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Assessor / Brief Therapist

Job Details

Job ID: 92373
Location: Lakewood, WA
Entity: Behavioral Health -Greater Lakes
Category: Behavioral Health
Specialty: Not Applicable
Department: Admin BHS
Employment Type: Full-Time Regular
Primary Shift: Day
Work Schedule: Day shift Monday - Friday
Company Description
Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare is a full-service community mental health center, providing behavioral healthcare to the citizens of Pierce County for 50 years. We are conveniently located near the intersection of Bridgeport and Gravelly Lake Drive at 9330 59th Ave SW in Lakewood, WA. Greater Lakes serves over 10,000 individuals each year with a team of over 300 staff. Our modern professional clinic provides a comfortable setting for your counseling and medication services.

Position Summary & Mission
We are looking for a friendly and upbeat clinician who is willing to provide the introduction to Greater Lakes services to our clients through assessments. The Assessor/Brief Therapist position provides flexibility between 100% adult brief therapy caseload, and 100% assessments, dependent on agency needs. This position is independently collaborative with a very social and engaged team.

The Assessor team believes in the power of creating a meaningful and engaged workplace.

Assessors perform diagnostic and functional assessments of individuals seeking services. They complete face-to-face clinical assessment of all scheduled and walk-in individuals seeking services at Greater Lakes and other locations as needed, within a one hour time period. The Assessor team is the first face that our clients meet in their journey towards recovery.

This role will assess for severity of clinical presentation and makes appropriate decisions about clinical placement within the agency and/or referral to community providers and/or resources, following all post-intake and placement protocols. Establishes preliminary DSM-5 diagnosis as required for managed care purposes.

Therapists in the Adult Brief Therapy program provide individual therapy to adult clients for a maximum of 6 months. Focus is on solution-centered techniques to address symptoms of depression or anxiety, and trauma-recovery. The individual in this role provides individualized, person-centered clinical case management services including therapy, assessments, psycho-education, groups, educational and /or vocational support, outreach, crisis stabilization, and assistance with medical, community and natural supports.

Why work for Greater Lakes?

If you are working toward licensure, we assist with licensure supervision at no cost to the employee!

Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare offers a 5% wage premium to individuals fluent in a second language. The second language must be representative of the populations we serve. Examples: Spanish, American Sign Language, most Asian languages.

Responsibilities
Completes initial clinical assessments and intakes

Recognizes clinical indicators of a crisis situation and refers as necessary to immediate crisis resources, both within and external.

Establishes preliminary diagnosis as required for managed care purposes

Completes thorough risk assessments

Manages all required paperwork and records and prepares documentation (forms, reports, etc.) when needed

Ensures compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and all company policies

Qualifications
Qualified as a Mental Health Professional with a Master’s degree in a mental health related field and two years clinical mental health experience preferred supervised by an MHP.

Must be very familiar with the DSM –V and skilled in completing accurate diagnoses.

Knowledge of impact of medical issues and co-occurring disorders on functioning

Through knowledge of clinical pathology and a broad range of psychosocial assessment and treatment approaches for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness.

Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.

Excellent computer and Microsoft Office skills.

Knowledge of community resources

Experience working with the publicly-funded mental health system preferred

Knowledge and experience working with the WA State Access to Care Criteria for adults preferred

Knowledge of and experience in using Motivational Interviewing preferred
Additional Information:
Benefits • Medical Insurance • Vision Insurance • Dental Insurance • Excellent Advancement Opportunities • Paid Time Off (PTO) starting with 21 days per year • 9 Paid Holidays • 401(K) • Tuition Reimbursement • Employee Assistance Program • Wellness Program

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