The Social Worker (Primary Care Integrated Behavioralist) (PCIB) works as a clinical member of an integrated primary care team providing brief assessment, intervention, and onsite consultation regarding psychiatric/psychosocial concerns and health behavior change.
The PCIB works to improve population health outcomes by ensuring patients of all ages have access to behavioral health expertise as a usual part of primary care.
PCIBs working in primary care are matrixed with the Care Management department at Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) for clinical supervision and cross-coverage; however the primary responsibility is in serving primary care patients.
Job Requirements Knowledge of/Skill/Ability to: Provide strengths-based, biopsychosocial assessment and evidence-based behavioral interventions to patients of all ages with mental health concerns, substance abuse issues and health compromising behaviors; Provide psychoeducation to patients and their support systems; Ability to work through brief client contacts as well as to make quick and accurate clinical assessments of mental and behavioral conditions.
Is comfortable with the pace of primary care, working with an interdisciplinary medical team, and has strong communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to work in a "readiness for change" model versus a long-term therapeutic model of care; Linking to community resources and higher levels of behavioral health care as indicated; Acts as an intermediary to specialty behavioral health care and provides adjunctive clinical support from the medical home in line with community treatment planning; Maintains the standards of Social Work excellence in accordance with principles set forth by the State Health Department, CMH, and agency policies and procedures.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with primary care staff, patients, and other clinicians.
License/Certification LCSW required or ability to obtain within four months of hire.
Valid drivers license with current vehicle insurance coverage and safe driving record.
Education and/or Experience Masters in Social Work from CSWE accredited school.
Minimum of one year post Masters experience in medical social work, preferably in a primary care setting.
Competency in providing cognitive and behavioral assessments and interventions to individuals, families, couples, and groups with behavioral health and/or substance use issues in a primary care setting.
Physical Demands and Work Environment Conditions / ADA Compliance Involves standing, walking, stooping, and occasional carrying and lifting of lightweight materials.
May be required to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
Requires visual acuity and depth perception to recognize words/numbers; and hand finger dexterity and hand/eye coordination to use a computer keyboard and common office equipment.
Columbia Memorial Hospital