Integrated Behavioral Health Specialist (LCSW):
Centura Health

Centura Health

Centura Health Physician Group (CHPG) offers providers a true opportunity to live their calling to care while experiencing the support of a built-in comprehensive network, vast resources, professional growth, trusted leadership, generous benefits and an amazing quality of life with locations that span Colorado and into Western Kansas. CHPG is proud to connect providers and consumers through state-of-the-art technology, clinical resources and professional expertise to help people live healthier. Our coordinated services represent a full continuum of care – from preventive and early diagnoses to leading-edge treatment and life-saving critical care. CHPG’s ability to deliver better health care value is the direct result of combining the best clinical tools, shared resources and medical expertise with a patient-centered approach that emphasizes Centura Health’s mission and commitment to quality, compassion and service.



RECRUITER: Amy Donnelly - [email protected]


DETAILS: This is a full time position requiring 40 hours per week.

Occasional travel to other sites to meet the needs of the clinic may be required.

Position Summary


  • Integrated Behavioral Health is a behavioral health provider working as an integral member of the primary care team. IBH is an effort to address the increase in behavioral health concerns presenting in primary care clinics, involving brief assessment, brief courses of therapy, and consultative psychiatry as appropriate.

  • We offer great benefits, highly competitive pay, and the schedule does not require weekend work.

  • Responsible for coordinating and providing depression, anxiety, and other behavioral health care for patients in primary care clinics. Educates patients about behavioral health issues and treatment options; provides behavioral activation; monitors behavioral health symptoms and response to medication and/or psychotherapy using structured instruments (e.g., the PHQ-9, GAD-7, or other appropriate instruments, etc.); works closely with the primary care provider and external mental health resources in the community to revise the treatment plan when patients are not improving; and offers a brief course of counseling for depression and other behavioral health issues (e.g., Problem Solving Treatment in Primary Care (PST-PC or other appropriate modality) when indicated.

Minimum Education Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or Masters in Counseling

Minimum Experience Requirements

  • Prior formal training and experience in brief, structured counseling techniques (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or Problem Solving Treatment (PST), etc.).Competence with DSM diagnostic criteria and treatment planning. Effective written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to establish rapport quickly with a wide range of people. Demonstrated ability to work within and coordinate a care team comprised of internal team members and community-based members. Minimum 2 years direct clinical experience delivering behavioral health care in a relevant setting. Preferred experience: Experience with design, implementation, or maintenance of the IMPACT model; Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model, or other appropriate evidence-based models of behavioral health care delivered in a primary care setting. Experience working with medically ill and/or older adults in a primary care setting preferred.


  • State of Colorado Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LSCW) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a registered psychotherapist

  • Current Basic Life Support from the American Heart Association or other certifying agency.

Position Duties (essential functions denoted with an * )

  • Conducts assessment of patients, including completion of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) depression scale, General Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7) anxiety scale, Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), and other standardized behavioral health assessments deemed appropriate by the BH Provider Appropriately assesses suicide risk.*

  • Conducts initial visit including detailed behavioral health history, assessment, and education about the nature of behavioral health issues and the goals and expectations of treatment.*

  • Consults with patient and primary care provider about treatment options and preferences; coordinates initiation of treatment plan. Works with interdisciplinary team to formulate and implement care of patient using insight, limit setting, goal setting and other techniques as appropriate. Applies knowledge of psychiatric medications and ability to evaluate responses.*

  • Monitors patient closely (in-person or by phone) for changes in severity of symptoms and medication side effects; educates patients about medications and medication side effects, as needed; encourages treatment adherence.*

  • Uses behavioral activation techniques with patients as an adjunct to other treatments.*

  • Provides evidence-based, brief structured psychotherapy (e.g., PST-PC) or interventions (i.e. Brief Intervention for alcohol abuse) as indicated and accepted by patient.*

  • Coordinates and facilitates communication between patient, primary care physician and external psychiatrist or other resources; provides recommendations for change in treatment plan and supports implementation of new plan.*

  • Documents all encounters in the Electronic Medical Record in a timely manner according to organizational policies and procedures; monitors outcome measurements Applies knowledge of state statutes criteria pertaining to involuntary holds, seclusion and restraints.*

  • Facilitates treatment referrals, as needed.*

Physical Requirements

  • Medium Work - exert/lift up to 50 lbs. force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs. frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. constantly


Important notification to applicants as of Nov. 20, 2014: Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. The change to our policy does not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V. 

Basic Qualifications