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BCHNP is the community behavioral health program in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital.
For 14 years, BCHNP has placed social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists in schools and community health centers throughout Boston to provide a comprehensive array of social, emotional and behavioral health services to children and adolescents where they live and learn. Additionally, BCHNP provides professional development, consultation, and capacity building services to educators, administrators and school communities.
BCHNP has a team of 20 staff members in four community-based programs:
1. The School-Based Initiative includes partnerships with seven K-5, K-8and high schools in Boston. Boston Children’s Hospital social workers and psychologists work onsite to provide clinical, early intervention, and prevention and promotion services to students, and behavioral health training and consultation to school staff. Family engagement is a critical component of BCHNP’s work in schools.
2. The Training and Access Project (TAP) includes partnerships with ten K-5/K-8 schools in Boston. TAP provides high quality professional development and consultation to educators, administrators and school staff. The goal of the project is to help build schools capacity to better address the social, emotional, and behavioral health needs of their students, staff and community. TAP is in the process of creating a website and filming professional development workshops for educators. Resources will be available soon.
3. BCHNP Prevention Initiatives create and disseminate innovative prevention-focused curriculum for middle and high schools students. One example is Break Free from Depression (BFFD), an adolescent depression awareness curriculum designed to be implemented in schools. The team is working on creating a curriculum for middle and high school students focused on stress and anxiety.
4. The Community Health Center Initiative includes partnerships with three community health centers in Boston. Boston Children’s Hospital child and adolescent psychiatrists work on-site to provide early identification, assessment, treatment, and care coordination services to children and adolescents receiving primary medical care at the health centers. The psychiatrists also provide behavioral health training and consultation to health center staff.
BCHNP accepts one full-time/40 hour postdoctoral fellow each school year. The postdoctoral fellow will be placed in a partner school site part-time/20 hours to implement clinical services, including short-term therapy, prevention focused group work, crisis intervention, staff training, and consultation to staff and families. The fellow will also be a part of BCHNP’s research and evaluation team for 20 hours weekly. The fellow will attend meetings and clinical training seminars in the Department of Psychiatry’s meetings, as well as BCHNP team meetings. BCHNP staff will provide clinical supervision.
Given the mission and practice of the BCHNP, applicants are sought with strong backgrounds in community and school-based work with diverse populations. Bilingual and/or bicultural applicants are strongly urged to apply. For more information, please contact us at BCHNP@childrens.harvard.edu
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