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Mental Health Work Aide- Merck Summer Program 2021


Do you have a strong passion for working with at-risk children and adolescents in the behavioral health field? If so, now is your opportunity to work with The Merck Summer Intensive Treatment Program of Western Psychiatric Hospital of UPMC!

The Merck Summer Intensive Treatment Program of Western Psychiatric Hospital is a behavioral health program designed to meet the unique mental and behavioral health needs of at-risk children and adolescents. Therapeutic activities are used to increase adaptive and functional communication skills, strengthen peer socialization skills, and decrease maladaptive behaviors
to improve a young person's ability to function more successfully at home, school, and in the community.

This position will assist clinical staff and in a summer intensive-treatment program for children and adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The program operates from June through August from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm. The rate for this position is $15.00 per hour. In addition to the listed qualifications, our ideal candidate will be able to work uninterrupted through the duration of the program (i.e.- no vacations, scheduled daytime summer courses, etc.). This position does not offer college credits.



  • Provide direct supervision and therapeutic interventions to children and adolescents
  • Support children and adolescents in achieving their treatment goals, using encouragement, problem-solving, and behavior modification
  • Lead or co-lead individual and group activities
  • Coordinate and participate in therapeutic activities with the children and adolescents
  • Consistently apply knowledge of crisis intervention and behavioral management
  • Intervene with students and families during crisis situations
  • Complete daily clinical progress notes
  • Collect, summarize, and graph performance, observational, rating scale, checklist, interview, and/or self-report data when requested
  • Assist in the calculating, scoring, and graphing of collected observation data
  • Participate in weekly treatment team to report progress


  • Pursuing Bachelor's or Master's degree in Special Education, Social Work, Counseling, Child Development, Psychology, or related Human Service field required.
  • Experience in treatment and educational settings with children with multiple disabilities preferred.
  • Experience with data management preferred.
  • Experience collecting, summarizing, and graphing data desired.
  • Basic computer skills highly desired.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 33
  • Act 34
  • Act 73
UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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