• Crisis Team Clinician

    Emergency Dept.
    Work Hours
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Hours Per 2-Week Pay Period
    80 Hours
    Weekend Requirements
    Working every other weekend required and holidays as scheduled
  • Overview

    The Emergency Department Crisis Team Clinician is part of a hospital based crisis intervention team. He/She will provide psychiatric crisis services at CVPH’s Emergency Department. He/She will be responsible for coordinating phone referrals for admission, conducting Emergency Department evaluations and serving as a liaison within the Emergency Department and community agencies for patients with psychiatric difficulties. These responsibilities will be carried out as part of a crisis team approach under the direction of the Medical Director and Director of the Emergency Department. He/She will facilitate communication and movement of patient between services in the hospital, outside agencies and CVPH Mental Health Unit.


    1. Incorporates families and significant others into the treatment process for patients.
    2. Consults regularly with the treatment team on clinical issues/problems.
    3. Participates in the planning/implementation of inservice training programs on the unit.
    4. Participates in the planning and program development on the unit.
    5. Coordinates discharge planning efforts on the unit
    6. Completes psychosocial histories on assigned patients.
    7. Performs comprehensive patient assessments
    8. Reviews psychosocial histories completed by other treatment staff and makes recommendations to treatment team.
    9. Provides patient treatment activities.
    10. Upon admission, begins the development of discharge planning in accordance with the patient’s and family’s needs.
    11. Maintains current files of aftercare resources appropriate to patient populations (adolescents, adults, and geriatrics).
    12. Participates in meetings with community agencies to increase and maintain working relationships.
    13. Provides patients and their families with appropriate resources and assists in accessing resources.
    14. Ensures adequate disposition arrangement and schedules aftercare appointments and reviews plan with patient and family prior to discharge.
    15. Provides care according to Standards of Care and Practice (generic and unit-specific).
    16. Reports changes in patient status to physician; documents observations and actions taken. Initiates actions based on patient changes or needs.
    17. Provides prioritized patient/family education.
    18. Provides comfort and hygiene.
    19. Provides crisis intervention services.
    20. Assesses the psychosocial status of the patient/family.
    21. Completes comprehensive and legible documentation of all psychiatric assessments, treatment plans, interventions and evaluations.
    22. Represents psychiatric services to referral sources, community agencies, court services, social service agencies, and others as required.
    23. Responds to consultations from the Emergency Department for the evaluation of patients with possible psychiatric illness, in conjunction with the Emergency Department physician. Assesses the patient and family to determine preliminary diagnosis, need for possible admission or other services/disposition. Reviews the case with psychiatric attending as needed.
    24. Provides care to the patient requiring restraints/ protective/supportive devices, wandering/elopement, seizure and suicide precautions.
    25. Adapts positively to changing workload by reprioritizing responsibilities in patient care assignment, goals and patient care management.
    26. Demonstrates the ability to utilize and access various specialized staff and resources for patient care outside of clinical experience and knowledge base.
    27. Maintains a safe environment. Assists in maintaining unit equipment and reports malfunctioning equipment to appropriate personnel. Takes corrective action to assure safety of patients/staff which may be compromised because of faulty or "down" equipment.
    28. Serves as Emergency Department patient liaison as needed.
    29. Coordinates disposition of patients seeking detox/rehab.
    30. Provides psychosocial interventions for psychiatric patients.
    31. Other duties as assigned.


    1. Master’s Degree in psychology or counseling.
    2. At least one-year experience as a clinician in a psychiatric hospital or mental health unit preferred.
    3. At least one year’s experience in outpatient or inpatient mental health evaluation and treatment preferably involving crisis evaluations.
    4. Experience in alcohol/drug related counseling preferred.
    5. Meets requirements of physical / pre-placement screening.


    As applicable, the individual has training/competency in attending to the special needs and/or behaviors appropriate to the age of the patients for which care is being provided.


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