Well I worked as a MHC (mental health counselor) for 3 years-during undergrad and grad school (nursing school). I am from MA and the pay was about 13.00/hr. I worked with children (ages 4-12) and adolescents (13-17). The job included running groups, monitoring behaviors, documenting on treatment plan progress and basically feeing the children, making sure they bathed/did ADLs and whatever other "housekeeping" issues there were including doing laundry and breaking up fights. When I worked there I did some per-diem work with adult psych-that job entailed everything I described above including taking vital sigs and blood glucose everyday-that job paid 13/he as well. Please let me know if you have any other questions-I worked in psych for a LONG TIME!
As far as degree wise-all of the people I worked with on the child/adolescent unit has either long term psych experience or has a BS in psychology. On the adult unit you had to have inpatient psychiatry experience to be hired.
Hope this helped! Erin:heartbeat