As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.Harborview Medical Center's Pioneer Square Clinic has an outstanding opportunity for a 100% Full-Time Mental Health Practitioner. Under general supervision, the professional at the Mental Health Practitioner level is responsible to interact with the client population at the sites served, conducting psychiatric evaluations and social service nee assessments for homeless clients. Develop individualized treatment plans and follow-up strategies utilizing other care providers as able. Patient Care DeliveryParticipates as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to serve homeless people.Provides outreach/engagement services for difficult to reach clients initially addressing basic needs for food, clothing, shelter and medical care.Conduct Psychiatric evaluations and social service needs assessments. Develop treatment plans and follow up strategies making referrals and using a case management approach as indicated.Provide counseling/psychotherapy.Recommend and monitor use of medication in mental health treatment.Participate in psychiatric consultation, supervision and program meetings.DocumentationDocuments patient care in a manner that reflects recognition of the legal significance of an accurate and complete mental health record.Completes documentation of grant required encounter form in a timely manner.Patient TeachingDevelops, implements and documents teaching specific to the patient populations served by the Health Care for the Homeless Mental Health Team.May participate in community activities that relate to education about and advocacy for the mental health needs of the homeless.Advocacy and Humanistic CareActs as an advocate for the patient/family through such activities as organizing patient care conferences and safeguarding patient's privacy and confidentiality.Promotes and atmosphere/attitude of respect for human dignity and the uniqueness of each patient.Promotes SafetyPromotes and protects general safety for patient and co-workers through measures such as adherence to correct procedures [including TB and blood borne pathogens], monitoring and appropriate responses and seeking consultation.Responsible for the security of log in for IT systems. Have signed Security/Confidentiality Agreement and completed checklist of applications.Response in EmergenciesActs promptly and effectively in managing self, patients and other employees during emergency situations.Provides information regarding emergencies, i.e. calling 911, MHPs.Quality Assessment and ImprovementParticipates in and supports the Health Care for the Homeless, division and HMC quality assessment and improvement activities.Maintain Clinical CompetenceMaintains/improves clinical professional competence and knowledge and skills through use of appropriate resources to meet identified self-learning needs and annual review requirements.Clinic/Divisional DevelopmentSupports development of program and divisional efficiency and effectiveness through such activities as: participating in team problem solving, demonstrating support for program and divisional policies/procedures and sharing expertise with other care givers.Promotes Team Building:Is available by pager/cell phone to team members and other staff.Works collaboratively with homeless program staff, clinic personnel and other homeless care providers.Develops cooperative relationships with other agencies in the mental health and social service systems in order to provide effective services.Provides psychiatric consultation, program presentations and in-service training.May assist in supervision of volunteers, students and support staff
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.