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St. Joseph Health / Covenant Health Social Worker - Ambulatory Behavioral Health *$1,000 Sign-On Bonus* in Mission Viejo, California

We are looking for a Social Worker with $1,000 Sign-On Bonus for the Ambulatory Behavioral Health Department at Providence Medical Foundation. $1,000 Sign-On Bonus for eligible external candidates who meet all conditions for payment - this is in addition to the fantastic benefits and compensation package offered by Providence that begin on your first day of employment.

Location: Mission Viejo, CA

Work Schedule: Full time - 80 Biweekly Hours

Shift: 8-hour, Days

Job Summary:

The Licensed Behavioral Health Specialist (BHS) is a key behavioral health provider embedded as a core member of the multi-disciplinary integrated care team, led by the primary care provider, and including clinical nursing staff, case management, pharmacy and psychiatrists. The role of the BHS is to help the primary care provider and team improve their effectiveness and efficiency in managing the whole patient, focusing on the mental, behavioral and psychosocial challenges that often emerge in the primary care setting.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide brief consultative interventions to individuals and family members in person and over secure telephonic and video systems.

  • Work effectively in a patient-centered, integrated care model in a variety of clinical settings.

  • Participate in shared treatment sessions with providers and patients.

  • Participate in integrative care team meetings to coordinate care.

  • Clarify mental health diagnoses when needed.

  • Construct, document, and execute robust treatment plans using the biopsychosocial model.

  • Utilize evidence-based clinical tools for tracking clinical outcomes in primary care (PHQ9, GAD7, etc.).

  • Broker patient access to resources as needed (housing, financial assistance, etc.).

  • Interface with community mental health and substance abuse treatment centers to coordinate care as appropriate.

  • Provide a supervisory role for student interns and patient-peers with lived experience as appropriate.

  • Participate on various committees and peer groups as requested.


  • Excellent computer skills and familiarity with clinical documentation in electronic health record.

  • Possess basic, non-technical knowledge of psychopharmacology for common behavioral health disorders, and of other medications that can influence mental status.

  • Possess highly developed analytical, interpersonal, and counseling skills required.

  • Familiarity with brief, structured intervention techniques (motivational interviewing, behavioral activation, CBT etc.).

  • Familiarity with accessing community resources (housing, financial assistance, etc.).

  • Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple demands and projects.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, often stressful environment.

  • Ability to work with a diverse patient and staff population.

  • Ability to work effectively with groups.

  • Ability to work in different settings as required by system needs.

  • Ability to develop cooperative relationships with families, patients, physicians and other healthcare professionals within and outside Heritage.

  • Thorough knowledge of integrative care principles and operations preferred.

  • Bilingual English/Spanish communication skills preferred.

Minimum Position Requirements:

Education: Master's Degree in Counseling, Psychology or Social Work.


  • 3 years Work related experience.

  • Experience working with underserved, vulnerable populations.

Licenses/Certifications: Current Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Preferred Position Qualifications:


  • 4 years work related experience in a primary care clinic or hospital.

  • Leadership experience.

Providence Medical Foundation (formerly St. Joseph Heritage Health) includes seven medical groups throughout Northern California, Orange County, High Desert and Los Angeles County. With 175 locations and nearly 4,000 caregivers (employees), Providence Medical Foundation has been continually recognized as a leader in quality, receiving top honors from various organizations, including the Orange County Medical Association for Physicians of Excellence and the Integrated Healthcare Association with distinction in clinical quality. Providence Medical Foundation provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Providence Medical Foundation complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Company: Providence Medical Foundation

Category: Social Work

Req ID: R356489