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Hiring Company: Boston Evening Therapy Associates
Location: 1180 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA
Seeking highly skilled, creative and motivated psychotherapists/counselors (LICSW, PsyD, PhD, or LMHC) who want to build a thriving practice with us. We are Boston Evening Therapy Associates, www.bostoneveningtherapy.com. If you wish to build over the next 12 months a busy practice of 27+ patients per week, are entrepreneurial and work well in a supportive and dynamic team structure, we are interested in speaking with you. Must have excellent clinical skills and training, must enjoy writing about the field and are willing to help promote the practice.
LICSW, LMHC or PsyD
Please click on the "join us" tab in the upper right of our website at www.bostoneveningtherapy.com
Salary Information: will discuss
Sentencing Advocate Opportunities, Juvenile Life without Parole (JLWOP) (Part Time)
Hiring Company: Youth Advocacacy Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services
Location: Boston, MA
The Youth Advocacy Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is recruiting sentencing advocates to assist criminal defense attorneys in cases of individuals who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles. The sentencing advocate will work as part of a legal defense team, and provide zealous advocacy for each client. The sentencing advocate will exhaustively investigate a client's life through client, family, and witness interviews. They will be responsible for the collection and review of pertinent documentation. The sentencing advocate will identify mitigating factors that impacted the client's life prior to and during incarceration. The sentencing advocate will write reports to be submitted to the Court and in some cases will be called upon to testify. As part of the legal defense team, a sentencing advocate works with the defense attorney to prepare the client for his best possible defense.
CPCS will provide training specialized training in sentencing advocacy to skilled forensic mental health professionals who meet the qualifications and are interested in the responsibilities listed below.
As part of the defense team, the sentencing advocate will conduct an ongoing, exhaustive, and independent investigation of every aspect of the client's character, history, record and any circumstances of the offense, or other factors, which may provide a basis for a lesser sentence. The investigation into a client's life history must survey a broad set of sources and includes, but is not limited to: medical history; prenatal and pediatric health information; exposure to harmful substances in utero and in the environment; substance abuse history; mental health history; history of maltreatment and neglect; trauma history; educational history; employment and training history; multi-generational family history, genetic disorders and vulnerabilities, as well as multi-generational patterns of behavior; prior juvenile and adult correctional experience; religious, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic, racial, cultural and community influences; socio-economic, historical, and political factors.
Interviewing and Assessment
- Conduct in-depth client bio-psychosocial interviews of the client, the client's family members, and other important witnesses obtain the client's personal history as well as an inventory of the client's strengths and needs. Client interviews will take place in correctional facilities. Interviews of family members, witnesses and others may take place in the community.
- Detail a client's personal history through collecting and analyzing all relevant records and interviewing client's family members and other personal and collateral contacts.
Alternative Sentencing Planning and Accessing Services
- Collaborate with defense team members to develop mitigation strategies and alternative sentencing options.
- Gain comprehensive knowledge of the effects of incarceration as well as the community based services available to clients who may be released to the community
- May prepare written assessments, persuasive alternative sentencing and treatment plans, and Aid in Sentencing Memoranda to assist defense attorney in negotiating plea agreements and sentencing outcomes.
- May present informal and/or formal testimony during court proceedings.
Sentencing Advocates will be hired individually by attorneys representing these clients, and will bill CPCS as vendors at an hourly rate that is dependent upon experience, education, and licensure (if applicable). It is anticipated that each case will require approximately 100 to 200 hours over six months of time. Billing rates range from $75.00 to $ 190.00 per hour. There are no benefits associated with this part-time hourly position.
- Master's degree in social work, psychology, counseling or related field required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- The training and ability to obtain, understand and analyze all documentary and anecdotal information relevant to the client's life history.
- Have specialized training in identifying, documenting and interpreting symptoms of mental and behavioral impairment, including cognitive deficits, mental illness, developmental disability, neurological deficits; long-term consequences of deprivation, neglect and maltreatment during developmental years; social, cultural, historical, political, religious, racial, environmental and ethnic influences on behavior; effects of substance abuse and the presence, severity and consequences of exposure to trauma.
- Be able to furnish information in a form useful to counsel and any experts through methods including, but not limited to: genealogies, chronologies, social histories, and studies of the cultural, socioeconomic, environmental, political, historical, racial and religious influences on the client in order to aid counsel in developing an affirmative case for sparing the defendant's life.
- Must possess the knowledge and skills to obtain all relevant records pertaining to the client and others. They must understand the various methods and mechanisms for requesting records and obtaining the necessary waivers and releases, and the commitment to pursue all means of obtaining records.
- Experienced in working with juvenile justice systems or adult justice systems, in a defense capacity.
- Knowledge of social, psychological, economic, legal, and medical factors that impact children and their families.
- Skilled in client interviewing, assessment, case management, and treatment planning.
- Skilled in interacting with persons of various social, racial, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds.
- Knowledge of public and private social services systems and resources.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively orally and in writing.
- Proven ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team.
- Must have no criminal convictions.
Please email your current resume or CV along with a cover letter detailing your interest in this opportunity, as well as a writing sample, and three professional references to:
Statewide Sentencing Advocate
Youth Advocacy Division
Committee for Public Counsel Services
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