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State of Massachusetts Rehabilitation Counselor (A/B) in Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is seeking a Rehabilitation Counselor A/B who will work within the Rehabilitation Department providing Psycho-social / Psycho-educational group and individual treatment, as well as, task based treatments that will further develop functional performance skills, and to assist individuals to reach their recovery goals.

*PLEASE NOTE:* This is a full-time position with Saturday and Sunday off, hours 11:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

_Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):_

  • Conducts counseling interviews with individual clients or groups of clients to guide them in their vocational pursuits and the rehabilitation recovery process.

  • Develops, implements, and supervises skills training and supported work programs.

  • Conducts group workshops for clients in interviewing skills, resume writing, work skills and behaviors to prepare them for job opportunities; reviews work adjustment issues related to current work training.

  • Provides individual assessment, evaluation, placement counseling, and on-site supervision of trainees.

  • Confers with staff, clients, professional specialists and others to exchange client information and determine appropriate training placements.

  • Prepares and reviews reports and recommendations regarding problems, progress, programs and treatment.

  • May attend in-service trainings, seminars and workshops in the area of Recovery & Rehabilitation.

  • Recommends purchase of equipment and materials for program/service use.

  • Attends clinical and administrative meetings to confer with others and present information to maximize treatment effectiveness.

  • Provides fiscal management related to trainee payment and documentation.

  • Adheres to the ethical standards of the Rehabilitation profession.

*Qualifications at time of hire: *

  • Knowledge of the principles and technique of recovery & rehabilitation.

  • Knowledge of the types of uses of reference sources for occupational information.

  • Knowledge of the types and symptoms of mental and/or emotional disorders.

  • Knowledge of the methods of general report writing.

  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques of vocational education for Vocational Rehabilitation.

  • Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.

  • Ability to gather information through direct questioning and observation of individuals.

  • Ability to gather information by examining records and documents.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written expression.

  • Ability to give oral and written instructions in a precise understandable manner.

  • Ability to prepare general reports.

  • Ability to be flexible.

Preferred Qualifications:

Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency is preferred. ASL preferred. Candidates must be able to read, write and otherwise communicate in English.

_About Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH):_

Located on over 100 acres in Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) is part of an integrated network of effective, efficient and culturally competent mental health services. It provides intermediate and long-term inpatient care for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness who live in Massachusetts, as well as individuals requiring specialized court ordered evaluations.

WRCH provides inpatient services to 260 inpatient adults, inclusive of a Deaf Inpatient Mental Health Service; 30 inpatient adolescents and 30 residential adolescents, in either an Intensive Residential Treatment Program (IRTP) or a Behavioral Intensive Residential Treatment Program (BIRT).

_DMH Mission Statement:_

The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities. The Department establishes standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care to promote recovery. The Department sets policy, promotes self-determination, protects human rights and supports mental health training and research.

_Total Compensation:_

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid a medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

_Pre-Hire Process:_

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines,

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Carolyn Burnett in Human Resources at (508) 368-3596.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.


REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE: At least two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or paraprofessional experience in social work, social casework, vocational counseling, employment counseling, rehabilitation counseling, or educational counseling.


  • A Bachelor's or higher degree in rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation counseling, education of the physically or emotionally handicapped, education of the multiple handicapped, education of the learning disabled, social work, psychology, human services, or counseling may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.

  • A Bachelor's or higher degree in a major other than rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation counseling, education of the physically or emotionally handicapped, education of the multiple handicapped, education of the learning disabled, social work, psychology, human services, or counseling may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience on the basis of four years of education for one year of experience.

  • Licensure as a Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor by the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals or Certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification may be substituted for the required experience.

  • One year of education equals 30 semester hours. Education toward a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Community and Social Services

Organization: *Department of Mental Health

Title: Rehabilitation Counselor (A/B)

Location: Massachusetts-Worcester - 309 Belmont Street

Requisition ID: 210001K3