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Atrius Health: Behavioral Health Fellowship

Program Overview

The Atrius Health Behavioral Health Fellowship is a full-time (40 hours/week) training program open to postgraduate (MSW) social workers. The program provides in‐depth training in integrated behavioral health practices and time‐effective therapy within the context of a multispecialty outpatient medical practice.

Fellows practice and receive supervision at Atrius Health, the largest independent physician-led healthcare organization in the Northeast. Atrius Health provides proactive, customized health care to almost 745,000 adult and pediatric patients at 36 practices in eastern Massachusetts. The Integrated Behavioral Health Fellow will complete a rotation as an Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) clinician within a primary care team, and will conduct behavioral health assessments, facilitate referrals to appropriate levels of care, and provide brief therapy treatment within the primary care setting. The IBH Fellow will collaborate with a licensed supervisor to provide and support and consultation to primary care partners in order to address behavioral factors that impact patients' mental and physical health.

Fellows will also complete a secondary rotation in Behavioral Health Specialty Clinics, which will provide supervised practice experience in individual and group psychotherapy. Fellows will carry a caseload of adult and/or pediatric patients and will be responsible for assessment/evaluation, treatment planning, and provision of psychotherapy services.

Fellows will also participate in weekly training activities, including didactic seminars, psychotherapy skill intensives, and individual / group supervision.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Maintains an active presence on primary care and behavioral health clinical teams. Participates in clinical staff meetings and multidisciplinary team conferences as needed.
  • Consults with primary care providers and assists the team in recognizing, treating and managing mental health and psychosocial issues identified among patients and families.
  • Triages both scheduled and immediate referrals from the care teams, treating some patients with brief treatment/intervention and referring others to more appropriate resources. Advises the primary care team about which patients are better served at the primary care setting and which should be referred for specialty services.
  • Conducts patient intakes focusing on diagnostic and functional evaluations, and makes recommendations to the primary care team concerning the treatment goals and plan for the patient and/or family.
  • Provides effective treatment and/or crisis intervention utilizing brief solution-focused interventions and necessary cultural competencies for patients with mild to moderate behavioral health concerns such as chronic disease lifestyle management within the primary care setting.
  • Demonstrates competence in brief assessment, crisis management, triage, diagnosis, as well as mental health/substance abuse treatment, and parent training within a brief solution-focused model for children and adults.
  • Adapts therapeutic strategies to individual characteristics of the patient, including but not limited to, disability, gender, sexual orientation, developmental level, culture, ethnicity, age, and health status as measured by return visits and patient satisfaction.
  • Coordinates care and facilitates effective communication between the care team, patients/families, and external agencies such as hospitals, mental health providers, DCYF, insurer-based care managers, etc., to ensure follow up care is provided to patients in a timely and effective manner.
  • Gives primary care team timely feedback about the patient's care, treatment recommendations, and progress via documentation in the patient's shared electronic health record and verbal feedback.
  • Provides consultation and training to the primary care team to enhance their skill and effectiveness in the identification of risk factors and the treatment of mental and behavioral health concerns.
  • Participates in meetings, supervision, and trainings focused on clinical skill development.

Education, Licensure and Experience:

  • Master of Social Work (MSW) from an accredited college or university.
  • Must have LCSW licensure in Massachusetts prior to fellowship start date.
  • Previous experience or internship in a medical setting which supports a primary care integration model is preferred but not required.

Minimum Requirements / Knowledge / Skills:

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from providers, practice staff, external agencies/providers and patients and their families.
  • Ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships with the primary care team, and management staff.
  • Demonstrates strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity necessary to work with a diverse patient and staff population.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage concurrent situations.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office required.
  • Previous experience in Electronic Health Records preferred.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $40,000

Work Location: Multiple locations

Benefits:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Paid time off

Application/Selection Process

Online applications will open on Jan 6, 2020. Deadline to submit applications will be Mar 1, 2020.

All applications of qualified candidates will be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee. Finalists will be offered interviews in March and April 2020; final selection decisions will be made by May 1, 2020. The fellowship lasts 24 months and begins Aug 3, 2020.

Please apply through our careers website by selecting the blue external applicants' link and then choosing "Clinical Professional" from the Job Field drop-down menu.

When you apply online:   

  • You will be asked to provide
    • CV/resume
    • Cover letter including:
      • Your prior clinical and/or research experience (if any) in integrated setting
      • Your future professional goals and an explanation of how participation in this fellowship would enhance those goals
  • Your application will be immediately directed to our human resources department and then to the Fellowship Committee for consideration 
  • You will receive instant notification online confirming that your information/resume has been received   

Applications must be received by March 1, 2020.

After you apply, you will be contacted if your qualifications and experience are seen as a possible match for a fellowship position. At that point, you will be asked to provide us with three letters of recommendation, preferably from current clinical supervisors. After reviewing these, the committee will be in touch regarding possible interviews.

Due to the high volume of applicants interested in employment opportunities, we are not always able to provide ongoing information on the status of a resume once it has been submitted.   

Eligibility Requirements

Social Work applicants must be projected to completed their Master's Degree and possess an LCSW license prior to Aug 3, 2020.

We are unable to accept applicants working towards a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) certification.

Commitment to Diversity 

Cultural and individual differences and diversity in the training of mental health professionals is important. The Behavioral Health Fellowship is committed to creating a diverse and multiculturally competent cohort of fellows and implements strategies to ensure that fellowship cohorts are diverse and trained in multicultural competency. The fellowship provides an open, supportive, and encouraging environment for all fellows. Fellows are provided with comprehensive and up-to-date didactic training experiences related to multicultural competencies throughout the fellowship year. These competencies are incorporated into practical experience, research, case conceptualization and presentation, and supervision. Fellows develop individualized training plans with their supervisors and, if desired, fellows will be connected with diverse mentorship opportunities. 

Information session:

Monday, December 2, 2020
7:00pm
Atrius Health
Riverside Center
Building 3, 3rd floor
275 Grove Street
Newton, MA 02466

Contact Us

For questions, contact:

Elisabeth B. Morray, PhD
Director, Postgraduate Fellowship in Behavioral Health