Mental Health Counselor - Baystate Health

Req#: R20237
Category(s): Behavioral Health, Mental Health Counselor
Full Time / Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: First

Baystate Pediatric Palliative Care is looking for a Social Worker to join the growing team!

***$6,000 Bonus***

*** Bilingual Applicants (Spanish/English) are strongly encouraged to apply**

The Pediatric Palliative Care Social Worker plays an integral part to the Pediatric Palliative Home Care program, which is made up of a dedicated, compassionate team of experienced caregivers that work closely with each family to ease the symptoms, pain, and stress of serious illnesses.

Palliative Care teams work with the families of a child facing an illness that limits quality of life or significantly lowers the normal life expectancy to determine the best way forward. 

The goal is to improve quality of life for the child and family from the comfort of their own home.


  • CEU Allowance and Credits

  • Comprehensive benefits package with low cost medical/dental

  • Benefits start the first of the month after starting!

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Robust paid time off

  • Baystate takes the safety of employees and patients very seriously and is adhering to all PPE and safety guidelines for Covid-19

  • Increased Mileage Reimbursement

  • $6,00 sign-on bonus paid throughout your first year!

Position Highlights:

The Pediatric Palliative Care Social Worker advocates for and helps patients and their families cope with challenges and adjustments related to diagnosis and treatment.

In addition, the Social Worker will:

  • Be responsible for addressing the psychosocial issues that arise in the ambulatory practice or home health/hospice setting.

  • Use range of focused social work interventions and practices, the role is designed to guide and assist patients, families, physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team to work through an identified problem, to positively affect the patient's continuity of care, and to reach optimal outcomes.

  • Provide Social Work assessment and counseling skills, refer patients to resources such as home-based services, educational support, housing, advocacy, welfare assistance, and other services.

  • Evaluate the patient and family's support system, economic status, and any immediate needs in order to help patients and families access community resources for mental health, financial (entitlement programs), housing, insurance, and transportation services.

  • Assess the risk of abuse/neglect for children, disabled adults and/or elders as appropriate. 

  • File reports with appropriate agencies as needed and work as a responsible advocate for the patient's and family's concrete needs and services.

  • Serve as a liaison with community resources on behalf of the patient. 

Ideal Applicants will have:

  • Experience within an home based or ambulatory health care setting; internship experience will be considered.

  • Spanish, Bilingual language skills

  • Knowledge of local community services, local community resources, state, and federal programs that provide medical care and financial support to children and families. 

  • Ability to work with diverse patient and staff populations. 

  • Proficient in basic computer skills and Microsoft Office. Ability to navigate and document in clinical computerized patient care records. 

Required Work Experience: 

Minimum one year as a practicing social worker in a health care or social service setting required.  Equivalent experience in a Master’s level health care setting internship may be considered.

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: Social Work (Required)


LCSW (obtained within 6 months of eligibility for new hires post-internship) – MA

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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