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The Residential Clinician

Sargent House is a residential program serving six to eight young men, ages 18 - 21, in the care of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). The youth exhibit challenging behaviors due to trauma-based diagnoses, sexually abusive behavior, cognitive disabilities, and/or intellectual challenges. They are aging out of the DCF system, and are not yet eligible to receive services from the Department of Mental Health or Developmental Services until they turn 22.  The program offers a community living experience with a high level of staff support and supervision. Our goal is to maximize motivation, participation, progress, self-esteem, and self-control to achieve optimal functioning levels, contributing to placement in a less restrictive environment over time.

 

The Residential Clinician is responsible for the clinical case management for all clients in an eight bed group homes for males ages 18-21, under contract with the Department of Children and Families (DCF).  Clients exhibit challenging behaviors due to trauma-based diagnoses, sexually abusive behavior, cognitive disabilities, and/or intellectual challenges. 

Functional Responsibilities:

  • Orient clients to program standards and services, develop and monitor treatment plans.
  • Provide assessments; including CANS, counseling, crisis intervention, support and advocacy service as necessary.  May also include family therapy.  Will work in concert with community mental health providers to address the psychosocial needs of clients.
  • Arrange for necessary medical, dental, school, court-related appointments and accompany or transport as needed.  Attend any necessary school, court-related or other appropriate meetings.  Arrange and attend regular team meetings or conferences as needed.
  • Identify and develop community resources and act as liaison with outside agencies for clients and families/guardians.
  • Develop and present client and family group therapy using appropriate elements of Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood (PAYA).
  • Maintain a life skills inventory and support clients in learning and documenting independent living skills.
  • Maintain and monitor information in client files while maintaining confidentiality.  Prepare bi-weekly and final progress reports for client files, provide and maintain required communication with other staff and funding sources through use of the log and other records and reports.
  • Participate in staff meetings and treatment team meetings.
  • Assist in training of staff on treatment plans and individual resident needs/interventions.
  • Participate in the emergency on-call system.
  • Perform other job related projects and activities as requested.

Core Competencies:

  • Customer Focus
  • Communication Skills
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making        
  • Adaptability/Cooperation
  • Continuous Development
  • Initiative
  • Process Improvement

Mental Demands:

  • Planning                                                                  
  • External contacts
  • Written communication                                          
  • Confidential interactions
  • Problem solving                                                      
  • Verbal communication
  • Mediation

Qualifications:

Demonstrated working knowledge of resources available to youth in Greater Boston area, working knowledge of Milieu Therapy or other treatment modalities, certification in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) or ability to obtain certification upon employment, participation in Medication Administration Program (MAP), Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI) and Trauma Informed Care training.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree plus a Masters Degree in Social Work with at least 1-2 years of experience providing individual therapy to people with intellectual disabilities and/or mental illness and challenging behaviors due to trauma-based diagnoses and sexually abusive behavior. 
  • LICSW required.

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Contact: John Larivee at jlarivee@crj.org