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Psychiatric Counselor - all shifts

Job Code:  147505
Facility: Psychiatric Institute of Washington
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Travel Involved: None
Job Type: Full Time
Job Level:  Experienced (Non-Manager)
Minimum Education Required: Bachelor's Degree 
Skills: Health Care -> Behavioral Health
Category: Allied Health
FTE: 1.0
Position Summary:

Position Summary:
Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation's largest and most respected health care management companies, operating through its subsidiaries acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide. Founded in 1978, UHS subsidiaries now have more than 65,000 employees. The UHS business strategy is to build or purchase health care properties in rapidly growing markets and create a strong franchise based on exceptional service and effective cost control. Our success comes from a responsive management style and a service philosophy based on integrity, competence and compassion

The Psychiatric Institute of Washington provides comprehensive behavioral healthcare for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults suffering from mental health and addictive illnesses. We are a 124-bed, short-term, acute care hospital offering inpatient, partial and intensive outpatient hospitalization, as well as specialized treatment programs for chemical dependency. Founded in 1967, PIW combines the rich traditions of its past with the behavioral health options of the present. We have an excellent reputation as an innovative hospital with caring, dedicated staff, experienced in the delivery of behavioral healthcare. We currently are recruiting for Psychiatric Counselors. Candidates selected will be invited to complete an online assessment; those doing well on the assessment will then be invited to interview for current or future openings. Candidates must be within reasonable commuting distance of the facility; relocation assistance is not offered.

Incumbents in the position will be responsible for the following:

• Ability to provide sound therapeutic intervention.
• Interacts with patients in a purposeful and goal-directed manner. Interacts therapeutically with patients and demonstrates an understanding of basic principles of human behavior.
• Verbalizes and demonstrates an awareness of the influences of behavior and personality of self and other staff on patient’s progress.
• Ability to provide psycho educational groups.
• Demonstrates technical skills in use of physical restraints and seclusion with attention to patients and staff safety.
• Observes patient behavior and promptly detects behavior that may result in injury to patient and others.
• Attends educational programs/classes directed towards meeting stated objectives for professional growth.
• Ability to establish and maintain a therapeutic working relationship with family members for the purpose of support, guidance, and communication in the plan of care.
• Performs patient care procedures, such as vital signs, specimen collection, with technical skill, accuracy, and in a supportive manner.
• Performs and ensures admission procedures are carried out efficiently and in a supportive manner.


• Bachelor's degree in a healthcare-related field such as Psychology or Social Services.
• Minimum of one or two years experience in a job-related field in a clinical/healthcare setting.


The mission of the Psychiatric Institute of Washington is to share in the healing process and guide those we serve on the path to health. In fulfilling its mission, the institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability in the administration of its policies.

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