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Milieu Counselor - Child / Adolescent Neurodevelopment - Full time, D/E
Date Posted: 11/29/2023
Requisition Number: 26
Location: CHA Somerville Campus
Work Days: 8 hour shifts, w/ E/O wknd rotation and holidays as assigned
Category: Human and Social Services
Department: 5 East and 5 West
Job Type: Full time
Work Shift: Day / Evening
Union Name: SH Laborers 381
CHA recently opened a new inpatient center for youth with acute behavioral health needs. Located in Somerville, the beautiful new facility offers care for children 3-12, adolescents 13-17, and children with neuro-developmental disorders. The new Center for Inpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Somerville will provide a transformative continuum of patient and family-centered care for diverse youth with mental health needs.
Cambridge Health Alliance's Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Unit provides specialist assessment and care for children and adolescents who have severe mental health and neurodevelopmental needs. CHA provides services for children experiencing complex and persistent emotional and behavioral difficulties due to neurodevelopmental disorders. We care for our patients in a newly renovated secured 24-bed unit at the CHA Somerville Campus. Our unit offers private rooms, communal eating and living areas, an outdoor activity space, an active sensory room, quiet ‘calming’ spaces for both individual and group play and learning.
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. Assists patients following through with ADL's (bathing, laundry, toileting, organizing room), maintaining nutritional and hydration needs, and assisting and monitoring the patient’s 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 strongly preferred. Inpatient psychiatric experience is preferred.
All newly hired candidates must successfully complete a job specific physical agility test.
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