Inpatient Psychiatric Clinician - LMSW-CC, LCPC-C, LCSW, LCPC *SIGN ON BONUS*

Northern Light Health
Job Description

Northern Light Acadia Hospital

Department: Pediatric Inpatient Unit

Position is located: Acadia

Work Type: Full Time

40 hours per week, Monday through Friday

Work Schedule: Flexible day shift hours

** This position is eligible for a $5,000.00 sign on bonus with two year commitment**

Starting Pay Rate $32/hour conditionally licensed

Summary: The Inpatient Psychiatric Clinician provides specialized evidence-based therapeutic care to adult and/or pediatric populations with mental health, substance use and co-occurring disorders. The Clinician conducts evaluations, risk assessment, psychosocial evaluations, creates recovery-oriented treatment plans with patients and their families and provides psychotherapy within individual, group and family modalities.

As direct care providers they function as skilled advocates, brokers, educators and treatment specialists and are familiar with regional social service provider systems and adept at assisting patients in linking with step down treatment services during discharge planning. They rely on more than one theoretical framework in providing direct patient care and clinical formulations to acute-care populations, are proficient at articulating case reviews and creating documentation that reflects both active treatment provisions and patient responses to care.


Check out what it is like working at Northern Light Acadia Hospital :



• Assist patients with crisis management, de-escalation and motivational enhancement therapy to increase treatment readiness and engagement in care.

• Provide crisis management targeting acute symptoms. Work closely within the interdisciplinary team to develop specific strategies to decrease patient and unit acuity.

• Train staff on crisis intervention techniques as needed.

• Develop individualized care plans for patients that the interdisciplinary team works to implement.

• Implement safety planning daily for moderate and high-risk patients and motivate patients to participate in utilizing this plan.

• Completes comprehensive assessments by collecting data which enables the identification of potential therapeutic targets for active treatment.

• Develops initial master treatment plan and updates in collaboration with the patient and within established timeframes that identify effective interventions to achieve outcomes, and accommodate the patient’s developmental level, motivation, health/spiritual beliefs, functional capabilities and strengths.

• Implements individual, group and family therapy interventions that are evidence-based and are consistent with service plan and developmental level and needs of patient to elicit therapeutic change.

• Modifies interventions based on continual assessment of the patient’s response to treatment.

• Articulates anticipated treatment outcomes that are patient-centered, evidence based, therapeutically sound, realistic, attainable and measurable.

• Completes documentation that reflects evidence-based practices, active patient involvement in care, attention to objective outcomes and identification of barriers to treatment progress.

• Maintains a safe environment complying with NLH policies and procedures, reports and directly addresses environmental hazards and violations of patient safety policy and/or protocol when involved or observed.

• Completes documentation within required timeframes.

Detailed responsibilities:


* Performs other duties as assigned or required.
* Performs tasks of a clinical nature within scope of assigned duties and clinical expertise.
* Maintains current knowledge of organization’s policies and procedures. Adheres to governmental and industry specific regulations/laws. Maintains appropriate related documentation.
* Maintains and safeguards confidentiality of information, including patient, personnel, and organizational data/records.
* Records, maintains, distributes, and prepares documents or information.
* Adheres to a set of moral principles with an understanding of philosophical thought.
* Provides logistic, financial, emotional support and guidance to patients.
* Works to meet patient's psychological, emotional, or physical needs.
* Maintains a safe environment complying with NLH policies and procedures; reports and directly addresses environmental hazards and violations of patient safety policy and/or protocol when involved or observed


1.Must be minimally licensed as a Conditional Master Social Worker (LMSW-cc), Clinical Counselor (LCPC-c), Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT)

2. Progresses to full licensure within 1 year of eligibility for full licensure.

3. Master’s degree in social work, professional counseling or comparable degree


1.Possesses a clinical knowledge base about the population served in their program area(s).

2.Demonstrates developing skills in reflective/active listening, feedback, summarizing, reframing, empathy, support, problem solving, coaching, and psycho-education skills.

3.Capable of managing workload within a fast-paced and dynamic treatment environment.

4.Exhibits strong verbal and written communication skills as it relates to coordination of care, case presentations and clinical documentation.

5.Understands and values multidisciplinary treatment modalities and the importance of involvement of community care providers and informal support systems in the care of patients

6.Demonstrates the beginning ability to synthesize and interpret patient outcome data for patterns/trends to inform decision making about clinical interventions.

7.Age based competency in children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics populations.

8.Developing competencies in mental health and substance use disorders commensurate with education and experience level.

9.Visual acuity, color vision, hearing acuity, and tactile sensation are necessary to respond to patient response and requests.

10.Ability to read and speak English, to communicate and document information.

11.Must possess the manual dexterity and a degree of body strength and flexibility to respond to aggressive patient behavior.

12.Ability to reach and stretch intermittently. Time may be spent sitting at a computer, collaborating with other healthcare team members. Standing and walking comprises some of the workday.

13.Communicates plans and coordinates with other team members the scheduling of meetings with patients.

Working Conditions:


* Lifting, moving and loading 20 to 30 pounds.
* Alternate shift schedules (day, evening, nights, weekends).
* Prolonged periods of standing.
* Prolonged periods of walking.


Equal Opportunity Employment

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability status, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, protected veteran status, national origin, genetic information or any other legally protected status.

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