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The purpose of this position is to provide clinical services to foster families and trauma-impacted adolescents with severe mental, emotional, or behavioral health needs. Services include intense treatment using proactive teaching-orientated models, ongoing support and crisis intervention, and teaching and coaching foster parents.
Performs the full range of clinical duties, including the gathering and analysis of data, formulation of assessment and treatment plans, within the context of critical thinking, and implementation of the treatment for routine and complex cases.
Carries a caseload involving any or all of the Agency’s services, which will include, including individual, family, and Foster Parent sessions, and may include couple and group treatment modalities.
Within the context of critical thinking, gathers and analyzes data, completes assessments and formulates treatment plans, and implements specified treatment for routine and complex cases.
Formulates understanding of clients’ situations, providing appropriate services with supervisory consultation.
Plans for and provides on-going training sessions to Foster Parents based on the Together Facing the Challenge curriculum in conjunction with other staff.
Provides on-going psychoeducation and parenting strategies to Foster Parents.
Attends Child and Family Team meetings. Attends school staffings and other meetings that may impact the well-being of the client and their family.
Performs record keeping functions and other administrative duties as required by the Agency, including written treatment documentation within the required time frames.
May provide services and billing under Medicaid Rule 132 as a Qualified Mental Health Professional.
Learns and implements Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Together Facing the Challenge model.
Participates in agency staff development programs, professional group seminars, committees or conferences to increase professional knowledge.
Collaborates with other agency personnel, supervisor, appropriate specialists or consultants on specific case related problems and participates in weekly supervision.
Self-reflective; someone who takes an active role in appraising own effectiveness.
Interpersonally flexible; able to shift gears quickly based on situation or changing priorities.
Efficient and effective time management skills.
Independent with demonstrated use of sound judgement.
Demonstrated ability to set boundaries and maintain proper self-care activities.
Demonstrated ability to remain calm in high-stress situations while maintaining an understanding and supportive demeanor.
A Master's Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or Marriage & Family Therapy from an accredited college.
Three or more years of experience in providing clinical services to youth and/or adolescents with a significant history of trauma. Experience with child welfare preferred.
Demonstrated ability to facilitate groups and understand cultural differences with communities, families, and youth.
Able to work on-call rotation defined as evenings and all day on the weekends for one week (Monday through Sunday). The rotation cycles approximately once every five weeks.
As this position requires site visits to locations which may or may not be accessible by public transportation, must be able to drive, have a valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and access to a reliable vehicle to travel in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Jewish Child & Family Services provides vital, individualized, results-driven, therapeutic and supportive services for thousands of children, adults and families of all backgrounds each year, facing challenges with life transitions, mental health, developmental/intellectual disability and basic human need.