Clinical Coordinator for the Boston Juvenile Re-Entry Initiative

THE OPPORTUNITY

Trinity Boston Foundation is looking for a Clinical Coordinator to join this dynamic and fast-growing community change organization that is a subsidiary of Trinity Church. With a mission to unlock opportunity and change the odds for the youth of Boston, the Foundation delivers programs that serve youth and families and build dense networks of relationships and community support for youth city-wide. Trinity Boston Counseling Center (TBCC), a program of the Foundation, provides mental health support to individuals, families, and partner organizations across the city. TBCC works to expand access to mental health services for marginalized populations and to honor any client’s wish to incorporate spirituality into his/her therapy.

A successful Clinical Coordinator would be a highly motivated individual who believes in our mission and is committed to working with youth at-risk not realizing their full potential due to factors bigger than themselves. Must be a licensed LMHC, LICSW, Ph.D or Psy.D in psychology and have experience working with youth living in urban communities who are dealing with systemic racism, poverty and community violence.

The Boston Juvenile Re-Entry Initiative Team (Re-Entry Team) within the Department of Youth Services (DYS) manages 30 youth who have been identified by law enforcement and DYS to be youth in need of intensive supervision and support. Because of the level of risk involved for these young people, the Re-Entry Team works to achieve a safe and successful reintegration back into the community. The Re-Entry Team is committed to and has demonstrated an ability to reduce recidivism rates in comparison to the rest of the metro region. This is achieved through providing wrap-around services that focus on education, skill building, family support and re-unification.

For the past ten years, TBCC has maintained a partnership with DYS providing Mental Health counseling and clinical support to the youth and families committed to DYS. In 2008, DYS identified a gap in community mental health services and TBCC began to provide clinical coordination for the Re-Entry Team. Over the past six years, TBCC has maintained a contract to provide clinical support to the Re-Entry Team. The role of the Clinical Coordinator for Re-Entry is to provide and/or coordinate intensive clinical services for the 30 youth assigned to the Re-Entry Team. The Clinical Coordinator is embedded within the Re-Entry team to provide coordination, clinical consultation, and clinical services to the team. As an embedded clinician we are able to hold a dual role to support both youth and the adults in providing trauma-informed services

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

The mission of the Trinity Boston Foundation is to unlock opportunity and change the odds for the youth of Boston. In partnership, we build communities that affirm, inspire and empower youth and their families; offer holistic support for physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing; and strengthen community health and cohesion across Boston. Trinity Boston Foundation, with a current staff of 24, is a separately incorporated subsidiary of Trinity Church Boston and leverages the resources of the Church on behalf of this mission and the Church’s priorities. Our programs honor and respect individuals of all faith traditions and those without a faith tradition. The programs in addition to TBCC include:

  • TEEP (Trinity Education for Excellence Program): a six-year leadership development, character formation and college access program that engages youth and their families
  • Sole Train: Boston Runs Together: a running program for Boston youth which emphasizes physical and mental health and seeks to foster greater self-esteem and leadership skills
  • Bostonians for Youth: Trinity Boston Foundation’s annual fundraising dinner that celebrates Boston youth and those who support them. Designed as a collaborative venture among multiple nonprofits, the vision is to encourage awareness and action around violence prevention and safe communities for Boston youth, and to celebrate a spirit of cooperation and partnership

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities as Clinical Coordinator:

  • Provide individual and/or family services to 8-10 clients assigned through the Re-Entry team. Provide assessment, clinical intervention and care coordination services to clients through all phases of treatment and follow-up.
  • Provide clinical case management for the Re-Entry caseload (attend meetings, communicate and coordinate referrals with community clinicians for individual, family, substance use therapy, and psychiatric services)
  • Provide services to transition clients into the community 90 days prior to scheduled release from custody.
  • Provide crisis management counseling for 30 clients receiving services through the Re-Entry Team as workload allows, beginning with the most critical cases. This includes assessment of need for acute treatment services, referral for appropriate follow-up, identification of high-risk behaviors and provision of clinical support.
  • Attend clients’ 90, 60, 30-day treatment meetings and discharge meetings;
  • Maintain clinical files for caseload and maintain reporting out information through DYS electronic database. Provide monthly summaries for individual clients to Re-Entry caseworkers.
  • Provide a clinical/mental health presence to the team and offer staff support around self-care and vicarious trauma.
  • Screen clinical assessments of new clients added to Re-Entry and summarize (documented) clinical recommendations and assessment for the team.

TBCC Sustainability

  • Participate in weekly TBCC meetings and general formation of TBCC community
  • Provide facilitation and support to our ongoing training and support clinical interns.
  • Help to maintain tracking of clinical data and outcomes as it relates to specific program area.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be a licensed LMHC, LICSW, Ph.D or Psy.D in psychology with a current license to practice independently as a mental health professional in the state of Massachusetts
  • Reliable, organized, detail-oriented, and a systems-thinker
  • Experience working with youth in urban settings; preferred experience working within systems (schools, DYS, DCF, judicial system, DTA, etc)
  • A minimum of 2-3 years experience in trauma-informed clinical practice with youth ages 14-21
  • Experience working with adjudicated youth
  • Ability to work harmoniously with diverse groups of individuals
  • Highly organized, flexible and able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills

CORE VALUES

  • A belief in the innate capacity for youth and adults to positively impact their community
  • A commitment to social justice and the common good: bridging barriers of race, class and gender, and holding our clients’ challenging life experiences with a dual mandate to work towards systemic change within society
  • A commitment to meeting our clients where they are, which often moves us to think outside the box
  • A framework of spiritually informed practice that compels us to encounter the whole person: mind, body, and spirit

How to apply

To apply, submit a thoughtful cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: http://fs20.formsite.com/trinitybostoncc/form10/index.html. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a preferred start of July 1st 2014 No phone calls, please. Trinity is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse team and strongly encourages applications from a wide range of backgrounds, including people of color.

Boston, Massachusetts
2014-05-31
Trinity Boston Foundation
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206 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA, 02116, US


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