Therapeutic Program Worker (TPW)

Job Description


Population served aged 18 years & older.  May be required to work mandatory overtime.  Trains patients to function independently in self-help & daily living skills (e.g., personal hygiene; feeding, grooming, etiquette, social skills) by using variety of training techniques (e.g., behavior modification, token economy systems, hand-over-hand instruction, limit setting) according to prescribed individual treatment plan (i.e., ITP); institutes appropriate crisis intervention (e.g., verbal, physical), for unacceptable behavior as defined by ITP; implements appropriate therapeutic precautions (e.g., suicide, assault, escape); organizes/conducts activities &/or groups (e.g., educational, games, crafts, walks) & ensures patient participation; assists with related scheduled activities (e.g., operates motor vehicle to transport patients to appointments, recreational, educational &/or occupational activities).  Completes charting, documentation, records & reports (e.g., patient behavior & progress/regression in relation to ITP; problem areas; delivery of services to patients; reactions to medications or any unusual incidences; needs, changes or responses affecting ITP, census checks). Participates directly or indirectly in development of ITP (i.e., plans designed toward recovery) in cooperation with hospital clinical staff (e.g., attends meetings, communicates any alterations in patient behavior verbally &/or in writing).


Performs variety of miscellaneous duties (e.g., light housekeeping in patient areas & living quarters; identifies & reports safety concerns; attends & completes required trainings & educational programs; shops for/with patients for clothing &/or personal belongings; clerical support. Utilize Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services-approved office productivity software, intra & internet resources, & information systems in an appropriate work-related manner as specified in the NBH Personal Computer Usage Guidelines for Employees.



Formal education in arithmetic that includes addition & subtraction & in reading, writing & speaking common English vocabulary.  Valid Ohio Driver’s License & appropriate driving record.  Statement of physical examination & TB Test prior to employment. 



When completing a bid form for any change of classification, a resume and/or State Application form GEN-4268 must be completed in all possible detail & submitted by the filing deadline.  People with mental disabilities are encouraged to apply for all job offerings.  The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position. An individual assessment of an applicant’s prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration. The final candidate selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis prior to an appointment to test for illegal drug use.  The state will decline to extend a final offer of employment to any applicant with a verified positive test result.  A candidate with a positive test will not be considered for any position with the State of Ohio for a period of one year.  


Under provisions of the Ohio Civil Service Laws this position may be subject to Layoff Recall

Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of

race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.