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University of Rochester Mental Health Therapist - 227651 in Rochester, New York

Mental Health Therapist Job ID 227651

Location School of Medicine & Dentistry Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 053 Psychiatry M&D Crisis Svcs


8 AM-4:30 PM










Description of Patient Population:

X Pediatric(s) 5 - 12

X Adolescent(s) 12 - 18

X Adult(s) 18 and above

X Geriatric(s) 65


    The mental health counselor assigned to the Mobile Crisis Team provides assessment, and crisis intervention and treatment to complex mentally ill patients who are at risk in a variety of outreach settings, including group homes, shelters, patients’ homes, and other sites across Monroe County. The mental health counselor on the Mobile Crisis Team works closely with a Crisis Specialist. Through psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, resource consultation, and brief treatment, psychosocial risk may be minimized and Emergency Department utilization decreased.


    Administrative (5%)

  • Acts as a liaison between the Mobile Crisis Team, CPEP, Department of Psychiatry, Strong Memorial Hospital, and community agencies.

  • Attends monthly Program Staff Meetings.

  • Ensures that Division, Department, and Hospital policies and procedures are implemented with regard to professional practice, discharge planning and patient care.

  • Participates in activities of the Division including, but not limited to timely completion of statistical reports/forms, time sheets and other Hospital or Division forms; Hospital and Division mandatory in-service training programs and UHS reviews.

  • Subscribes to the Departmental goal of creating a culturally competent environment by treating patient, families, trainees, and co-workers in a sensitive manner with appropriate attention to cultural differences.

  • Participates in available cultural competency events and training appropriate to job duties.

Clinical (95%)

  • Provide psychosocial assessment to patients in outreach settings (i.e., group homes, shelters, patients’ homes) who are at exceptional psychosocial risk.

  • Provides psychiatric crisis intervention and treatment in the community to help stabilize patients.

  • Provides clinical leadership to Mobile Crisis Team in the field. Exercises considerable independent judgment with respect to assessment and treatment of psychiatric patients in outreach settings.

  • Responsible for assessing safety of scene prior to deployment of Mobile Crisis Team and accessing need for law enforcement services to ensure safety of Mobile Crisis Team in the field.

  • Involves family and other mental health treatment providers as necessary in interventions.

  • Promotes and ensures continued staff education around multicultural factors which affect care and treatment of patients.

  • Ensures that proper treatment and referral protocols are followed with respect to child abuse, domestic violence, consultation with specialty clinics, and referral both within and outside of SMH.

  • Documents treatment in patient's chart in compliance with Division, Department and Hospital policy.

  • Participates in on-call activities of the Mobile Crisis Team, including after hours and daily on-call.

Teaching (TBD)

Based on experience and as determined by the License Mental Health Counselor supervisor may supervise mental health counselor graduate students, psychiatric residents, medical students, and family medicine residents assigned to the Psychiatric Emergency Program. Supervision relates to psychosocial assessment and crisis intervention with patients and family



The Mental Health Therapist professional performance is supervised by the Mobile Crisis Team Sr. Licensed Mental Health Therapist.


  • The Mental Health Therapist is accountable administratively and clinically to his/her Sr. Licensed Mental Health Therapist supervisor for provision of mental health services, and adherence to policies, procedures, and standards of professional conduct. The mental health therapist’s job performance must conform to the expectations set forth in the position description.

  • The mental health therapist is accountable to the Sr. LMHC and Clinical Director of the Mobile Crisis Team for providing professional mental health services in accordance with the policies and standards established by the Program and the Department of Psychiatry.


    Mental Health Therapist evaluations are conducted annually by the mental health therapist’s supervisor, with commentary from the Clinical Director and Medical Director of Mobile Crisis Team. Salary and promotional recommendations are made by the mental health's supervisor in consultation with the appropriate Division personnel. Salary increases and professional recommendations are subject to guidelines established by the Division of Psychiatry, Strong Memorial Hospital and the University of Rochester.


Master’s degree from a Counsel of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) accredited program with major course work in mental health counseling. Requires NYS licensure as a mental health practitioner (e.g., Mental Health Counselor, Creative Arts Therapist) or limited permit eligible. If licensure has not been obtained upon employment, the individual has 36 months to obtain the NYS license. Computer literacy preferred.


This position description is reviewed annually by the mental health therapist and his/her supervisor. Position review provides opportunity for comment from the Clinical Director and Medical Director of Mobile Crisis Team and for updating, as needed. Similarly, if a new mental health therapist is hired for the position, a review and update of the position description should occur. Changes in the position description are recommended by the supervisor, in consultation with the Clinical Director and Medical Director of Mobile Crisis Team

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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