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Juvenile Court Clinician (D) — Boston, MA

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The Department of Mental Health is seeking qualified individuals for a Juvenile Court Clinician, Clinical Social Worker (D) position. As part of an interdisciplinary team of forensic clinicians and in a leadership role, the Clinician provides services to the Juvenile Court, including psychosocial evaluations of children, adolescents and families, emergency evaluations, consultations, liaison, oral testimony as needed, and some limited psycho-educational services. These services are provided to diverse youth and families with behavioral health concerns who come before the Juvenile Court on Delinquency, CRA’s, Care and Protection and emergency mental health and substance use matters. This position also provides administrative functions that may be assigned by the BJCC Director and supervisory functions relative to assigned direct reporting staff. This position has less client contact hours than most clinical positions and includes extensive assessment report writing, record review and collateral contacts as major duties. Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Provides court-ordered, thorough, expert psychosocial evaluations and consultations of children, adolescents and families, including detailed forensic reports, informal consultative follow-up, and (as needed) oral testimony.
  • Consults with judges, attorneys and probation officers.
  • Provides supervision of staff and trainees, as well as forensic mentoring of clinical staff.
  • Provides coverage to a primary court location and to other courthouses (BJCC and non-BJCC locations) as needed and requested by DMH Forensic Services. 
  • Maintains liaison relationships with various public and private agencies, organizations and officials for optimal integration of BJCC activities with system partners and to ensure access to needed dispositional placements.
  • Provides in-service presentations to clinical staff in subject areas of interest and applicable to clinical work. 
  • Participates in collaborative meetings, work-groups, joint initiatives/projects as requested by the BJCC Director and DMH.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of developments, trends, policies, and procedures in the mental health and substance use treatment systems, both public and private, to persons involved in the juvenile justice system through training offered by BJCC and Forensic Services of DMH, through reading materials, and through regular and required continuing education as necessary to maintain a current license.
  • Works with the Director to create, maintain and ensure compliance with the policy and procedures for the clinic, consistent with DMH and the Trial Court’s expectations, including but not limited to record keeping, supervision, emergency responses and overall program performance reviews.
  • In the Director’s absence, or at their request, has additional  supervisory duties, such as running staff meetings, providing consultation for emergency cases to clinicians and the Court.

Required Qualifications:

  • Considerable knowledge of child and adolescent development and family systems.
  • Considerable knowledge of clinical interviewing, conducting mental status exams, clinical formulation and diagnosis.
  • Ability to write well-organized and concise psychosocial evaluation reports that are readable by non-mental health professionals.
  • Considerable experience supervising social workers and trainees of an equal or lesser level of training/licensure that are performing forensic services. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Credentialed as a Certified Juvenile Court Clinician-I per 104 CMR 33.00 or eligible to be certified as such, and have 2,000 hours of experience in the evaluation and treatment of children and families in relation to the welfare of children, cumulatively, from the beginning of graduate school training.
  • Commitment towards diversity, justice and equity, including a culturally sensitive and humble approach to clinical work.
  • Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency.
  • Considerable knowledge of social, emotional, and experiential causes of social dysfunction.
  • Ability to perform at a highly skilled level in crisis intervention and work under time pressure on multiple tasks.

DMH Mission Statement: The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities. The Department establishes standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care to promote recovery. The Department sets policy, promotes self-determination, protects human rights and supports mental health training and research. Total Compensation: As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve – but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: • 75% state paid medical insurance premium• Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans• Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs• Low cost basic and optional life insurance• Retirement Savings: State Employees’ Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan• 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time• Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities• Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options• Incentive-based Wellness Programs• Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities• Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program 

Pre-Hire Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2


First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.



At least three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience as a clinical social worker after earning a Master’s degree in social work.  Based on assignment to second-level supervisory positions, at least one year of experience must have been in a supervisory capacity. 


–  A Doctorate in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, counseling education, or human services may be substituted for the required nonsupervisory experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.  

–  No substitution will be permitted for the required supervisory experience.  One year of education equals 30 semester hours.  Education toward a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.  


A Master’s or higher degree in social work is required. 


–  Licensure as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Social Work is required. 

–  Based on assignment, travel may be required.  Those employees who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator’s license or the equivalent from another state.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Official Title: Clinical Social Worker (D)

Primary Location

: United States-Massachusetts-Boston – 24 New Chardon St.


: Community and Social Services


: Department of Mental Health


: Full-time


: Day

Job Posting

: Apr 28, 2021, 4:15:53 PM

Number of Openings

: 1


: 69,031.30 – 93,875.34 Yearly

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Joy Connell – 617-626-8133Bargaining Unit: 08-SEIU – Local 509 – Social/RehabilitationConfidential: No