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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley BEHAVIORAL THERAPIST in Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Position Information

Posting NumberSRGV4237


Number of Vacancies2

LocationRio Grande Valley

DepartmentSchool of Medicine / Family Medicine



Scope of Job

As part of the primary care treatment team, identifies, triages and manages patients with health and behavioral health problems. Works closely with physicians, other providers and staff to recommend, develop, implement and evaluate treatment plans with specific focus on behavioral interventions and be part of the healthcare, research and evaluation team.

Description of Duties

Commonly performed duties include:• Provides billable psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families.• Performance of targeted assessment and evaluation, including diagnostic impressions and functional status focused on the presenting problem.• Timely and succinct feedback to Physicians and providers regarding consultation findings and recommendations.• Concise and timely documentation in the patient’s medical record.• Triaging and referring patients to specialty mental health care when appropriate.• Formulation of behavioral health interventions appropriate to the healthcare care setting, and assisting with implementation of treatment plans.• Providing brief follow-up, including relapse-prevention education.• Develops, teaches, and/or provides oversight for classes that promote education and skill-building to enhance psychological and physical health for patients families, and learners• Provides on-going consultation services for a sub-set of patients who require on-going monitoring and follow-up (i.e., continuity consultations).• Shares knowledge with other team members and patients, both formally and informally respectingHIPAAat all times.• Works as an interprofessional team member to develop specific clinical pathways or best practice programs for targeted patient groups (e.g., patients with acute stress symptoms andPTSD, obesity, diabetes, geriatrics etc.).• Uses electronic health records, and appropriate coding skills for billing purposes.• Other duties as related to the scope of the job.

Supervision Received

Supervision will be provided by attending physician or other designee with licensure compliance and peer supervision.

Supervision Given

May supervise assigned support staff if needed.

Required Education

• Master’s degree, PsyD or PhD in a mental health related field (Marriage and Family Therapy, Counseling psychology, clinical social work, clinical psychology) from an accredited University.• Bilingual (Spanish – English).

Preferred Education



Full clinical licensure to practice independently in Texas, as anLCSW,LMFT,LPC, CP or associate of any of these licenses is required.

Required Experience

Experience as required for licensure related to the duties performed. This experience can include training during coursework in goal oriented behavioral therapies or experience in related medical settings.

Preferred Experience

Experience working in medical / primary care settings. Previous clinical work experience in terms of clients / patients served, type of clinical issues applicant has served (anxiety, depression, addiction, couples etc.,), samples of documentation skills (clinical notes). Interested in and/or have experience with brief interventions, team-based care, a wide variety of psychiatric, substance abuse and behavioral medicine problems, and diverse populations.


Use of standard office equipment (Computer, electronic medical records, laptop).

Working Conditions

Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties. Need to be able to work in an outpatient primary care setting. Some travel and weekend work is required.


Good inter-personal skills that will effectively function for a primary care team member providing brief 15- to 30-minute interventions for a wide variety of behavioral issues in patients of all ages.

Physical Capabilities


Employment CategoryFull-Time

Minimum SalaryCommensurate with Experience

Posted SalaryCommensurate with Experience

Position Available Date11/12/2019

Grant Funded PositionYes

If Yes, Provide Grant Expiration Date08/31/2020

Posting Detail Information

EEO Statement

UTRGVis an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to hire without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status.UTRGVtakes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Dear Applicant,

Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

Date of BirthGender*Ethnicity/Race

Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley reserves the right to discontinue accepting applications prior to the stated close date of this position, after meeting the posting requirement of three (3) calendar days.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (956) 665-2451 and/or

Additional Information

UTRGVis a distributed location institution and working location is subject to change based on need.

AllUTRGVemployees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Substitutions to the above requirements must have prior approval from the Chief Human Resources Officer.

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Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • *Are you a current UTRGV employee?

  • Yes

  • No

  • *Are you now, or previously, employed by The University of Texas System or any of its institutions?

  • Yes - I currently am employed by the UT System or its institutions

  • Yes - I have previously been employed by the UT System or its institutions

  • No - I have never been employed by the UT System or its institutions

  • *Please select your highest level of completed education.

  • 6th grade education

  • 10th grade education

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Associates Degree, Technical, or Trade School Degree/Certification or 60 Hours of College Hours

  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited university

  • Masters Degree from an accredited university

  • Ph. D. or other terminal degree from an accredited university

  • None of the above

  • *Please provide the field of study for your education:

(Open Ended Question)

  • *Please indicate the number of years of full time work experience you have directly related to the position in which you are applying for:

  • Less than 1 year

  • 1 year

  • 2 years

  • 3 years

  • 4 years

  • 5 years

  • 6 years

  • 7 years

  • 8 years

  • 9 years

  • 10 years

  • Over 10 years

  • *Do you meet the minimum requirements for this position?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Unofficial Graduate Transcripts

  • State Licensure

Optional Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Unofficial Transcripts

  • Reference Letter 1

  • Reference Letter 2

  • Reference Letter 3

  • Certifications and Licenses

  • Training Certificates

  • Other Document

  • List of 3 References

  • Unofficial Transcripts 2

  • Unofficial Transcripts 3

  • Letter of Interest