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Milieu Therapist @ UPMC Northwest Hospital

  • Job ID: 648407676
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Variable
  • Facility: UPMC Northwest
  • Department: Behavioral Health Inpat
  • Location: 100 Fairfield Drive, Seneca PA 16346
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $15.44 to $22.66 / hour


Are you interested in building a rewarding career with a national leader in the treatment of mental health?
UPMC Northwest Hospital in Seneca, PA is seeking passionate Milieu Therapists to join our team!
Apply Today!
UPMC offers unit tours / job shadow opportunities to interested candidates

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 various shifts and rotating weekends / holidays.


The starting rate for this position is $14.88, prior to crediting for any applicable experience beyond the minimum listed requirements for this role.  Plus earn an additional $1.10/hr for afternoon / evening shifts.


Purpose: The Milieu Therapist I perform 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.

•            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

•            Completes 1:1 meeting with assigned patients to assess how they are currently doing

•            Complete observations of patients as ordered, following all guidelines



  • Bachelor's Degree in a Human Services field such as Social Work, Psychology or Counseling from an accredited College or University required. Other fields of study may be considered with coursework of at least 12 credits in Human Services.
  • Mental Health experience preferred, not required.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Relevant group/individuals experience with therapeutic and leisure-oriented activities is preferred.
  • Physically capable of providing direct total physical care to unpredictable behavioral health patients as necessary, including lifting, supporting, running towards or away from areas where problems are occurring and pushing and pulling equipment such as wheelchairs.
  • 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:

  • CCMC within 60 days of hire or transfer into department.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 34

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