Community Healthlink

Clinician/Group Specialist-Crisis Stabilization Unit*

Location US-MA-Worcester
# Positions
Experience (Years)
Clinical Adult


Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU)

Community Healthlink's Crisis Stabilization Units are located in Worcester and Leominster. These community-based units provide short-term therapeutic psychiatric treatment in a structured environment with 24-hour observation and supervision and individualized treatment interventions focused on the crisis and crisis resolution. The CSU accepts referrals from UMass Emergency Mental Health Services (EMH), 8 East, PTC, and CHL’s own Emergency Services Program, as well as other area inpatient facilities or emergency departments with an evaluation and client history completed by a qualified clinician prior to admission.


The CSU may be used as a diversion to prevent a hospitalization or as a step-down immediately following a psychiatric hospital discharge to assist the client in transitioning back to the community. The unit receives admissions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, depending on bed availability for clients who do not need hospital level of care and meet the unit's admission criteria. The population includes both men and women who are at least 18 years of age.


To develop and implement a curriculum for the Crisis Stabilization Unit and Respite Bed Program to ensure daily structure. To train and assist residential counselors as well as co-facilitate groups and recreational activities on the units throughout the week and weekends. To provide CSU and Respite clients hope while fostering resilience through counseling services for clients with mental health and substance abuse issues. This position involves writing behavioral treatment plans, keeping good documentation including group notes, individual counseling, aftercare planning and communicating with all members of a multi-disciplinary team.

  • Demonstrate  knowledge of rehabilitative groups including independent living, vocational and community living skills, and apply this process in 1:1 interventions and group settings, knowledge of pharmacological effects on mental illness as well as the effects of substance use on mental illness with the ability to direct a group while keeping an emphasis on multicultural awareness,
  • Write treatment plans, progress notes, evaluations (with supervision) and letters in a clear and concise manner within required time limits.
  • Develop a strong working rapport with clients, clinicians, peer specialists, residential counselors and Emergency Services.
  • Maintain the highest standards of ethics and demonstrate professional attitude and conduct.
  • Demonstrate a functional knowledge of counseling skills, have a understanding of mental health and addiction with ability to conduct a mental status exam, consult with Emergency Services for an evaluation.  Possess significant understanding of gender specific interventions and understand concepts of multicultural competent practices
  • Display strong planning, organizing and problem solving skills; in order to assist clients in establishing their goals.  Coordinate daily structure during the week and on the weekends for CSU and Respite clients.
  • Effective verbal and written communication with Residential Counselors, Clinicians, Nurses, Peers Specialists, and clients


  • Grade 7: Clinician III: Masters degree in psychology, Counseling, or Social Work and at least one year of counseling  in substance abuse/mental health setting. 
  • Experience running groups.
  • License preferred.
  • Strong focus on group clinical skills.
  • Will consider second year graduate student with strong clinical intern experience in group work.
  • Current valid US-issued drivers license and ability to provide registered, inspected and insured automobile for work related purposes including transporting clients in your own vehicle
  • Must be able to pass a CORI background check 


Community Healthlink is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, age, ancestry, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual preference, political affiliation or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above listed items.
If applicable, Community Healthlink shall also abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified protected veterans and qualified individuals on the basis of disability. These regulations require affirmative action by Community Healthlink to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


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