Behavioral Health Consultant

Christiana Care Health System Hockessin , DE 19707

Posted 2 months ago

General Description


To contribute to the overall clinical operation of the behavioral health department and the daily care of the outpatient population in primary care. To function as a member of the clinical team through collaboration, providing consultation, assessment, treatment and behavioral health education. To provide collaboration with and a conduit to Behavioral Health and support an integrated model of health care.


  • Demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to provide psychological care appropriate for the [Medical or Specialty] population. This requires the ability to conduct assessments, obtain and interpret information, to identify age and culturally-specific patient needs, and to provide the care needed.

  • Demonstrates the ability to function in a consult and liaison role for the [Medical or Specialty] department meeting the acute needs of patients and providing outpatient psychotherapy as appropriate.

  • Coordinates transition of care to community setting as necessary; maintains knowledge of resources including community providers and support organizations appropriate for the patient population served

  • Demonstrates the ability to provide highly-skilled behavioral health consultation to the clinical team

  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary team and community partners as appropriate

  • Develops group support and therapy activity as appropriate for the specific Medical or Specialty population, and as needed within the Christiana Care Health System

  • Contributes to the development of staff by providing consultation, education and suggesting best practice alternatives as appropriate.

  • Maintains connection and consultation with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

  • Completes mandatory CCHS education and maintain certification in area of specialty.

  • Demonstrates responsibility in maintaining established productivity levels.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of patient's rights and maintains confidentiality of departmental and patient information.

  • Actively involved in identifying opportunities and implementing strategies to improve performance that impact the patient population.

  • Identifies service gaps pertaining to patients' psychosocial needs and plans programs that address the psychosocial needs of patients.

  • Implements programs effectively and evaluates effectiveness of programs, making modifications as needed.

  • Assesses learning needs of patients and families and carries out treatment as indicated.

  • Attends and participates in collaborative, interdisciplinary rounds.

  • Responds to staff requests for information/guidance; provides staff education

  • Develops and provides patient education as appropriate.

  • Provides system-wide presentations as applicable


  • Knowledge of behavioral health principles including assessment, treatment, diagnosis, consultation and terminology

  • Knowledge and ability to conduct brief consultative and formal therapies

  • Ability to utilize effective listening skills and remain empathetic and developing strong working alliances

  • Ability to procure, clarify, and interpret information on verbal and non-verbal levels

  • Ability to effectively diffuse conflict and crisis

  • Ability to work comfortably in groups and milieu.

  • Knowledge and ability to facilitate a positive, caring, and supportive atmosphere for positive change in all patients.

  • Ability to set patient goals

  • Ability to address and prioritize multiple tasks and assignments

  • Skill in written and oral communication

  • Knowledge of patients' rights, ethics, and legal issues

About Us

Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

If you require reasonable accommodation to apply for a position, please contact our Human Resources Service Center at (302)327-5555 or (866)849-8598.

Our Employee Welcome Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm to assist you in person with our application process.

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Behavioral Health Consultant

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