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Deltek Talent Management - Mental Health Specialist III/CT - (17138)

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Mental Health Specialist III/CT - (17138)

Facility Name
North Star Behavioral Health
ANCHORAGE, AK 99508 US (Primary)
Career Area
Behavioral Health - Support Staff
Job Description

The Mental Health Specialist III / Clinical Therapist is responsible for providing direct care to patients with psychiatric disorder; ensures the safety and well being of patients by supporting the maintenance of therapeutic milieu.  The MHS III/CT is also responsible for providing leadership and direction to the MHS II staff based upon experience and special training in various areas of mental health service delivery (i.e. group therapy, milieu management diagnostic based training, grief & loss, etc.).  Because the purpose of the MHS III/CT is to provide leadership and training in the provision of care, there are a limited number of positions available and the position is awarded based on special application. The MHS III/CT:

  • Coordinates with the Nurse/Nurse Manager to identify and communicate MHS assignments and duties for the shift.
  • Provides appropriate and timely feedback and guidance to less experienced staff regarding patient care duties, documentation, milieu management, and other aspects of the job.
  • Partners with the Clinical Therapist to coordinate training for skill development for group facilitation with MHS staff through shadowing and role modeling on the unit, etc.
  • Assumes a leadership role in identifying patient’s problems, needs, and strengths and works with the Nurse/Therapist to ensure intervention is carried out.
  • Provides daily psychotherapy groups as outlined on unit schedules and in patient’s treatment plans and documents appropriately.
  • Provides verbal input into the development of treatment plan goals, interventions, and special programs.
  • Coordinates with the Nurse, Nurse Mgr, DON, & Therapist to ensure that the MHS staff’s documentation reflect treatment plan goals and interventions.
  • Recognizes signs of patient escalation and demonstrates de-escalation skills using verbal de-escalation and Handle with Care techniques; communicates with Nurse/Therapist regarding patient care concerns.
  • Partners with the Nurse/Nurse Mgr to ensure completion of 15 minute checks.
  • Initiates protocols for precautions statuses when therapist is not available and obtains appropriate signatures and communicates with the team to ensure precautions are carried out; appropriately evaluates changes and determines advancement in days/steps of precautions
  • Ensures MHS staff adheres to guidelines and protocols for patients on special status (i.e. suicide, sexual, or AWOL precautions).
  • Displays and monitors unit activities to ensure professional boundaries in relationships with patients.
  • Utilizes and role models effective therapeutic techniques in interacting with patients, such as active listening, validation, etc.
  • Communicates with patients and families in a manner which projects empathy, helpfulness and desire to positively impact patient’s treatment and provides role modeling to less experienced staff.
  • Attends change of shift reports if possible, or provides accurate information to the Nurse/Nurse Manager before report.
  • Completes daily documentation legibly, completely, and in a timely manner.
  • Promotes effective teamwork to establish a milieu which minimizes the occurrence of aggressive behavior; ensures policy is followed during any physical interactions with patients.
  • Supports milieu management and patient safety initiatives; assists with contraband searches and facilitates belonging searches as directed.
  • Provides periodic coverage for individual and family therapy sessions when assigned clinician is on vacation or unavailable
  • Float to other units as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Must have a Master's degree in psychology, social work, human services, or a related field. Completion of an internship is strongly preferred.

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS: Must be able to perform assignments with minimal supervision; work successfully under highly stressful conditions; make sound, independent judgments based on scientific and/or ethical principles; adapt to varying workloads and work assignments on a constant basis; have effective comprehensive reading skills; have strong communication skills (written and verbal); and have a working knowledge of computers.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION: Must be willing and able to execute the patient de-escalation methods, both verbal and physical; be able to complete new hire requirements such as State of Alaska Background Check and Drug Testing; demonstrate special training, knowledge and skills specific to age groups, as well as job and/or program specific competency within the first three (3) months of training; be certified in CPR and Handle with Care within the first month of training and annual thereafter; complete all mandatory in-services annually; be tested for TB with a PPD skin test or chest x-ray upon hire (PPD skin test required annually or chest x-ray annually thereafter); be at least 21 years of age if assigned to work at a Residential Treatment Center.

GENERAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Working conditions for all employees are as follows, but are not limited to a psychiatric hospital setting: risk involved in the event of aggressive patient(s); workload may include day, evening, night, weekend, and/or holiday shifts. Employees may occasionally be exposed to blood borne pathogens and loud noises. Mental demands described herein are representative of those which must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job, but are not limited to the ability to remain calm in stressful environments; and the emotional stability, physical stamina, and agility to handle stress and respond quickly and effectively to emergency situations.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Requirements include, but are not limited to the ability to communicate effectively with employees; the ability to effectively utilize communication equipment; the physical agility to manage cleaning equipment; the ability to read and write. Additionally, the MHS III/CT must frequently utilize physical ability for standing or sitting for long periods of time; regularly utilize physical ability for speaking, hearing, and seeing with correction for close and distance vision, color discrimination, peripheral vision, depth perception and focusing ability.  Speaking and hearing may be necessary for conversing with and assessing employees; be able to ascend/descend stairs and ramps; use body agility; bend body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist; bend legs at knees to come to a rest on knees; be able to extend hands and arms in any direction; be able to use upper and lower extremities to exert force in a pulling or pushing motion. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects; be able to raise objects from a lower to higher position or from side-to-side; concentrate amidst distractions; must be able to perform work of a repetitive nature; must respond calmly to potentially volatile clients. The worker is subject to both environmental conditions and hazards, as activities can occur inside and outside with various physical conditions. Mental demands include but are not limited to emotional stability, physical stamina and agility to handle stress and respond quickly and effectively to emergency situations.

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