The Child Witness to Violence Project (CWVP) at Boston Medical Center is seeking a Bilingual Mental Health Clinician. The CWVP is nationally recognized for its innovative and comprehensive services for young children and families affected by violence. The Bilingual Mental Health Clinician will conduct clinical assessments, make psychosocial diagnoses as appropriate and provide evidence-based, diversity-informed psychotherapeutic treatment for children and their caregivers impacted by violence and other kinds of trauma exposure. The clinician will be responsible for providing assessment and intervention using a racial justice and health equity lens. 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. In addition to clinical responsibilities, the clinician will have opportunities to engage in training and teaching activities at the hospital as well as interface with a wide variety of community agencies.
Position: Bilingual (Spanish) Mental Health Clinician -Child Witness to Violence Project
Schedule: Full Time
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES / DUTIES:
- Provides comprehensive clinical assessment and evaluation of young children and their families referred to CWVP in coordination with patient, family and interdisciplinary healthcare teams.
- Develops treatment plans based on patient needs/goals.
- Provides direct clinical assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment to a regular case load of weekly cases.
- Provides individual, dyadic and group psychotherapy to children and their caregiver to reduce the impact of trauma exposure and achieve improved functioning and emotional state.
- 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.
- Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to a culturally diverse patient population.
- Engages in training related to evidence-based interventions and implements treatments consistent with training.
- 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.
- Provides outreach, collaboration and training with relevant community and medical providers.
- Provides timely documentation to the program director and associate director for grants-management purposes.
- Participates in weekly staff meetings, clinical meetings and weekly supervision sessions. Maintains patient confidentiality according to hospital policy.
- Meets hospital-wide standards in the following areas:
- Conforms to hospital standards of performance and conduct, including those pertaining to patient rights, so that the best possible customer service and patient care may be provided.
- Utilize hospital's RESPECT values as the basis for decision-making and to facilitate the department and the hospital's goals and mission.
- Follows established infection control and safety procedures.
- Completes annual mandatory hospital and department education activities.
- Maintains relevant licensures and certifications. Develops competencies as related to the position.
- Perform other duties as assigned or as needed.
(The above statements in this job description are intended to depict the general nature and level of work assigned to the employee(s) in this job. The above is not intended to represent an exhaustive list of accountable duties and responsibilities required).
Requires a Masters level degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related field.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED:
Must be a certified or license-eligible Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Social Worker, or have certification in a related field.
At least a Master's degree in social work, counseling or a related field. Relevant experience working with children, caregivers, and families is strongly preferred, as is experience in working with populations who have experienced trauma.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
- Knowledge of the impact of trauma on young children and families and experience working with families impacted by trauma exposure.
- An organized work style, good follow through skills and ability to keep organized written documentation.
- Demonstrated skills in the provision of services in a multicultural environment.
- Experience in health or hospital settings desirable.
- Must be comfortable in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.
- Bilingual or multi-lingual competency appropriate to the patient population served.
- Ability to work effectively, comfortably, and sensitively with ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse individuals and with people from historically marginalized and underserved communities.
- Knowledge of and competence in advocating with community resources and agencies that serve children and families affected by violence or trauma exposure.
- Experience with and comfort with implementing crisis intervention services.
- Advanced interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with patients and families and to interact effectively with various 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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