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Assistant Program Director | Western Psychiatric Hospital



The Assistant Program Director is responsible for three adult inpatient units; a 29-bed unit that primarily serves patients with acute psychotic presentations; a 10-bed psych rehab unit that primarily serves patients with chronic psychotic disorders; and a 10-bed acute unit for patients primarily with suicidal idealation (SI) and/or affective presentations. We also see many patients with personality, substance-related, and trauma-related disorders. Our acute units are challenging and dynamic, which provides a highly stimulating and rewarding environment. The psych rehab unit is slower-paced and allows for enriching opportunities such as community reintegration activities outside of the hospital. All three of the units are highly recovery-oriented and we adopt a patient-centered view of care. Our patient population is extremely diverse, and we celebrate diversity and inclusion. In addition, this individual takes an active role in behavioral supervision, education and development of the direct care staff's skills to provide effective behavioral and cognitive treatment.


  • Accountabilities: Specify factors or standards that will be used in measuring and appraising the performance for this position. Completes the responsibilities of the position accurately and efficiently. Demonstrates an understanding of behavioral management principles and can formulate, implement and evaluate behavioral treatment plans. Demonstrates the ability to provide behavioral supervision for the direct care staff.
  • Organizational Relationships: The employee in this position reports to the Program Director for clinical and administrative supervision. The incumbent is responsible for the clinical supervision of the direct care staff on the implementation of behavioral strategies and cognitive management techniques. Incumbent will provide feedback to the NCM and ANCM's concerning direct care staff's ability to implement these techniques accurately and appropriately.
  • Develops and coordinates individual behavior and group therapies, provides supervision to milieu therapists. Participates in diagnostic, discharge, treatment evaluation and other conference on an as needed basis. May assume clinical care responsibilities as needed. Provides individual patient assessments, develops special treatment plans, and coordinates the implementation of the plan. Evaluates effectiveness and reports to the multidisciplinary treatment team. Participates in specific program leadership meetings and coordinates the implementation of administrative, clinical, training, and educational decisions in the daily functioning of the program. Demonstrates and has advanced knowledge of structured clinical assessment tools including specific measures of psychiatric symptomatology, functional behavior assessments, within ability to communicate results of evaluations to patients and referral agencies/professionals.
  • Assumes routine administrative responsibilities as indicated and assists in the development and implementation of the hospital and unit policies and procedures. Maintains relevant case records, departmental statistics, and direct clinical contact commensurate with caseload
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate both verbally and written with a multidisciplinary staff. Attends unit meetings, actively participates in identification of areas for improvement and works in collaboration with the unit leadership to implement programmatic revisions. Participates with the nursing management in evaluating patient satisfaction and assists in developing and implementing recommended actions. Assumes other responsibilities as directed.
  • Major Tasks and Duties: Develops, conducts, and evaluates staff education and training in the area of therapeutic communications, interactions and consumer satisfaction. Provides role modeling and feedback to the direct care staff on behavioral management and cognitive techniques. Develops, implements, evaluates, and revises the milieu management program in collaboration with the unit leadership and direct supervision. Coordinate’s behavior management training for parents and families. Assigns cases to the milieu therapists and monitor’s progress. Coordinate, consult and collaborate with the outpatient treatment team and the multidisciplinary treatment team to provide follow through of the behavioral management treatment plan. This includes wrap-around services, partial programs, RTFs, mobile crisis, and any other applicable outpatient services.


  • Enrolled in a doctorate program (e.g., PhD, PsyD, EdD) in Psychology, School Psychology, Education or a related field


  • has a Masters degree in Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Psych Rehab, School Psychology, education or a related field with five years experience in behavioral health.
  • Proven leadership skills and an ability to work with patients and their families and to work collaboratively with other staff members specifically demonstrating communication, coordination and organizational skills. Knowledge of evidence-based therapies.
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities and meet deadlines. Proficiency in basic behavioral principles, development of behavior support plans, and the application of behavioral principles to clinical situations.
  • Prior experience in an acute/inpatient setting preferred.
  • Holding a license as a mental health professional is preferred but not required.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter
  • 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

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