Behavioral Health Therapist

Job Summary

Reporting to the Behavioral Health Supervisor-Substance Abuse, the Behavioral Health Therapist is responsible for providing alcohol, drug, and mental health evidence-based treatment to adults and adolescents, with the ability to make dual diagnoses. Responsibilities in an outpatient position include assessment, treatment planning, on-going individual and group therapy, case management, and related
documentation. Responsibilities in an inpatient position include assessment, brief intervention, and referral. This position works collaboratively with other providers on a daily basis.

Major Responsibilities

1. Perform assessments to evaluate Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and other mental health related issues.
2. Determine the level of SUD and mental health treatment needed for each patient based on appropriate diagnostic and patient placement criteria; formulate and implement individualized, patient-centered treatment plans; and provide appropriate interventions based on ability to participate, cultural concerns, and diagnostic impression.
3. Outpatient: Provide ongoing individual and group (SUD) and mental health counseling in alignment with evidence-based practice and clinical models.
4. Inpatient: Provide brief interventions, and arrange for and coordinate appropriate referral to services in the community.
5. Participate as an active member of the clinical treatment team, including participating in case staffing and supervision sessions, collaborating to provide coverage for provider absences, sharing expertise and clinical impressions with team members, and attending staff meetings and trainings.
6. Maintain progress notes and other documentation required for the patient electronic medical record (EMR).
7. Provide feedback on clinical and diagnostic matters to management staff.
8. Participate in quality initiatives and utilization review activities as requested.
9. Participate in training new staff, supervising students, and assisting other visiting clinical personnel as needed.

Job Requirements

Education – Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling,
or other Behavioral Health related field.

Work Experience – One (1) year of combined experience working with individuals with substance use and mental health disorders

Licenses & Certifications – Unrestricted Mental Health license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), or license eligible in the State of Wisconsin
• Unrestricted certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC), Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC), or the substance use disorder specialty granted with the LCSW, LPC, or LMFT, with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), or license eligible in the State of Wisconsin (Two or more years’ experience treating substance abuse disorders may be considered in lieu of substance abuse certification)
• If in Behavioral Health Youth and Family (BHYF): Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License
• If in Behavioral Health Youth and Family (BHYF):
– Must be 21 years of age to drive a patient and/or the patient’s family in the employee’s personal vehicle or a UW Health owned fleet vehicle.
– Ability to be insured by UW Health’s Risk Management insurer, which requires:
▪ A valid Wisconsin driver’s license and
▪ Successfully passing a driver’s background check

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities – Knowledge of legal guidelines relating to alcohol, drug, and mental health counseling
• Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
• Excellent interviewing and assessment skills
• Strong ability to translate assessment information in to a treatment plan
• Demonstrated success in working with a culturally diverse patient population and community
• Demonstrated ability in managing stress and crisis situations
• Knowledge of local, state, and federal community resources available to patients
• Ability to work independently
• Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
• Must be in recovery for at least two years, if recovering from a substance use disorder

Organization: UW Health

Job Location: Madison, WI