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Milieu Counselor - Child & Adolescent Neuropsychiatry

Company: Cambridge Health Alliance
Location: Somerville
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Job Description:

In partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts we will be expanding inpatient psychiatric care in the region, by adding 42 new child, adolescent and specialized autism spectrum / neurodevelopmental beds at our Somerville Campus. The new CHA Center of Excellence for Child and Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health Care at Somerville will provide a transformative continuum of patient and family-centered care for diverse youth with mental health needs.CHA recently achieved a milestone with our psychiatry expansion, admitting the first patients to our new Neuropsychiatry inpatient unit. This innovative service is for children 3-17 with a primary diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and/or a related neurodevelopmental disorder who are experiencing serious behavioral and/or mental health challenges. The unit is currently operating in temporary space at CHA Cambridge Hospital and will move to its permanent home at the Somerville Campus in June. Once fully staffed, the unit will have 24 beds, with younger and older children segmented for optimal 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.


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.
All newly hired candidates must successfully complete a job specific physical agility test.
RBT (Registered Behavioral Technician) certification training is requiried.CHA offers the complete training for all employees.

KEYWORDS: Mental Health Counselor / Resident Counselor / Mental Health / Behavioral / Pediatric / Therapist / Therapy / RBT

Keywords: Cambridge Health Alliance, Somerville , Milieu Counselor - Child & Adolescent Neuropsychiatry, Other , Somerville, Massachusetts

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