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Boston GLASS: Behavioral Health Clinician

Location: Jamaica Plain, MA

Boston GLASS (Gay & Lesbian Adolescent Social Services) opened in 1995 as one of the country's earliest community centers specifically serving young people of color in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. In addition to the Drop-In Center, where youth have access to computers, support groups, food and supplies, and social events, Boston GLASS offers a continuum of services including behavioral health counseling, case management, HIV/STI testing and counseling, mentorship, youth leadership development, community education, and housing stabilization services. The program is designed to serve LGBTQ youth of color who are at risk for HIV/STIs, homelessness, substance use, involvement with state systems, violence, commercial sexual exploitation, school dropout, suicidal behavior, family disruption, and lack of access to healthcare, among other things.

RESPONSIBILITIES

This position reports directly to the Behavioral Health Services Manager and does not supervise other positions.

This is a full-time position that will provide culturally competent behavioral health services, HIV case management, and group work facilitation for HIV-positive or high risk LGBTQ youth of color in the Boston area for Boston GLASS's Hook Up To Health initiative.

JOB DUTIES

§ Foster productive relationships with LGBTQ youth of color (with a focus on MSM and transgender women) who are marginalized due to their involvement in the criminal justice system, substance use, homelessness, sexual orientation, or mental health issues and HIV-positive or at high risk for HIV.

§ Recruit priority population participants to our high-impact HIV prevention interventions such as HIV Navigation Services, ARTAS, CLEAR, and Healthy Relationships; deliver the interventions.

§ Complete clinical assessments and develop services/treatment plans based on assessment results; provide linkages to appropriate medical treatment and provide clinical case management.

§ Utilize motivational interviewing strategies and a harm reduction framework to support behavioral change.

§ Conduct in-reach at GLASS Drop-in Center and related activities to identify youth in need of services; support Drop-in Center programming and supervision as needed.

§ Build relationships within the provider community, promote GLASS programs and services, set up formal referral sources, and work closely with providers to make and receive supported referrals for clients in a timely manner.

§ Provide technical assistance and guidance to Lowell Community Health Center.

§ Represent JRI at community events and working groups related to the needs of HIV-positive and high risk LGBTQ youth.

§ Collect program and client-level data and ensure up-to-date reporting processes. Submit all required documentation upon request or regular due dates.

§ Support and work collaboratively with the Hook Up To Health initiative's Health Navigator and Outreach Specialist.

§ Participate in all required quality assurance activities.

§ Remain current and informed regarding issues of HIV/AIDS, STI, Viral Hepatitis, and other communicable diseases, along with LGBTQ issues. Attend all assigned city, state, and federal level trainings, conferences, and meetings.

§ Complete CEU training to assure maintenance of license (if applicable)

§ Complete all required trainings yearly, including maintenance of required certifications, as assessed through audit of training records.

§ Attend clinical supervision and administrative supervision as requested.

Qualifications:

§ Minimum of Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling from an accredited college or university.

§ 1-3 years of providing behavioral health services, case management, and/or groups for HIV-positive or high risk LGBTQ youth of color or a combination of education, experience, and measurable performance that demonstrates capability to perform the duties of this position.

§ Knowledgeable in positive youth development; familiar with the range of interventions and treatment appropriate for this population.

§ Cultural sensitivity and knowledge of diverse youth populations, including Black, Hispanic, LGBTQ youth cultures.

§ Commitment to social justice mission and principles of cultural responsiveness.

§ Excellent written and oral communication skills.

§ General knowledge of health promotion and HIV, STI and Viral Hepatitis prevention strategies.

§ Available to work evenings, holidays, weekend shifts as necessary. Able to work alone in an unsupervised environment.

§ Valid driver's license and personal transportation preferred.

Offer includes: Access to excellent Blue Cross medical, Delta Dental and Vision benefits, 401K, tuition reimbursement, pension, generous paid time off and much more!

JRI is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to building and maintaining a diverse community. Persons from diverse backgrounds including women, communities of color, the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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