Properly treating mental illness requires a combination of skill and compassion. At the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (PPI), our doctors and staff apply the latest medical knowledge and the best traditions of compassionate medicine to the care of you or your loved one.
All of our doctors are licensed practitioners who are specially trained in diagnosing and treating the full range of psychiatric disorders. After completing their medical school education, our physicians completed a four year residency in psychiatry. Some went further in their training to complete fellowships in subspecialties like child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, consultation psychiatry and sleep medicine.
All of our registered nurses and licensed practical nurses are specially trained and oriented to psychiatric nursing to care for patients with mental illness. Many staff have achieved certification status as psychiatric and mental health nurses. Our Behavioral Health Specialists serve a vital role on our inpatient units. These individuals have a Bachelor’s Degree and provide direct care. The Behavioral Health Specialist conducts group therapies, meets with each assigned patient daily to address their physical and emotional needs, works closely with the treatment team to fulfill the identified treatment goals and objectives for each patient, and assures that the patient’s stay is safe and comfortable.
Each views you or your loved one as a fellow human being in need, a person who is entitled to empathy, dignity, respect, and a high level of care.
Our licensed mental health therapists work with individuals, families and groups to address and treat a wide range of mental and emotional disorders. They are trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques and work closely with the rest of the mental health team to assess, diagnose and treat mental disorders.
Our care coordinators are either social workers or nurses functioning as central to the treatment planning process and act as liaisons between the treatment team, patient, families and the community agencies. They are prominent in facilitating continuity of care and promoting successful outcomes. Additionally, as skilled mental health professionals they function as individual, group and family therapists.