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Therapist - PRN

Job Code:  191265
Facility: Ridge Behavioral Health System
Location: LEXINGTON, KY US Southeast
Region: Southeast
Travel Involved: None
Job Type: Per Diem
Job Level:  Experienced (Non-Manager)
Minimum Education Required: Master's Degree 
Skills: Health Care -> Behavioral Health
Category: Allied Health
FTE: .01
Position Summary:

There is a place where pain is met with compassion, fear is met with reassurance, and anger is met with understanding. At The Ridge Behavioral Health System, we are making a difference in people’s lives.

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 part of the Universal Health Services Family of hospitals.

Founded in 1978, Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation's largest and most respected healthcare management companies, operating through its subsidiaries' acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide. With more than 65,000 people employed by UHS' subsidiaries, UHS' business strategy is to continue to grow by building or purchasing healthcare facilities across the country, while continuing to strengthen UHS' strong franchise based on exceptional service and effective cost control. Our success is driven by a service philosophy based on integrity, competence and compassion and through a responsive management style.

Under the supervision of the Director, Social Services, the Therapist provid es 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.Conducts psychosocial assessments within 72 hours for acute inpatient care. Other levels of care completed according to hospital policy.

Essential Responsibilities Include:

  • Interviews patients and family members to identify preliminary issues for treatment.  
  • 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.
  • Develops and coordinates individual discharge plan for patient by utilizing treatment team and chart information to determine patient’s aftercare needs.
  • 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.
  • Completes certifications for mental health petitions.  
  • 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.

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

• One to two years of mental health experience required.
• Inpatient experience preferred.

• NCI (nonviolent crisis intervention) required. This training also 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.


The Ridge Behavioral Health Systems, a subsidiary of UHS, is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity.  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.


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