Therapist - Per Diem

Universal Health Services Philadelphia , PA 19107

Posted 3 weeks ago


The Therapist is responsible for assessing patients' leisure and recreational activities, providing age and developmentally appropriate therapy groups using a combination of activities, creative arts modalities, and talk therapy, helping patients develop safety/crisis plans, and establishing behavioral treatment goals in a manner consistent with the philosophy and objectives of Fairmount Behavioral Health System.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to demonstrate competency in the criteria listed in this job description. The specifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability to meet the minimum requirements for this position. Staff must demonstrate flexibility for reassignment to units providing care to varied populations including children, adolescents, and adults.

Education: Master's degree in Allied Health or related counseling/clinical field

Experience: One (1) year prior experience in Allied Therapy field working with people in recovery from mental health disorders preferred.

Licensure/Certification: PA professional license preferred. PA professionally licensed Music or Art Therapist preferred. Possesses current registration, certification, or licensure in accordance with state and/or national board standards of specific field of allied health or therapy/counseling preferred.

Knowledge:Knowledge of group therapy process and group leadership skills, evidence based and best practices, age specific growth and development, crisis and behavior management.

Job Specific Responsibilities:

1.Assists in assessing the patient's admission and provides consistent updates through the patients stay.

  • Performs and documents appropriately Allied Therapy and other assessments on assigned patients within 72 hours of admission with consideration to age, mental, social, and physical status. Identifies patient's abilities to utilize their strengths healthfully, integrating information obtained through relevant sources; assures that the Safety/Crisis plan is completed with each patient.

  • Actively participates in development of Master Treatment plan, collaboratively identifying and incorporating realistic and measurable therapeutic goals and interventions and reassesses at least every 7 days or accordingly.

  • Practices within the policies of the department and the hospital.

  • In collaboration with Director of Allied Therapy and unit leaders designs, reviews and revises group therapy programming to provide comprehensive delivery of age-appropriate services.

  • Understands and demonstrates the core elements of group therapy, including therapeutic factors, group leadership and various types of groups.

  • Uses supervision to develop new skills/

  • Utilizes open, reflective and non-judgmental communications with patients that is clear, appropriate in volume and consistent with evidence based practices.

  • Understands and demonstrates the core elements of evidence based treatment

  • Provides ongoing patient/family education according to individual needs, considers factors influencing learning; documents therapeutic encounters accurately and thoroughly in patient's medical record.

  • Reacts in supportive, coordinated way with other team members.

  • Supports the delivery and integration of services through team building with all department members, including as acting as preceptor to any new member and, as assigned, supervising student.

  • Assists Allied Therapy Director in any other requested/required tasks.

  • Adheres in the Mission and Values of Fairmount Behavioral Health.

Training/Competency: Handle with Care, Verbal De-escalation, CPR, Hand Hygiene, Assessment and Prevention of Risk, Patient Observation Rounds, Therapeutic Boundaries, Therapeutic Milieu, Infection Control, Informed Consent, Circumstantial Life Changes, Patient Bathroom Competency, Code of Conduct, Group Expectations, Patient Advocate, Patient Belongings, Fire Safety, Workplace Violence, Patient Safety Discharge Process, All Staff Safety Test, All Staff Clinical Safety Test, Documentation and other assignments as assigned by the facility.

Environmental Conditions: Exposure to psychiatric patients who may exhibit violent/aggressive behavior. Potential for exposure to communicable diseases, blood and body fluids, and other hazardous waste. General hospital environment and tools necessary to perform allied, art, and recreational therapy.

Physical Requirements:Ability to communicate verbally and in writing. Physical agility to manage patients. Push, pull, and lift up to 40 pounds. Intermittent sitting, standing, walking, bending, and stooping. Drug and alcohol free as evidenced by negative results of post-offer, pre-employment urine drug screen.The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary functions.

This job description in no way states of implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. The Allied Therapist will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by the Allied Therapy Director and/or Director of Clinical Services.

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