The Admissions Clinician provides clinical assessment services which assure the Admissions team, applicants, 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.
The schedule for this position may include, weekdays totaling 30 hours, Tuesday 9am-12pm is required.
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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 phone calls to corroborate information gathered during the assessment whenever possible.
Prepare thorough written reports for each youth assessed in a timely manner.
Provide an interpretation of psychological measures in each written report.
Act as advocate for and presenter of youth at multi-disciplinary staffing 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.
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 is required.
Experience in diagnostic interviewing with individuals and families.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Bilingual (Spanish speaking) skills preferred.
Knowledge and understanding of latency-aged and older adolescent/young adult growth and development needs, and familiarity with deviations from usual development patterns.
Knowledge of other professional devices, community resources, community-based services, and supervised independent living.
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.
Ability to work both independently and 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 and correspondence.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as the ability to become proficient in other software packages and programs.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Commitment to the mission, values, and goals of the Agency.