PURPOSE OF POSITION: To provide clinical assessment services which assure the Admissions team, youth, and their families that recommendations about admissions to the Mercy Home, referrals to alternate resources, and the initial clinical assessment report are based on accurate, thorough and appropriate psycho-educational information.
Schedule: Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm with occasional evenings
Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage, a 403b retirement savings plan with matching contributions, vacation and sick time, paid licensure, tuition reimbursement, and student loan repayment assistance
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to Diversity and Inclusion
- Masters Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Human Services, or related field.
- LCSW/LCPC required. Will consider non-licensed candidates who are currently eligible to sit for clinical licensure exam.
- At least 3 years of clinical experience working with adolescents and/or families is required.
- Experience in diagnostic interviewing with individuals and families.
- Bilingual (Spanish speaking) skills preferred.
- Knowledge and understanding of childhood and older adolescent/young adult growth and development needs, and familiarity with trauma and other variables impacting typical development patterns.
- Knowledge of other professional interventions, community resources, community-based services, and supervised independent living.
- Familiarity with trauma-informed approaches and/or open to learning models (i.e. NMT, TF-CBT, ARC)
- Must have a valid Illinois driver’s license, the ability to drive a van, maintain a clear driving record, and retain driving approval through the Department of Children and Family Services.
- Regular and predictable attendance, as well as flexibility when needed.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as an active team member.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
- Maturity and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences.
- Ability to maintain professional demeanor while exercising judgment and discretion in work.
- Ability to write reports, present cases with treatment teams, and maintain strong correspondence.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as the ability to become proficient in other software and programs.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Commitment to the mission, values, and goals of the Agency.
- Conduct clinical interviews and diagnostic assessments with youth and families who seek residential placement at Mercy Home.
- Review psychological, educational, familial, vocational, legal, substance abuse, and other pertinent records to assess the appropriateness of placement.
- Make collateral calls or visits to conduct steps of the process or corroborate information gathered during the assessment.
- Prepare thorough written reports for each youth assessed in a timely manner.
- Provide an interpretation of psychological testing measures in each written report.
- Act as advocate for and presenter of youth at multi-disciplinary staffings for Agency decision regarding acceptance of youth for program.
- Participate in meetings with individual Youth Program personnel when requested.
- Be able to read, analyze, and interpret periodicals, professional journals, or governmental regulations.
- Employ all aspects of de-escalation and behavior management techniques as outlined in CPI protocol.
- Learn, align with, and execute the treatment philosophies, modalities and practices of the Agency.