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Dover Children's Home

Dover Children’s Home, founded in 1893, is a non-profit intermediate-level treatment program, offering a wide array of services to children in need from all parts of NH.  The agency is designed to provide community-based residential care for youth who have been abused or neglected; are under a CHINS (Child in Need of Services) petition; or who have committed delinquent acts.  The program will often not admit children who are actively fire-setting, displaying uncontrollable aggression, or are unable to understand the treatment interventions utilized by DCH due to cognitive or processing challenges.  

Dover Children’s Home mission statement is that as an agency we will “Provide tools and support for youth to heal from emotional trauma through community-based treatment programs that foster relationships and enable youth to create hope for their future.” Our goal is to provide youth with as many opportunities as possible to experience success and personal growth.  It is our belief that participation in age appropriate, therapeutic, and normalized activities will help youth become a positive member in the community. 

Dover Children’s Home prescribes to ‘Trust Based Relational Interventions’ (TBRI) model which is a holistic approach that is multi-disciplinary, flexible, attachment-centered, and challenging. It is an evidenced-based, trauma informed intervention that is specifically designed for children who come from ‘hard places’, such as maltreatment, abuse, neglect, multiple home placements, and violence. TBRI consists of three sets of harmonious principles: connecting, empowering, and correcting principles.

The Home provides a structured living environment in which the residents are encouraged to develop and utilize alternative, appropriate behaviors; develop healthier community connections; and further enhance daily living and independent living skills.  Dover Children’s Home utilizes a relationship model to understand and engage youth and provide interventions rooted in evidence-based practices to assist with their emotional and behavioral needs. An individualized treatment plan is created with significant input from the resident, parents, and providers to identify goals to be worked toward while at DCH. The treatment team provides experiences throughout each day to enhance the normal social, emotional, and educational development of each resident.  Interventions at Dover Children’s Home are guided by evidence-based practices rooted in trauma informed care.

This is a clinical position with responsibility for providing individual therapy and treatment services for up to 10 youth in the level 2 residential treatment program at Dover Children’s Home.  This role includes facilitating youth-directed treatment in all areas and working collaboratively with families and other members of youths’ treatment teams.  This position requires advocacy and oversight of therapeutic milieu treatment as well as developing and facilitating weekly therapeutic groups.  This position will report directly to the Clinical Director.


Master's in Social Work or related field required.  Independent licensure preferred.  Licensing supervision is provided within the current structure of the program.

At least 2 years' experience with individual therapy.

At least 2 years' experience working with youth.

Experience in trauma-informed care preferred.

  • Provide a minimum of weekly, individual, therapeutic sessions with assigned youth in the program, employing therapeutic techniques that meet the needs of the youth.
  • Facilitate initial and quarterly youth-directed treatment meetings for all assigned residents.
  • Support residents in goal setting and the implementation of strategies to successfully accomplish those goals.
  • Develop and facilitate weekly therapeutic groups meeting the needs of the youth in the program.
  • Provide appropriate role-modeling for residents through positive adult conversations and behaviors.
  • Attend and communicate with outpatient services as appropriate for each youth (i.e. psychiatric visits, IOP, etc.).
  • Seek out professional development opportunities, and new therapeutic interventions to stay current in the field of trauma-informed care.
  • Complete biopsychosocial assessments on all assigned residents utilizing various assessment tools, observations, historical information, and youths’ voice.
  • Provide thorough clinical documentation within prescribed timeframes.
  • Provide informal counseling and crisis intervention as necessary for youth in the program.
  • Participate in administrative on-call rotation, as well as clinical on-call rotation.
  • Participate in weekly supervision with the Clinical Director.
  • Work collaboratively with the entire DCH clinical team to meet the holistic needs of the youth.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Executive or Clinical Director.
How to Apply:

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Salary Range:

$48,000 - $50,000 Dependent on Experience

Job Location:


Date Added: August 30, 2021

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