Position: Outpatient Child/Adolescent Trauma BH Clinician
Department: Boston STAR Program (Child Psychiatry)
Schedule: Full time
This position will provide therapeutic services to children and their caregivers impacted by trauma through two programs at Boston Medical Center. The position will be split between the Child Witness to Violence Project (within Pediatrics) and the Boston STAR program (within Child Psychiatry), and will report to the Project Directors of each program.
The Boston Services for Trauma and Resources for families (Boston STAR) serves children aged 3 to 17 and their families who have been impacted by trauma by providing evidence-based care in collaboration with a team of clinicians and a family navigator. The Child Witness to Violence Project provides innovative and comprehensive services for young children (ages 0-8) and their families who are impacted by violence and other kids of trauma.
Through both projects, the clinician will be responsible for assessment and intervention with patients and their families by providing individual, group, and family psychotherapy using a racial justice and health equity lens. Duties include, but are not limited to: conducting psychosocial assessments, making a psychosocial diagnosis, planning and implementing effective treatments, evaluation, and education of the patient and family members. The position consults with, collaborates, and communicates with a wide range of disciplines within BMC and the community in the overall care of the patient.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES / DUTIES:
- Provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations in coordination with patient, family, and interdisciplinary healthcare teams, and develops treatment plans based on patient needs/goals.
- Provides individual, group, and family psychotherapy to patient and/or family to reduce the impact of identified problems to achieve improved functioning and emotional state.
- Identifies need to involve patient's family through the initial assessment process and engages the family in treatment planning, if indicated.
- Consults and collaborates with interdisciplinary healthcare team members to ensure that the overall health needs of patients are addressed.
- Provides risk assessment and intervention as necessary. When indicated, refers to and coordinates with appropriate emergency services.
- Documents each patient encounter in the medical record and complies with departmental, regulatory and professional requirements for documentation recording and data collection, as well as any additional documentation required for grant-management purposes.
- Engages in training related to evidence-based interventions and implements treatments consistent with training.
- Participates in weekly staff meetings, clinical meetings, supervision sessions, and interdisciplinary meetings as needed.
- Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to a culturally diverse patient population.
Must adhere to all of BMC's RESPECT behavioral standards.
Master's Degree from an accredited school of Social Work or school of Mental Health Counseling or related field as determined by the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED:
Requires a current Massachusetts Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), or Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).
Requires level of knowledge of Social Work process and community resources and agencies in relation to health, illness, and disability, generally acquired through one to two years on-the-job training.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
- Advanced interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with patients and families and to interact effectively with various healthcare professionals.
- Understanding of and comfort working with individuals who experience complex medical and psychiatric problems.
- Knowledge of the impact of trauma on young children and families, experience with families impacted by trauma.
- Knowledge of and competence in advocating with community resources and agencies that serve individuals, children, and families who are low-income or have psychiatric needs.
- Ability to work effectively, comfortably, and sensitively with ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse individuals and with people from historically underrepresented communities.
- Bicultural/bilingual competency is a plus.
- Experience with and comfort with crisis intervention is preferred.
- Must be comfortable in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.
- Ability to work effectively and collaboratively on an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals.
- Computer literacy with ability to use standard word processing, spreadsheet programs, and e-mail (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook) and web browsers.
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