (3) legal support in the areas of access to health care, public benefits and private insurance, discrimination and workplace rights, immigration, transgender rights and others; (4) behavioral healthcare provided through individual and group therapy; and (5) confidential and anonymous HIV testing and counseling services.

 

Job Summary

Provides mental health services to clients referred through Whitman Walker primary care. Therapist should have some level of expertise working with the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS infected and affected community. Provides individual, group, couple and family psychotherapy

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Primary Essential Duties

Intake, Assessment and Treatment Planning

  • Conducts thorough and comprehensive intake and assessment with each assigned client within designated time frame.
  • Facilitates the participation of the client in the development of goal-oriented treatment planning.

Clinical Practice

  • Provide individual, group, couples and family psychotherapy services.
  • Maintain a caseload of 25-30 clients with 30 hours per week of face-to-face client contact, unless delegated to do other work for the Health Center.
  • Effective in assessing for risk and intervening in crisis situations.
  • Ensures appropriate clinical treatment congruent with DSM-5 diagnosis and comfortable with ICD-10
  • Provides case formulation for each client from a sound theoretical knowledge base.
  • Attends clinical supervision with designated Behavioral Health Lead Clinician.
  • Assess client and caregiver need for education; provides education as appropriate, makes referrals for additional education as needed.

Referral and Advocacy

  • Assists clients in identifying and accessing various internal and external community resources
  • Provides timely referrals and monitors their progress.
  • Effectively advocates for clients, as needed.
  • Responds in a timely manner to all client, collateral and agency contacts.

Monitoring, Reassessment and Transition Planning

  • Monitors client progress toward treatment goals.
  • Reassesses client need in a clinically appropriate timeframe.
  • Provides ongoing assessment of client’s level of care needs, coordinating client transfer to a different level of care or discharge from care, as appropriate.

Case Coordination

  • Is prepared and actively participates in case presentations, conferences and multi- disciplinary meetings.
  • Effectively coordinates with other disciplines to address client needs and treatment goals.

Administration

  • Maintains accurate and up-to-date records and computer information on every assigned client in accordance with applicable guidelines and regulations.
  • Conducts monthly review and resolution of data entry problems.
  • Adheres to all program and Health Center policies and procedures
  • Conducts quarterly chart audits in a timely manner in accordance with Quality Improvement procedures.

Performance Improvement

  • Participates in quality assurance and quality improvement measures.
  • Works with supervisor to identify areas for performance improvement and professional development.
  • Attends and participates in internal and external in-services, workshops and conferences for professional development and to keep informed of changes and innovations in the field.

Quality Improvement

  • Understands and participates in quality improvement activities of the department.

 

Budget Responsibilities

None

 

Management Responsibilities

None

 

PRINCIPAL WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Reports to the Senior Manager of Behavioral Health or their designee. Receives supervision as necessary around service provision and clinical intervention.
  • Works in collaboration with assigned clients.
  • Collaborates with WWH direct services staff and volunteers. May supervise volunteers or interns, as assigned.
  • Functions as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Maintains relationships with other organizations as necessary to facilitate provision of services to clients.
  • Attends required meetings and serves on committees and task forces, as assigned.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Talents Required

Strong working knowledge of Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders, HIV/AIDS, LGBT issues, and clinical practice for effective provision of psychotherapy to diverse populations.
Strong clinical skills, with proven ability to engage, assess, provide interventions and terminate appropriately with diverse populations.
Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships within the organization and with external providers.
Strong knowledge of DSM-5 and impact of mental illness on diverse populations.
Demonstrated sensitivity to and competence with issues related to racial, cultural, gender identity and sexual minority status.
Good working knowledge of the health care delivery system, social services and community based resources.
Ability to provide a full range of services with minimal supervision
Good written and oral communication skills.
Basic computer skills.

 

Education and Experience Required

Master of Social Work or Counseling related degree
Current Independent licensure, as required in the District of Columbia
At least 2 years clinical experience and 1 year experience working with HIV/AIDS populations

Experience with or sensitivity to LGBTQ issues.

 

Working Conditions:

Working conditions for this position are normal for an office environment. Individual may be required  to  work evenings and / or weekends and organization events.

 

Physical Demands:

Lifting: No more than 20 lbs. and infrequently.
Movement: Standing and sitting for long periods.
Visual: Long periods on computer.
Concentration: Extended periods of engagement with computer systems where concentration is key to accuracy in data entry. Intermittent periods of engagement with a telephone system to respond to inquiries where concentration is key to task performance.
Communication: Direct and indirect communication. Written and verbal competency.

The above job description is designed to indicate a general sense of the duties and expectations of this position. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required. As the nature of our business demands change, so too, may the duties and responsibilities of this position. You may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned.

 





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