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HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION Mental Health Specialist II in VERNON, Texas

Job/Position DescriptionAre you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the State Hospital System (SHS) may be just the place for you! The SHS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The SHS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan. Apply now to join our team.This position is Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the Competency Program.The Mental Health Specialist II performs routine psychological work within a social learning and recovery oriented environment including conducting psychological testing, diagnosing, counseling, report preparation, and research. The Mental Health Specialist II: administers and interprets psychological instruments; prepares reports; interviews clients, and recommends treatment; prepares behavioral analyses and designs and may monitor skill acquisition and behavior modification plans; participates in conference for diagnosis and treatment; conducts individual and group psychotherapy; and plans and conducts training programs. Performs related work as assigned. Works under moderate supervision with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Works under the supervision of the Chief Psychologist on the Program. Essential Job FunctionsAttends Work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.Performs psychological activities under the supervision of a licensed Psychologist, including individual, group, and/or family therapy with patients referred. In addition, may also meet with families of patients with other recovery team members to provide information and help with discharge planning.Develops individualized Person-Centered Recovery Plans as assigned on a rotating basis incorporating the patient's goals, noting barriers to achieving these goals, and including appropriate objectives and interventions.Interviews referred patients and recommends to the patient's recovery team the treatment(s) which will help the patient achieve stability, achieve his/her goals, and maintain recovery after discharge from the hospital.Develops and/or conducts specialized psychoeducational groups to help patients gain knowledge and develop skills to aid in their recovery.Interviews patients and reviews records to help with diagnostic clarification recovery planning. This may occur in regular recovery team meetings and in difficult case conferences.Develops individual behavior plans to address problematic behaviors such as aggression, self-harm, intrusiveness, etc. Works with staff to successfully implement these plans. Monitors effectiveness and modifies plans as needed. As needed, conducts psychological test administration, scoring, and interpretation under the supervision of a licensed Psychologist.Participates in quality assurance and quality enhancement activities related to psychological service provision and to treatment across the hospital. This may include completing chart audits, partici https://jobshrportal.hhsc.state.tx.us/ENG/CareerPortal/job\_profile.cfm?szOrderID=481210 Copy the URL in the preceding sentence to an Internet Explorer browser to apply to the job directly through the Texas Health and Human Services Career Portal.

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