Lead Perinatal Behavioral Specialist

Mar 06, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
Full Time
Seeking an experienced perinatal mental health provider to support building a new perinatal mental health program and growing the capacity of perinatal mental health screening and response in Washington DC.

The Lead Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist will provide behavioral health screening and appropriate responses, including behavioral health interventions to pregnant and post partum patients. Will collaborate with all involved teams and support services to ensure that patient and family needs are met; will identify and prioritize clinical and psychosocial goals; problem solve as needed to ensure follow through on needed responses by multidisciplinary team; ensure optimal outpatient coordination, excellent collaboration between teams and partner organizations with a focus on patient experience and outcomes. The Lead Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist will also provide leadership and guidance to Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialists and Care Coordinators and support to partner organizations.


Minimum Education
Master's Degree

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Masters degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or similar discipline (Required)

Minimum Work Experience
3 years

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Experience in a behavioral health setting with care coordination and evidence of leadership within multidisciplinary teams preferably within Maternal Mental Health (Required)

Required Skills/Knowledge
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability do work with diverse patients and groups.
Excellent problem solving skills to support diverse program and patient needs.
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Detail oriented, able to work independently in a fast paced, collaborative environment

Required Licenses and Certifications
Ind. Clinical Social Worker LICSW, Psychologist, LPC or Behavioral Health license comparable license Upon Hire Required

Functional Accountabilities
Professional Practice /Research

1. Identifies patients in need of Behavioral Health support and/or interventions in a systematic manner.
b. Support ongoing staff education regarding behavioral health screening, appropriate behavioral health response, coordination of care, culturally sensitive care, compassion fatigue, and other relevant topics.
b. Identify and implement best practices for responding to perinatal behavioral health concerns.

Exemplary professional Practice
1. Complete documentation of all relevant conversations, meetings and referrals.
5. Actively communicate with team members and escalate any family concerns or needs to the appropriate person or service.
1. Actively participate in team meetings.

1. Updates team members as frequently as needed to ensure "one voice" consistent communication to families.
e. Act as a liaison among clinical services and between clinical services (primary care, psychiatry etc.) and support services (ie social work and case management)
c. Provide technical support and training to team members and partner organizations.

New knowledge, Innovations and Improvements
1. Support research of best practices for screening and response for maternal mental health concerns
5. Provide regular feedback to the the program team on screening and response practices.

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification

1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
Teamwork/Communication 1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3. Receptive to others' ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving 1. Contribute to a positive work environment
2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility 1. Use resources efficiently
2. Search for less costly ways of doing things
Safety 1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Childrens National Hospital is an equal opportunity employer that evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

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