Tips to Attract Skilled Mental Health Professionals

Behavioral health organizations are struggling to hire and retain skilled employees. The national healthcare worker shortage and increasing turnover rates are affecting employers and the clients they serve.


Attracting and keeping the mental health professionals you need may involve changing your hiring process. Having your organization stand out from the rest can help.


Implement these tips to attract skilled mental health professionals to your organization.


Focus on the End Result

Clarify what you are looking for in a candidate. Include the essential knowledge, skills, experience, and other qualifications for the role.


Talk with your employees about what attracted them to your organization. Emphasize these characteristics throughout your hiring process to attract candidates.


Find out what your competitors offer that you do not. Examples include a flexible work schedule and additional paid time off. Use your findings to make changes to your hiring strategy.


Update Your Job Postings

Emphasize your company’s mission, vision, and core values in your job postings. Share additional information that is of interest to skilled mental health professionals to encourage them to apply.

  • Show how the position impacts the individuals served.
  • Emphasize the benefits and perks offered.
  • Highlight what the work environment and company culture are like.
  • Share a written description or video of a typical day in the position.
  • Include quotes from your social workers, case managers, or substance abuse counselors about their favorite parts of their jobs.


Diversify Your Sourcing Methods

Share your job postings through more than just job boards. Examples include:

  • Employee referrals
  • Social media platforms
  • Colleges and universities
  • Local associations
  • Announcements at local events


Partner with a Staffing Firm

Work with a recruiter from a staffing firm that specializes in behavioral health. They can match you with skilled candidates who fit the qualifications you are looking for.


The recruiter sends over a few vetted candidates to interview. You decide which candidate to hire.


The recruiter negotiates the job offer on behalf of the candidate. They also assist with onboarding and regularly follow up for maximum success.


Include PsychPros in Your Hiring Process

Work with PsychPros to attract skilled mental health professionals to your organization. Send us a message, call (513) 651-9500, or email

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