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Providence Behavioral Health Specialist (LCSW/LMFT) - Maternal Mental Health in Torrance, California


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Providence is calling a Behavioral Health Specialist (LCSW/LMFT) - Maternal Mental Health (Full time/Day shift ) to Providence Little Company Of Mary Torrance Hospital in Torrance, CA.

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We are seeking a Behavioral Health Specialist (LCSW/LMFT) - Maternal Mental Health who will be responsible for evaluating and treating mothers and expectant mothers who are experiencing depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. This position works primarily where women receive their maternal care and act as a regular team member by providing brief assessment, intervention and onsite consultation to the care teams regarding psychiatric/psychosocial concerns and health behavior change. The Behavioral Health Specialist for Maternal Mental Health works with individuals, groups, and families, providing evidence-based behavioral interventions for both mental and physical health conditions.

In this position you will:

  • The duties listed below are examples of the work typically performed by an employee in this position. An employee may not be assigned all duties listed and may be assigned duties which are not listed below

  • Demonstrate awareness of current state, federal and local laws governing the delivery of care

  • Use appropriate reporting mechanisms as required by State laws

  • Obtain appropriate authorizations and consents for treatment

  • Report promptly any suspected or potential violations to laws, regulations, procedures, policies and practices, and cooperates in investigations

  • Demonstrate knowledge of all applicable compliance and legal requirements of the job based on the scope of practice of the position

  • Demonstrate commitment to safety, education and sharing of knowledge

  • Work in a safe manner, adhering to general safety precautions and standards

  • Report any unsafe conditions to their supervisor and/or the safety hotline

  • Conduct all transactions in compliance with all company policies, procedures, standards and practices

  • Complaint are researched and responded to the same day if possible

  • Assist in the orientation of new personnel to the office

  • Obtain ongoing education consistent with level and area of practice

  • Complete all annual mandatory trainings

  • Maintain current California State licensure/certifications. Maintains Clinical Education requirements to maintain licensure

  • Participate in Quality Improvement audits annually

  • Implement Universal Precautions and Safety Precautions

  • Provide culturally competent behavioral health services that meet the needs of clinic population

  • Deliver upon the service expectations of both our patients and fellow staff members by listening to their needs; engaging in positive interactions; and following through on promises made in a thoughtful, efficient, timely and courteous manner so that their total outcome is better than expected

  • Respect the dignity, confidentiality and privacy of patients

  • Work in a safe manner, adhering to general safety precautions and standards. Report any unsafe conditions to their supervisor and/or the safety hotline

  • Develop and implement treatment plans for patients of all ages providing individual, group and family psychotherapy, as clinically indicated

  • Conduct accurate assessments and involves patients and families in developing achievable and acceptable treatment plans

  • Use treatment modalities aligned with brief interventions; including Motivational Interviewing, Behavioral Activation, Problem Solving Therapy, Harm Reduction, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Using best practices, teach patients skills to manage chronic conditions

  • Triage and refer patients to appropriate level of care for behavioral health services throughout the community

  • Perform risk assessment and crisis management, including evaluation and referral to Emergency Services for patients who are experiencing suicidal and/or homicidal ideation, as well intimate partner violence

  • Facilitate referral to hospital or chemical dependency services where indicated

  • Utilize evidence-based clinical tools for tracking clinical outcomes in maternal primary care (e.g EPDS,PHQ9,GAD7)

  • Evaluate patients using appropriate DSM IV and DSM V criteria

  • Demonstrate effective practice management skills

  • Stay on time when conducting consecutive appointments with patients

  • Use continuity visits with patients

  • Appropriately refer patients to groups and classes (e.g. Postpartum Wellness)

  • Act as a key behavioral health provider by providing consultation services to both providers and patients

  • Advise and consults as a resource to physicians and staff

  • Provide brief consultative interventions to individuals and family members in person and over secure telephonic and video systems

  • Clarify mental health diagnoses when needed

  • Assertively follow up with the Obstetricians-Gynecologists, Pediatricians, Primary Care Physicians, when indicated

  • Describe interventions in transparent language to encourage maternal primary care team support

  • Maintain a high degree of professionalism in documenting clinical encounters in electronic medical record system

  • Maintain appropriate patient records according to quality guidelines established by Providence St. Joseph and applicable accreditingnorganization standards

  • Write clear, concise chart notes

  • Prepare reports for patient records and summary reports on service delivery

  • Routinely complete all billing documentation

  • Serve as a supportive team member

  • Participate as an active member of the multi-disciplinary team within the clinic, providing team-based care; fully integrated with primary care health services

  • Participate in shared treatment sessions with providers and patients

  • Participate in integrative care team meetings and huddles to coordinate care

  • Readily provide unscheduled services when needed

  • Interface with community mental health and substance abuse treatment centers to coordinate care as appropriate

  • Participate in and lead therapeutic groups and activities and functions as an active member of the team

  • When possible and appropriate, take the initiative to offer help to co-workers in overload situations

  • Work at maintaining a good rapport and a cooperative working relationship with all staff and colleagues

  • Ensure that personal conduct and appearance is professional at all times and aligned with the organization’s mission, vision and shared values

  • Excellent attendance record

  • Wear appropriate clothing for job functions

  • Show trust and respect to colleagues and patients

  • Act in an open and honest manner and abides by ethical standards of the organization

  • Treat patients with courtesy and understanding

  • Request from other departments are responded to in a timely, friendly and positive manner

  • Facilitate credentialing needs by completing credentialing materials promptly

  • Represent the organization in a positive and professional manner in the community

  • Maintain organizational, employee and patient confidentiality at all times

  • Demonstrate awareness of current state, federal and local laws governing the delivery of care

  • Use appropriate reporting mechanisms as required by State laws

  • Obtain appropriate authorizations and consents for treatment

  • Report promptly any suspected or potential violations to laws, regulations, procedures, policies and practices, and cooperates in investigations


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • License for independent clinical practice in the State of California (or in the process of acquiring licensure in the State of California) and Licensed to practice independently as a Psychologist (PhD or PsyD), Social Worker (LCSW) or Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT)

  • Current clinical licensure in the State of California required: Psychologist (PhD or PsyD) or Social Worker (LCSW) or Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

  • 2 years of clinical experience in the provision of behavioral health services for Maternal Mental Health issues to a wide range of patients. Extensive experience treating patients of different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. A preferred skill is providing clinical services in Spanish language to meet the needs of the local Spanish speaking community

  • Must have excellent computer skills, able to work in an electronic health record and have proficiency with MS Office: Outlook, Internet, Word and Excel

  • The individual in this position must be comfortable with a flexible schedule, able to accommodate multiple and varied length patient visits per day, complete at least five to six patient visits daily, and adept in working closely with Obstetricians-Gynecologists, Primary Care Physicians, Psychiatrists and other team members. Must have a basic nontechnical knowledge of psychotropics and other relevant medications, and a basic understanding of female reproductive health as well treating Postpartum Mood Disorders. Other required skills are outlined below

About the hospital you will serve:

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance is a 436-bed non-profit hospital serving the greater South Bay communities of Los Angeles since 1960. We are proud of our reputation for clinical excellence, use of advanced technology, and a distinct focus on providing care with a personal, healing touch. In addition to the finest general medical, surgical, and critical care services, we offer a number of specialty programs including Cardiovascular Services, Women’s and Children’s Health, Oncology, and Emergency Care. Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center,Torrance is proud to be recognized as a Magnet® Designated Hospital. We are the only South Bay area hospital to be named a 100 Top Hospital by Truven Health; a distinction we have held four years in a row. As a recent recipient of the Premier Award for Quality by the Premier healthcare alliance and the American Hospital Association McKesson Quest for Quality, our commitment to outstanding patient care and operational efficiency is clear. As a member of Providence Health & Services, a Catholic-sponsored healthcare ministry, we believe strongly in respecting the dignity of each person and give special concern to the most vulnerable members of our community.

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As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

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Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Counseling

Location: California-Torrance

Req ID: 288687