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St. Joseph Health / Covenant Health Social Worker - Bridges for Families in Apple Valley, California

We are looking for a Social Worker for Bridges for Families at St. Mary Medical Center.

Location: Apple Valley, CA

Work Schedule: Full time - 80 Biweekly Hours

Shift: 8-hour, Days

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Job Summary:

The Licensed Behavioral Health Specialist (BHS) is a key behavioral health provider embedded as a core member of the multi-disciplinary integrated care team, led by the primary care provider, and including clinical nursing staff, case management, pharmacy and psychiatrists. The role of the BHS is to help the primary care provider and team improve their effectiveness and efficiency in managing the whole patient, focusing on the mental, behavioral and psychosocial challenges that often emerge in the primary care setting.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide brief consultative interventions to individuals and family members in person and over secure telephonic and video systems.

  • Work effectively in a patient-centered, integrated care model in a variety of clinical settings.

  • Participate in shared treatment sessions with providers and patients.

  • Participate in integrative care team meetings to coordinate care.

  • Clarify mental health diagnoses when needed.

  • Construct, document, and execute robust treatment plans using the biopsychosocial model.

  • Utilize evidence-based clinical tools for tracking clinical outcomes in primary care (PHQ9, GAD7, etc.).

  • Broker patient access to resources as needed (housing, financial assistance, etc.).

  • Interface with community mental health and substance abuse treatment centers to coordinate care as appropriate.

  • Provide a supervisory role for student interns and patient-peers with lived experience as appropriate.

  • Participate on various committees and peer groups as requested.


  • Excellent computer skills and familiarity with clinical documentation in electronic health record.

  • Possess basic, non-technical knowledge of psychopharmacology for common behavioral health disorders, and of other medications that can influence mental status.

  • Possess highly developed analytical, interpersonal, and counseling skills required.

  • Familiarity with brief, structured intervention techniques (motivational interviewing, behavioral activation, CBT etc.).

  • Familiarity with accessing community resources (housing, financial assistance, etc.).

  • Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple demands and projects.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, often stressful environment.

  • Ability to work with a diverse patient and staff population.

  • Ability to work effectively with groups.

  • Ability to work in different settings as required by system needs, including travel to alternate clinic locations.

  • Ability to develop cooperative relationships with families, patients, physicians and other healthcare professionals within and outside Heritage.

  • Thorough knowledge of integrative care principles and operations preferred.

  • Bilingual English/Spanish communication skills.

Minimum Position Requirements:

Education: Master's Degree in Counseling, Psychology or Social Work.


  • 3 years work related experience.

  • Experience working with underserved, vulnerable populations.

Licenses/Certifications: Current Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Preferred Position Qualifications:


  • 4 years work related experience in a primary care clinic or hospital.

  • Leadership experience.

St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) is an acute care hospital with 213 beds and over 1,750 employees making it one of the region's largest employers serving communities of the High Desert. The facility was constructed in 1956 and joined the St. Joseph Health System in 1992.

This facility has the only Neonatal Care Unit in the High Desert Accredited by California Children Services and has been granted approval as a Special Hospital with the California Children's Services Community Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. St. Mary was accredited as a primary Stroke Receiving Center in 2018, the only stroke-receiving center in the High Desert.

The Services and Clinical Specialties offered at this Hospital are Diabetes Education, Emergency Services, Heart and Vascular Services, Imaging Services, Rehabilitation Services, Respiratory Services, Robotic Surgery Services, Surgical Services, Women & Children's Services and Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Company: St. Mary Medical Center

Category: Social Work

Req ID: R338414