Social Worker - Baystate Health

Req#: R23971
Category(s): Behavioral Health, Social Worker
Full Time / Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: First


Under the direction of the Director of Behavioral Health, Nurse Manager or Program Supervisor (as noted above), the Behavioral Health Clinician II (“BHC-II”) in the adult psychiatric inpatient unit is responsible for performing a wide range of duties involving patient evaluation, case management, treatment, discharge planning, and documentation.  The BHC-II is responsible for gathering a psychosocial evaluation through interviews and record review, and completing a written assessment with case formulation and treatment plan. The BHC-II facilitates psychoeducational and psychotherapeutic family and systems meetings and may also lead to psychotherapeutic and/or psychoeducational groups as assigned. The BHC-II also acts as a preceptor to interns working toward mental health counseling or social work degrees. Position includes close collaboration with the treatment team, which may include a Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Resident, Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Utilization Review Specialist, Mental Health Counselor, Patient Care Technician and Psychiatric Nurse. The BHC-II must have excellent written, keyboarding, and verbal communication skills. Represents and supports Baystate Health’s mission to provide quality, compassionate care to members of our community while operating in collaboration with other clinical departments, emphasizing the important interaction between behavioral health, general health, and wellness.  Contributes to Baystate Health’s four compass points of Safety, Quality, Experience, and Value, and demonstrates the BH values of Respect, Integrity, Service, Teamwork and Innovation in all interactions with patients, families, colleagues and collateral contacts

Adheres to system and department compliance policies, as well as any and all applicable laws and regulations.  Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Responsibilities: 

1)  Obtains and maintains release of information forms, and gathers collateral information from outside resources including family, friends, providers, and other community resources.

2)  Completes a psychosocial evaluation including current and past history, assessment of mental status, and risk assessment through patient interviews, collateral contacts, and record review.

3)  Identifies the reason(s) for admissions and, in collaboration with the patient and the treatment team, develops treatment goals and periodic updates consistent with unit policy.

4)  Conducts regular therapeutic interviews and ongoing re-assessments of assigned patients, and documents interactions in a progress note.

5)  Facilitates psycho-educational and psychotherapeutic family and systems meetings to address treatment objectives.  May also lead psychotherapeutic and/or psychoeducational groups as assigned.

6)  May collaborate as assigned with utilization review specialist to obtain necessary insurance authorizations and concurrent reviews as necessary.

7)  Monitors and assists in the completion of legal documentation (CV's, 3-Day Notices, Section12's, & Section 7/8 forms).

8)  Completes a discharge plan which addresses follow up recommendations, step-down / placement options, transportation issues, or other treatment needs.

9)  Enters data and reviews charts for quality assurance, program statistics, tracking of patient progress and/or tracking of clinical outcomes as assigned.

10) Actively participates in departmental and program meetings, such as conferences, administrative meetings, training, program development, and other special committees.

11) Identifies appropriate goals that enhance professional development and institutional needs.  Maintains independent licensure, including earning of required CEU's, and adheres to all other practices and policies as outlined by Baystate Health, hospital-specific and department-specific policy manuals and Employee Handbooks. Contributes to the perspective of her/his professional discipline to the interdisciplinary care team as appropriate and adheres to the profession’s Code of Ethics.

12) Acts as a preceptor to interns working toward mental health counseling or social work degrees.

13) Acts as a preceptor as assigned to master's level Behavioral Health Clinician I accruing supervised clinical hours necessary to qualify to sit for the independent licensure exam.

14) This description covers the essential functions of the position. The incumbent is expected to perform other similar and related duties as assigned.

15) Management has the right to add or change to job responsibilities at any time.

Required Work Experience: 

Minimum of three years of clinical experience in a healthcare or social services setting.  Equivalent experience in a Masters's level internship setting may be considered.

Preferred Work Experience: 

Five or more years of clinical experience in a healthcare or social services setting

Skills and Competencies: 

Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served in his/her assigned area.  Demonstrates the knowledge and skill to facilitate individual and family psychotherapy.  Demonstrate the ability to provide care in a highly collaborative team setting.

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Master of Science, Master of Social Work


1) LICSW (Lic. Independent Clin. Social Worker; 2) LMHC (Lic. Mental Health Counselor); or 3) LMFT (Lic. Marriage & Family Therapist) (required) – 1) LICSW (Lic. Independent Clin. Social Worker; 2) LMHC (Lic. Mental Health Counselor); or 3) LMFT (Lic. Marriage & Family Therapist) (required), Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist – Other, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker – State of Massachusetts, Licensed Mental Health Counselor – Other

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Baystate Health is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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