JOB DESCRIPTION: Assists in the implementation of interventions and activities for assigned patients on the inpatient psychiatric units or in the outpatient setting. Follows established policies and procedures to ensure accurate and consistent quality of patient care. Maintains a therapeutic relationship with patients at all times and ensures confidentiality and adherence to professional boundaries. Uses professional training and expertise in psychology as a framework for leading or co-leading therapeutic groups. Communicates with patients, both individually and in group settings, and provides feedback and treatment evaluations on an ongoing basis. Provides patients with instructions which will allow them to participate in their treatment plan. Assesses patient therapy on an on-going basis to determine the patient's response to the treatment plan and to identify issues and appropriate modifications. Takes vital signs and ensures prompt and accurate documentation in the patient's chart. Works with patients to establish clear and reasonable limits and expectations in accordance with the treatment plan. Observes the activities and behaviors of patients in accordance with the prescribed individual treatment plan. Communicates patient's needs and responses through appropriate verbal and written communications with other members of the health care team. Evaluates critical and crises situations and initiates an immediate response. Works with manager to formulate plan for professional development. Attends educational in-services as appropriate. Participates in professional activities and organizations to maintain knowledge of current trends, practices, and developments. Documents patient interventions and responds according to department protocol; ensures that observations are accurately recorded on the patient's chart. Works collaboratively with other members of the health care team to determine the appropriateness of the intervention and the prescribed therapy. If in the inpatient setting: Makes scheduled patient rounds to ensure the general well-being of residents. Accompanies patients who have been granted approval to leave the unit temporarily. Performs other related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor's degree in Psychology, Social Work, or a related field. One year of inpatient or outpatient psychiatric experience preferred. Must be physically able to lift and restrain agitated or violent patients.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock , Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation , Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.