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University of Rochester Mental Health Therapist - 228863 in Rochester, New York

Mental Health Therapist Job ID 228863

Location Strong Memorial Hospital Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 053 Psychiatry SMH Ambulatory Svcs


8 AM-5 PM



The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester invites applications for a full-time therapist position to join its Transplant Psychiatry team. This position is integrated into the Advanced Heart Failure Program, which has a well-established presence in URMC and is the only program which offers heart transplant/LVAD in Western NY. The position is designed to provide mental health care to patients in this program. A key goal is having a therapist interested in becoming knowledgeable about providing mental health care to the cardiac patients in a manner integrated with their cardiac treatments. The mental health therapist will collaborate with the program’s transplant psychiatrist, cardiologists, surgeons, advanced practice providers, social workers and others. The therapist provides shorter-term mental health services for individuals who have a diagnosable mental illness, and functions as the primary clinician and is responsible for assessment, treatment planning, and therapy/counseling for patients in the program. The successful candidate will have expertise in evidence-based treatments, is interested in working with cardiac patients, will be skilled in collaborating with an interdisciplinary team, and is committed to addressing mental health inequities. We are seeking a qualified master’s level candidate (LCSW or LCSW-R, LMFT, LMSW or LMHC) with three years post graduate experience and strong clinical and diagnostic skills to join our vibrant team. Previous experience in addiction psychiatry is a plus.


  • Under general direction and with considerable latitude for independent judgment performs complex psychosocial assessments and diagnostic formulations for patients when indicated. Ensures the development and implementation of comprehensive and individualized treatment plans for patients with clearly defined therapeutic goals.

  • Conducts evidence-informed treatment with patients, and with families as necessary. Provides direct clinical services to assigned patients, including evaluation, individual, family therapy and crisis intervention. Meets minimum target for clinical productivity set by service director. Assesses successful completion of therapeutic goals and plans termination of therapy accordingly.

  • Participates collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team to provide coordinated care. Collaborates with referral sources and other professionals both internal and external throughout patient care activities. Coordinates with support staff regarding patient scheduling, fees, and insurance issues.

  • Documents treatment in patient's electronic medical record in compliance with Program, Department and Hospital regulations.

  • Attends new staff orientation as required by the Division, Department, URMC and discipline. Participates in all required Departmental and programmatic diversity trainings and professional development.

  • Maintains a thorough knowledge of, and follows, all Discipline, Collaborative Care Division, and Department of Psychiatry Mental Health and Wellness Services policies and procedures, as well as those delineated by OMH. Maintains professional standards and continuing education by reading, attending seminars, workshops and conferences, and staying up to date for the NYS requirements for maintenance of licensure as appropriate. Engages in annual and periodic performance review process with Program Director, supervisor, and clinical chief, where relevant, for the purposes of recognition of strengths and contributions, feedback, and continuous quality improvement relative to performance in the role as well as the Service needs.


  • Master's degree from a Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) accredited program with major course work in mental health counseling required.

  • 3 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.


  • Knowledge about and ability to implement evidence-informed psychotherapeutic interventions;

  • Commitment to and routine demonstration of biopsychosocial approach to care of individuals and families;

  • Dedication to delivering a team-based integrated model of care

  • Demonstrates cultural humility and anti-racism values and works toward ensuring all patients feel welcome.

Requires NYS licensure as a mental health practitioner or limited permit eligible; if licensure has not been attained upon employment, the individual has 36 months to attain NYS license.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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