Whittier Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center Per Diem Occupational Therapist - Inpatient Psychiatric Facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts

Per Diem Occupational Therapist - Inpatient Psychiatric Facility

*Occupational Therapist *- Per Diem - Inpatient Psychiatric Facility

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provides therapeutic treatment and counsels patients guiding them in the acquisition of skills and strategies for managing severe and persistent mental illness and any co-occurring substance abuse disorders and associated life stressors.

  • Performs individual admission assessments and participates in interdisciplinary treatment planning and works collaboratively with other clinical departments to coordinate care.

  • Performs necessary documentation, develops and facilitates groups, performs departmental support tasks, and assists with patient related activities under the supervision of licensed staff.

  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the impact of psychiatric, physical, and addiction related disability upon an individual’s, as well as families’, physical, emotional, social, economic, and vocational status.

  • Facilitates psychotherapeutic groups of varying levels to assist individuals to develop an increased awareness and understanding of their psychiatric illness and/or co-occurring substance abuse while identifying individualized strategies they can utilize to maintain stability in the community.

  • Provides milieu therapy for patients with mental illness and/or substance addiction, helping them identify behaviors that impact decompensation patterns and realistic strategies to manage their symptoms and maintain recovery.


  • Current certification: National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

  • Current licensure from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Allied Health Professions.

  • Certification in BLS of Adult, Child and Infant.

  • Demonstrated pursuit of continuing education courses relevant to the field of occupational therapy.

  • Malpractice insurance preferred.

  • Minimum of 1-2 years of experience in an in‐patient crisis setting or other relevant psychiatric setting; knowledge of psychiatric, dual diagnosis and cognitive disorders preferred. Knowledge, experience and competency in dealing with adult rehabilitation and geriatric age groups, therapy techniques and philosophies.

  • Interpersonal ease with empathy for adult/geriatric patients with psychiatric, substance abuse and/or cognitively impaired diagnoses.

  • Knowledge of recreational activities (i.e. arts & crafts, games, sports).

  • Knowledge of facilitating functional, psychotherapy and dual diagnosis groups/interventions required.

  • Knowledge of Federal and State regulations and policies related to specified patient populations.

  • Ability to independently recognize and perform unassigned duties in context of patient, peer, and environmental needs as they arise.

  • Position is Per Diem with a requirement to work up (1) weekend shift monthly and (1) Holiday shift per year.

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Location: Haverhill, MA - The Whittier Pavilion

Category: Therapy