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Sharp HealthCare Unlicensed Marriage and Family Therapist Per DIem/Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital in El Cajon, California

Facility:Mesa Vista

CityEl Cajon


Job Status

Per Diem





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AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professional (AHA BLS Healthcare) - American Heart Association; California BBS Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) - CA Board of Behavioral Sciences; California BBS MFT Intern - CA Board of Behavioral Sciences; Master's Degree


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Weekend Requirements:

No Weekends

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What You Will Do

To assist patients and families with behavioral health and environmental resources to reach the maximum level of functioning during the current episode of care. This position is responsible for conducting behavioral health psychosocial assessments and clinical interventions, inclusive of individual, group, and family therapy. In collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, coordinates patient care and provides case management for assigned patient under clinical supervision.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's Degree Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, or Psychology from an accredited graduate program

  • 1 Year Acute/psychiatric hospital experience

  • AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professional (AHA BLS Healthcare) - American Heart Association -REQUIRED

  • California BBS Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) - CA Board of Behavioral Sciences -REQUIRED

  • California BBS MFT Intern - CA Board of Behavioral Sciences -REQUIRED

Preferred Qualifications

  • Discharge planning/case management experience

Essential Functions

  • Collaboration

Collaborates with clinical supervisor and interdisciplinary team to develop competency and acquire technical skills.

Communicates with appropriate supervisor in a timely manner all patient safety issues (e.g., suspected abuse, possible Tarasoff reporting, suicidality, clinical or ethical concerns).

Requests and accepts feedback and evidences self as a lifelong learner.

Attends and actively participates in required treatment team meetings and clinical supervision.

  • Communication and teamwork

Communicates with the members of the healthcare team and court officers, conservator's office and /or patient advocates as appropriate to expedite patient progress, while upholding patient rights and facility safety.

Maintains ongoing communication with multi-disciplinary team members regarding patient status and follow-up. Consults with team members in development of treatment plans.

Attends treatment team and staff meetings inservices and case presentations as designated by unit/department/program.

Arranges and facilitates patient care conferences for difficult/high-risk psychosocial cases to enhance resolution of identified issues.

Identifies Bioethical dilemmas and initiates appropriate response.

Consults, coordinates, and intervenes in crisis situations while assisting staff in de-escalating volatile situations and facilitating Code Green and critical incident debriefings.

Develops interdisciplinary education to increase staff knowledge.

  • Discharge and patient follow up

Utilizes appropriate community resources on behalf of patients and families.

Develops an appropriate and timely discharge plan.

Educates patient and family of options for discharge based on patient's mental health/legal/insurance status.

Provides continuity of care referrals to patients and families for ongoing community services/support upon discharge.

Schedules follow up appointment with psychiatric provider within 7 days of discharge.

Provides discharge information to next level of care.

Completes thorough safety planning with patient and family including gun removal as an appropriate measure.

  • Patient assessment

Assesses, evaluates, and documents the psychosocial needs of the patient and family:

Performs appropriate patient assessments (psychosocial, SI/HI, safety, DC planning) as related to the clinical services provided.

Formulates plan of care based on clinical assessment.

Develops and implements treatment goals which address identified patient needs.

Completes all documentation elements as appropriate, including, but not limited to, assessments, treatment plan, consultations, recommendations and interventions.

Documentation is performed in a timely, complete, legible, concise and accurate manner, in accordance with Sharp HealthCare and professional license guidelines, meeting third-party payor and regulatory requirements.

  • Safe and therapeutic environment

Provides therapeutic interventions within the scope of care with patient and family that are appropriate to the patient's diagnosis, developmental milestones, age, culture, and ethnic diversity:

Demonstrates knowledge and safe use of therapeutic procedures, appropriate clinical boundaries, and treatment modalities. Demonstrates effective crisis intervention, problem solving techniques in individual/family therapy, and therapeutic process groups and is a resource to others in these areas.

Reports all mandatory protective concerns such as Elder Abuse, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Tarasoff as required by law and Sharp HealthCare policies and procedures.

Serves as a patient advocate through encouraging patient and family participation in decision making and acts to uphold individual rights.

Informs, educates, supports, and evaluates patient/family response to therapeutic interventions via collateral calls, conjoint therapy sessions, utilization review process, and/or referrals and revises care plan as necessary.

Sharp HealthCare is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability or any other protected class