Tritons Crisis Response Team Clin. Social Worker - 115156
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#115156 Tritons Crisis Response Team Clin. Social WorkerInitial Review Date: Thu 5/19/2022
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The Student Health and Well-being (SHW) cluster of the UC San Diego, which reports through UC San Diego Health System, plays a leadership role in creating a strong and active well-being culture that enables all students to flourish in body, mind and spirit. Under the oversight of the executive director, the SHW cluster includes the departments of Student Health Services (SHS), Health Promotion Services (HPS), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and SHW Administration.
CAPS delivers campus-based mental health services to over 42,000 registered UCSD undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students. CAPS' multicultural, multidisciplinary, and student-centered staff strives to deliver trauma informed, culturally proficient counseling and psychiatric services, psycho-educational preventive outreach and early intervention programming, consultation, research, and training opportunities.
In collaboration with Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, CAPS services support the academic mission of the University aimed at student success, retention and wellbeing, and works toward the maintenance of a just, inclusive and healthy living and learning environment for individuals to flourish as they pursue their academic, career, and personal goals. CAPS is accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services (IACS) and the Post-doctoral Resident Training Program is affiliated with the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Center (APPIC). CAPS is fully committed to self-examination, peer review, and quality improvement through the utilization of metrics, data, clinical outcomes, client experience measurements and feedback.
The Tritons Crisis Response Team (TCRT) licensed clinical social worker will support UC San Diego Chancellor's commitment to re-envisioning campus safety and policing towards a welcoming service-oriented, and community-centric university campus. The incumbent will promote a campus culture emphasizing fair, collaborative, and trusting community relationships, and respectful and humane methods to campus safety. Incumbent must be a skilled mental health professional who is multi-culturally proficient/affirming and possesses specific training, skills and demonstrated experience in providing behavioral health services and oversight of behavioral health programs. The incumbent will assist the TCRT Manager to achieve organizational objectives. The health professionals will be embedded within the UC San Diego Police Department, prioritizing the well-being of the entire campus community. This incumbent will respond to crisis situations and deliver onsite, immediate and personalized mental health interventions within a framework of inclusion excellence, social justice, and the aspiration to eliminate health care disparities.
Because historical data support the fact that some calls requiring response to mental health crisis can be volatile and appear dangerous, it is envisioned that attending to such calls will be a co-response of compassionate police personnel and crisis response personnel. The TCRT will serve as first responders in wellness checks, behavioral health crisis triage, and mental health emergencies within the campus community, reducing the role of armed officers in non-criminal calls. In coordination with the CAPS Director and Leadership Team, the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, UC San Diego Health Emergency Department and Inpatient Psychiatric Care, Neuro-Behavioral Medical Unit, the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry College Mental Health Program, and the UC San Diego Police Department Chief, incumbent assists the TCRT Manager in the daily operations and outcomes of a mobile compassionate crisis response for the UC San Diego campus and community. This includes collaboration and support in work flow design and training from dispatch response to disposition, marketing strategies to ensure the campus community is able to access and utilize the services, and collaborative partnerships with relevant campus departments and local mental health resources and hospitals, stabilization and transitional units, and designated providers for ongoing care to deliver optimal level of services and safety for UC San Diego community members in crisis.
Under the general supervision of the CAPS Director or designee, the incumbent performs specialized mental health social work to support the campus community, and students in particular, to enhance their educational experience and reduce the impact of mental conditions and personal distress on their wellbeing through appropriate assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and referrals to campus and community resources. The incumbent will develop interventions, treatment plans, bridge care, monitor progress, and assure effective coordination of care between providers at CAPS, other campus resources, and mental health providers in the surrounding community. The services provided will include triage, crisis intervention and focused, brief psychotherapy, as well as coordination of care and specialized case management for high-risk students discharged from the hospital. Treatment plans may result in off-campus referrals to intensive outpatient and inpatient programs and specialized and/or long term psychotherapy. When appropriate, the incumbent will also work with University Administrators, Student Affairs and Academic Departments for effective collaboration and timely coordination of care, including medical leave of absence and readmission.
The TCRT provides rapid response and in-the field assessments, crisis management, transport, and referral, using trauma and culturally responsive practices and interventions at all levels of care. Types of calls may include wellness check, 5150 evaluations, telehealth and on-site in-person crisis interventions, de-escalation, consultation to campus staff, faculty, and administration regarding mental health concerns, and communication related to mental health and wellbeing. The TCRT is designed and operated in alignment with a continuum of care services principles and practices meeting the highest standards under UC San Diego Health.
Master's degree from an accredited school of social work or equivalent degree. Possession of a clinical social worker license issued by the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners, and three (3) years of post-master's experience.
Demonstrated ability to carry out effective, trauma informed, and culturally responsive field work with the campus police and security officers.
Experience with rapid screening and assessment and diagnosis towards development of appropriate interventions and level of care while working under pressure.
Demonstrated skill in effectively managing mental health emergencies.
Demonstrated active listening, persuasion, and crisis de-escalation intervention skills.
Experience providing clinical interventions for the wide range of presenting issues with varying degrees of acuity, severity, and complexity, assessing and managing risk and disposition through case management and efficient follow up
Proven ability to develop and implement culturally proficient, responsive, and effective outreach programs and provide consultation, mental health promotion, and preventative psycho-educational outreach services.
Proven ability and experience coordinating care with community mental health resources.
Excellent interpersonal skills in general, and specific to mental health consultation work, are required including the ability to: develop strong working relationships; positively represent the mobile crisis response team across diverse communities; and interact effectively with both health care professionals and non-professionals regarding mental health concerns.
Proven ability to work effectively in teams and interact easily, collaboratively, and productively with colleagues, supervisors, and member's of the campus community, maintaining a positive and cooperative work environment and relationships.
Knowledge of student development theories to explain college student behavior, including psychosocial theories, cognitive/structural theories, and ecological and integrative theories.
Working knowledge of electronic medical/mental health records systems (EMR or EHR).
- Specific training and/or experience working with problems particularly prevalent in college-age population, and in interdisciplinary setting focusing on student wellness.
- Bilingual ability to provide mental health care and support to students and families in English and Spanish.
- Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
- Must work evenings, weekends, and holidays, as needed for after-hours emergency coverage.
- Various work locations, if needed and deemed necessary by the department.
- Ability to telecommute for work, if/when needed and operationally feasible, as determined by department.
- Occasional travel may be required. Must have access to reliable transportation to travel to off-site meetings and events.
Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).
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