Senior Therapist - Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Houston, TX

Senior Therapist - Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Location: Houston, Texas

Category: Clinical Professionals

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Requisition #: 230003KA

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

Once you join us you wont want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

Provides comprehensive diagnostic mental health assessments, interventions, education, referrals and consultations for patients in the outpatient setting. Conducts evaluations and assessments; provides ongoing counseling, treatment and intervention, conducts individual, group and family psychotherapy.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Conducts comprehensive initial assessments to define the patient’s presenting problem and aid in treatment plan development.

  2. Conducts independent short-term psychotherapy using a variety of evidence-based modalities. Assist the patients in achieving positive psychological and/or social adjustments and may carry administrative responsibilities for a program.

  3. Leads treatment groups, support groups and other educational groups pretraining to behavioral health.

  4. Maintain detailed records of client assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic goals, and treatment notes. Knowledge of electronic recordkeeping procedures.

  5. Participates in clinical meetings, presents cases and establishes rapport with others on the clinical team. Collaborates with physicians and other members of the multi-disciplinary team to coordinate care, enhance the patient experience and achieve collaborative goals. Collaboratively develop patient goals, monitor progress, address barriers to goal achievement, and evaluate outcomes of individualized care plans.

  6. Refers cases to appropriate professionals, institutions or agencies to ensure that patients receive appropriate treatment or referral.

  7. Prepares detailed reports and may videotape sessions with patients for review with coworkers or a faculty member.

  8. Participates in teaching and staff development activities.

  9. Utilizes crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and mediation to address patient/family concerns.

  10. Responds to emergency situations.

  11. Other duties as assigned.


Licensure as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) by the Texas Board of Social Work. Knowledge of DSM-5 Criteria.

Minimum Education:

Masters Degree in Social Work from a school approved by the Council on Social Work.

Minimum Experience:

Five years of social work experience required, with at least two years of experience providing evidenced-based, client-centered counseling (group or independent) also required. Clinical social work experience in an outpatient healthcare setting is preferred.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealthHoustonhas adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealthHouston​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’sHoustonrules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.