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Job Details

  • Job ID: 2957574
  • Application Deadline: January 22, 2019
  • Re-posted : January 5, 2019
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description


The Town of Holliston is seeking applications for the position of Community Therapist and Court Diversion Coordinator. This is a rewarding opportunity for an energetic and team oriented professional looking to blend clinical work and group work to meet the assessed needs of the clients and community members. This is a thirty (30) hour a week position which is responsible for administering all aspects of the Court Diversion Program while also maintaining a clinical caseload. The salary starts at Grade 400, Step 1 and $23.32 per hour. Commensurate with experience. The position will remain open until January 22, 2019. A Master’s degree in Social Work or a related field and a License in the State of Massachusetts to provide counseling is required, with a minimum of two (2) years of experience working with adolescents and families. A full description of duties, responsibilities, and requirements is available on the Town web site at

Completed applications should be submitted along with a resume and letter of interest to:

Holliston Selectmen’s Office
703 Washington Street
Holliston, MA 01746
Or via e-mail to
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Student Services > Adjustment Counselor
    Student Services > Psychologist
    Student Services > School/Guidance Counselor
    Student Services > Social Worker
  • Job Requirements

    • Job Description
      Community Therapist/Court Diversion Coordinator
      Holliston Youth & Family Services

      Holliston Youth and Family Services (HYFS) is a municipal department of the town of Holliston. Our mission is to assess the needs of the community and through a collaborative approach, provide mental health resources to the Town of Holliston. We offer counseling (Individual, family, and group), court diversion, parent groups/workshops, children and teen groups, crisis intervention, consultation, referral services, prevention programs, community out-reach, and drop-in programs.

      Job Description

      The Community Therapist and Court Diversion Coordinator will work closely with the Director of Youth and Family Services providing community outreach and therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and Families impacted by a variety of different circumstance. Responsibilities to include both clinical and group work. Specifically this person will oversee the Young Adult Diversion Program, and liaison with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office to provide first time youth offenders an alternative to prosecution. Using a Restorative Justice framework, the clinician will work to implement these principals into all aspect of group work with Court Diversion Clients. In addition, the clinician will respond to community members in need by gathering resources, and helping to engage residents in pertinent social issues. At times there may be opportunities to participate in grant development, and work alongside community coalitions. The clinician will spend half their time providing direct clinical care, and the other half will be spent helping to develop groups, facilitating the court diversion group, and participating in town meetings, and youth advisory board meetings as necessary. This person will work under the supervision of the Director of Social Services at Holliston Youth and Family Services. May supervise social work interns, as assigned.
      Clinical Responsibilities
      1. Provide individual, group, and family counseling, crisis intervention and any other counseling service as identified in the assessed needs of the client.
      2. Perform intake of identified clients, and develop and update Treatment Plans, and Progress Notes.
      3. Utilize data driven measures to track and evaluate client and program census.
      4. Support the visibility of the program.
      5. Coordinate and participate in treatment planning meetings for assigned youth.
      6. Attend all meetings as required by referring agencies that include, but are not limited to, IEP meetings, and court dates.
      7. Maintain consistent contact with families, referring agencies and other involved parties.
      8. Comply fully with HYFS policies on ethical guidelines, confidentiality and mandatory reporting requirements of 51A regulations.
      9. Maintain open communication with other departments to ensure that information is accurate and every treatment team member is informed of changes in treatment plans.
      10. Be proactive and solution focused when identifying family needs and developing plans for intervention
      11. Support all families/ youth in times of crisis, even outside of normal caseload.
      12. Assist youth in developing appropriate skills to maintain safe behavior in the community
      13. Assist youth in acquiring a job, volunteer opportunity, or recreational programming.
      14. Aid youth in development of healthy self esteem
      15. Provide flexible scheduling including nights and weekends as needed to meet the needs of the youth and families.

      Court Diversion Responsibilities
      1. Perform intake of identified clients with the District Attorney’s office.
      2. Provide weekly check-in meetings with Court Diversion clients
      3. Liaison with School Resource Officers/Holliston Police Department in regards to identified clients
      4. Run Court Diversion group about risk taking, decision making, refusal skills, etc.
      5. Assign and monitor community service
      6. Maintain and develop new community service opportunities in the community.
      7. Work with the District Attorney’s office in regards to referred clients that are not meeting program expectations.
      8. Hold discharge meetings and make therapy recommendations in the community.
      9. Collaborate with community providers: school, mental health agencies, medical providers, and larger systems (DMH/DCF)
      10. Information and referral to outside agencies for other as needed services; substance abuse evaluations, in home family supports, medication consultations etc.
      11. Attend IEP/Team meetings for clients
      12. Provide Clinical case management
      13. Facilitate Weekly Drop-in Groups
      14. Plan, Coordinate, and lead Therapeutic Groups.

      1. Master’s Degree in social work or another mental health related program.
      2. Must be an LCSW/LICSW/LMHC or working towards licensure.
      3. Two years’ experience working with adolescents with mental illness.
      4. A valid Massachusetts license
      5. Experience in a mental health setting with children and adolescents.
      6. Experience working with families.
      7. Acceptable CORI (Criminal Record Assessment)
      8. Pre-employment physical and drug screen
      Preferred Skills
      1. Ability to express ideas clearly in both written and oral communications.
      2. Ability to independently plan and organize one’s own schedule and activities.
      3. Astute, creative, and strength based.
      4. Training and public speaking experience
      5. Management skills to analyze problems, policies, and operational needs.
      6. Supervisory experience
      7. Knowledge of basic Microsoft computer systems and an understanding of the internet.

    • At least 2 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Contact Information

    • Jaclyn Winer
    • 1750 Washington Street
    • Holliston, Massachusetts 01746

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