Mental Health Tech (Therapeutic Assistant ): PRN
Veritas Collaborative is a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders. Providing a range of services for individuals of all ages, we offer inpatient, acute residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care. Each patient’s care is individualized, evidence-based, and delivered in a gender-diverse and inclusive environment. Multidisciplinary treatment teams – made up of highly dedicated physicians, psychiatrists, dietitians, culinary professionals, therapists, nurses, education coordinators, administrative professionals, and skilled therapeutic assistants – aim to equip each patient and family with skills to continue recovery in the home environment.
We are a growing, mission-driven organization with a singular vision: a world in which all persons with eating disorders and their families have access to best-practice care and hold hope for a cure.
We expect a lot out of our employees; that’s why we hire people who share our passion for leaving the world a better a place than we found it. If you find yourself drawn to a stimulating, innovative environment, you’ll be happy you chose to work at Veritas Collaborative. We share a common belief that eating disorders are lethal, but they don’t have to be.
Join us, and help us save lives.
Nature & Scope
Mental Health Tech (Therapeutic Assistant) are responsible for providing support and supervision to patients and ensuring that a safe environment is maintained within the treatment facility. Mental Health Techs (Therapeutic Assistants) supervise and provide meal support to patients during all eating opportunities; supervise and lead milieu activities (as appropriate); transport and supervise patients on outings; and provide skills coaching when appropriate. Mental Health Techs (Therapeutic Assistants) are responsible for communicating with the clinical team regarding patient needs and behaviors, and maintaining clinical documentation as needed.
- Provide a positive environment for supportive, recovery-based treatment.
- Maintain appropriate, therapeutic boundaries with patients and families at all times.
- Consumes all assigned meals (snacks, etc.) with patients and/or families to model normalized eating behavior, while on shift. As this is a therapeutic intervention, meals must include the basic plating requirements of the patient meal and utilize the items provided on the hot and cold bars, or a fully plated meal in kitchen/restaurant (as appropriate).
- Supervise, support, and monitor patients during eating opportunities (meals, snacks, etc.), hygiene, and bathroom activities.
- Document observations of behavior (meals, input/output, self-injurious behaviors, etc.) in a clear, concise, professional and timely manner.
- Transport and supervise patients on outings and outdoor recreation.
- Engage in de-escalation techniques with patients, as needed and appropriate.
- Assist with crisis management with patients, as needed.
- Participate in Cohort Coordinator and Floater responsibilities, as assigned.
- Participate in shift reports to share information, and problem-solve with TA and Nursing staff.
- Communicate with Clinical and Treatment team as needed to provide updates regarding patient behavior or other notable changes.
- Attend mandatory TA meetings and trainings to ensure consistent patient care and compliance requirements.
- Receive clinical supervision from IP/RES Manager if asked to co-lead therapeutic groups, as appropriate.
- Maintain strong confidentiality practices.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Previous experience in the mental health field, or in a mental health setting, preferred.
- Understanding of Eating Disorders, preferred.
- Understanding of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and/or Family Based Therapy (FBT), preferred.
- Bilingual in English/Spanish, preferred.
- Superior customer service and communication skills.
- Basic computer knowledge; Microsoft Outlook; and other electronic platforms.
- Ability to stay calm and solution-focused in high stress situations.
- Personable, reliable, flexible.
- High degree of self-motivation and ability to multitask.
- Ask for help or feedback, as appropriate.
- Strong interpersonal and professional boundaries.
- Strong time management and organizational skills.
General Skills & Requirements
- Able to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrate competency and sensitivity in the area of multi-cultural, racial, religious/spiritual, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues.
- Meets dress code standards; appearance is professional, neat, and clean.
- This position may require driving a company vehicle. Employee must have a clean driving record in order to qualify. (A clean driving record is one that is free of accidents, moving violations or points.)
- Evaluates own performance and sees opportunity for growth.
- Reports to work on time and as scheduled.
- Wears identification while on duty.
- Adheres to company and facility specific policies and procedures.
- Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
- Communicates the mission, ethics and goals of the facility, as well as the focus statement of the department.
- Pay Type Hourly
- RTP-Clinical, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America