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UT Health Lead Clinician - Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center/HCPC at UTHealth in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Lead Clinician - Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center/HCPC at UTHealth

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


Clinical Professionals

UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center

Requisition #: 210002DE

Join a growing team! With the opening of Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center/HCPC at UTHealth , we will soon have the largest academic psychiatric hospital in the country, serving the region with an 500+ bed facility. Our dedicated health care employees will have the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of mental health specialties and cutting-edge research. With exposure to a variety of specialties such as Acute, Subacute, and Intensive Outpatient, Continuum of Care, Mood Disorders, ECT, Early Onset Treatment , Adult General Psychiatry, Competency Restoration, Child and Adolescent, Juvenile Justice, Geriatric Psychiatry, Treatment Mall and Unit-Based Programming.

This dedicated team will work in an integrated campus to bring world class resources to the community. Apply today to be a part of this committed team serving the mental health needs of the area.

Position Summary:

Manages and oversees staff, units and overall quality of mental health services in assigned areas. In coordination with the Director of Social Services, defines and establishes goals for all assigned areas.

Location: Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center/HCPC at UTHealth

Dept.: Programming

Status: Full-Time

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Directs clinical supervision and training of all clinicians, social workers and interns in assigned areas.

  2. Conducts chart audits in order to identify deficient documentation and provide performance training that will help the staff avoid deficiencies moving forward.

  3. Conduct peer reviews with clinicians and social workers to troubleshoot complex cases.

  4. Monitors timeliness of assigned staff members required assessments, treatment plans, discharge plans, and any other required services in order to meet the standards of the Joint Commission and other regulatory agencies.

  5. Manages Human Resources activities for direct reports in regards to: recruiting and selection, hiring and termination, training, professional development, mentoring, counseling, performance evaluations, and salary planning.

  6. Manages staffing and ensures coverage for assigned areas. Tracks time and attendance for assigned staff.

  7. Provides indirect services to patients by acting as an advocate for the patient/family with the treatment team development through consultations with assigned staff or as needed for coverage.

  8. Provides consultation and coverage for direct services to patients including: psychosocial assessment, discharge planning, and treatment that includes: group and family therapy, crisis intervention and treatment planning development.

  9. Provides consultation and coverage for oversight of patient’s care, progress in treatment, and progress toward discharge in order to prevent both the over-utilization and the under-utilization of inpatient treatment services.

  10. Works with a multidisciplinary treatment team to develop an individualized treatment plan, and a safe and appropriate discharge plan that will support patient’s ongoing outpatient treatment.

  11. Consults with assigned staff as needed to assess the psychosocial functioning of patients at admission and throughout the treatment program; conducts interviews with patients and significant others to determine assets as well as challenges to optimal patient functioning both while in the program and upon discharge to a lesser restrictive level of care. May perform these duties directly as needed for staff coverage.

  12. Refers patients and family to community resources to assist with patient’s outpatient needs.

  13. Consults with assigned staff when applying for court ordered mental health services for patients unable or unwilling to consent to treatment deemed necessary to protect the life of the patient or others. Presents to the Probate Court, both in writing and in oral testimony, reports of the specific patients behaviors prompting the request for involuntary admissions for services in conjunction with assigned staff or as needed for coverage.

  14. Performs other duties as assigned.


Current license from the Texas Board of Social Work Examiners to practice as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Minimum Education:

Master’s degree in a behavioral science.

Minimum Experience:

Five (5) years of experience in a mental health setting, to include two years in case management.

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

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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 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 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.

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