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Mental Health Worker Associate


Matilda Theiss Therapuetic Nursery/Preschool provides treatment and education for children ages 0-5 years who have a history of trauma. 

The Mental Health Worker Associate will work alongside a team to ensure a supportive environment and deliver best practices focused on social and emotional learning. Candidates with prior early childhood experience preferred. This is a Monday through Friday daylight position, 830a-430p. 



  • In cooperation with the team, develop, assess, facilitate and monitor group activities for the patients.
  • Monitor daily progress notes, data collection, summarization, and graphing for assigned patients. This includes but is not limited to educational, behavioral and skills development programs as well as research protocols.
  • Work effectively and cooperatively in a trans-disciplinary environment, served by the supervision of several senior staff.
  • Participate in the development, implementation and monitoring of behavioral and functional assessments of the patients.
  • Promote professional rapport with co-workers, patients, and visitors to the Institute.
  • Coordinate the data management involved in program evaluation and report these findings to other clinical community members.
  • Assess and monitor skills development programming (cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, expressive, social skills, process) for the patients.
  • Assist in monitoring patient satisfaction (teachers, parents, child, outside agency)
  • Refer patients to other levels of care when clinically indicated. Refer patients to community based self-help programs for recovery as instructed. Refer patients to other community social or human services as needed, and advocates on behalf of patien
  • Participate in regular treatment team meetings to discuss clinical cases, review and update patient treatment plans, monitor therapeutic progress and initiate recommendations for referral and continuing care.
  • Document all assessments, treatment sessions, contacts, case management and other work done on behalf of patients according to guidelines.
  • Engage families in the assessment and treatment processes when indicated.
  • Accept assignments of patients with a variety and complexity of needs.
  • Conduct assessments of new patients using the identified format for documentation and clinical decisions regarding treatment, interventions and referrals, as instructed.
  • Provide education to patients on recovery.
  • Provide required information about the patients according to confidentiality guidelines.
  • Review cases and/or groups periodically with the director and with other clinical personnel as indicated. Review serious clinical problems and cases with director and informs director of significant changes in clinical condition of patients.
  • Create a treatment plan that includes an effective continuum of therapeutic, supportive and other services for the patients serviced by the program.
  • Provide individual and group therapy to patients in the program, as instructed.
  • Participate in providing staff in-service training to the treatment team, as directed.
  • Complete clinical documentation on the same day of service delivery. Maintain daily records of clinical productivity in the program as instructed.
  • Participate in the quality assurance and performance improvement activities of the program.
  • Discuss need for additional services with the clinical team to determine appropriateness of recommendations.
  • Integrate into the overall counseling functions at the program and implement, improve, and adapt concepts, models, and constructs of treatment for application in service delivery to patients
  • Provide clinical information to patient access representative personnel and insurance providers to ensure authorization for services.
  • Assess changing needs of patients per guidelines for outpatient and/or partial hospitalization programs, and incorporates these into treatment plan and treatment plan review.
  • Complete annual training needs assessment per program guidelines.



  • Bachelors degree in psychology, social work, counseling and education or related field.
  • Minimum of One year of experience in mental health or related field.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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