York, PA | Behavioral Health | Tracking Code: 90071

Therapeutic Activity Specialist - Adult Inpatient Psych Program - Days/Eves

Michelle Dermes
Michelle Dermes
Sr. Talent Acquisition Consultant

Full-time, Days/Eves

Job Description:

Under the direct supervision of the clinical manager of behavioral health, in concert with the therapy team, treatment team members, and nursing staff, this position works collaboratively to facilitate a stable and smooth operation of the program and provides therapeutic interventions in accordance with best practice guidelines, treatment plans, and policies and procedures.


Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides day-to-day oversight of activities. Identifies times of needed patient engagement and facilitates activities on all units.
  2. Documents weekly group topics and assists with program performance improvement measures and outcomes.
  3. Promotes client attendance and participation in groups and activities and documents participation.
  4. Assumes responsibility for awareness of individual treatment goals in collaboration with the client and team to provide support as appropriate.
  5. Assumes responsibility for awareness of behavioral management plans for acute patients in cooperation with treatment team
  6. Participates in completing client-centered questionnaires as assigned.
  7. Provides direct support to teach behavioral symptom management techniques and assists clients in adapting to and/or coping with internal and external stresses.
  8. Provides support to clients and families by maintaining communication between support person(s), patient and team.
  9. Communicates relevant client progress to team members to promote continuity of treatment information.
  10. Provides practical help and side-by-side coaching and problems solving to help clients obtain necessities of daily living.
  11. Provides care to clients in a manner that considers safety, comfort, and the therapeutic environment.
  12. Exhibits clinically appropriate relational (e.g., accurate empathy, active listening) skills.
  13. Manages behavioral crises including 1:1 observation, redirection, physical restraint, and team crisis interventions.
  14. Participation when requested in non-clinical tasks to meet patient needs and requests that do not require delegation from an RN.


  • Minimum Experience:
    • 1 – 2 years of group development/facilitation programming with Bachelor’s Degree
    • 3 – 5 years of group development/facilitation programming without Bachelor’s Degree
    • Min Field of ExpertiseBehavioral/mental health, social science
  • Minimum Education:
    • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Preferred Education:
    • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Skills:
    • Excellent human relations and oral/written communication skills; analytical skills; organization and time management; mental and visual ability to observe client behavior and document findings; teaching ability; customer service awareness and capability; knowledge of current activities, therapy principals and group counseling skills/techniques.
    • Knowledge of current activities, therapy principals and group counseling skills/techniques

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