Job Description

Job Title: Student Behavioral Associate, Casual - Behavioral Health
Job ID: 16705187
Status: Casual
Regular/Temporary: Limited
Shift: Variable
Facility: UPMC Northwest
Department: Behavioral Health Inpat
Location: 100 Fairfield Drive, Seneca PA 16346


UPMC Northwest is hiring a Casual Student Behavioral Associate to support their Behavioral Health Unit at the Seneca, PA location. 


The employee in the Student Behavioral Associate position is in a limited part-time position, which under the supervision of the Registered Nurse, assists in the provision of medical and psychiatric patient care. The incumbent receives practical experience relevant to their formal education track and career goals.

All staff in this department are trained on two distinct programs, Extended Acute Care (EAC) Unit and Acute Unit. The EAC is a longer term program for patients with more chronic symptoms. The program is recovery focused and the goal is for community reintegration. The Acute program is a more traditional acute care adult behavioral health unit. Treatment is comprised of individual 1:1 sessions and therapeutic groups. The BH services area works in collaboration with UPMC WPIC. This is a 28 bed unit, ages 18 and above. This department has numerous Cameo of Caring winners, received the Daisy Team award, and the unit has a very active staff-run Improvement Committee, and excellent patient satisfaction rates.

  • Assists the nurse and other direct care staff in the provision of physical care and clinical intervention as assessed by client needs.
  • Learns and utilizes up-to-date technology and practices in the delivery of patient care.
  • Encourages patients to perform or assists them in the performance of activities of daily living.
  • Documents in the medical record according to established policies.
  • Takes initiative to ensure that unit environment is maintained..
  • Maintains a safe and therapeutic environment.
  • Manage crisis situations effectively using positive approaches.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary meetings and other activities.
  • Attend a minimum of 1 unit based of Institute wide in-service yearly.
  • Maintains on-going communication with the treatment team and charge nurse regarding observations of patients? medical and behavioral symptoms and the care provided.


  • Current full-time enrollment in an accredited school in healthcare related baccalaureate (Psychology, Counseling, Biology, or related field)
  • OR
  • Current full-time enrollment in a diploma, associate, or bachelor level nursing program.
  • Must be available and agree to work weekends and holidays. 
  • Must be able to work overtime as required by WPIC. 
  • May in the course of their job duties be in rooms where medications are stored.  
  • No contact with medications is allowed. 
  • In the course of duties may be asked to distribute medications to the nurse at the bedside.  
  • Access to medications is limited to the distribution of the medication to the nurse.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Salary Range: $12.79 to $19.44 / hour

Union Position: No

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