The Milieu Clinical Therapist is responsible for providing direct care to patients with psychiatric and addictions disorders; ensures the safety and well being of patients by leading the maintenance of a therapeutic milieu. The Milieu Clinical Therapist is also responsible for providing leadership and direction to the MHS I and MHS II staff based upon experience and special training in various areas of mental health service delivery (i.e. group therapy, milieu management diagnostic based training, grief & loss, etc.). Because the purpose of the Milieu Clinical Therapist is to provide leadership and training in the provision of care, there are a limited number of positions available and the position is awarded based on specialty training for CKPH care and application. Additionally, the Milieu Clinical Therapist:
Obtains and maintains specialty training for the trauma and addictions treatment programs provided to the specialty hospital treating service members and veterans.
Coordinates with the Nurse/Clinical Program Mgr/Nurse leadership to identify and communicate MHS assignments and duties for the shift.
Provides appropriate and timely feedback and guidance to less experienced staff regarding patient care duties, documentation, milieu management, and other aspects of the job.
Partners with the Nurse/Nurse leader/Clinical Program Mgr to coordinate training for skill development for group facilitation with MHS staff through shadowing and role modeling on the unit, etc.
Assumes a leadership role in identifying patient's problems, needs, and strengths and works with the Nurse to ensure intervention is carried out.
Provides daily psychotherapy groups as outlined on unit schedules and in patient's treatment plans.
Provides verbal input into the development of treatment plan goals, interventions, and special programs.
Coordinates with the Nurse, Clinical Program Mgr, and Nurse leader to ensure that the MHS staff's documentation reflect treatment plan goals and interventions.
Recognizes signs of patient escalation and demonstrates de-escalation skills using verbal de-escalation and Handle with Care techniques; communicates with Nurse regarding patient care concerns.
Partners with the Nurse/Nurse leadership to ensure completion of 15 minute checks.
Ensures MHS staff adheres to guidelines for patients on special status (i.e. suicide, sexual, or AWOL precautions).
Facilitates multiple masters clinical groups a day adhering to documentation guidelines.
Manages age appropriate psychotherapy and process groups as outlined in unit schedules and coordinates with the Nurse to ensure groups occur.
Leads program development and implementation alongside the Administrator/Director of Social Services, Clinical Program Manager, Clinical Manager, and Nurse leadership.
Provides individual and family therapy to patients as needed utilizing the approved clinical treatment modalities for this specialty hospital.
Provides discharge planning, case management and leads the coordination of treatment planning as requested when picking up cases.
Utilizes and role models effective therapeutic techniques in interacting with patients, such as active listening, validation, etc.
Communicates with patients and families in a manner which projects empathy, helpfulness and desire to positively impact patient's treatment and provides role modeling to less experienced staff.
Attends change of shift reports if possible, or provides accurate information to the Nurse/Nurse Leadership before report.
Completes daily documentation legibly, completely, and in a timely manner.
Promotes effective teamwork to establish a milieu which minimizes the occurrence of aggressive behavior; ensures policy is followed during any physical interactions with patients.
Supports milieu management and patient safety initiatives; assists with contraband searches and facilitates belonging searches as directed.
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