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Job Details

Milieu Counselor

Category: Human and Social Services
CHA Somerville Campus, Somerville, MA 02143

Department: Inpatient Float Pool
Job Type: Full Time
Job Class: Union
Work Shift: Days/Nights
Work Days: D/N
Hours/Week: 40
Date Posted: 09/15/2021
Requisition Number: hrq-122295

Job Details

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.

The float pool Milieu Counselors provide care under the direction of the Registered Nurse. While regularly scheduled, the members of the float pool are deployed on a shift by shift basis to provide care to patients in multiple psychiatric units.

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. Neurodevelopment experience strongly preferred.

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

KEYWORDS: Mental Health Counselor / Resident Counselor / Mental Health / Behavioral / Pediatric / Therapist / Therapy / Neurodevelopmental / Autism / Neurology / Adolescent Psych / Child Psych


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