Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Mental Health Clinician III for the Department of Acute Psychiatric Services at Rutgers, University Behavioral Health Care.
The primary purpose of the Mental Health Clinician III position is to perform psychiatric emergency services, screening, and screening outreach assessments as well as other mental health services. Demonstrates competence in providing generic crisis assessment of individuals of all ages (birth through 65+ years) and in determining the need for any additional professional consultation. Demonstrates competence in devising an appropriate intervention/disposition plan.
Identifies the appropriate level of care disposition from skill based knowledge of DSM-IV criteria, clinical expertise, and departmental criteria.
Involves person, family, significant other in developing a plan for disposition.
Explains referral/disposition to person served, in a clear and supportive fashion.
Collaborates effectively with other staff members and referral sources.
Collaborates with medical staff to make the best assessment, provides highest quality care and develops an appropriate screening outcome in accordance with professionally accepted standards.
Provides coordination and on-site interaction with outside/other agencies involved in the screening process (e.g., police, state hospital, DCPP, Children's System of Care, Emergency Rooms and other UBHC Programs).
Maintains and completes appropriate clinical records in a timely manner.
Maintains comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of eligibility and admission criteria for units, programs, and contracts served by the department.
Regularly attends and participates in in-service meetings and other designated training events that will enhance clinical skills, as documented by continuing education reports.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Minimum of a Master's degree in a mental health related discipline.
Licensure to practice, as required by New Jersey State laws governing the discipline.
Eligibility for certification as a Psychiatric Screener in the State of New Jersey.
Applicants possessing a degree in Social Work must have an active New Jersey certification/licensure as required by the State Board of Social Work.
One year of post-master's experience in a psychiatric setting.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Position requires time spent driving to designated facilities or performing mobile outreach to interview clients and coordinate with staff, families, law enforcement, community programs and others. Moderate physical effort (lift/carry up to 25 pounds or more). Frequently walks, bends, stretches, lifts, pushes and pulls. Manual dexterity and mobility for charting and use of electronic resources. Lifts supplies/equipment/charts/patients. Sitting while interviewing clients; may sit up to several hours in one place. Frequent use of telephone for crisis calls. Ability to participate in emergency physical interventions with patients including escort, restraint and seclusion is required.
Varied work settings include office, community agencies and screening sites. Some screening sites may be located in busy hospital emergency rooms. May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases. Subject to varying and unpredictable situations. Handles emergency or crisis situations. May be exposed to varying or extreme temperatures.
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