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Our operating philosophy is as effective today as it was 40 years ago: Build or acquire high quality hospitals in rapidly growing markets, invest in the people and equipment needed to allow each facility to thrive, and become the leading healthcare provider in each community we serve.
Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has more than 81,000 employees and through its subsidiaries operates more than 320 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom.
Hickory Trail Hospital:
Hickory Trail Hospital, a 86-bed behavioral health facility located just south of Dallas, has been providing quality health care to the residents of DFW since 1988. Hickory Trail Hospital provides inpatient and day treatment for children, adolescents, adults, and senior adults. Our professional staff individualizes care to uniquely fit the intensity and severity of each client's case and their family's needs. Because crisis occurs at all times of the day and night, our services are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For more information about Hickory Trail Hospital, please visit our website at https://www.hickorytrail.com/
The Program Therapist performs social services functions to include assisting patients in meeting their biopsychosocial needs while enabling them to access through therapeutic treatment skills to achieve their optimal level of emotional health, including providing basic consultation, teaching, complete specialized clinical social work services for patients/families receiving care, crisis intervention, short-term and long-term family therapy, and providing information and referrals as needed.
Education: Master's Degree from an accredited college or university, in Social Work or a clinical related mental health field.
Experience : Requires a minimum of one-three (1-3) years experience in a psychiatric health care facility, with direct experience in family and group therapies, crisis intervention, and treatment skills; must have strong clinical assessment skills. Combination of education, licensure and experience and/ or student internship hours may be considered.
License: Must possess a state licensure: LPC, LPC-I, LCDC, LMFT, LMSW or LCSW.
Additional Requirements: CPR and CPI training must be completed prior to beginning work. Must be able to pass a competency exam for the area upon hire. May be required to work flexible hours and overtime.
STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE
THE ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS ARE CATEGORIZED UNDER THE JOINT COMMISSION STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE. THIS POSITION WILL BE EVALUATED BASED UPON SOCIAL SERVICES PRACTICE/COMPETENCIES, AS WELL AS THERAPEUTIC PRACTICES COMPETENCIES AS LISTED BELOW.
Social Services Practices/Competencies
1. Formulate and conduct educational, therapeutic, and/or support groups.
2. Communicate effectively with patients, families, health care team members and community providers regarding patient status and progress.
3. Interact and communicate with community agencies in assessment of and service to patients.4. Provide liaison and referral services to community agencies and appears in court when requested or subpoenaed.
5. Maintain confidentiality in compliance with professional ethics according to professional and facility standards.
6. Identify opportunities for the program and participate in Performance Improvement projects and activities.
7. Continue professional development in individual, family, and group therapy and maintain professional development in personnel file.
8. Assist in the orientation of new colleagues and supervising student interns.
9. Complete Discharge Planning for all patients.
10. Assures that all components of Core Measures (HBIPS) related to HBIPS Tool are completed on the aftercare plan.
1. Conduct individual/couples/family counseling on scheduled time tables.
2. Develop an effective working relationship with patient and/or family (engagement, collaboration, advocacy, problem solving).
3. Evaluate and document effectiveness of interventions and patient responses.
4. Comply with required standards for medical/legal reporting situations (i.e. child abuse, dependent adult abuse, psychiatric commitment).
5. Represent the facility at legal hearings as requested, submits paperwork for legal holds in a timely fashion, act as liaison with conservator’s office.
1. Assess and identify psychosocial, educational, developmental and behavioral functioning of the patient/family system through established case finding mechanisms.
2. Document assessment update when there are significant changes in patient’s condition or readmission in the last thirty days.
3. Consult with families on emotional, social and financial aspects of care.
4. Complete Suicide Risk Assessment on each patient, once daily.
1. Respond to requests for social work services in a timely manner.
2. Meet the social work needs of the patient population being serviced.
3. Contribute to the effective functioning of the patient’s program and other facility-wide activities.
4. Report unsafe conditions to appropriate personnel.
5. Assure that patient’s rights are upheld.
1. Demonstrate knowledge of biopsychosocial factors and DSM-IV related to the ages of the patients served, and incorporate the knowledge base into the treatment plan.
2. Participate in, and effectively contributes to, patient care conferences, treatment planning meetings and/or treatment planning rounds.
1. Demonstrate a professional attitude and supports the objectives of the facility’s business development/marketing and guest relations philosophy through internal and external communications and interactions with all levels of staff, patients, family members, guests, community and referral sources.
Discharge Planning Function
- Complete continuing care plan to address follow-up appointments within 7 days, primary diagnosis, reason for hospitalization and information provided to next level of care.
- Complete Wellness Checks within 72 hours of discharge of patient and contact made with patient to extend to 14 days. Expected goal of 80 percent within 72 hours.
- Complete Patient Satisfaction Survey 100 percent at discharge. Primary Therapist will forward all surveys to Supervisor in timely manner.
1. Utilize a variety of techniques to assist in the resolution of patient problems.
2. Effectively employ principles of communication, interviewing techniques, problem solving and crisis intervention when performing psychotherapeutic interventions.
3. Ensure interventions are carried out in the patient’s plan of care.
4. Utilize appropriate interventions in psychiatric emergencies.
5. Document and report infections to the Infection Control Nurse.
6. Assist with reviewing all new admissions to ensure completion of essential paperwork.
1. Utilizes universal precautions when caring for a patient.
2. Assures patients are adequately oriented to the program.
3. Monitor program activities and encourage patient participation.
4. Uses self as a role model to promote health communication.
5. Develop and facilitate groups for patients and/or significant others as appropriate.
1. Participate in the development of an interdisciplinary treatment plan based on patient assessment/needs in compliance with facility time frames.
2. Ensure that the treatment plan has specific measurable goals, objectives and interventions defining actions unique to each patient’s needs.
3. As appropriate, when goals/objectives are met, participate in revision and update.
4. Assigns and directs other personnel in the implementation of the nursing care plans and verifies this care through direct observation and review of the chart.
1. Provide education to patients and families based on their identified needs and limitations in learning.
2. Promote learning experiences and provide educational materials to patients and their families.
3. Evaluate and document effectiveness of all patient teaching.
4. Provide opportunities for patient and families to questions, discuss an explore their feelings about prescribed therapies/interventions/diagnosis.
Specific Standards for the Care of Child Patients Ages 5 through 11
1. Maintain knowledge of the Child Program rules, protocols and handbooks guidelines.
2. Maintain knowledge of children’s stages of development and seek guidance from the nurse in charge when questions about the norms for behavior related to child development arise.
3. Assess patients for behaviors consistent with the developmental stages and make note of any deviations in behavior.
4. Recognize acting out behavior of child specific age group and set appropriate limits in clear, concise, behavioral and non-judgmental terms based on the age of the patient.
5. Demonstrate an awareness of learning disabilities and translates treatment/program expectations to the learning disabled child.
6. Relate to child patients in an age appropriate manner.
7. Utilize seclusion and restraint procedures with an understanding of the need for modification in regard to smaller body sizes of children, abandonment issues and the history of physical and/or sexual abuse issue.
8. Act as a resource to other staff in regard to the Child Patient Programs.
Specific Standards for the Care of Adolescent Patients Ages 12 through 18
1. Maintain knowledge of the Adolescent Program rules, protocols and handbooks guidelines.
2. Assess patients for behaviors consistent with the developmental stages and makes note of any
deviations in behavior.
3. Recognize acting out behavior of adolescent specific age group and set appropriate limits in clear, concise, behavioral and non-judgmental terms based on the age of the patient.
4. Demonstrate an awareness of learning disabilities and translates treatment/program expectations to the learning disabled adolescent.
5. Relate to adolescent patients in an age appropriate manner.
6. Utilize seclusion and restraint procedures with an understanding of the need for modification in regard to smaller body sizes of adolescents, abandonment issues and the history of physical and/or sexual abuse issue.
7. Act as a resource to other staff in regard to the Adolescent Patient Programs.
Specific Standards for the Care of Adult Patients Ages 19 through 64
1. Gather information from the patient, family and interdisciplinary team and use judgements based on knowledge of adult behaviors in treatment planning and interventions.
2. Recognize behaviors and set appropriate limits in clear, concise, behaviors and non-judgmental terms.
3. Utilize seclusion/restraint procedures applicable to adult body size and past history of violent or emotional behaviors.
4. Maintain current knowledge of the Adult Program rules, protocols and handbook guidelines.
5. Utilize theoretical concepts to guide the effective practice of adult care within Specific Standards of Care for this age group.
Specific Standards for the Care of Geriatric Patients Ages 65 and older
1. Maintain a knowledge of the developmental tasks and sociological theories of aging.
2. Utilize theoretical concepts to guide the effective practice of gerontological health care
and behavioral care.
3. Gather the appropriate information from the patient, family and interdisciplinary team and use therapeutic judgements based on knowledge of gerontological health/behavioral care practices to develop a comprehensive plan of care.
4. Utilize interventions based on gerontological theory to restore patients functional capabilities and to prevent complications and excess disability.
5. Maintain a complete knowledge of treatments, medications and side effects of such in the geriatric age group.