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Spanish Speaking Mental Health Clinician

Drug overdose is the most common cause of death among homeless people in Boston. And in Massachusetts, the proportion of Latino deaths from overdose is significantly higher than Latinos' share of the population. Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, widely recognized as a progressive voice for harm-reduction-oriented approaches to the crisis, is currently seeking a Spanish-speaking licensed therapist (LICSW or LMHC preferred) to help expand our efforts to treat opioid use disorder.

Some of the priorities that draw us to this work are:
• responding to social crisis and injustice
• developing long-term individual relationships
• empowering the disempowered; and
• contributing to life-saving interventions.

Our office-based opioid treatment team works with people struggling with opiate use disorder. Our clinical practice is broadly focused: we treat substance use disorders as problems in themselves but also as a reflection of the wounds our patients carry with them. Our program clients are a diverse group of people, all of whom have experienced homelessness, most of whom have significant histories of trauma, and many who struggle with complex mental illness. Therapy in this setting includes group and individual work, and sometimes develops into years-long relationships.

We seek a new member of our team who will be able to work thoughtfully as an autonomous clinician, but also enjoys being part of a collaborative team. Our approach, tailored to the needs of each patient and based on ongoing qualitative assessments of harm and benefit, requires constant teamwork. We enjoy working with each other and we love our patients. We believe in work-life balance as a key part of clinical excellence. Salary and benefits are competitive and we are a National Health Service Corps site. 

Opiate overdoses in Massachusetts and among homeless people in Boston represent a public health crisis. We are inspired by colleagues who want to respond to that crisis with compassion, intelligence, and determination. We hope you will consider joining us. For a more complete listing of job requirements, and information on how to apply, please see our formal job announcement at: 
https://www.bhchp.org/careers/mental-health-clinician-obot-office-based-opioid-treatment-program

Qualifications:

• LICSW preferred, LCSW and LMHCs will also be considered.
• Experience with addiction, and the homeless population preferred.
• Effective verbal, written and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with providers and team members form various settings.
• Knowledge of community and health resources, particularly addiction related resources and supports.
• Sensitivity to ethnic, cultural, gender, beliefs and behaviors
• Spanish Language skills highly preferred.
• Ability to work with patients with dual or multiple disorders who also have complex medical and social issues. 

Contact: Alethea Moraes at almoraes@bhchp.org