Behavioral Health Consultant
Minimum Entry Level Qualifications
- Experience and/or level of competency:
- Diagnostic and analytical skills required to assess client needs, develop associated treatment modalities, and provide effective counseling.
- Knowledge of pregnancy, maternal and infant outcomes, and their risk factors
- Knowledge of current social work theory and practice, the ability to apply treatment and case management methods, and familiarity with community issues and resources.
- Understanding of organizational theory and the knowledge of social and health care policies and systems.
- Team building and collaboration skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to racial justice with specific experience in racial equity initiatives preferred.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and experience presenting to groups.
- Leadership and group facilitation skills
- Experience delivering services within rural communities, particularly with racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse populations, and within low income populations preferred.
- Ability to manage multiple assignments.
- Ability to work well with diverse people in diverse settings in a manner that builds trust and supports increased collaboration and partnership.
- Ability to work individually and as part of a team.
- Knowledge of and commitment to the principles of public health.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Texas driver's license.
- Academic Preparation:
- Master's degree in social work, mental health counseling, or related counseling field required.
- At least two years clinical counseling experience, with preference for experience in maternal behavioral health and trauma.
- Prefer licensure as LCSW, LICSW or LMHC.
Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program (RMOMS) is grant funded Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) initiative to decrease infant mortality, improve other perinatal health outcomes, and promote improved family health for rural women and their infants.
The Behavioral Health Consultant is a funded position to support rural maternal health and decrease maternal morbidity/mortality through the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and within Val Verde County. The primary focus will be women's mental health and emotional wellness, including post-partum depression.
- Assess referred clients, including those who screen positive for depression.
- Provide a range of clinical social work/behavioral health services to clients and families, utilizing individual, family and group modalities and practicing within the guidelines of professional social work ethics and standards.
- Refer clients to longer-term behavioral health supports and other resources as appropriate.
- Provides case management. Consults, collaborates, and communicates with a wide range of social, governmental, and legal agencies, courts, schools, clinics, other hospitals, physicians, and other sources. Serves as a family advocate with a variety of systems both internally and externally as required.
- Provide technical assistance to community partners in addressing maternal mental health, including coaching and support for family partners (case managers) in supporting women's mental health.
- Coordinate and assist in delivering trainings and additional updates to RMOMS, clinic and hospital staff, family partners and supervisors on the early warning signs of maternal morbidity and mortality risk.
- Provide community and provider education and advocacy regarding maternal mental health and its connection to overall maternal health and wellness.
- Support community activities as assigned.
- Maintain client and program records according to procedures.
- Contribute to developing program reports, grant applications, and other documents.
- Support ongoing assessment and planning to assure that RMOMS is current with needs, gaps, and best practices in perinatal health.
- Participate in program evaluation.
- Represent RMOMS and the RHC at internal and external meetings.
- Serve as a spokesperson for the program as assigned.
- Works in partnership with the Perinatal Case Manager, the OB Clinic and RHH staff and is a member of the community outreach team.
- Perform other duties as required.