Looking for an opportunity where you can make a real difference while growing your own career and skills? NSMHA is looking for a Therapeutic Training and Support Worker to help local youth and families. The In-Home Therapy team works together to help a child and family treat the child’s challenging behaviors and mental health needs, and help the family with supporting and caring for the child. The Therapeutic Training & Support Worker helps implement the therapeutic objectives of the treatment plan designed to address a youth’s mental health, behavioral and emotional needs. This might include teaching the youth to understand, direct, interpret, manage, and develop self control of feelings as well as emotional responses to situations. This position also assists the family with addressing the youth’s emotional and mental health needs.

What you’ll do:

  • Support the development of a youth-and family-centered treatment plan.
  • Support the review/development of a risk management/safety plan in collaboration with the youth and caregiver.
  • Provide support, referral and linkage to appropriate services along the continuum of care.
  • Provide phone contact and support to the youth and family as indicated.
  • Work with families to implement focused interventions and behavioral techniques to: enhance problem-solving, limit-setting, risk management/safety planning, communication, build skills to strengthen the family, advance therapeutic goals, or improve ineffective patterns of interaction.
  • Identify and utilize community resources; develop and maintain natural supports for the youth and parent/caregiver(s) in order to promote sustainability of treatment gains.
  • Support families in developing and maintaining natural supports for the youth and parent caregiver(s) in order to promote sustainability of treatment gains.
  • Provide phone and face-to-face coordination with entities that may impact the youth’s treatment plan.
  • Provide coaching to youth and family in support of decision-making in both crisis and non-crisis situation.
  • Provide skills training for youth and parent/caregiver(s).
  • When requested by the family, will also accompany the family to meetings about the youth’s behavioral health treatment needs in schools, day care, foster homes, and other community-based locations.

What you’ll need:

  • Education/experience: Bachelor’s degree in a human service field from an accredited university and one year experience working with children/adolescents/transition age youth; Associate’s degree in a human services field from an accredited school and one year of experience working with the target population; or High school diploma or GED and a minimum of two years of experience working with children/adolescents/transition age youth
  • Skills: You must have a valid Massachusetts Driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and ability to work in community and in-home settings.

Are you passionate about youth and community development? NSMHA is looking for a Youth Care Mentor with the After School Program! The Children’s After School Program is a therapeutic program for children ages 6 to 12.  The program provides milieu treatment including behavior management/modification and facilitation of therapeutic groups and activities.  The Youth Care Mentor position is designed for someone with personal lived experience and knowledge of mental illness.

What You’ll Do:

  • Supervise children during program activities.
  • Implement behavior management/modification in the milieu.
  • Intervene during a crisis using appropriate techniques including NAPPI restraint.
  • Drive pupil van and accompany other staff during ride.
  • Complete daily documentation of children’s progress in the milieu.
  • Maintain contact with caregivers and conduct outreach to their families in their homes and communities as necessary.
  • Ensures all services are provided in a professional manner, ensuring privacy, safety, and respecting the youth and family’s dignity and right to choice.
  • Coordinates transportation services for clients, and vehicle maintenance, repairs, registrations and inspections.
  • Participates in team meetings and the facilitation of support groups as required.

What You’ll Need:

Education: Bachelors Degree preferred OR Associates degree plus one year of related experience OR HS Diploma/GED plus two years of related experience

Experience: Applicants must have personal lived experience and knowledge about mental illness that comes from the experience of being diagnoses and treated for mental illness.  Milieu or recreational experience is preferred. Working knowledge of community resources is preferred.

Skills: A valid Massachusetts driver’s license is required. Bilingual (Spanish & English) is encouraged to apply. If you know Spanish, please note on your resume!

Schedule: 20 hours, Mon-Fri 2-6pm

 

Do you have experience as the parent or guardian of a child/youth with complex emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs? 

Grow your career in human services by providing peer support to other families.

The Family Partner provides a structured one-to-one, strength-based relationship to a parent/caregiver of a Seriously Emotionally Disturbed children or youth for the purpose of addressing the youth’s emotional and behavioral needs. This is accomplished by enhancing parenting capacity and increasing access to natural community resources to enable the parent/caregiver to parent the youth successfully.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Engages the parent/caregiver in activities in the home and community.
  • Assists the parent/caregiver in addressing one or more goals on the youth’s treatment plan.
  • Assists the parent/caregiver in meeting the youth’s needs by educating, supporting, coaching, modeling or guiding and fosters empowerment.
  • Delivers services in the parent/caregiver’s home and community.
  • Participates, attends and supports parent/caregiver and Care Coordinator’s for Individual Care Plan meetings.
  • Provide family education, advocacy and support to youth and family.

Required:

Experience: Lived experience as the parent or guardian of a child with complex emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs as well as experience navigating services for their child in mental health, special education, child protective services, probation services, or developmental services etc. Experience working with parent/caregivers and youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance preferred. Personal experience as the parent or guardian of a child/youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs is required.

Education: BA in a Human Services field and one year of experience or Associates degree in a human service field and one year of related experience or High School diploma or GED and a minimum of two years relevant experience.

Skills: Must have Driver’s License and reliable transportation

 

 

Do you have experience as the parent or guardian of a child/youth with complex emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs? 

Grow your career in human services by providing peer support to other families.

The Family Partner provides a structured one-to-one, strength-based relationship to a parent/caregiver of a children or youth for the purpose of addressing the youth’s emotional and behavioral needs. This is accomplished by enhancing parenting capacity and increasing access to natural community resources to enable the parent/caregiver to parent the youth successfully.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Engages the parent/caregiver in activities in the home and community.
  • Assists the parent/caregiver in addressing one or more goals on the youth’s treatment plan.
  • Assists the parent/caregiver in meeting the youth’s needs by educating, supporting, coaching, modeling or guiding and fosters empowerment.
  • Delivers services in the parent/caregiver’s home and community.
  • Participates, attends and supports parent/caregiver and Care Coordinator’s for Individual Care Plan meetings.
  • Provide family education, advocacy and support to youth and family.

Required:

Experience: Lived experience as the parent or guardian of a child with complex emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs as well as experience navigating services for their child in mental health, special education, child protective services, probation services, or developmental services etc. Experience working with parent/caregivers and youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance preferred. Personal experience as the parent or guardian of a child/youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs is required.

Education: BA in a Human Services field and one year of experience or Associates degree in a human service field and one year of related experience or High School diploma or GED and a minimum of two years relevant experience.

Skills: Must have Driver’s License and reliable transportation

 

Do you have personal experience living with a serious emotional disturbance, mental health challenges, substance use, trauma or system involvement and a willingness to share your journey? NSMHA is looking for Peer Mentors for Young Adults! 

The Young Adult Peer Mentor uses lived experience to connect with, validate, inspire and provide support to youth and young adults with mental health challenges.  The Young Adult Peer Mentor provides structured, one-to-one, strength-based support services to a youth for the purpose of addressing daily living, social, and communication needs in community and home-based settings.  Young Adult Peer Mentoring interventions are designed to address one or more goals on a youth’s existing outpatient, in-home treatment plan, FSS Community Service Plan, or an existing Individual Care Plan (ICP).

What you’ll do:

  • Supports, coaches and trains a youth in order to support linkages to community resources and services that will sustain the youth’s optimal functioning in the community.
  • Supports, coaches and trains the youth in connecting with existing treatment providers and in linking with new or additional resources.
  • Share personal journey with purpose and intent to youth and young adults in order to validate, demonstrate empathy, inspire, and motivate.
  • Collaborate with other members of the care team to engage, assess, partner and support the youth/young adult in identifying strengths, needs, and goals.
  • Participates with external agencies with regards to service/care planning and coordination and planning for transition to adulthood.
  • Promote youth and young adult sharing, learning and growth through role modeling and reflecting. Support youth and young adults in developing practical steps to reach goals.
  • Advocates for the youth. Provide a voice when needed!
  • Ensures that all services are provided in a professional manner, ensuring privacy, safety, and respecting the youth and family’s dignity and right to choice.

What you need:

Experience: Must have personal experience living with mental health challenges or substance use, trauma or system involvement and a willingness to share their journey. Please state in your cover letter or resume if this applies to you!

Education: Bachelor’s degree in a human service field from an accredited university and one year experience working with children/adolescents/transition age youth; or Associate’s degree in a human services field from an accredited school and one year of experience working with the target population; or High school diploma or GED and a minimum of two years of experience working with children/adolescents/transition age youth.

Skills: Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation, ability to work in community and in-home settings, must be 21 years or older.