Mental Health Specialist (Part-time) - Lindner Center of HOPE - Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Job Description

This position provides direct care to patients under the direction of the Registered Nurse (RN) and medical director. Delivers assigned, delegated, direct care consistent with the individualized treatment plan. Performs routine care consistent with established standards policies and procedures. Maintains a safe and therapeutic treatment environment.


Collects & reports health data
  • Gathers objective data & observations about the patient
  • Differentiates between normal & abnormal observations
  • Reports changes in patient status or abnormal findings to RN

Implements established plan of care for each patient
  • Understands the plan of care for each assigned patient
  • Completes interventions identified on the plan of care

Delivers delegated aspects of direct care
  • Provides care based on the established treatment plan
  • Involves patient & involved others in the care process
  • Leads Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO-DBT) and Wellness Groups in a classroom setting.
  • Leads Eating Disorder (EDO) specific groups in the classroom setting and accompanies EDO patients on exposure outings in the community.
  • Engages in individual & purposeful interactions with patients & involved others
  • Completes vital signs, and weights

Monitors patient & environmental safety continuously
  • Maintains a calm, healing environment
  • Secures patient's belongings

Documents in the electronic medical record (EMR)
  • Completes group notes on assigned groups
  • Reflects individual patient's progress towards treatment goals
  • Articulates interventions utilized and responses to the interventions
  • Notes are factual and concise
  • Obtains RN co-signature for EMR notes

Demonstrates understanding of current therapeutic techniques
  • Continuously participates in learning opportunities to expand inventory of intervention options
  • Applies learning & experience to patient care

Effectively responds to escalating behavior
  • Observes patients for risk of aggressive behavior
  • Demonstrates an ability to identify early changes in behavior that indicate escalation
  • Engages with patients who are exhibiting early behavioral changes
  • Applies alternatives to physical intervention

Provides information to patients & families
  • Presents information to patients & involved others utilizing age specific principles
  • Reviews comprehension of information

Facilitates customer satisfaction
  • Identifies issues of customer service
  • Acts to resolve customer service issues within available options
  • Refers complex & unresolved issues to the charge nurse or manager

Initiates emergency action when indicated
  • Identifies emergency situations occurring in the program
  • Responds to the emergency situation with immediate attention in a controlled & skilled manner

Participates in the continuous improvement of the organization through the quality improvement process
  • Completes monitors for assigned indicators
  • Reports any actual or potential situation that impacts patient safety
  • Implements actions that result in continuous improvement of quality & compliance
  • Participates in the organization wide quality measures


  1. Bachelors' Degree in Psychology, Social Work, related field with 6 months of mental health experience requires or
  2. Associates Degree in Mental Health Technology with five years of Mental Health experience required
  3. Demonstrated ability to effectively facilitate groups.
  4. Must have flexible eating and diet behavior to be able to eat companion and mirror meals with patients with Eating Disorder diagnoses.
  5. Must be willing to work early morning or evening hours 1 - 3 days a week to eat meals, or go on restaurant, volunteer or grocery outings with patients with Eating Disorder diagnoses.
  6. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide age- specific and developmentally appropriate care for the spectrum of populations admitted to LCOH.
  7. Ability to enthusiastically follow and model the Lindner Center of HOPE mission, vision and values.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands of this position are consistent with those performed in a normal office environment, including occasional lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling, and sufficient manual dexterity to operate standard office equipment and ability to use a computer. Must be able to see, talk, and hear coworkers, patients, and others.