Mental Health Counselor, 32 hours, days

Location: Beverly, MA
Job ID: 161503-1A
Date Posted: May 19, 2020
Category: Clinical Support

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome to Beverly Hospital, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health. Beverly Hospital is a full service, community hospital providing leading-edge, patient-centered care to North Shore and Cape Ann residents. The hospital provides a full-range of state-of-the-art care and services including primary care, cardiovascular care, surgery, orthopedics, emergency care, maternity, pediatrics, as well as many other specialties. Beverly Hospital is nationally recognized for patient safety as it is one of only 42 hospitals in the United States to be awarded an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group – the nation’s leading nonprofit watchdog on hospital quality and safety.


Beverly Hospital promotes the culture and philosophy which enables employees to give and receive the best of care. You can become a part of the team that achieves this success through our CREATE values of Community, Respect, Excellence, Accountability, Teamwork and Empathy.

About the Job

Position Summary:

Assumes responsibility for providing skilled, creative, high quality care to patients under the direction of an ED Registered Nurse. Performs a variety of direct and indirect patient care duties and responsibilities in collaboration with ED nursing staff. Works effectively and collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary treatment team to enhance the smooth delivery of quality nursing care.

Essential Functions/Key Responsibilities:

1. Support the hospital in such a manner that there is a strong and positive commitment to quality patient care.
2. Serve as a preceptor for new employees and educate staff, as needed.
3. Utilize supervision in a positive and thoughtful manner to enhance professional improvement and development.
4. Attend clinical meetings that will have impact on patient care.
5. Maintain solid understanding of hospital policies and protocols, and practices within those policies and protocols.
6. Participate in any ongoing quality improvement studies that will have positive patient care outcomes.
7. Maintain understanding of and follow regulatory agencies’ expectations and guidelines (i.e. DMH, DPH, JCAHO, payors, etc.).
8. Report all observed symptoms, reactions, treatments and changes in the patient’s safety status to the Registered Nurse.
9. Monitor the patient milieu for safety issues and assist with promoting a positive therapeutic environment.
10. Use approved & appropriate de-escalation interventions.
11. Respond to patient care needs and issues, assist patients with personal hygiene and other activities of daily living. Collaborate with nurses to assist with any patient nursing needs.
12. Assist in the transfer process for patients coming into and leaving the psych ED area, ensuring that patient safety is addressed. Monitor patient access to belongings.
13. Act as role model for other staff.
14. Demonstrate knowledge of & respect for patient rights & privacy issues. 
15. Consistently promote professional working relationships between the ED staff, psychiatric clinicians & patient collaterals.
16. Use compassionate & therapeutic interventions with patients.
17. Maintain understanding of signs/symptoms of psychiatric diagnoses, including alcohol/drug withdrawal.
18. Maintain yearly/biyearly requirements of CPR, Risk Management and Restraint Prevention.
19. Other related duties as assigned.

Scheduled Hours

32 hours per week, day shift.

About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is an integrated system providing patients with better care wherever they are. Care informed by world-class research and education. We are doctors and nurses, technicians and social workers, innovators and educators, and so many others. All with a shared vision for what healthcare can and should be. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining top talent. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the communities in which we work and serve. With a team approach to care, we encourage learning and growth at all levels and offer competitive salaries and benefits.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.


Degree in psychology or related field preferred with theoretical as well as practical knowledge of the clinical area.
Exhibits ability to be competent in the following areas:
                        1)         One-to-one interactions with patients
                        2)         Knowledge of drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms
                        3)         De-escalation/Restraint Management

Demonstrates a positive demeanor that allows for respectful and courteous interaction with all external and internal customers. Works cooperatively and effectively with others with ability to adapt to changes in the workplace as part of maintaining currency in profession.

Must be fluent in English (verbal and written).