Job Summary: The Trauma Intervention Specialist (TIS) works on the Healing Hurt People-Chicago team and with its partners: the Department of Trauma at Stroger Hospital of Cook County; Comer Children’s Hospital; and Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Healing Hurt People-Chicago (HHP-C) is a replication of a program by the same name developed by Drexel as a community-focused, trauma-informed, hospital-based violence intervention program. The HHP-C model utilizes intensive case management, psychoeducation, and trauma-focused individual and group services to:
promote healing from trauma
decrease high-risk behaviors in order to reduce re-injury, retaliation, arrests
increase capacity to thrive
HHP-C will target pediatric and adolescent patients identified as victims of violent injuries through their encounters with the Level 1 Trauma Center partners (Stroger and Comer Hospitals).
Job Duties: The Trauma Intervention Specialist will:
Provide intensive case management, crisis intervention, outreach and referrals, and trauma-focused psychoeducation for young victims of community violence. The TIS will address symptoms of trauma by increasing connection to school, family, social supports, and needed social services.
Complete full assessments of young people, beginning in the hospital.
Provide intensive case management and patient navigation services, making referrals to appropriate community/social agencies and schools and accompanying/transporting clients, as necessary.
Provide psychoeducation regarding the impact of trauma in support group and individual settings.
Serve as a resource to the professional community, providing consultation and training.
Masters of Social Work or equivalent
Knowledge of the target communities and the target populations (traumatized youth)
Experience screening and assessing children and families in a psychotherapeutic framework
Clinical experience in Level I Trauma and critical care settings preferred
Comfortable with outreach activities in high traffic, high stress environments
Knowledge of formal and informal organizations in the target communities
Must have a valid driver’s license and a vehicle available for community work