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Become A Mental Health Associate

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Working As A Mental Health Associate

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $41,880

    Average Salary

What Does A Mental Health Associate Do At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

* Observes and reports patients' physical, emotional and social behaviors.
* Initiates necessary changes in staff response.
* Assists patients with personal care, monitoring vital signs and weights, preparing lab specimens, supervising meals, routine and special patient observations (checks), maintaining a clean environment, transporting patient to activities and appointments.
* Teaches nonviolent crisis intervention techniques as directed by the nurse manager.
* Functions as the Legal Liaison for the unit

What Does A Mental Health Associate Do At Mercy

* Obtaining medical records and documentation from the hospital units as well as document preparation for scanning, document scanning, document indexing, record analysis, answering phones and assisting callers, printing and faxing documents as requested per departmental procedure, assisting physicians with record completion issues The Associate will complete continuation of care releases and other clerical duties and/or other duties as assigned by HIS management.
* We’ll Support You at Work and Home
* Our foundations are built on dignity and respect.
* Modern Healthcare Magazine named us as a “top 100 places to work.” We go out of our way to help people feel welcomed.
* We offer day-one comprehensive health, vision and dental coverage, PTO, and employer-matched retirement funds, even to part-time employees.
* We’re proud to provide tuition reimbursement to help you grow and learn new skills.
* What Makes a Good Match for Mercy
* Compassion and professionalism go hand-in-hand with us, along with exceptional quality care.
* Having a positive outlook and a strong sense of advocacy is in perfect step with our mission and vision.
* We’re also collaborative and are not afraid to do a little extra to deliver excellent care – that’s just part of our commitment.
* If that sounds like a fit for you as well, we encourage you to apply

What Does A Mental Health Associate Do At Vanderbilt University Medical Center

* Under direction by the Director of Network Operations and the MAHN Chief Clinical Care Officer, be responsible for understanding the MAHN suite of Clinical programs, identifying practice opportunities and integrating MAHN clinical programs and resources into the practice workflows with the intent to optimize the patient experience, quality of care provided, and positively impact resource utilization.
* Travel throughout designated territory to meet with physician practices to support clinical practice transformation.
* Support the physician practices by analyzing performance reports and data to inform decision-making, process, and program implementation.
* Monitor and implement educational and process interventions based on practice-level data, trends and identified opportunities.
* Inclusive of, but not limited to:
* Advising practices, physicians, nurses and other clinical staff to assist them on their conversion to value-based care
* Identification of process improvement opportunities
* Collection and application of best practices
* Dissemination of quality and efficiency reports
* Providing educational and training sessions
* Dissemination and support of Gap List Closures
* Testing and refining of workflows that support sustainable transformation, and guide practices as they expand interventions to additional patient populations
* Creation and maintenance of relationships with high value specialists, urgent care centers, and other community stakeholders to ensure Triple Aim achievement
* Other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Mental Health Associate

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists are typically required to have a master’s degree and a license to practice.


To become a mental health counselor or a marriage and family therapist, applicants typically need a master’s degree in psychology, clinical mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, or a related mental health field. A bachelor’s degree in most fields is acceptable to enter a master’s program.

Counseling programs prepare students to recognize symptoms of mental and emotional disorders and to use effective counseling strategies. Marriage and family therapy programs teach students about how marriages, families, and relationships function and how these relationships can affect mental and emotional disorders.

Many employers prefer to hire counselors who have graduated from programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.


Candidates gain hands-on experience through postdegree supervised clinical work, sometimes referred to as an internship or residency. In training, they learn to provide family therapy, group therapy, psychotherapy, and other therapeutic interventions, under the supervision of a licensed counselor.


All states require mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists to be licensed in the state in which they practice. Licensure requires a master’s degree and 2,000 to 4,000 hours of postdegree supervised clinical experience, sometimes referred to as an internship or residency. In addition, counselors and therapists must pass a state-recognized exam and complete annual continuing education classes.

Contact information for state boards regulating mental health counselors is available through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Contact and licensing information for marriage and family therapists is available through the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Counselors and therapists often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations, so they must be compassionate and empathize with their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different types of people is essential for counselors and therapists. They spend most of their time working directly with clients and other professionals and must be able to encourage good relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists, both of whom need to give their full attention to their clients to understand their problems, values, and goals.

Organizational skills. Good organizational skills are especially important for counselors and therapists in private practice, who must keep track of payments and work with insurance companies.

Speaking skills. Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists need to be able to communicate with clients effectively. They must express ideas and information in a way that clients can understand easily.

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Mental Health Associate Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Arabic

  • Korean

  • Chinese

  • Swahili

  • Turkish

  • Hmong

  • Hindi

  • Mandarin

  • Indonesian

  • Ukrainian

  • Wolof

  • Igbo

  • Vietnamese

  • Russian

  • Nepali

  • Filipino

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Top Mental Health Associate Skills

  1. Patient Safety
  2. Behavioral Issues
  3. Crisis Intervention
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted safety rounds and ensured patient safety during nightly routine.
  • Led summer day treatment groups and therapeutic activities to teach functional living skills and address behavioral issues.
  • Provide crisis intervention and behavioral management.
  • Assisted nursing staff directly with inpatient mental health patients on a full range of treatment and clinical care needs.
  • Coordinated patient treatment plans and led patients through substance abuse recovery therapy sessions and substance abuse counseling.

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