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Johns Hopkins University Mental Health Therapist in Baltimore, Maryland

The Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary is seeking a Mental Health Therapist to work in collaboration with cystic fibrosis (CF) physicians, psychologist, social workers, nurses and other team members to deliver and coordinate mental health care services as part of routine care and research protocols for 300+ people with CF treated at the Johns Hopkins Adult Cystic Fibrosis Care Center. Service include performing formal depression and anxiety screening, providing mental health counseling, coordinating mental health and psychiatric referrals, and collecting and monitoring data as part of clinical, quality improvement initiatives and grant funded mental health research.

The Johns Hopkins Adult CF Program is committed to using all of its existing resources to aid in training and supporting the individual filling this position. This position can be completely remote until on-campus work is able to resume.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

Half the position will be to serve as the Johns Hopkins Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program Mental Health Coordinator (MHC). The MHC will:

  • Perform quarterly anxiety and depression screening of patients.

  • Develop and document a personalized mental health plan for the patients in collaboration with other CF team members.

  • Provide mental health counseling to CF patients.

  • Work closely with team to provide ongoing case management of CF patients.

  • Communicate with primary CF physician about mental health services provided and collaborate with physicians and team members as needed as part of a cohesive team-care model

  • Coordinate mental health care referrals, including counseling for patients scoring in the moderate to severe range on screening

  • Consult with and refer patients with complex psychiatric needs to psychiatric physicians as needed.

  • Expand an existing referral database of mental health professionals in Maryland, Northern Virginia, Delaware and Southern Pennsylvania. Assist with developing a network of community-based mental health providers for patients needing to receive mental health care locally.

  • Provide education and resources about CF to community-based providers and serve as a resource for these providers.

  • Assist with data collection and quality improvement efforts related to CF mental health.

Other duties as assigned.

Half the positon will be to serve as a Research Interventionist on funded grants that target cognitive, behavioral, and emotional outcomes for people with CF. The Interventionist will:

  • Independently schedule and conduct intervention sessions per protocol. Sessions are expected to be scheduled at a time convenient for the participants and will include evenings and weekends.

  • Audio record intervention sessions per protocol for treatment fidelity.

  • Actively participate in supervision to ensure treatment fidelity. Work closely with the investigators to modify and edit manuals and protocols as needed.

  • Track scheduling, session completions etc. per protocol accurately and in a timely fashion using a research database such as REDCap.

  • Understand the importance/impact of data integrity regarding honest reporting of sensitive and confidential patient information.

  • Adhere to rules and guidelines regarding the sensitivity and confidential nature of patient information.

  • Exercise good judgment, tact and sensitivity at all times

  • Work independently and under the direction of the PI to ensure successful completion of the clinical research study.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or related field required.

  • Licensure as LCSW or other license required per related discipline.

  • Formal coursework and supervised experience in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or similar treatment approach.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience providing mental health counseling via telehealth

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of counseling theories, principles, and concepts typically acquired through completion of a Master’s degree in social work, psychology or related clinical field.

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and provide empathy in difficult interpersonal situations.

  • Ability to work independently, strong time-management skills to manage multiple tasks, detail oriented, self-motivated.

  • Ability to use personal computer; proficiency in Microsoft Word and database and spreadsheet knowledge (e.g., Excel).

  • Carries out duties and responsibilities with limited supervision, but asks for clarification or guidance when needed to support patient well-being and safety and adherence to study protocols and clinical best practices.

Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications: Standard HIPAA courses and IRB course work must be completed. Work requires proofreading and/or reviewing documents.

Physical Requirements:

Sitting, standing and walking for extended period. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s). Ability to move standard equipment through a hospital or clinical environment.

Working Conditions : Will need to work some evenings and weekends but will set their own schedule. Limited amount of travel. Will be asked to tele-work due to COVID but may be expected to be in-office hours once COVID restrictions are lifted.

Classified Title: Mental Health Therapist ​​​​​

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MC

Starting Salary Range: $45,195.00-$62,225.00;Commensurate with experience

Employee Group: Full Time

Schedule: 40 hrs/week

Exempt Status: Exempt

Location: Johns Hopkins Bayview

Department Name: Medicine, Division of Pulmonary

Personnel Area: School of Medicine

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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