Mr. John J. Plunkett’s career in human services began in 1971 when he was recruited to help develop the second substance abuse day treatment program in the state in Milford, Massachusetts. In what eventually came to be known as the Greater Blackstone Valley Counseling Center (GBVCC), he served in a variety of management roles and was instrumental in creating an alternative school that served adolescents with substance abuse and other behavioral problems. Mr. Plunkett began his formal education at Dean College in 1972 before transferring to the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1975 from which he graduated with a B.A. in 1977. He then attended Boston University and received a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 1978. He concluded his tenure at GBVCC in 1985 as a special consultant to the Executive Director with whom he co published an article for the Journal for Specialists in Group Work on group treatment of adult substance abusers in 1984.
In 1980, Mr. Plunkett became the Director of the Joseph H. Whiteman House, a coed residential treatment program for adolescents with substance abuse problems operated by Bay State Community Services in Quincy, Massachusetts where he completely professionalized and upgraded the program. In 1984, he joined The Delphi Center of Quincy as a psychotherapist and substance abuse specialist. His success there led to him obtaining an equity interest and becoming President and Managing Partner in 1987. This outpatient group practice flourished under Mr. Plunkett’s direction and changed its name to Mass Bay Counseling of Quincy in 1999. Due to steady growth, the practice has moved three times to successively larger quarters and now has a suite with 12 offices.
At Mass Bay Counseling of Quincy, Mr. Plunkett and his three long-term partners (see bios) have developed an excellent reputation in the community as multidisciplinary group practice that employs a true team approach to treating its clientele. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Mr. Plunkett has expanded his areas of expertise to include marriage, couples and family therapy, executive/career counseling as well as substance abuse. He also oversees an assessment service in conjunction with the psychologists on staff and is responsible for establishing a psychopharmacological service.
Mr. Plunkett’s treatment approach is eclectic, based on the belief that every client and family is unique and any treatment needs to be tailored to the specific needs of the client. His vast experience in treating substance abusers in multiple settings has made him an expert in effectively treating resistant populations. He and his partners enjoy working with their highly experienced team of clinicians and employing the collaborative, case sharing approach that has proven so effective and professionally rewarding.
Mr. Plunkett is proud to have played a role in creating a million dollar plus practice that is designed to maximize his team’s ability to spend their time doing what they love most – therapy. With an experienced, highly capable support staff and live answering capability combined with an ultra-efficient accounts receivable department, the clinicians at Mass Bay spend the vast majority of their time helping their clients. The support staff does the majority of the scheduling and fee collection as well as the myriad other time consuming details associated with operating an effective group practice.