NOTE: This position is eligible for a $1,500 sign-on bonus.
The Children's Community Support Collaborative (CCSC) is a program of The Home for Little Wanderers located in a brand new, state of the art facility overlooking the Boston skyline in the Roxbury Crossing neighborhood of Boston. CCSC operates a Caring Together Continuum contract. The primary goal of the Collaborative is to support families to remain together, providing wraparound services a family needs to be successful in this goal. We provide intensive community based in-home treatment to help families remain together, rebuild connections that have been broken, and provide a unique group home treatment environment for clients not able to remain in their homes. The Collaborative offers continuity maintaining the same treatment team regardless of level of care, intensity of services matching the level of need, and focus on getting and keeping kids at home with their families.
Unlike other in-home and community based services the Collaborative is not insurance driven and therefore does not have the same intense pressure to maximize billable units and maintain maximum caseloads. Instead the services that are needed for each family are catered to the needs of the family. The service also operates in a smaller catchment area, serving only families from the metro Boston area.
What kind of clinical environment do we operate in? First and foremost, we offer a highly supportive, well resourced, and flexible approach to care. Weekly supervision, multidisciplinary teams, and intensive clinical training support not only the best possible outcomes for our families, but a work environment where the collective wisdom and approaches of all the supporting disciplines are lead to amazing outcomes for kids and families. Our multi-disciplinary team includes occupational therapists, peer mentors, outreach workers, milieu staff, nurses, psychiatrists, clinicians and administrators, offering many opportunities for connection, collaboration, growth and a collegial atmosphere.
We are committed to trauma-informed care that centers the voices of youth and families. To this end, we use principles and practices from Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma (ITCT), restorative justice practices, and permanency work to support family reunification and stabilization. We focus on providing age-appropriate, culturally sensitive therapy for clients and families in a variety of settings both in the community as well as within group home placement. Our staff brings clinical backgrounds in CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems, and Narrative Therapy amongst others, and values the diversification of the approaches that team can offer our clients and families.
Provide weekly family therapy, case coordination and case management services for youth in intensive group home placement and youth living in their home communities.
Establish and maintain relationships with collateral agencies that support youth and family growth and facilitate communication between various providers.
Advocate for families; educate parents on advocating for themselves and their children.
Utilize treatment modalities that are consistent with program goals and agency protocol and that best fit with clients' age and treatment needs, including, individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy.
Perform initial and comprehensive assessments of new clients and families. Collaborate with clients and family members to develop treatment objectives and develop quarterly treatment plans.
Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide quality care.
Attend weekly staff meetings and case conferences; present client material. Consult with supervisor and team members on challenging or difficult client issues.
Submit reports and documentation in a timely manner.
May supervise Masters level interns and Clinical Staff.
May facilitate therapeutic groups for youth or parents.
May eventually provide on-call coverage about a 6 week rotation.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Must be able to operate a vehicle and have a valid driver's license and a "satisfactory" driving record.
May be required to access to a personal vehicle for use during work hours.
May be required to use personal vehicle to transport clients on occasion if/when needed. If required to transport clients, must maintain the minimum amounts of liability insurance as required by The Home and/or other regulatory requirements and vehicle registration must be current.
Education and Experience
Master's degree in social work, mental health, or related discipline. Current licensure as in independent practitioner in the state of Massachusetts with eligibility to provide clinical supervision. At least two to three years program specific clinical experience. Excellent cultural awareness and sensitivity. Computer literate including Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer with the ability to learn new software applications. Knowledge of a second language such as Spanish, Vietnamese, or Haitian Creole or Cape Verdean Creole preferred.
Frequent walking, standing, climbing stairs. Regular lifting and carrying of objects, files, food and/or children., Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally.
The Home For Little Wanderers