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Behavioral Health Specialist - LICSW, Renton, WA

Organization: UW Medicine | Valley Medical Center
Category: Behavioral Health Professional
Location: Renton, WA
Date Job Posted: September 8, 2022
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POSITION TITLE: Behavioral Health Specialist – LICSW

JOB OVERVIEW: The Behavioral Health Specialist is responsible for providing evaluation, consultation, care management and short-term psychotherapy services for patients referred to the BHIP (Behavioral Health Integration Program).

Services are provided in the primary care setting.

ASSIGNMENT AREA: Primary Care Clinics, as assigned.

HOURS OF WORK: Typically Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm or as needed to support department needs.

RESPONSIBLE TO: Psychiatry and Counseling Manager


  • State of Washington Licensure in LICSW, LMHC or LMFT required.
  • Post graduate experience in providing MH services to adult population.
  • Experienced in use of electronic health record (EHR) preferred
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to write legibly, spell correctly, and use accepted grammar.


  • Ability to assess the psychological and social needs of patients, as well as to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of plans which address them.
  • Knowledge of the DSM 5 and how-to diagnosis MH disorders
  • Demonstrates expertise in providing short-term psychotherapy services to an adult population
  • Effective communication skills including conflict management skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team member.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to interact with the interdisciplinary team of care providers to coordinate care for patients.
  • Sensitivity to coordinate care for patients from a variety of ethnic, cultural, social, and economic backgrounds and with varied mental health needs.
  • Knowledge of community resources and how to access them effectively and efficiently.
  • Knowledge of the healthcare financial environment, reimbursement, and levels of care preferred
  • Ability to work independently without close supervision.
  • Ability to function in a setting with a wide variety of duties and numerous interruptions.
  • Ability to set priorities among multiple demands; produce accurate work, and meet deadlines.
  • Neat and well-groomed appearance.
  • Experience with Epic preferred.


See Generic Job Description/Clinical Partner


Generic Job Functions: See Generic Job Description/Clinical Partner

B. Unique Job Functions:

  • Complete assessment and plan appropriate to the patient's physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and developmental state.
  • Meets monthly with Psychiatry and Counseling Manager for supervision.
  • Track patient follow up and clinical outcomes in registry.
  • Facilitate referrals for services outside the primary care clinic as appropriate.
  • Participates in improvement projects to aid BHIP.
  • Works in collaboration with the BHIP psychiatrist.
  • Keeps Manager at Psychiatry and Counseling Clinic informed of potential or actual problems in a timely manner.
  • Monitors patients (in person or by telephone) for changes in clinical symptoms and treatment side effects or complications.
  • Supports psychotropic medication management prescribed by PCPs.
  • Provide brief interventions using evidenced based techniques such as Behavioral Activation, Problem-Solving Treatment, Motivational Interviewing or other appropriate treatment modalities.
  • Provide accurate information to patients, physicians, staff and community as requested in a timely fashion.
  • Take responsibility for personal professional development to maintain and increase competency and support the education of patients and staff:
  • Maintain licensure/registration/certification
  • Participate in ongoing education relevant to role
  • Provide guidance to staff for dealing with difficult patient situations when appropriate
  • Maintain confidentiality of patient information and medical records.
  • Collect and report statistics as requested.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the importance of cost containment for the department.
  • Provide suggestions regarding performance improvement opportunities to BHIP Psychiatrist and Psychiatry and Counseling Manager.
  • Attends meetings as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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If you have any questions about applying, please contact Mary Dean at or call 425-690-4192

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