Jeff Whiteside worked for the YMCA Children’s Crisis Outreach Response Service, providing crisis intervention to youth and families in Seattle, WA. During this time he also supported youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities by providing private mentorship services to youth in the greater Seattle area.
Jeff moved to the Boston area in 2012 to pursue graduate studies at Simmons College and received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. He achieved his MSW while working for The Home for Little Wanderers providing in-home community based mental health services to youth and families. Since graduating in 2015 he has been employed with The Committee for Public Counsel Services as a Social Services Advocate. At CPCS he supports the mission of zealous advocacy as an intricate member of juveniles legal defense team. In this role he utilizes his clinical expertise to support clients throughout their legal cases, advocating for community based alternatives to incarceration, diverting youth from the criminal justice system, and providing intensive case management and clinical support.
In addition to his role at CPCS Jeff is an active volunteer with Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ). As a restorative justice facilitator, he works with juveniles referred to C4RJ by partnering police departments, assisting youth in successfully completing the restorative justice process to prevent entry into the justice system. Jeff is also an active member of the Massachusetts-NASW Criminal Justice Committee.