Clinical Health Educator - Staff Services Specialist (T26DN)
University Health & Counseling Services (UHCS)
Position Summary: This is a 1.0 Annual FTE position at University Health & Counseling Services (UHCS). This position is responsible for providing and coordinating screenings and interventions for unhealthy substance use, disordered eating, depression, and other health risks for students seen at UHCS, as well as support student learning and the academic mission. The Health Educator will work collaboratively with a team to implement evidence-based services to primary care patients, recognizing cultural, social justice and student health issues, and using theoretical frameworks and evidence based approaches. UHCS is an affirmative action organization.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Health Educator
1. Ensure systematic screening of student-patients for depression and unhealthy drug and alcohol use, using evidence-based screening forms
2. Conduct initial visit including detailed depression history and education about the nature of depression and the goals and expectations of treatment
3. Use a variety of intervention techniques and resources, including Motivational Interviewing, that support student-patients in establishing behavior change goals and creating and implementing plans to meet those goals
4. Establish a follow-up schedule and monitor student-patients’ progress
5. Collect and enter a required set of data and maintain accurate and up-to-date records on all student-patients
6. Clearly and effectively communicate and collaborate via written or verbal reports with the patient’s clinical provider as well as with entire collaborative care team and any external providers
7. Use behavioral activation techniques with student-patients as an adjunct to other depression treatments
8. Build and maintain collaborative relationships with other Integration Specialists
9. Develop and maintain a leadership role on the UHCS patient care team around an ongoing reporting and training relationship with the Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles
10.Assume other responsibilities as assigned
Preferred Start Date: December 1, 2012
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: General/administrative supervision is received from the Health Services Director. Clinical supervision is received from the Medical Supervisor.
Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, health education, psychology, or behavioral health, and experience in a health care and/or behavioral health setting. Strong interpersonal and facilitation skills, clinical skills or aptitude in problem-solving and behavioral change strategies (including Motivational Interviewing and Behavioral Activation) are desired characteristics.
This description attempts to indicate the kinds and levels of responsibilities given this title and shall not be construed as defining all specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. It is not intended to limit or modify the right of supervisors to assign, direct, and control the work of their employees. Statements of employee duties are not intended to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of responsibility.
Applications and nominations: A completed application will include a letter of interest, résumé, and the names, relationships, addresses, and telephone numbers of five professional references. From this list, please request three of your references to send letters of support.
Electronic submissions are encouraged. Questions or electronic submission of application or nomination:
Email Karen Brueggeman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Telephone: 262.472.1305 Fax: 262.472.1435
Nominations/applications are to be sent to:
Chair, Search & Screen Committee for the Health Educator/Clinical Position
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790
Applications received by November 5, 2012 are ensured consideration; position will remain open until filled.
Official transcript(s) and a background check of the successful candidate will be required prior to appointment. Names of applicants may be disclosed unless requested otherwise. Names of finalists will be released.
University overview: Founded in 1869, UW-Whitewater is a premier public, regional university with an enrollment of 12, 034 students in 50 undergraduate, 11 graduate degree, and 2 specialist degree programs. UW-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System. Located in a community of approximately 14,000 residents near the scenic Kettle Moraine Forest in southeastern Wisconsin, Whitewater is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an EEO/AA employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.