Behavioral Health Consultant/ IMH Therapist
Starfish Family Services - Livonia, MI

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This is a professional position providing mental health expertise to Obstetric and Gynecological health care providers, pre-conception women, pregnant women and women with infants to mitigate toxic stress, promote health, pre-birth attachment. This position will be housed in a medical setting and will be integrated into the primary care team.

Education and Experience Required:

  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology or other related human service field required.
  • Registration/licensure as a social worker, counselor, or psychologist in the State of Michigan required.
  • Infant Mental Health certification, endorsement or waiver for 0 – 3 population required upon hire or within 3 months of employment.
  • At least one year direct clinical experience in providing Infant Mental Health services preferred.
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required :

  • Basic knowledge of adult mental illness, Infant Mental Health and child development required.
  • Certified HBBY (Healthy Baby Begins with You) trainer required upon hire or within 3 months of employment.
  • Specialized training in pregnancy health or within 3 months of employment.
  • Knowledge of trauma, toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences and it’s effects on pregnancy.
  • Good assessment skills.
  • Willingness to provide group interventions required.
  • Ability to demonstrate commitment, caring and respect for children and adults from diverse backgrounds who have multiple needs or problems.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and responsibly as a member of a team with colleagues, supervisors, agency staff and collateral contacts.
  • Ability to develop behavior plans and coordinate needed services to fulfill plans.
  • Ability to make critical decisions independent of immediate supervision.
  • Knowledge of community resources and linkages.
  • Experience with multiple major human service delivery systems (FIA, public health, education, etc.) preferred.
  • Competence in the delivery of crisis intervention services and in brief and time-limited therapy.
  • Must be computer literate.
  • Ability to effectively, appropriately, and accurately communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to meet productivity expectation as assigned by program supervisor.
  • Ability and willingness to abide by all Starfish Family Services confidentiality policies.
  • Ability and desire for personal and professional growth, and skill development.
  • Ability to demonstrate compassion and sensitivity and to respect the privacy and special needs of our clients.
  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Must have a commitment to the welfare of the children and families the program serves and to the delivery of quality services.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed (i.e. some evenings or week-end work is required).
  • Must have the ability to work with all members of the community regardless of race, age, sex and cultural or ethnic background.
  • Ability to represent the agency in a professional manner and develop new relationships with other community agencies.
  • Must have reliable mode of transportation and a valid State of Michigan driver’s license, which is insurable by our insurance carrier and current automobile insurance.
  • Ability to provide therapeutic services to IMH patients in the home. Other Skills and Abilities Required:

    The employee fulfilling this job is accountable to the assigned supervisor for completion of assignments and to the high standards of accuracy, attention to detail, and timely completion of work. Expectations include: a pleasant, empathetic, sensitive and professional demeanor, a positive attitude and a willing spirit. The employee must be willing to engage in professional development efforts as available to the position and required by management.

    Principle Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Provide assessments and referral services to pre-conception women and pregnant women in their primary care setting that are identified through a screening mechanism by the primary are provider with special consideration for screenings related to trauma environments.
  • Conduct additional screenings and assessments, including comprehensive assessments and treatment planning with measureable objectives.
  • Provide psycho-social education as needed with particular emphasis on trauma, trauma environments, domestic violence and substance abuse.
  • Provide outpatient child-centered therapy, parent/child therapy and family therapy services in the home environment.
  • Link with provider agencies, specifically community mental health, trauma focused CBT programs, substance abuse programs and basic needs programs
  • Assist in coordination of care and provide referrals of support services
  • Follow up on all referrals to ensure contact/link to referral agency
  • Follow up to ensure progress with suggested strategies
  • Embrace an integrated approach to patient treatment
  • Serve as a mental health consultant to the primary care team.
  • Work cooperatively as a member of a team with program staff and community resources.
  • Facilitate groups as necessary
  • Participate in outreach activities, develop referral relationships with other agencies and maintain those referral relationships.
  • Provide training to other professionals.
  • Maintain client files in order and up to date
  • Submit timely and accurate documentation of services, billing data and required paperwork
  • Responsible for working with team members, supervisor, child, families and community contacts in a manner that is conducive to the philosophy and mission of the program and agency.
  • Participate in individual and group supervision
  • Participate in on-going personal and professional development including in-service training, peer review, external workshops and seminars.
  • Accept and emulate the mission of SFS.
  • Assist in finding and directing clients in case of an emergency such as a fire or tornado .
  • Cooperate in any investigation related to personnel, licensing, accreditation or other circumstances.
  • Attend all agency and departmental meetings and training as required.
  • Must maintain professional and ethical standards at all times.
  • Adhere to all Lifespan policies and procedures as it relates to documentation, productivity, training requirements, CMH guidelines, and confidentiality.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor or other management. NOTE: The job duties listed are typical examples of the work performed by the position in this job classification. Not all duties are included. It is expected an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: The successful candidate for this position will be required to provide 3 letters of recommendation, satisfactorily complete a drug screen, TB test, national and state background check and DHS clearance (additional items may be required dependent upon position).

    Minimum rate: $705.20 - $753.60 / week

    Job Family: Therapist

    Deadline: This posting will close in five days or when the position is filled.

    Starfish Family Services is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of SFS not to discriminate in its employment and personnel practices because of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, height, weight, marital status, disability, genetic information or any other basis protected by federal, state, or other applicable law.

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