Certified Crisis Worker

University of Utah Hospital

Job Overview


As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

Utah Statewide CrisisLine is maintained 24/7 through a comprehensive telephonic system staffed by mental health professionals capable of assessing any individual experiencing a self-defined crisis situation, leading to appropriate crisis stabilization and making appropriate referrals. Crisis services include screening and triage, psycho-social support, and connection to appropriate resources. Services also include collaboration with local mental health authorities in the state of Utah. As such, the Statewide CrisisLine operates as a dispatch for Mobile Crisis Outreach Teams across the state of Utah.

Corporate Overview: University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics is an integrated academic healthcare system with five hospitals including a level 1 trauma center, eleven community health centers, over 1,600 providers, and a health plan serving over 200,000 members. University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics is nationally ranked and recognized for our academic research, quality standards and overall patient experience. In addition to our clinical delivery system, we have a School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and College of Health providing education and training for over 1,250 providers annually. We have over 2 million patient visits annually and research grants exceeding $350 million.


  • Assess life-threatening situations, including risk of suicide and/or homicide, evaluate safety, acuity/danger and determine medically necessary services.
  • Actively engage, and make psychological contact, quickly establishing non-judgmental, understanding, genuine, respectful, caring, accepting and empathic relationship.
  • Understand and define problems utilizing open ended questions on the what, how, when, where, who continuum to obtain a clear picture of the situation.
  • Utilize closed ended questions that obtain information specific to the safety of the caller. This may include suicide prompt questions.
  • Mobilize community resources in an efficient and effective manner, and make plans to alleviate the immediate threat/risk.
  • Respond with respect and effectiveness and render assistance to individuals in crisis and distress with appropriate regard to their cultural, racial or ethnic background; their religion or language, their socioeconomic status; or other diversity factors.
  • Record keeping and policy implementation (e.g. recording essential notes in succinct form within the same work shift so they are useful to the next worker).
  • Use of the consultative process, e.g. knowing who to call under what conditions.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Basic suicidology, including suicide assessment of desire, intent, capability, and buffers
  • Intervention strategies including active engagement, active rescue, and collaboration, emphasize safety and prevention
  • Cultural/diversity awareness
  • Voluntary and involuntary hospitalization criteria and procedures
  • Psychopathology, psychiatric diagnosis, psychotropic medication, and substance abuse
  • Ability to type at least 30 WPM.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service and a willingness to go above and beyond to meet the needs of the customer.
  • Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communications.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and high productivity in stressful or difficult situations.
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to report to work on time and avoid unnecessary absenteeism.


Qualifications Required Candidates must be eligible to apply for the State Crisis Worker Certification using one of the following methods OR be granted a certification through an exemption from the State:

  • (a) Individuals licensed under Utah Department of Professional Licensing for any health or behavioral health license;
  • (b) Individuals with a minimum of bachelor’s degree in a human service related field;
  • (c) Individuals certified as a Certified Peer Support Specialist for a minimum of one year;
  • (d) Individuals certified as Case Managers for a minimum of one year; or
  • (e) Individuals certified as Family Resource Facilitator for a minimum of one year.

Qualifications (Preferred)


  • One year customer service experience.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.@@This is a sedentary position in an office setting that may exert up to 10 pounds and may lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. This position involves sitting most of the time and is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Physical Requirements

Listening, Sitting, Speaking, Standing

EEO Statement

University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

University of Utah Heath Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources office at 801-581-6500.If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Sherrie Hayashi

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112



Online reports may be submitted atoeo.utah.edu/

For more information: https://www.utah.edu/nondiscrimination/

To inquire about this posting, email: careers@hsc.utah.edu

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Requisition Number 52954

Reg/Temp Regular

Employment Type Full-Time

Shift Evening

Work Schedule M-F 3pm-11pm

Location Name University of Utah Hospital

Patient Care? Yes


State UT


Category Behavioral Health


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