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Therapist Part Time Days Geriatric Unit

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About Universal Health Services:

One of the nation’s largest and most respected hospital companies, Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) has built an impressive record of achievement and performance. Steadily growing from a startup to an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, UHS today has annual revenue nearing $10 billion. In 2017, UHS was recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune; ranked #276 on the Fortune 500, and listed #275 in Forbes inaugural ranking of America’s Top 500 Public Companies.  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.

About The Ridge:

The Ridge Behavioral Health System is seeking dynamic and talented part-time Therapist for the Geriatric Unit .  Located in Lexington, KY, the heart of the Bluegrass, The Ridge Behavioral Health System offers a healing environment that is reassuring to a patients’ sense of security and confidentiality. Dedicated to excellence, The Ridge Behavioral Health System is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, as a licensed, 110-bed hospital, providing psychiatric (mental health) and chemical dependency (drug & alcohol rehabilitation) services to children, adolescents and adults. Inpatient care is provided on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week. Outpatient and partial hospitalization services are provided on a six-day per week basis, days and evenings. Care is provided according to an established code of ethical conduct and strict adherence to patient rights. The Ridge Behavioral Health System is owned and operated by Universal Health Services. For more information, visit our website at

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Director, Social Services, provides therapeutic group and family treatment to patients with mental and substance abuse diagnosis.  Coordinate their treatment through treatment planning, the treatment team process and utilization and review.  This position will provide Saturday coverage for the facility from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

Position Specific Competencies:

Conducts psychosocial assessments within 72 hours for acute inpatient care.  Other levels of care completed according to hospital policy.

Interviews patients and family members to identify preliminary issues for treatment.

Psychosocial data is comprehensive, documents history and identifies preliminary issues for treatment focus (i.e., presenting problems; past emotional/behavioral problems/treatment; history of sexual/physical abuse, etc.)

Complete master treatment plan within 72 hours

Provides groups and family process oriented therapies in a timely manner.

Practices by code of ethics set forth by your licensing board.

Assess, develops and implements groups to enhance treatment of patients.

Attends and participates in treatment team meetings for your assigned unit on a consistent basis. 

Progress notes recorded within 24 hours of group/family session or discharge planning

Progress notes summarized patient’s progress toward master treatment plan goals.

Develops and coordinates individual discharge plan for patient by utilizing treatment team and chart information to determine patient’s aftercare needs.

Continuing care/discharge sheet reflects outpatient appointment prior to discharge.

Initiates contact with treatment team members and recommends treatment alternative when goals are not being met.

Completes discharge summary with pertinent information for treatment providers.

Proactively identifies and addresses actual and potential impediments toward discharge or transition to next level of care.

Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with community agencies and other resources.

Include patient, family, guardian, or appropriate transition efforts with respect to discharge status, discharge planning referrals/assistance; services provided; aftercare plan and recommendation.

Follows proper NCI de-escalation techniques when handling crisis situations.

Provides appropriate crisis intervention as necessary by anticipating and responding quickly to escalating behaviors, utilizing de-escalation techniques to diffuse the situation, correctly prioritizing safety concerns.

Uses appropriate counseling skills by de-escalating aggression, using active listening skills, using appropriate tone and volume of voice, providing a high frequency and variety of positive reinforcements, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and promoting a positive peer culture.

Demonstrates proper procedures for therapeutic holds and seclusions.

Contraband is properly removed and disposed of according to policy.

Maintain and document content with referring or monitoring agency.

Completes certifications for mental health petitions.

Treatment plan and master problem list reflects social services interventions and assignment of specific problems within 72 hours for your assigned unit.

Reports incidents or suspected incidents of sexual/physical abuse and/or neglect to Protective Services in a timely manner.

Conduct follow-up calls with Protective Agencies; assists agency in obtaining necessary information with report documented in patient chart.

Abide by legal requirements and by organization policy regarding confidentiality, privileged communication and informed consent.

This opportunity provides the following:

*UHS is Challenging and rewarding work environment

Growth and development opportunities within UHS and its subsidiaries

Competitive Compensation

UHS is a registered trademark of UHS of Delaware, Inc., the management company for Universal Health Services, Inc. and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. Universal Health Services, Inc. is a holding company and operates through its subsidiaries including its management company, UHS of Delaware, Inc. All healthcare and management operations are conducted by subsidiaries of Universal Health Services, Inc. To the extent any reference to UHS or UHS facilities on this website including any statements, articles or other publications contained herein relates to our healthcare or management operations it is referring to Universal Health Services' subsidiaries including UHS of Delaware. Further, the terms we, us, our or the company in such context similarly refer to the operations of Universal Health Services' subsidiaries including UHS of Delaware. Any employment referenced in this website is not with Universal Health Services, Inc. but solely with one of its subsidiaries including but not limited to UHS of Delaware, Inc.

UHS is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at UHS via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of UHS. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by UHS as a result of the referral or through other means.

Job Requirements


Master’s degree in social work or other mental health field required


One to two years of mental health experience required

Inpatient experience preferred.


Nonviolent crisis intervention required.  This training is offered upon hire.

Certification or licensure in social work or mental health field required; e.g. CSW (with an approved contract with the board of Social Work), LCSW, LPCA, LPCC, etc. 

If employee possesses a LPCA or CSW, then they must have a contractual agreement for supervision.  This agreement must be forwarded to HR for placement in their file.

Other Skills

Written and oral communication skills. 

Skills in case management.

Skills in time management.

Knowledge of acute psychological disorders, and advanced principals of abnormal psychology. 

Familiarity with follow-up resource services available to patients. 

Skills in conducting family group therapy. 

Skills in maintaining information as highly confidential. 

Must demonstrate the ability to treat all age populations as needed or have the capacity to develop skills through the organization’s cross-training, orientation program.  Ability to clearly summarize pertinent clinical information via written correspondence and medical records documentation. gives you access to over a million jobs and career opportunities across the US including in Lexington. Find your perfect job and apply directly through a simply online application process

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