Social Worker - Baystate Health

Req#: R17872
Category(s): Behavioral Health, Social Worker
Full Time / Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: First


We are looking for a Behavioral Health Clinician to join our Family Advocacy Center's team!

Up to $6,000 sign on bonuses! (external applicants)

Resume required with application


  • Full-time 40-hour position; Monday-Friday

  • Springfield, MA


  • Masters Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Mental Health Counseling or another pre-professional clinical degree.

  • Licensed eligible or active licensure (LICSW, LMHC, LMFT)

  • Minimum one-year clinical experience in a healthcare or social services setting.  Equivalent experience in a Master’s level internship setting may be considered.

  • Extensive background checks required

LOCATION: FAC – 300 Carew Street, Springfield, MA

Baystate Medical Center is a 716-bed independent academic medical center and a teaching site of the UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate. Includes Baystate Children’s Hospital, the Wesson Women and Infants’ Unit, the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, and more. 

As the community’s major referral hospital, we provide a wide range of services now for more than 140 years to include emergency, surgery, cancer, heart and vascular, obstetrics, behavioral health, therapy and more.

  • More than 700 physicians on active and courtesy staff across our health system

  • More than 197,000 Emergency Department and Urgent Care visits annually at Baystate Health

  • More than 4,000 babies delivered each year across Baystate Health hospitals

  • Training site for the Family Medicine residency, and for residents in emergency medicine, surgery, and obstetrics programs based at Baystate Medical Center

For more information, please visit us online at: or interact with us socially at or on Twitter @BaystateCareers

All correspondence can be directed to:

Melanie Bischoff, Healthcare Recruiter



Under the direction of the Clinical Supervisor, Practice Manager and Medical Director, the Behavioral Health Clinician provides clinical services to children, adolescents, and their families who have experienced trauma including child abuse, sexual assault or exploitation, exposure to violence and/or traumatic grief in a trauma specialty clinic/child advocacy center (CAC). In addition, we serve clients across the lifespan who have been impacted by attempted homicide or homicide/vehicular homicide. Clinicians provide individual and group therapy and utilize evidence-based, trauma and grief-focused treatment. The BHC demonstrates a masters level knowledge of developmental stages, personality structure and development, behavioral health diagnoses, current treatment modalities, therapeutic processes, ethical guidelines and a trauma informed approach to care.

The primary function of the BHC is to provide psychotherapeutic treatment to the assigned treatment population. Clinical responsibilities include conducting intake interviews to obtain patient history information, contributing clinical impressions, making preliminary diagnoses, and participating in the development of an interdisciplinary assessment and treatment plan. Treatment will also often involve collaboration on multiple levels, both within the agency and with external providers, to support children and families in navigating the complex systems they face as a result of trauma  (e.g., fellow CAC staff, representatives of state agencies such as DA’s office and DCF, community-based behavioral health agencies and programs, and community primary care providers). The BHC will have opportunities to get involved in the education and training of trauma-related topics within the larger community and survivor-driven programming to support empowerment and build community resilience

Job Responsibilities: 

1)  Provides developmentally informed and culturally sensitive treatment to patients and families.

2)  Evaluates patients to assess presenting problems, contributing history, and current mental status. Assessments are comprehensive, age-specific and include social, psychological, cultural, spiritual, environmental and financial assessment necessary to inform appropriate therapeutic care.

3)  Collaborates with the patient/family to develop behaviorally specific treatment plans including measurable treatment goals.

4)  Provides therapeutic services to patients/families.  Utilizes evidence-based therapeutic modalities and approaches to facilitate optimal clinical outcomes.  Makes use of Measurement-Based Care tools as needed and/or directed by the Clinical Supervisor to inform treatment decisions and meaningfully involve the patient/family in treatment.

5)  Completes all documentation related to treatment in the clinical record according to established departmental standards consistent with Joint Commission guidelines.

6)  Manages the necessary documentation and provides the information required by third-party payers to secure reimbursement, as needed. 

7)  Conducts meetings with families, significant others and other service providers as needed and/or delineated in the treatment plan.

8) Provides strategic information and input to the Practice Manager as needed for service quality evaluation and program development. Contributes to performance improvement activities when indicated to support ongoing advancement of clinical practice or systems issues affecting the delivery of service.

9) Works closely with Clinical Supervisor to identify training needs and obtain necessary supervisory hours to qualify for independent licensure.  Seeks support and supervision as needed. 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. As supported by the Clinical Supervisor, the Practice Manager or Medical Director may participate as needed in teaching activities and academic activities, which may include the clinical supervision of social work interns and other clinicians as requested.  

10) Participates in other special activities of the department as requested by the Clinical Supervisor, Practice Manager or Medical Director.

11) Observes all health and safety requirements.

12) Adheres to the system and department policies and procedures, and any applicable laws and regulations. Meets departmental productivity standards, including timely submission of productivity paperwork.

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

14) The BHC-I is an “independent license eligible” candidate.  “Independent license eligible” is defined as an individual who has earned a Master’s Degree in a clinical field and who is eligible to become independently licensed within a given time frame, but needs to accrue qualifying work hours, clinical supervision hours, and/or a passing score on an independent licensure exam.  The BHC-I is expected to obtain independent licensure by three (3) years after graduation from a clinical Master’s program (if hired within two (2) years after graduation), or one (1) year from date of hire (if graduation occurred more than two (2) years prior to date of hire).  Exceptions, such as based on delayed work history after graduation, work history without qualifying clinical supervision, or other reasons, may be granted at the discretion of Program leadership.

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

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

Skills and Competencies: 

1) Clinical assessment, brief, evidence-based psychotherapy techniques, administration and interpretation of behavioral health screening instruments, team-based collaboration skills.

2)  Knowledge of medical terminology and of health care systems.

3) Excellent interpersonal skills.

4) Excellent communication skills, written and oral.

5) Knowledgebase related to issues of cultural competence.


Grant Funded position

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 Science: Social Work (Required)


Independent licensure: LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker); In some work settings, LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) and LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) may be permissible – Independent licensure: LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker); In some work settings, LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) and LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) may be permissible

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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