Penn Highlands Healthcare

  • Therapist I

    Job Location US-PA-DuBois
    Posted Date 1 month ago(4/10/2018 5:11 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Behavioral Health Services - Adult/Adolescent
    2nd and 3rd Shifts
  • Overview

    The best of modern health care technology, plus the best of small town America!

    Located in the midst of the beautiful rolling hills and woodlands of Pennsylvania, you don't have to be a native to feel at home here. No matter where your roots, you'll quickly recognize that the staff at Penn Highlands DuBois (PHD), like other residents of the community, will make you feel right at home.


    Penn Highlands DuBois (PHD) offers residents of west central Pennsylvania a rare combination of technologically advanced health care in a warm, friendly environment. Widely recognized as one of the leading health centers of its kind in the commonwealth, PHD is an oasis of clinical and technical excellence, with a focus on patient-centered care. Its rural setting is just far enough from the hustle of the city life to make it peaceful, but close enough to provide easy access to sought-after urban attractions.

    The Therapist I, under medical supervision, provides psychotherapeutic services to an assigned patient population using the established standards of care within his/her scope of practice.


    *Complies with PENN HIGHLANDS DUBOIS policies and procedures, accreditation agency requirements, and federal, state or local law and regulations

    Demonstrates knowledge of age-related needs of the patient; utilizes the biopsychosocial assessment process on a continuous basis in the delivery of care as evidenced by:

    Obtains health and social information through interview process, assessment, and data collection
    Collaborates with multidisciplinary health care team regarding assessment findings and plan of care
    Identifies patient needs and problems through assessment, interview, and observation including information from significant others and referral sources
    Provides disposition per physician recommendation
    Provides structured recreational activities and group therapies
    Provides individual, group, family therapies
    Demonstrates judgment and clinical competency in assessment skills:

    Utilizes clinical and social resources
    Provides supportive therapies as assigned
    Responds appropriately to changes in patient condition
    Reviews medical record to obtain needed patient information
    Responds to medical department as requested promptly and manages assessment efficiently
    Demonstrates effective critical thinking skills to provide information for disposition to be made by the physician
    Participates in the development of new staff as evidenced by but not limited to:

    Actively participates in the orientation including cultural and social integration of new staff
    When serving as preceptor, collaborates with staff member and director to manage the learning process and develop individualized action plans as needs are identified
    Demonstrates professional accountability as evidenced by but not limited to:

    Achieves educational credits to meet hospital and/or licensing/certification requirements
    Presents information obtained at education conferences to staff members
    Participates in the development and advancement of departmental standards, policies, and other clinical/professional initiatives
    Conducts self in professional manner in dress, actions, and interpersonal communication
    Ensures environment of safety for patients, significant others, and coworkers
    Informs Director/Supervisor of patient care situations and departmental problems as appropriate
    Demonstrates effective problem solving skills for clinical and departmental issues
    Ensures an environment of patient safety through:

    Performs patient safety/observation checks every 15 minutes
    Complies with contraband policy
    Manages changes in behavior that puts the patient or others at risk
    Complies with restraint/seclusion policies
    Demonstrates and maintains ongoing competencies for:

    Facilitates an efficient and timely review and disposition of referrals consistent with department policy
    Completes referral per outlined procedure
    Maintains current CPR and Comprehensive Crisis Management certifications


    General duties as directed


    • Bachelors degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related field or Bachelors degree plus two years mental health assessment experience required
    • Healthcare Provider (CPR) certification required within six months of start date in department/position
    • Comprehensive Crisis Management certification required within 12 months of start date in department/position


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