Title:  Behavioral Health Specialist

Division:  Family and Community Medicine
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $50,251 - $65,329
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  7257


The Behavioral Health Specialist (BHS) with Trauma Specialization will primarily provide clinical care in the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model within a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) for individuals facing homelessness. The PCBH model utilizes brief (15- to 30-minute) visits for a wide variety of behavioral issues that present in primary care. Visits are consultative in nature, working with the primary care providers (PCP) to develop and implement treatment plans using evidence-based strategies. In addition, this position will include a 16-hour weekly PTSD and other trauma/stressor-related disorders clinic. The BHS will provide individual or group psychotherapies, including evidence-based psychotherapy modalities: cognitive processing therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), prolonged exposure (PE) as well as other CBT-based, trauma-informed treatment. The BHS is accountable to the Director of Behavioral Health Services.

Job Duties

•    Carries out the mission of HHH and ensures the quality of services through interaction with patients. 
•    Provides support services to patients with physical health, mental health and/or substance abuse diagnoses. 
•    Performs assessments of patient needs and, with patient and primary care clinician, develops a negotiated care plan. 
•    Provides consultant services to clinical staff based on PCBH model.
•    Evaluates and/or revises care plan as indicated with appropriate documentation in progress notes and communicates this to relevant multi-disciplinary team members.
•    Provides evidence-based treatments for individuals with exposure to trauma.
•    Builds and maintains a therapeutic relationship with patients through engagement and negotiated goal setting. 
•    Maintains clinical documentation, organization and patient confidentiality. 
•    Advocates with community service providers to facilitate access of patients to needed services. 
•    Conducts group classes and group visits to promote skill building, education and improved health for the patient as needed.
•    Attends and participates in meetings and Quality Improvement activities as required.
•    Participates in evaluation of peers, support staff and supervisor as required. 
•    Sustains productivity expectations established by supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Social Work, Counseling or Psychology.
  • No experience required.
  • Current Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Preferred Qualifications

•    Experience and/or interest in working with homeless and/or medically underserved populations 
•    Practice experience with trauma-informed care/treating individuals with exposure to trauma
•    Ability to use Microsoft Office and Excel, spreadsheets, and computer data-base systems 
•    Practice experience in the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model 

•    Familiar with empirically-supported protocol for trauma treatment (e.g., Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
•    Demonstrates characteristics for working within a multi-disciplinary team environment 
•    Demonstrates strong interpersonal and negotiating skills 
•    Demonstrates strong analytical skills; strong verbal and written skills 
•    Manages time effectively, handles multiple assignments simultaneously, and prioritizes projects 
•    Demonstrates professionalism in appearance and actions 
•    Supports the agency Mission and Standards of Excellence 
•    Assumes responsibility for own actions, behavior, quality of work, and productivity 





Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.