Mental Health Practitioner (, Days)

University of Washington


A higher degree of healthcare.

All across UW Medicine, our employees collaborate to perform the highest quality work with integrity and compassion and to create a respectful, welcoming environment where every patient, family, student and colleague is valued and honored.

As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region.

Challenge. Collaboration. Compassion. Become part of our team, and join our mission to make life healthier for everyone in our community.

Harborview Medical Center - Intake and Brief Interventions Clinic has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time (100% FTE | 40 hours/week), day shift, MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER.

Under general supervision, the Mental Health Practitioner in the Intake and Brief Interventions Clinic provides initial screening and assessment of new patients as well as provides brief intervention services to assigned patients seeking behavioral health treatment.

This position is responsible for implementing the goals of the program, which are to provide screening and intake services as well as short-term case management, brief therapy, crisis intervention, and referral to services to adults seeking services at HMHAS. The mental health practitioner will be expected to be able to work with a wide variety of patients and provide mental health and substance use disorder screening and treatment.


Provides initial screenings and assessments for new patients seeking services.

Works as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team, works with patients and their social networks to assist in their recovery from mental illness.

Assesses patient needs and determines interventions including coordinating medication services with team's medical staff.

Provides brief crisis interventions and brief therapy as applicable.

Participates in case reviews as appropriate.

Charts patient contact in the electronic health record in a timely manner.

Collects data for evaluation and quality improvement as assigned.

Attends staff and team meetings, represents the needs and concerns of the team as appropriate.

Leads or co-leads groups as assigned.

Identifies supportive interventions to assist people to develop their fullest potential (employment, continuing education, housing, community integration, developing social supports, etc.) either directly or as a referral.

Assists in the development and planning of groups relevant to the needs of clients.

Prepares information requested by outside agencies such as DSHS, Social Security Administration, and Seattle Housing Authority.

Provides coverage for other team members and completes own payroll documentation/leave requests.

Participates in HMC Disaster Drills and required HMC training and orientation.

Ensures continuity of care for program clients through consultations to referring practitioners and other members of treatment community as needed.

Adheres to regulations related to client confidentiality.

Monitors clients who are on a Least Restrictive Order.

Provides consultation and training to HMC staff and other personnel as requested.

Acts as Practicum instructor as assigned or as mentor for newer staff as requested.

Engages in HMC ongoing educational opportunities and in individual or group supervision as negotiated with supervisor/manager.

Obtains training and education relevant to the needs of program and populations served to stay current with trends in mental health, regulations, and other pertinent information.

Promotes respect, dignity, and social inclusion.

Takes cultural considerations in promoting recovery.

Understands and uses WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), Advance Directives and the ten fundamental components of recovery from the national consensus statement on recovery, plus resiliency.

Testifies in judicial proceedings in response to subpoenas.

Performs other duties as assigned.


A Master's Degree in behavioral sciences, such as psychology, psychiatric nursing, occupational therapy, vocational or educational counseling, or social work OR Bachelor's Degree in nursing or a behavioral science AND three years' of experience in the direct delivery of professional mental health care.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


A Master's Degree in behavioral sciences, such as psychology, psychiatric nursing, occupational therapy, vocational or educational counseling, or social work.


Fluency in Spanish.

UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

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