Under general supervision, the Infant Mental Health Specialist/Healthy Steps Specialist provides integrated behavioral health services, enhanced anticipatory guidance, and well child care teaching to families of children aged birth to five years old through integrated well child visits with the pediatric provider and provision of evidenced-based resources and support. The Infant Mental Health Specialist/Healthy Steps Specialist provides services as a key member of the primary care team within Ambulatory Care Services (ACS) and abides by guidelines and expectations specific to the clinic(s) in which they provide patient care. Services include evidence-based treatments for infant mental health and early childhood, including screening and preventive interventions, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders, and biopsychosocial support for caregivers and the family system. The Infant Mental Health Specialist/Healthy Steps Specialist strives to create positive customer service experience by committing to the highest standards set forth by Denver Health and provides as needed: case management and consultation, case coordination to facilitate linkage to community resources, and crisis intervention.
Education: Masters of Social Work or doctorate from an accredited social work program by the Council of Social Work Education.
Experience: Typically two years of full time post-Master’s Degree social work practice under the supervision of a licensed or equivalently qualified social worker or other DORA approved professional practitioner.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Advanced knowledge and skills in effective psychological practice in primary care medical settings. Excellent interpersonal skills and motivation to work as part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team in a medical setting. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to respond to feedback and incorporate it into practice. Knowledge of evidence-based, brief therapy modalities for effective practice in primary care medical settings as well as knowledge of crisis intervention and risk assessment. Knowledge of patient populations’ cultural, religious, ethnic, and social systems in interactions, care planning, and education. Knowledge of medical terms, abbreviations, diagnoses, treatment, and prognosis with ability to demonstrate this knowledge verbally and in writing. Skill in providing care appropriate to the age of the patients served within the clinic setting. Skill in establishing a therapeutic alliance and engaging the patient in collaborative goal setting and prioritizing patient needs as part of the care team in the primary care clinic setting. Ability to manage the therapeutic relationship including triaging patient to specialty mental health services and termination. Familiarity with community resources available to patients. Ability to respond to trauma or psychiatric emergency including writing involuntary mental health holds.
Certificate/License/Registration: Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado. Current Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider Certification/CPR. All Certifications and Licenses required for this job must be kept current as a condition of continued employment.
Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality academic health care system that is considered a model for the nation. The Denver Health system includes the Rocky Mountain Regional Level I Trauma Center, a 525-bed acute care medical center, Denver’s 911 emergency medical response system, 8 family health centers, 15 school-based health centers, the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, the Denver Public Health Department, an HMO, and The Denver Health Foundation.
As Colorado’s primary safety net institution, Denver Health is a mission-driven organization that has provided more than $3.3 billion in care for the uninsured in the last ten years. Denver Health is a leader in performance and quality improvements and remains financially secure, in part, due to its nationally recognized implementation of lean principles in healthcare. Denver Health is a major resource to the community, serving approximately 185,000 individuals and 67,000 children a year.
Located just south of downtown Denver, Denver Health is just minutes away from many of the cultural and recreational activities Denver has to offer.
We strongly support diversity in the workforce and Denver Health is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).
“Denver Health is committed to provide equal treatment and equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees. Denver Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.”