Caryn Willa Lister

Intensive Permanency Program Clinical Manager

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Caryn is a licensed independent clinical social worker who has focused on teens and older youth for much of her career.  In her role as Clinical Manager, Caryn manages the day-to-day operations of the Intensive Permanency Program. All of the children that Caryn work with have complex trauma histories, have bounced around the foster care system, and are at-risk of growing up in foster care. Caryn works to find and support healthy loving families for the children so they can leave the foster care system safely to live with family.

Caryn began her career at the Department of Children and Families as an ongoing and adoption social worker in 1999. In 2012, she moved to Lahey Behavioral Health, delivering outreach support and therapy to help families maintain their children with behavioral health needs in their home and community environments. While employed with Lahey Behavioral Health, Caryn also worked as a Student Assistance Program social worker within Beverly High School, supporting high school students struggling with emotional health factors that were barriers to academic achievement.

Caryn believes in sharing her knowledge and experience with others. Since 2013, she has been in teaching and leadership roles at the Salem State University School of Social Work.  These roles have included Field Education Specialist, Field Instructor, and Adjunct Professor. Caryn is a member of the Department of Children and Families Lynn Area Board.

Caryn graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelors of Science in Human Resources with a focus of Family and Children Services. She later graduated from the Masters of Social Work program at Salem State University.