NOTE: THE PERSON HIRED FOR THIS POSITION WILL BE EMPLOYED BY PREMIERCARE, a company contracted by St. Joseph to provide geriatric psychiatric services.
The Program Therapist is responsible for performing a wide variety of patient care and management activities as directed by the attending physician, Program Medical Director and Program Director. The Therapist is responsible for a patient caseload and will provide individual, family and group therapies as ordered by the physician. The Therapist will conduct screenings and psychosocial assessments as directed and will act as case manager for those cases assigned. Case management responsibilities include maintaining contact with the referral source, family and other caregivers and service providers, as appropriate, and coordinating discharge planning activities with the treatment team. The Program Therapist collaborates with the treatment team in formulating the Master Treatment Plan and associated updates. The Therapist participates in the referral development process and is an active member of the Referral Development Committee.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
1. Actively supports the mission, philosophy and goals of PremierCare and the host hospital.
2. Provides individual, family and a variety of group therapies (e.g., cognitive, process, psych educational) as ordered by the attending physician.
3. Documents all clinical and case management services and activities provided according to CMS and TJC requirements.
4. Provides pre-admission screenings and psychosocial assessments and develops the Master Treatment Plan with input from the treatment team.
5. Participates in review and revision of the Master Treatment Plan in collaboration with the treatment team.
6. As case manager, coordinates discharge and aftercare planning with the Program Nurse and other treatment team members and communicates with family, caregiver and residence regarding changes in treatment.
7. Assists in the admission/intake process as directed, including completing required admission paperwork and meeting with patient and family on admission to provide orientation
8. Complies with all administrative, clinical and human resources policies and procedures and with all relevant standards as promulgated by CMS, TJC and state and federal regulatory agencies.
9. Adheres to work practices consistent with PremierCare and host hospital missions, Medical Staff Bylaws, and administrative, departmental and human resources policies and procedures; maintains the highest level of ethics in all areas of program activity.
10. Participates in Referral Development Committee activities which include, but are not limited to, visiting facilities and programs representing the Center’s mission and program, providing relevant seminars and inservices to both providers and consumers, and actively networking within professional and personal spheres of influence.
11. Participates in activities relating to the Program’s quality improvement plan, assessing the quality of patient care by collecting data using established indicators; participates in utilization review and risk management/safety plans as directed.
12. Fulfills other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
PATIENT AGE GROUP SERVED
Geriatric (age 60+)
Flexibility in duties; good verbal skills; adept at dealing with people, especially in the geriatric community and with people from various backgrounds and cultures. Ability to identify treatment needs and coordinate implementation of treatment plans in a timely manner; ability to perform as a team member, accept constructive improvement measures and utilize appropriate communication channels. Able to understand and react effectively to the unique needs of specific aged patients of the population served. Physical demands include ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds and physically assist patients and move equipment as needed. Ability to support and physically restrain patients weighing up to 250 pounds. Able to apply and implement CMS, TJC and other state, federal and regulatory guidelines in a hospital-based psychiatric program. Must be able to travel to off-site locations in order to screen referrals for appropriateness of admission as well as participate in referral development activities. Presents a professional appearance at all times.
Master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling or a comparable behavioral healthcare degree. Must be licensed to practice respective discipline independently although consideration may be given to one who requires supervision but is nearing completion of all licensure requirements. Experience in working in a behavioral healthcare facility with geriatric experience preferred. Maintains CPR certification.
Supervised by Program Director.