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Milieu Therapist I (Multiple Openings)

Description

Are you interested in building a rewarding career with a national leader in the treatment of mental health and addictive disorders?  UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is looking for passionate Milieu Therapists to join our team!  

 
The Milieu Therapist role is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in the behavioral health field while gaining exposure to different patient populations and a variety of mental health diagnoses.  Candidates must be able to work rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays.
 
The starting rate for this position is $15.42, prior to crediting for any applicable experience beyond the minimum listed requirements for this role.
 
Purpose:
The Milieu Therapist I performs assigned tasks, and participates as a member of the multi-disciplinary team, in various aspects of patient care with an emphasis on therapeutic activities conducted with assigned individuals and groups.

 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain competency requirements. Learn and utilize up-to-date technology and practices in delivery of patient care. Attend a minimum of 1 unit based of Institute wide in-service yearly.
  • Facilitate or co-facilitate psychoeducational and therapeutic activity groups effectively. Encourage or assist patients to perform activities of daily living. Accompany patients to out-of-building activities and appointments. Document in the Medical Record according to established policies. Manage crisis situations effectively using positive approaches. Demonstrate effective milieu management skills, which promote positive patient experiences. Maintain a safe and therapeutic environment. Provide clinical interventions assessed by client needs.
  • Coordinate patient groups and activities.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary meetings and other activities. Maintain on-going communication with appropriate staff. Perform assigned work in a timely and productive manner.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in a Human Service field such as Social Work, Psychology or Counseling from an acccredited college or University required. Other fields of study may be considered with coursework of at least 12 credits in Human Services. 
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing
  • Relevant group/individuals experience with therapeutic and leisure-oriented activities is strongly preferred
  • Must be physically capable of providing direct total physical care to unpredictable, potentially violent mentally ill patients as necessary, including lifting, supporting, running towards or away from areas where problems are occurring and pushing and pulling equipment such as wheel chairs.
  • 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

ATTENTION: IF YOUR DEGREE IS NOT IN SOCIAL WORK, PSYCHOLOGY OR COUNSELING, TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE ATTACHED FOR CONSIDERATION.

 

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

 

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC) - CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter

  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting

  • Act 33 with renewal

  • Act 34 with renewal

  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

  • Valid/current driver’s license for certain units

  

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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