Providence Health & Services Mental Health Specialist - Child/Adolescent Psych in Oregon City, Oregon
*This is an on-call/per-diem position*
Providence is calling a Mental Health Specialist (0.0 FTE, Rotating/Variables) to Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center in Oregon City, OR.
This is an on-call position, meaning that the Mental Health Specialist will work on-call, as needed and can sign up for day, evening and night shifts as well as weekends and holidays.
Providence Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient (CAPU) unit is unique as it's one of only a handful of programs of its kind in the US! This unit provides acute stabilization treatment for children age 5 – apx 12 (6 beds) and teens through age 17 (14 beds). Our program is developmentally/age appropriate and flexible to individual needs, and incorporates a trauma-informed approach to care. We partner with families during individualized treatment, as well as planning for transition back to their community.
The CAPU is located at Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center. Since 1954, Willamette Falls has served the community as a not-for-profit hospital dedicated to exceptional care. We offer some of the most advanced technologies, systems and services, and remain committed to the tradition of community outreach and involvement. Our Joint Commission accredited acute care hospital provides the residents of Clackamas County with a wide range of health care services and programs. More than 300 physicians and health care professionals are licensed to practice in our facility. Our medical center is licensed for 143 beds and in addition to serving our CAPU patients and families we provide emergency, medical-surgical, intensive, surgical services and maternity care.
In this position, you will have the following responsibilities:
Provide milieu management of patients using a relational approach under the guidance and supervision of the RN, or other mental health professionals on the unit.
During the admissions process, may participate in the gathering of information from families as outlined by departmental admission procedures. Give input and recommendations to the initial care plan including practical and therapeutic approaches that may benefit the patient.
Provide feedback and information either directly to the RN and other mental health professional team members regarding observed behaviors of patients, or charts the information directly into Epic. This includes all activities whether they are within or outside the norm of expectations on the unit.
Work directly with the RN's and other mental health professionals to give valuable input and recommendations to the care and treatment plans of the patients throughout their hospitalization.
Act in a collaborative team environment to maintain the effective and proper functioning of the unit by monitoring patient condition and activity. Utilize various de-escalation techniques as needed.
Survey and monitor the unit at all times to ensure security and safety are maintained. Provide life support in emergency situations until code team arrives.
Maintain high level of awareness of the condition of unit milieu and problems which could endanger others including observations of patients in relation to their disabilities, age and medical diagnoses.
Conduct and/or co-facilitate with the MHP both group and individual therapy in the areas of recreational, skill building, mindfulness, or other therapeutic activities as assigned on the unit's daily schedule in a manner that is consistent with maintaining professional boundaries. Provide timely and appropriate, therapeutic support for group or individual activities that are in alignment with the MHS role and meet the agreed upon needs of the milieu.
May be responsible for the development and facilitation of leisure and exercise activities for patients of all ages and abilities.
Perform direct observations of patients with suicidal or homicidal thoughts; and observe family or collateral involvement as directed. Report observations to the RN or other mental health professional, or chart the information directly into Epic.
Support activities and actions to improve collaboration and liaison with other departments referring agencies and outside providers. May assist discharge planning process of the patient by making and completing phone contacts with providers and others.
Contribute to high quality unit functioning by maintaining professional standards and ethics and strict confidentiality of information.
Accompany patients off of unit to procedures within the hospital.
Report immediately any changes in patient condition, physical or behavioral to the RN assigned to the patient.
Perform routine and assigned duties to ensure the proper maintenance and functioning of the unit for quality assurance, regulatory guidelines, and as needed. Examples of this include inventory of patient belongings during the initial admission process as well as checklist of patient belongings and related documentation upon discharge.
During the discharge process, may support the physical warm hand-off of the patient to their family or the next provider. This is dependent upon the relationship of the Mental Health Specialist to the individual patient. Travel to the patient's family or next provider may be required.
May be utilized as a constant observer in other clinical areas of the hospital if necessary. Additional training and necessary competencies related to this function will be provided as needed.
Required qualifications in this position include:
Bachelor's Degree in Social Science fields (Social Work, Sociology, Psychology or other related field
American Heart Association - Basic Life Support Provider (AHA-BLS) certification required before hire. Re-certification required every 2 years.
2 years in an acute or residential inpatient psychiatric facility in a similar role
Applicable internship or practicum experience may be applied towards required years of experience
Knowledge of and experience with crisis intervention and assessment techniques
Understanding of family systems
Demonstrates interest and understanding of current therapeutic modalities used in psychiatry including but not limited to trauma informed care
Demonstrates ability to work collaboratively as part of a team providing care on an acute inpatient psychiatric unit. Including but not limited to the use, knowledge and understanding of professional therapeutic communication skills, relationship building and boundaries and applies these principles to all patient, family and team interactions
Demonstrates ability to manage a psychiatric milieu to ensure safety, therapeutic rapport and engagement with a variety of age ranges, cognitive abilities and mental health concerns
Demonstrates ability to perform individual and group activates using a variety of therapeutic skills and resources appropriate for patients with varying degrees of ability. As needed and appropriate focuses therapeutic interventions on individual patient needs
Communicates promptly with team regarding changes in patient condition
Ensures adequate, timely, and appropriate documentation to meet all federal, state, and hospital guidelines
Supports efforts to maintain or improve quality initiatives, assist in meeting expected patient outcomes completes assigned tasks promptly, with accuracy, and with the patient as the center of care
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of and limits to roles and expectations due to scope of practice/ ethics/ legal for all team members
Knowledge and capacity to participate in and support treatment team assessments and plan
Knowledge and skills to help patients prepare for safe discharge to the community
Ability to recognize personal limitations and to seek supervision when appropriate
Ability to monitor personal feeling state and seek appropriate supervision when needed
Demonstrates interest and temperament in/for specific age-related problems
Demonstrates ability to develop and support treatment plans/programs that are goal driven, objective, patient centered and appropriate for the clinical setting
Ability to use electronic media to communicate and gather information pertinent to the needs of the patients on the psychiatric unit.
Strong written and verbal communication, organization, and problem solving skills
Preferred qualifications in this position include:
- Experience in a child or adolescent psychiatric environment.
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Schedule: On Call
Job Category: Counseling
Location: Oregon-Oregon City
Req ID: 242057