Crisis Clinicians - Acute Services/ESP

Pittsfield, MA

Full and Part-Time, as well as Per-Diem - all shifts available!

General Description

To provide crisis intervention, consultation and level of care evaluations to all individuals and providers seeking services.

Essential Job Functions


  • Follow and adhere to the policies and procedures of the Acute Care Division and the Brien Center.
  • Maintain ethical and professional standards.
  • Represent the Brien Center in a professional manner in all community contacts.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the Brien Center’s mission and community mental health principles.
  • Flexibly respond to program needs.
  • Work cooperatively with other staff and team members.

Clinical Duties/Patient Care:

  • Treat patients and referral sources in a respectful and caring manner.
  • Answer the phones and assist with triaging crisis calls and referrals.
  • Provide a complete diagnostic assessment to include risk assessment, differential diagnosis, and level of care recommendations.
  • Provide specialized assessment and intervention to children and families.
  • Manage crisis situations and other crises as assigned.
  • Coordinate, collaborate and communicate with Brien Center Colleagues, and other service organizations such as DMH, DSS, etc in the community.
  • Provide clinical consultation and supportive services to patients in the clinics, hospital, schools or other places within Berkshire County.
  • Provide case management and follow up services for patients evaluated by the Crisis Service as needed.
  • Obtain authorization, utilization review, and collaborate with insurance companies as needed and/ or appropriate.
  • Make referrals to guide the admission process to hospital, respite, detox, and outpatient levels of care.
  • Assess patients who are referred from higher levels of care for appropriateness for Pomeroy admissions and to re-assess these patients on weekends and other times when the Adult CSU Coordinator is unavailable.


  • Maintain clear and legible client records and complete documentation in a timely manner.
  • Submit SAL’s and documentation at the end of each shift.
  • Attend and participate in clinical supervision: at least on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Attend staff meetings and agency trainings as scheduled.
  • Attend provider meetings and case supervision with direct care/community providers as directed or assigned by the Program or Division Director.
  • Provide clinical supervision and training to new employees as directed or assigned by the Program or Division Director.
  • Provide clinical supervision and oversight to student interns as directed or assigned by the Program or Division Director.
  • Cover shifts as assigned.
  • Participate in program development and CQI/QA projects.
  • Participate in case supervision.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • PhD, MSW or Master’s Degree in Psychology, Counseling, Psychiatric Nursing other equivalent graduate clinical degree.
  • LCSW, LICSW, LMHC preferred
  • 2-3 year’s clinical experience preferred.
  • Must have valid drivers license.


  • Excellent oral and presentation skills
  • Leadership talent and ability to think quickly and determine and implement clinical decisions
  • Working knowledge of computers.
  • Knowledge of DSM IV
  • Knowledge of community resources.