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Milieu Counselor – Adolescent Psych – 24 hrs/wk, Nights

Cambridge Health Alliance

This is a Contract position in Somerville, MA posted November 23, 2023.

Location: CHA Somerville Campus

Work Days:8 hours shifts, with E/O weekend and holidays as assigned

Category: Human and Social Services

Department:2 North

Job Type: Part-time

Work Shift: Nights, 11p-7:30a

Hours/Week:24

Union:Yes

Union Name: SH Laborers 381

In partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, CHA has expanded inpatient psychiatric care in the region, by adding 42 new child, adolescent and neurodevelopmental beds at its Somerville Campus. The new CHA Center for Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Somerville will provide a transformative continuum of patient and family-centered care for diverse youth with mental health needs.

The 5 West inpatient adolescent unit is a new secure psychiatric unit that provides care for children between the ages of 13 and 18. The unit is located in Somerville Hospital. This is an acute care unit, working on assessment, stabilization and after care treatment planning. We have a multidisciplinary team focused on teaching self-control, de-escalation and restraint reduction. This approach is used to provide patient and family centered care.

Job Purpose:

The Milieu Counselor is a member of the multidisciplinary team who, under the supervision of a Registered Nurse is responsible for a safe and structured service as well as attending to the individual needs of patients in crisis in an inpatient psychiatric setting.

The role of a Milieu Counselor will assist with ADL’S lead or co-lead groups, perform safety checks, 1:1 meetings with patients, and will accurately chart patients B/P, TPR & weight. Notifies RN of any changes in vital signs. Accurately measures and documents patient’s intake and output. Uses appropriate methods of urine and stool collection and labeling of these specimens. Assists patients following through with ADL’s (bathing, laundry, organizing room), maintaining nutritional and hydration needs, and assisting & monitoring elimination needs and other tasks as assigned by the charge RN.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma required; B.A, B.S., or M.A. preferred or equivalent years of human service experience.

  • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) certification

  • Prior human services, behavioral or psychiatric experience required. A minimum of 3 years of child or adolescent psychiatry experience is strongly preferred.

  • All newly hired candidates must successfully complete a job specific physical agility test.

KEYWORDS: Mental Health Counselor / Resident Counselor / Mental Health Supervisor / Behavioral / Therapist / Therapy / Psychiatry

In keeping with federal, state and local laws, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) policy forbids employees and associates to discriminate against anyone based on race, religion, color, gender, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to establishing and maintaining a workplace free of discrimination. We are fully committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not tolerate unlawful discrimination in the recruitment, hiring, termination, promotion, salary treatment or any other condition of employment or career development. Furthermore, we will not tolerate the use of discriminatory slurs, or other remarks, jokes or conduct, that in the judgment of CHA, encourage or permit an offensive or hostile work environment.

Cambridge Health Alliance brings Care to the People – including your neighbors, friends and family. Our local hospitals and care centers serve our vibrant, diverse communities, and play an integral role in improving health. As passionate advocates for the underserved, we actively partner with our communities to take on challenging public health issues, and conduct important research to help reduce barriers to care. We believe that everyone deserves access to high quality, convenient health care. This is why our employees believe in where they work and why many build long, rewarding careers at CHA.

Healthcare is changing rapidly. CHA has a strategic plan that charts a proactive course for our future. It is built on a vision of equity and excellence for everyone, every time. It also recognizes that our workforce is our most valuable asset and prioritizes competitive salaries, benefits and professional development opportunities for employees. The strategic plan is changing the way we provide care and improving the health and experience of our patients; we are looking for smart, committed, compassionate people who want to be part of making our vision of better health and equity a reality.

At CHA, you can believe in where you work and go home every day knowing you made a difference. Join our team and help us bring Care to the People.