Summary: This position provides a variety of specialized services to a special population throughout the FamilyWorks Program. The candidate for this position will be licensed in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)The duties of a Mental Health Clinical Practitioner include conducting mental health assessments, developing individualized treatment plans, leading individual or group therapy sessions, running preventative mental wellness classes or workshops and making treatment referrals. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Document all client information in the case file and stored in a locked cabinets.
Provides outreach to clients, assesses for clinical and social service needs.
Works cooperatively with the Housing Resource Developer, Employment placement. Coordinator, Quality of Life Case manager, Youth Coordinator, and Senior Coordinator
Collect and maintain confidentiality of records relating to client’s treatment and assessment.
Assess patients for risk of suicide attempts during crisis cases.
Counsel clients, individually or in group sessions to assist them with any life challenges and the development of skills/ strategies to solve their problems
Gather information about community mental health needs or resources that could be used in conjunction with therapy
Fill out and maintain client-related paperwork, Mental Health assessments and progress notes.
Prepare and maintain all required treatment records and reports.
Collaborate with other staff members to perform clinical assessments or development treatment plans.
Refer patients, clients, or family members to community resources or to specialists as necessary.
Act as client advocates to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
Meets regularly with assigned clients at their home, assigned cases through outreach and communities at large.
Provides services to clients through a short-term case management model.
Receives case assignments, establishes treatment plans, reviews case progress and determines case closure through the supervisor of the assigned program.
Meets regularly with assigned cases through outreach and communities at large.
Provides individual counseling and/or group counseling to address motivational and psychosocial problems of clients.
*Provide psychosocial workshops, violence prevention and substance abuse services
Provides clients with counseling and concrete assistance to support increase or restore client’s capacity for self-sufficiency.
Establishes and maintains therapeutic and professional relationships with clients to facilitate the receipt of services.
Develops service plans, which outline a specific plan of action with each client under the regular supervision of the supervisor of the assigned program.
Makes referrals in accordance with service plans to other Organization units and external providers.
Uses the knowledge of the public assistance agency requirements for benefits and entitlements to advocate on the behalf of clients.
Develops, monitors and enhances professional relationships with social service, health and governmental agencies.
Participates and contributes in regular supervision meetings, team meetings, in house training sessions and conferences.
Accurately completes in a timely manner all necessary forms, case recordings and statistical reports.
Provides social service group work to clients in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols. Participates in program and operational planning.
Develops, implements and reviews social groups for clients of the assigned program, in collaboration with supervisor of the assigned group.
Provides intense advocacy, crisis intervention, counseling and problem solving in a variety of areas for all clients.
Establishes and maintains a professional and therapeutic relationship within the standards of client profiles, confidentiality laws and the newest clinical research available.
Assesses, plans and supplements the client’s level of functioning.
Develops, implements, oversees and follows-up with client treatment plans to ensure that realistic goals and deadlines of accomplishments are being met.
Maintains the volume of work designated by project standards and utilizes the mental health theory and concepts integrating in clinical practice. On an ongoing basis assimilates the knowledge of resources available to implement the clinical concepts.
Assumes all clinical responsibility for clients and presents clinical case reviews.
Develops and maintains relationships with outside providers, case managers and hospitals.
Attends a minimum of 15 educational trainings per fiscal year.
Adheres to professional standards as outlined by governmental bodies, NASW (and/or other appropriate professional associations), private funding sources, Organization plans/policies and Unit guidelines. Participates in periodic evaluative reviews and/or in-house and external staff training to ensure that he/she understands and continues to adhere to such standards. Initiates requests for assistance from Supervisor to address new issues or complex concepts affecting adherence to professional standards.
Other duties may be assigned.
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience: Master’s degree (M.A.) in clinical social work, counseling or clinical psychology; and one to two years of clinical practice experience in either a hospital or community setting providing group and/or individual therapy.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), LPC or LSW
Other Qualifications: A valid driver’s license is required. Must have access to a personal vehicle and have the ability and willingness to travel throughout the Chicago-land area. This includes the ability and willingness to travel throughout the Chicago-land area and to transport others.
Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Fluency in a second language may be required if mandated by funder or regulatory agency.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987
Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable mi...litary discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the Organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September, 1987. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Employee Services Office at (312) 660-1431.