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Open Access Group Clinician

NEW BEDFORD, MA - The Open Access Group Clinician will facilitate groups to support clients in meeting their behavioral and substance use needs. They will assist clients and families by ensuring open access to services and community resources, providing counseling services including group work, and identifying and linking clients and families with the appropriate level of care to best support their needs.

*2023 MA LEVEL GRADUATES ARE WELCOME TO APPLY NOW! Offers can be made pending verification of MA degree*


  • Masters level degree in mental health counseling, psychology, social work or a related field from an accredited educational institution
  • License Eligible or Licensed (LCSW, LICSW, LMHC, LMFT)
  • Must have valid driver's license and reliable vehicle to travel between school and office location

The following responsibilities are not meant to be all inclusive and may be adjusted to meet the agency’s needs.

  • Triage group client needs for assignment to outpatient therapy
  • Plan and facilitate groups based on community needs
  • Conduct a minimum of 7 group sessions per week
  • Spend 20-25 hours/week directly serving clients in group, individual or family sessions, or conducting assessments
  • Provide a safe, welcoming, and clean environment for our clients and families
  • Work in collaboration with team members, clients and families to implement person-centered, family-centered, recovery-oriented, evidence-based and trauma-informed care
  • Embrace the Open Access model consistently
  • Collect and gather pertinent information & data from clients and families to better understand their symptoms, behaviors, history, identified strengths and needs, overall functioning, treatment goals and identify preferences to determine appropriate level of care and services
  • Complete necessary intake paperwork including pre-screenings, biopsychosocial assessments, releases and consent forms with the clients’ and families’ permission. Provide psycho-education to clients and families regarding their rights and responsibilities
  • Provide crisis management services and coordinate with Emergency Services as appropriate
  • Facilitate Open Access groups, including any individual an family sessions as appropriate for clients actively participating in group therapy
  • Utilize evidence-based interventions, including motivational interviewing skills to empower clients and families with improving thei overall health and wellness
  • Engage in effective coordination of care across health and behavioral health services to facilitate wellness and recovery of the whole person
  • Serve as a community educator by providing mental health information to relevant individuals, organizations, and groups
  • Maintain case records as required by the agency, CCBHC, funding sources, and accreditation authorities
  • Maintain small case load as appropriate

Cultural Competency Qualifications

  • Awareness of personal attitudes, beliefs, biases, and assumptions about others
  • Knowledge of the various dimensions of diversity, including gender, race, and ethnicity
  • Acknowledging that people from other cultural groups may not share the same beliefs and practices or perceive experiences in the same way
  • Cultural knowledge of key populations that will be served to address disparities in service delivery
  • Demonstrates positive attitudes towards cultural differences by showing respect and openness towards people whose social and cultural background is different from one's own
  • Demonstrates skills for communication and interaction across cultures, including the ability to recognize and manage personal behaviors, moods, and impulses to create an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming climate within the agency

Benefit Details:

  • Benefit eligible at 20+ hours
  • Medical – Harvard Pilgrim/Health Plans - 75% employer paid for full-time employees- cost has not increased in 3 years!
  • Dental – Delta Dental
  • Vision - Eye Med
  • 2 weeks’ vacation accrued over 1st year, 3 weeks after 3 years, 4 weeks after 5 years and 5 weeks after 20 years
  • 12 sick days per year (accrued monthly); 2 personal days per year
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 401K – CFS matches first 1% at 100%; 2%-6% of annual earnings are matched at 50%
  • Tuition reimbursement – Up to $1,500 per calendar year
  • FREE Clinical Supervision towards licensure & Professional Licensure reimbursement (LICSW, LMHC)
  • FREE CEU's and Trainings- up to 1,000 trainings available!
  • Flexible spending accounts – save on medical expenses and dependent care!
  • 100% Employer paid Life Insurance
  • 100% Employer paid Long Term Disability and AD&D
  • Mileage Reimbursement of .62 cents/mile & Employee Discount Program
  • FREE Employee Assistance Program and AbilitiCBT Mental Health program for employees & their family

Child and Family Services, Inc. values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages applicants from the BIPOC, LGBTQ+, AAPI, Hispanic, Latinx and Veteran communities to apply for employment. We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, gender, sex,( including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy) disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.