Behavioral Health Consultant

  • Philadelphia , PA
  • Full-time
  • Published: 2020-11-13 18:52:42Z

SUMMARY: The Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) works during normal clinic hours under direct supervision of a licensed practitioner. The BHC is a member of the primary care provider team providing brief, immediate behavioral health support and interventions as part of integrated primary care services. Makes referrals to outside agencies when appropriate for optimum patient care. 


  1. Behavioral Health Consultation: 
    • Works as part of the primary health care team, providing quick and accurate clinical assessments for patients in the exam room and patient care hubs using evidence-based treatment modalities. 
    • Demonstrates appropriate clinical judgment in assessment and treatment, following established clinical care guidelines; provides appropriate referrals to outside agencies as indicated. 
    • Designs culturally appropriate behavioral health interventions using evidence-based treatment modalities. 
    • Appropriately documents each patient visit in EMR, including subjective and objective data, assessments, treatment plan and other documentation as necessary. Maintains compliance with all agency policies and procedures. 
    • Effectively communicates with and educates patients regarding self-care; supports and facilitates patient goal-setting. 
    • Responds quickly to urgent/emergent needs. 
    • Provides holistic care by integrating faith and practice into patient care; provides effective spiritual intervention and referral to staff chaplains as indicated. 
  2.   ‚ÄčOther Responsibilities
    • Meets consistently with the Director of Behavioral Health for supervision and case review.  
    • Identifies and integrates community resources into practice, working collaboratively with community behavioral health agencies and others to optimize patient care. 
    • Continues to expand personal and professional knowledge by attending area trainings, peer conferences and events related to duties as BHC. 
    • Participates in departmental meetings and clinic meetings as required. 
    • Other duties as assigned.  


  • Licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an LSW. 
  • Strong oral communication skills; bilingual in Spanish and English required. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trauma-informed care and providing culturally competent care. 
  • Previous experience in an integrated behavioral health practice preferred. 
  • Intermediate computer skills. 
  • Solid interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal with people effectively under stress. Must communicate warmth and be able to put people at ease. 
  • Works in harmonious partnership with health center staff to further Esperanza’s mission and vision, to accomplish common goals and objectives. Supports the Esperanza mission and vision; favorably represents Christ and His mission at Esperanza within and outside the Health Center. 

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