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Somerville Cambridge Elder Services is hiring a Connect Clinical Social Worker & Collaborative Design for Recovery Internship

The Collaborative Design for Recovery and Health works to advance the traditional patient role with co-produced programs and health systems that promote collaboration, engagement, shared decision-making, principles of reciprocal relationships, co-learning, partnership, trust, transparency, and honesty.

Seeking 10-16-hours a week intern, BA, MPH/MSW, or PhD-level to support a program of research (1) studying risk and protective factors of experiencing adverse events among older adults with serious mental illness; (2) mobile health curriculum development in Supporting Older Adults Remotely; and (3) using mobile health to facilitate screening for neuropsychiatric disorders. 

Please contact Karen L. Fortuna for details[email protected]

General Purpose: This employee will use a person-centered approach to work with individuals who have complex medical and mental health needs, both in short or long-term capacities. Depending on the client and his/her unique needs, the social worker may work collaboratively with the client and outside providers to conduct crisis intervention, refer and access needed services, conduct psychotherapy and lead/coordinate support groups. The employee will primarily work within the parameters of the Connect Program within the Elder Mental Health Outreach Team (EMHOT) and Health Incentives Program grants, but may provide some mental health supports to other projects in the agency, as needed.

Essential Functions:

  1. Work directly with older adults who are experiencing emotional/mental health challenges to assess their needs, help stabilize them and link them with long-term therapeutic services, as needed.
  2. Maintain caseload of clients with mental health issues who require long-term case management and/or psychotherapy in order to remain safely in the community.
  3. Provide crisis intervention services, as needed.
  4. Become knowledgeable of local resources and programs, both mental health-related and otherwise, and make referrals as needed.
  5. Provide advocacy, support, and assistance in areas commonly affected by mental health diagnoses such as: housing, hoarding, substance abuse, medication compliance, and communication with providers.
  6. Conduct outreach to local providers about EMHOT services, and SCES groups.
  7. Serve as group leader for psychotherapy, support or educational groups.
  8. Maintain timely and appropriate case documentation according to state regulations, agency
    Standards, and EMHOT grant requirements.
  9. Participate in the local Mental Health and Aging Coalition task force, and other mental health provider groups, as relevant.
  10. Participate in PS, Aging Information, AFC, State Home Care team meetings as required.
  11. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  12. Comply with HIPAA guidelines.

Professional Standards and Conduct:

  1. Attendance and Punctuality: Due to the flexibility of SCES work schedules it is imperative that staff be reliable and arrive to work on time.
  2. Respect & Courtesy: Everyone deserves and should expect courteous treatment, whether in person, on the phone or in correspondence. All employees should consistently maintain a positive and congenial attitude.
  3. Cultural Sensitivity: Recognize and demonstrate a commitment to cultural sensitivity.
  4. Commitment: Commitment to SCES’ mission can be shown in many ways such as, assisting with special projects within the agency, participating in related efforts or professional associations, creating or furthering an initiative that reinforces the mission.

Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements:

  1. Licensure or eligible for licensure: LCSW, LICSW, LMHC or LMFT.
  2. Two + years’ experience working with elders strongly preferred.
  3. Ability to effectively handle crisis or emergency situations.
  4. Ability to work well as part of a team.
  5. Experience working with individuals and families around mental illness or substance abuse issues.
  6. Fluency in a second language preferred.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.