Children’s Friend and Family Services has been providing court clinic support for the Essex County Juvenile Court system including Lynn, Lawrence, Newburyport, and Salem. Our highly trained staff of social workers, mental health counselors and psychologists works collaboratively to provide consultations and court-ordered diagnostic and forensic evaluations. In addition, Children’s Friend provides training for a variety of court personnel including judges, clerks, attorneys and probation staff.
Working collaboratively with school personnel, law enforcement, families and mental health providers
Identifying and providing appropriate support via mental health services in the community
Working with families to reduce the likelihood of crisis or truancy.
- If not yet CJCC certified, apply for candidacy and participate in the training and supervision process to attain certification within the timetable of the training plan.
- Conduct court clinic evaluations, provide quality and timely written reports and offer testimony relative to CRA, delinquency, care and protection, aid to sentencing, screening for emergency mental health treatment and other forensic mental health questions as directed by the Court
- If licensed as LICSW, conduct emergency mental health evaluations as needed under the provisions of MGL Chapter 123, Section 12(a).
- If licensed as LICSW and appropriately experienced working with substance disordered youth, clinician may be required to apply for candidacy and participate in the training and supervision process to attain certification as a Qualified Social Worker (QSW), able to conduct emergency substance use evaluations as needed under the provisions of MGL Chapter 123, Section 35.
- Meet with court personnel as needed to help clarify referral questions and issues
- Ensure the confidentiality of court clinic evaluations by complying with applicable statutes, regulations and policies
- Be available to travel to any of the juvenile courts served by JRI as directed by the program manager in order to conduct evaluations or to provide on-site coverage
- Provide consultation to the judge, probation and other court personnel following procedures established for that specific juvenile court
- Become familiar with local resources providing mental health, substance abuse and educational and vocational services, juvenile justice services and detention diversion programs. Familiarity with these resources includes awareness of their specific service provision and of methods (eligibility, application guidelines, insurance) of accessing them.
- Educational requirements: Master’s degree in applicable mental health field.
- Licensure: Independently licensed as a clinician (i.e., LICSW) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Certification: Currently certified as a Certified Juvenile Court Clinician-I (CJCC-I) or upon hire, will apply for CJCC-I candidacy and participate in the training process to attain certification as soon as possible. Clinicians not yet certified will develop a plan and timetable for certification and obtain a statement of candidacy from the CJCC Committee.
- Experience: Clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of children/adolescents and their families is required. Experience working with court-involved juveniles is preferred.
Offer includes: Access to excellent Blue Cross medical and Delta Dental 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.