Residential Therapist in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 3/2/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Residential Therapist is a critical member of WestHaven’s Clinical leadership who is responsible for coaching a team that includes residential staff and residents to ensure the provision of recovery-oriented services. Therapist must be willing to work non-traditional hours to meet the needs of the program. (Shift will be Tuesday thru Saturday and include some evening and holiday coverage).


  • Work in partnership with the Program Director, Psychiatrist, and Nursing Staff to oversee implementation of a recovery transformation initiative that will instill a more supportive and recovery-oriented clinical philosophy and approach at WestHaven.
  • Provide individual and group therapy focused on psychiatric rehabilitation, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy to promote optimal levels of functioning and the development of recovery skills.
  • Ensure that residential staff is effectively implementing WestHaven’s psychiatric rehabilitation, recovery-oriented and Sanctuary based clinical philosophy and approach.
  • Work with residential staff to ensure services and documentation meets appropriate regulatory standards and incorporates a recovery-oriented approach.
  • Communicate with residents and families regarding recovery progress in compliance with the confidentiality policy.
  • Collaborate with the Program Director to develop a schedule of activities that addresses the day, evening and weekend hours.
  • Escort groups of participants or individuals off the floor as necessary and appropriate to build skills and promote independent functioning.
  • Participate in case conferences and team recovery planning along with conducting completion of initial and annual biopsychosocials.
  • Receive and use regular clinical supervision.
  • Participate in performance improvement initiatives and assist with data collection, aggregation and analysis as assigned.
  • Assist with the admission, discharge and transfer of participants as necessary and appropriate.
  • Maintain safety and hygienic standards within the facility under the direction of the nurse on duty.


  • Works cooperatively and effectively as a team member in contributing to and implementing organizational goals
  • Strong supervisory and organizational skills
  • Proficient in psychiatrically appropriate therapeutic interventions for the population being served including the ability to de-escalate agitated individuals
  • Knowledgeable about local resources
  • Licensed and insurable driver and good driving record
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Sensitive to ethnic, cultural, economic and gender specific issues and willing to adapt interventions to meet differing needs
  • Have an understanding of a strengths-based, recovery oriented approach


  • Minimum three years’ experience in a related position and setting.
  • At least three years of experience in providing individual and group therapy to adults with co-occurring behavior health disorders is required
  • Proficiency in DSM-IV R diagnostic nomenclature
  • Proficiency in multi-modal and cognitive-behavioral treatment models, including case conceptualizations, treatment planning, and implementation
  • Knowledge of chemical dependency and other addictions and appropriate treatment modalities a plus

Education Requirement:

  • Master's degree in counseling or social work
  • Licensure in the State of Pennsylvania is required