Mental Health Counselor II -APTU
- Location: Springfield, MA
- Posted: Nov 28, 2018
Full / Part Time: Per Diem
Location: Springfield, Massachusetts
Baystate is seeking a Per Diem Mental Health Couselor II
Participates in Multidisciplinary Team approach to patient care. Completes counselor part of admission within 24 hours as evidences by review of documentation. Reviews admission and progress notes of staff members to develop a better understanding of patient as evidenced by participation in team meetings and feedback from other team members and supervisory observation. Participates as a team member in evaluating, planning therapy and developing discharge plans in collaboration with team nurses, as evidenced by feedback from other team members and supervisory observation. Reports observations of patient status to team members, provides input to the diagnosis of patient, development of a patient psychiatric history, development of patient treatment plan and evaluation of patient's response as evidences by participation in team meetings and review of patient records.
Provides input to team/charge nurse in the preparation and updating of patient care plans as evidences by feedback from RN staff and supervisory observation. Assists other team members in providing care to unassigned patients as evidenced by supervisory observation. Serves as resource person to other staff by sharing knowledge, collaborating to refine skills and creative problem-solving as evidenced by feedback from staff and supervisory observation. Acts as preceptor to assist with orientation of newly employed Counselor I and II's according to established department procedures as evidenced by feedback from orientees, Unit Instructor, and Supervisor orientation.
Provides for safe environment. Observes for potential safety hazards on the unit and reports hazards to charge nurse immediately as evidences by reports by charge nurse and supervisor observation. Conducts rounds to assure patient safety and to provide ongoing assessment of patients as per unit policy as evidenced by feedback from charge nurse, random review of rounds sheets, and supervisory observation. Reports significant information regarding the status of patients and the unit to the charge nurse after each round as evidenced by feedback from charge nurse and supervisory observations. Fulfills requirements for Applied Non-Violence Training annually as evidenced by educational records
.Monitors use of sharps and potentially hazardous items for patient use according to established unit policy as evidenced by feedback from team members and supervisory observation. Follows procedure for patient AWOL/elopement from unit as evidenced by feedback from team and supervisory observation. Initiates and carries out appropriate interventions in the event of a cardiopulmonary arrest 100% of the time as evidenced by supervisory observation.
Participates in group therapies. Serves as therapist or co-therapist for specific group therapy activities during assigned rotation, utilizing effective facilitation skills, as observed by supervisor. Conducts screening interviews for patients starting any group therapy activity as evidenced by feedback from patients, and observation by supervisor. Documents progress notes regarding patient participation in group as per established guidelines 90-95% of the time as evidenced by random monthly review of patient records and supervisory observation. Demonstrates receptivity to feedback on performance as a group leader to improve group facilitator skills as evidenced by feedback from supervisor and peers. Replaces self during anticipated absences 90-95% of the time as evidenced by supervisor observation. Demonstrates a willingness to fill in as co-therapist for unanticipated absences 85-90% of the time as evidenced by supervisory observation.
Acts as primary care provider to assigned patients. Assesses patients mental status, social and symptomatic behavior on admission and throughout hospitalization, as evidenced by participation in team and supervisory observation. Counsels patients with empathy and concern to assist them to formulate treatment goals, review progress toward identified goals and deal with problems as indicated by reports from patients, patient family, team members, and supervisory observation. Intervenes appropriately in crisis situations providing guidance, support, and restraint when needed to assuresafe resolution of crisis as evidenced by feedback from team members and supervisory observation. Refers patient physical problems to R.N. for assessment and intervention as evidenced by feedback from patients, R.N.'s, and supervisory observation.
Encourages patients to perform own ADL's such as personal hygiene, care of clothes, tidiness of room and common unit areas, completion of menus and meeting nutritional needs as evidenced by patient and team members' feedback and supervisory observation. Collaborates with R.N. to initiate and implement plan of care to meet ADL needs of patients who are unable to perform these tasks themselves as evidenced by feedback from R.N. and supervisor observation. Identifies patient knowledge deficits and implements appropriate teaching in collaboration with R.N. as evidenced by patient and team feedback and supervisory observation. Facilitates the milieu to maintain a safe therapeutic environment as evidenced by feedback from patients, team members and supervisory observation. Documents patient mental status, social behavior and progress toward identified goals, according to policy and procedure as evidenced by random review of patient charges.
Collaborates with team in the identification of discharge planning needs and appropriate resources as evidenced by feedback from patient, team members and supervisor observation. Reviews pertinent discharge information with patients, in collaboration with R.N. as evidenced by feedback from patient, R.N., and supervisory observation.
Demonstrates accountability for personal and professional growth. Demonstrates support for nursing division philosophy by adhering to policies, procedures, and standards of Nursing Practice as evidenced by supervisor observation. Attends continuing educational programs at least once annually and shares information with staff at unit meetings or in writing as evidenced by feedback from peers and supervisory observation. Attends all mandatory inservices on annual basis (e.g. fire/safety, BSP) as evidenced by attendance roster.
Participates constructively 80-90% of the time at unit staff meetings as evidenced by meeting minutes and supervisory. Collaborates with Unit Manager to identify own professional goals annually and seeks experiences to accomplish these goals. Assists with the identification of needs for unit inservice activities as evidenced by supervisory observation.
Participates in Nursing Department Quality Assurance activities. Collects data for QA monitors within specific timeframes when requested 90-95% of the time as evidenced by reports from QA committee reps. Participates willingly in the implementation of unit changes based on QA recommendations. Changes individual behaviors based on QA recommendations and educational programs designed to structure and change and improve care.
What You Will Need:
Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Education or other Human Services related field preferred.
Minimum 2 years of related experience working with Adult patients
Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
Excellent computer skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Age Specific Competencies in- service or equivalent training.
Behavior Management Training/Collaborative Problem Solving.
Restraint and Seclusion in service or equivalent training.
What You Need To Know:
Per Diem positon
Must be able to commit to day or night shift
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.