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University of Rochester Rehabilitation Therapist - 216503 in Rochester, New York

Rehabilitation Therapist

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Strong Memorial Hospital

Full/Part Time


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Full Time 40 hours Grade 053 Psych SMH Ambulatory Reg


Position Summary:

The mental health therapist is an integral and embedded member of the primary care team at Strong Internal Medicine at URMC. The therapist has latitude for initiative and independent judgment, and provides comprehensive, compassionate, person- and family-centered care to referred Internal Medicine patients, which includes: screening, psychosocial assessment, psychiatric diagnosis and brief, evidence-based treatment. In this role, the mental health therapist also partners with medical providers and medical social work to identify high risk patients with behavioral health and medical comorbidities, contributes to a unified person-centered treatment plan with the goal of improving the patient's overall health and well-being, and facilitates access to other specialty psychiatric and substance use care as needed. The position will require collaboration with physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, medical social workers, psychiatric consultants, administrators and other staff. The position also involves providing education and support to other clinicians and staff on the Medicine team.

This position will be based at the residency practice of Strong Internal Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital. This clinical service is an extension of an Office of Mental Health-regulated clinic which is part of Strong Behavioral Health and the Division of Collaborative Care in the Department of Psychiatry.

The mental health therapist provides comprehensive mental health and/or dual diagnosis services for individuals who have a diagnosable mental illness. The therapist functions as the primary behavioral health clinician and is responsible for assessment, treatment planning, therapy/counseling, and education services for patients and families., as well as systematically and continually assesses the patient's mental condition in collaboration with the patient, family, and others in the treatment team.


  • Under general direction and with considerable latitude for independent judgment performs complex psychosocial assessments and diagnostic formulations for patients and their families 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 families

  • Participates collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team to provide coordinated care. Provides direct clinical services to assigned patients, including evaluation, individual, family and/or group therapy and crisis intervention.

  • Documents treatment in patients' electronic medical record in compliance with Program, Department and Hospital regulations. Meets minimum target for clinical productivity set by service director.

  • Collaborates with referral sources and other professionals both internal and external throughout patient care activities. Mobilizes family and natural support networks when clinically indicated.

  • Assesses successful completion of therapeutic goals and plans termination of therapy accordingly. Coordinates with Primary Care Physicians to ensure continuity of care.

  • Establishes and regularly maintains cooperative working relationships with community and health care agencies, as well as professional and administrative staff of the Medical Center and University.

  • Coordinates with support staff regarding patient scheduling, fees, and insurance issues.

  • Maintains professional CEU requirements by reading, attending seminars, workshops and conferences.


Master's degree in a mental health field (social work, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, creative arts therapy) from an accredited training program with major course work in mental health assessment and intervention. Requires NYS licensure as a mental health practitioner (e.g., Marriage and Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Social Worker, 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.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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