Mental Health Counselor - Baystate Health

Req#: R31122
Category(s): Behavioral Health, Mental Health Counselor
Full Time / Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: First

Child Partial Hospitalization Child Mental Health Counselor

Up to $3,000 sign-on bonus (external applicants eligible)

Baystate Health, a nationally recognized leader in healthcare quality and safety, and home to Baystate Child Partial Hospitalization Program, is looking for a full-time Child Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) to join our team in Holyoke, MA.

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  • 36-hours a week
  • Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30
  • No weekends. No holidays


  • Child Partial Hospitalization Program
  • Holyoke, MA


  • Excellent Compensation
  • High-quality, low-cost medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Generous PTO – up to 25 days in the first year, with scheduled earned increases
  • Continuing education support and reimbursement
  • First Time Home Buyers Financial Packages
  • Farm Share Memberships
  • 403b retirement company match & annual company contribution increase based on years of service
  • Free money coach advice from a certified professional
  • Wellbeing programs that include but are not limited to mental, physical, and financial health
  • Adoption assistance
  • Pet, home, auto and personal insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Work-life integration
  • Reimbursement for a variety of wellbeing activities, included but limited to gym membership and equipment, personal trainer, massage and so much more!


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (required) or Masters in Social Work
  • 1 year experience (preferred)

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Under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional, a counselor would be required to perform a wide range of functions related to the care and treatment of our patients here at the Children’s Partial Hospitalization Program. These functions include participating in the multidisciplinary team approach to patient care, providing a safe and therapeutic environment, and documentation of such.  In addition, they must demonstrate knowledge of the developmental stages and apply developmental theories and concepts when planning and implementing activities.  A counselor is expected to adhere to system and department compliance policies, and any and all applicable laws and regulations. This description covers the essential functions of the position.  A counselor is expected to perform other similar and related duties as assigned. Management reserves the right to change or add to the job responsibilities at any time.

Job Responsibilities:

1.      Participates in Multidisciplinary Team approach to patient care. Is familiar with admission and progress notes of team members to develop a better understanding of patients.  Collaborates with the team in evaluating patients, planning therapy and developing treatment goals.  Attends weekly treatment meetings and participates in discussions on how patients are meeting their treatment goals.  Reports observations of patients’ status to the team and provides input in the preparation and updating of the treatment plans.  Assists team members in providing care to patients and follows through with team decisions.  Demonstrates effective use of the behavior management principles and Collaborative Problem Solving techniques.

2.      Provides a safe environment. Maintains current certification in Non-violent Crisis Intervention (NCI).  Intervenes appropriately during crisis situations by providing direct and indirect support to patients needing restraint and/or seclusion.  Maintains safety by monitoring and properly documenting restrictions and restraints & seclusions.  Maintains safety by adhering to behavior management principles and techniques.  Conducts daily sharps checks on patients upon arrival to the program and when indicated by the team.  Observes potential safety hazards on the unit and report hazards immediately to supervisors.  Maintains safety by adhering to behavior management principles including Collaborative Problem Solving techniques.

3.      Documentation. Documents patient mental status, social behavior, and progress towards identifying goals daily.  Documents the ongoing assessments of patients including safety, treatment objectives, and other necessary information, via EMR as dictated by policy and procedure.  Documents restraints and seclusions in accordance with policies. Demonstrates support for the programs philosophy and adhering to policies, procedures and standards. 

4.      Provides a therapeutic milieu. Assesses patient mental status, social and symptomatic behavior throughout the course of treatment.  Counsels patients with empathy and respect to assist them in accomplishing treatment goals as established by patient, family members, clinical treatment team, and outpatient providers.  Identifies group topics in accordance with patient goals, instructing the group based on appropriate developmental stages, applying developmental theories and concepts when planning and implementing activities.  Identifies patient knowledge deficits and implements appropriate teaching in collaboration with the team.  Assists in the development and implementation of special approaches and provides 1:1 intervention when indicated.  Adheres to defined boundaries and guidelines regarding self-disclosure with patients.  Demonstrates adequate understanding and use of Trauma Informed Care principles, and Collaborative Problem Solving.  Refers patients’ physical problems to RN for assessment and intervention. 

5.      Demonstrates accountability for personal and professional growth.  Demonstrates support for the philosophy of the program and adhering to policies, procedures, and standards.  Attends all mandatory in-services on an annual basis.  Collaborates with supervisors to identify their own professional goals and seeks experience to accomplish these goals.  Assists with the identification of program in-service needs.

6.      Must complete department specified de-escalation training within 30 days of hire.

Skills and Competencies:

1) Ability to work as part of a team.

2) Oral communication skills.

3) Ability to build collaborative relationships.

4) Attentiveness.

5) Interpersonal skills

You Belong At Baystate

At Baystate Health we know that treating one another with dignity and equity is what elevates respect for our patients and staff. It makes us not just an organization, but also a community where you belong. It is how we advance the care and enhance the lives of all people.



Master of Social Work: Psychology, Master of Social Work (Required)


Basic Life Support – American Heart Association, Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Other, Licensed Mental Health Counselor – Other, Licensed Professional Counselor – Other, Licensed Psychologist – State of Massachusetts, Licensed Social Worker – State of Massachusetts

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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