Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston
  • Center for Early Relationship Support Programs - Project NESST
  • Waltham, MA, USA
  • Part Time
  • We regret that we cannot take phone calls regarding this position. JF&CS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Summary:

Project NESST (Newborns Exposed to Substances: Support and Therapy), a program of the Center for Early Relationship Support, is seeking a part-time clinician to provide therapeutic services to parents and their infants and young children impacted by substance use.  Project NESST provides parent-child therapy and peer support to address the impact of substance use and trauma on parent's mental health, the early parent-child relationship, and infant development. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide infant-parent psychotherapy to vulnerable parent-infant/young child dyads or families in which the infant and parent have faced challenges in the perinatal period related to medication or substance use.
  • Deliver interventions in the context of families' likely histories of trauma and addiction, bringing to bear best practices related to trauma-informed treatment and recovery from substance-use disorders.
  • Collaborate with Project NESST Maternal Recovery Specialists on behalf of clients in need of intensive support.
  • Collaborate with hospital staff, infant-toddler family specialists, Department of Children and Families social workers, addiction treatment staff, and others connected to the treatment.
  • Become an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team at CERS, participating in clinical meetings, in-service trainings and supervision.
  • Provide direct services in area hospitals, including neonatal intensive care units, families' homes, Opioid Treatment Programs and other community settings.
  • Maintain expected electronic record-keeping for clients, research and administrative project needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Educational/Experience Requirements:

  • Advanced degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Public Health or related field is required.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience working with women in the perinatal period, infants or young children, preferably with parent-infant dyads.
  • Training or practice related to working with highly vulnerable and complex families is required.
  • Experience in working with clients with substance use disorders is preferred; the clinician is not expected to provide addiction treatment.  
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience developing and maintaining partnerships.
  • Must work effectively and comfortably with highly vulnerable families from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • A drivers' license and vehicle required. This position requires frequent driving within the greater Boston/metro area, reaching most communities within the 95/128 corridor.
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