For over 50 years, Bridge Over Troubled Waters has provided a comprehensive continuum of care for runaway, homeless, and high risk youth in Boston, and has been a national model in providing innovative youth services. Our mission is to transform the lives of youth through safe, supportive and encouraging relationships, counseling, housing, and skill-building, to guide them towards self-sufficiency and achieving their goals. If you are looking for a career in a fast-paced setting that is committed to collaborating with all youth who come through the door and finding creative solutions to difficult problems, we invite you to apply for one of our open positions.
Under the supervision of the Clinical Coordinator, the Behavioral Health Therapist is responsible for providing and coordinating substance use and mental health services to young people utilizing services at Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Duties include initial mental health and risk assessments, one-on-one counseling sessions, facilitation and planning of groups for young people, and completion of on-going paperwork and data entry. This position requires a high degree of flexibility in responding to emergent needs of young people in crisis and good organizational and documentation skills.
- Provide 20 - 30 hours weekly of direct client contact, including face-to-face counseling and group facilitation.
- Carry a caseload of 25 active clients.
- Provide young people with weekly one-on-one counseling sessions. Create and implement group curricula with young people at Bridge.
- Assess each client’s needs and develop individualized, strength-based, service plans.
- Implement treatment plans that utilize CBT, DBT, MI and other evidenced based treatment protocols when working with youth and document use of these interventions in client’s individual service plans.
- Reach out to and maintain contact with collateral contacts of clients including family, education systems, service providers and other outside agencies.
- Provide regular referrals to substance use treatment, psychiatric services, DMH and other outside agencies.
- Complete and submit all documentation in a timely manner, including client therapy intake and exit paperwork, progress notes, assessments, and service plans. Review case files of all young people quarterly to ensure proper documentation is being completed.
- Participate in monthly meetings with other Bridge Programs to provide clinical input on clients.
- Participate in weekly counseling meetings.
- Must be flexible, to be able to cover the other floor as needed.
- Utilize Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) to engage youth around problematic behavior.
- Participate in weekly supervision and consultation meetings.
- Attend a minimum of six in-service trainings annually.
- Collect and report program data, including but not limited to, data required for Bridge ETO, HMIS, and funders’ required data.
- Serve as liaison/advocate between the program and the community including surrounding neighbors to build partnerships
- Ensure that all activities, services and programs through Bridge are conducted in a manner that is sensitive to and shows respect for the cultural and ethnic diversity for all Bridge clients
- This job description is not intended to cover every aspect of your job at Bridge Over Troubled Waters. We are a team that works together to meet the needs of our clients and every member of the team is expected to pitch in and help even beyond the specific responsibilities listed in this description.
- Master's Degree required: LCSW, LMFT, LMHC or equivalent highly preferable
- Experience working with vulnerable young people and/or their families
- Ability to relate in an empathetic, supportive, non-judgmental manner to young people and their families
- Knowledge and experience of crisis intervention, child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, housing and homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health issues.
- Strong engagement and therapeutic relationship-building skills
- 3 or more years of experience successfully working with vulnerable young people or young adults in a crisis, during outreach efforts or in residential setting.
- At least 1 year of experience providing clinical services
- Mental Health licensure highly preferred
- Knowledge of systems and resources relevant to the population
- Experience networking and advocating with other agencies to access housing, medical, financial, legal, educational and other resources on behalf of young people.
- Weekly supervision with the Clinical Coordinator