Hackensack Meridian Health

Clinical Therapist - Pediatric Psych Collab (Full Time)

Job ID
Jersey Shore Univ Med Cntr
Job Location
Position Type
Full Time with Benefits
Standard Hours Per Week
Shift Hours
Weekend Work
No Weekends Required
On Call Work
No On-Call Required
Holiday Work
No Holidays Required


How have you impacted someone's life today? At Hackensack Meridian Health our teams are focused on changing the lives of our patients by providing the highest level of care each and every day. From our hospitals, rehab centers and occupational health teams to our long-term care centers and at-home care capabilities, our complete spectrum of services will allow you to apply your skills in multiple settings while building your career, all within New Jersey's premier healthcare system.


The Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative program is an innovative state-funded grant program designed to ensure screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children presenting in pediatric primary care settings with behavioral health disorders. This is a key position in a state-wide initiative to expand mental health and case coordination in support of pediatricians. This program is composed of pediatrician screening and assessment, education, including guidance on behavioral health issues for parents and education for clinicians/staff at the practice sites and integrated care management between pediatricians, child and adolescent psychiatrists, and community mental health agencies.


This grant program provides a very unique opportunity. Behavioral professionals working in this program have the ability to help pediatric healthcare providers to combine both medical and psychiatric support. They have the ability to use clinical skills to help intervene and help pediatric patients to receive the support and care they need soon after symptoms appear rather than a reactive approach during a crisis.


Our behavioral professionals demonstrate our culture in the following ways:

  • Collaborative is in the name of the grant. Everything is collaborative; working with peers, pediatricians, families to give the best care for the children. 

  • Creative - clinicians can conduct clinical intakes with their own style/level of comfort, of course within regulations. It's a flagship program so creativity is a must in a lot of the work that they do. 

  • Courageous - any ideas that any of the staff have can be suggested. Sometimes they are implemented. Opinions are always welcome for doing something better or more efficiently. Presenting at conferences helps people moving outside of their comfort zone.

  • Compassion is part of every interaction.


A day in the life of a Clinical Therapist at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:


1. Provides a comprehensive assessment of patient's psychosocial and develops treatment plans and treatment plan reviews based on findings and according to department policy.
2. Provides effective treatment to patients, whether assessment or therapy, and shares and interprets information to staff, families, and/or other approved agencies.
3. Completes written reports in a timely fashion as required by the Medical Center or Agency policy.
4. Provides psychotherapeutic services to patients in accordance with Licensure regulations and obtains and interprets information in terms of patient needs, knowledge of growth and development, and an understanding of the range of treatment required for that age group.
5. Provides individual and psychotherapeutic services in accordance with current standards of practice, as developed by professional and licensing organizations, and defined and interpreted by supervisor.
6. Provides comprehensive case management services and psychosocial assessment.
7. Develops a comprehensive discharge plan, in collaborations with the patient/family patient caregiver, patient support persons and healthcare team that will provide maximum benefit for each patient as needed. 
8. Ensures that the discharge plan will be the least restrictive environment that best meets the continuing care needs of the patient. 
9. Ensures provisions of continued care at home or in an appropriate extended care facility based upon the patient needs. 
10. Confirms the patient has a primary care provider upon discharge or refers appropriately to an FQHC.
11. Reassesses periodically and evaluates against care goals and the plan of care and, revises when indicated.  Medical records reflect that each patient's discharge plan is re-assessed no less than weekly in response to change in medical situation.
12. Functions collaboratively with treatment team members to enhance service to patients.
13. Maintains patient records as required by law and Medical Center policy.
14. Assists other mental health professionals in expediting emergencies.
15. Part of the interdisciplinary team and has expertise in and/or knowledge about the programs specialized care, treatment and services.
16. Identifies the needs of the patient population served and modifies and delivers care that is specific to those needs (i.e., age, culture, language, hearing and/or visually impaired, etc.) This process includes communicating with the patient, parent and/or primary caregiver(s) at their level (developmental/age, educational, literacy, etc.).
17.Adheres to the standards identified in the Medical Center's Organizational Competencies.


Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

1. Master's degree in Counseling or equivalent.
2. Ability to perform psychosocial assessments and develop treatment plans.
3. Knowledge of crisis intervention theory and its application in a variety of medical settings.
4. Knowledge of psychopathology and differential diagnosis and treatment techniques.


Licenses and Certifications Required:

1. LAC - Licensed Associate Counselor, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor, LSW - Licensed Social Worker or LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker.


If you feel the above description speaks directly to your strengths and capabilities, then please apply today!


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