Join our counseling team at CU Boulder! Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) encourages applications for a Triage/Crisis Therapist. CAPS Crisis & Triage Therapist is a fast-paced, dynamic clinical position that requires flexibility, multi-tasking, and strong crisis management skills. CAPS crisis/triage clinicians work in a highly collaborative team environment, meeting frequently to coordinate active/emergent situations, and to establish and revise clinic procedures with crisis care in mind. CAPS requires all staff to integrate considerations and issues of Diversity and Social Justice in all assessment, treatment, referral, and training services provided.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Face-to-Face and Direct Crisis Services
- Provide front-line staffing of CAPS’ clinical triage system, including short-term, in-person and/or telehealth interventions & assessment of current mental health status to stabilize students in crisis & determine appropriate disposition. Consider/recommend appropriate level of care and inpatient hospitalization when indicated.
- Initiate involuntary psychiatric holds when indicated based on Colorado mental health statutes.
- Organize workflow according to presumed severity of presenting situations. Work closely with CAPS front desk staff to ensure all incoming requests are attended to and resolved.
- Provide crisis stabilization to current clinic clients when their primary clinicians are unavailable or need crisis backup.
- Carry small caseload of clients for mental health management purposes, employing recurring sessions when indicated to maintain client stability.
- Develop strengths-based crisis and treatment plans that are responsive to client goals, needs, and resources, and promote resiliency and engagement with formal mental health services and other supportive resources within the CU Boulder community.
- Support student populations who are traditionally underserved by current systems to increase motivation for and reduce barriers to engaging in recommended mental health and other supportive services.
- Attend all assigned staff and team meetings.
- Provide crisis care training to new CAPS staff and trainees.
- Maintain accurate and timely documentation.
- Maintain Electronic Medical Record according to CAPS standards.
Crisis Care Coordination
- Provide crisis consultation to CAPS clinic staff in emergent situations as well as regarding ongoing care of high acuity clients.
- Collaborate with multiple 3rd party/collateral agencies, university departments, and members of student’s community (family, friends, faculty, etc.) to assess crisis reports. Act in a consultative capacity to recommend appropriate crisis responses.
- Track students who are contacted by first responders and/or transported to hospital/crisis units in order to provide collateral information for continuity of care and coordinate discharge aftercare.
- Develop collaborative working relationships with police, first responders, and local hospitals/crisis centers. Coordinate welfare checks and psychiatric holds.
- Coordinate referrals for resources internal and external to CU Boulder. Engage in collaboration & relationship building with community mental health resources and other CU Boulder departments to ensure outstanding care for CU Boulder students when referred.
ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER
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