Mental Health Specialist V

Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the State Hospital System (SHS) may be just the place for you! The SHS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The SHS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan. Apply now to join our team. The Mental Health Specialist V performs advanced psychological/therapeutic work, functioning as a unit psychologist and providing consultation regarding behavioral interventions for patients across the hospital. Work involves diagnosing, treatment planning, counseling/therapy, reporting, developing behavior plans, and documentation. Requires ability to work independently and with a high degree of accuracy. May plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of othersWorks under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.Essential Job Functions:
1.Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. 2.May be required to work a specific shift schedule, or at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy.3.Performs psychological activities, including individual, group, and/or family therapy with patients referred from home unit and/or from other units. In addition, may also meet with families of patients with other treatment team members to provide information and help with discharge planning. 4.Develops individualized Person Centered Recovery Plans as assigned on a rotating basis incorporating the patient's goals, noting barriers to achieving these goals, and including appropriate objectives and interventions. 5.Interviews referred patients and recommends to the patient's treatment team the treatment(s) which will help the patient achieve stability, achieve his/her goals, and maintain recovery after discharge from the hospital.6.Develops and/or conducts specialized psychoeducational groups to help patients gain knowledge and develop skills to aid in their recovery. 7.Interviews patients and reviews records in order to help with diagnostic clarification and treatment planning. This may occur in regular treatment team meetings and in Difficult Case Conferences. 8.Develops individual behavior plans to address problematic behaviors such as aggression, self-harm, intrusiveness, etc. Works with staff to successfully implement these plans. Monitors effectiveness and modifies plans as needed. 9.Participates in quality assurance and quality enhancement activities related to psychological service provision and to treatment across the hospital. This may include completing chart audits, participating in tracer activities, and reporting on psychological services he/she has provided.10.Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. 11.Performs related work as assigned. Knowledge Skills Abilities:
1.Experience in psychological/therapeutic work. 2.Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's or doctorate degree in psychology, counseling, or a related field. 3.Knowledge of psychology and related disciplines and of treatment techniques and practices. 4.Skill in interviewing. 5.Ability to conduct diagnostic interviews; to conduct individual, group, and family psychotherapy; to develop plans for implementing and monitoring rehabilitation activities in skill acquisition and behavior management; and to plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others. 6.Ability to communicate effectively.7.Bilingual skills, preferred. Registration or Licensure Requirements:
1.Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) by the State of Texas, or certified as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)Initial Selection Criteria:
1.Master's or Doctorate Degree in psychology, counseling, or related degree. 2.Experience in group, individual, and family therapies. 3.At least four years' experience working with patients/clients. 4.Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) by the State of Texas, or certified as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)Additional Information:
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range.If you need assistance completing the online application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747.Compliance with HHSC immunization policy and state hospital operating procedures related to immunizations is required.MOS Code:
Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 67D, 230X, 4EHX, 68W. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

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