This position provides therapy to child victim-witnesses of domestic and/or sexual violence and the non-offending parent. The position also provides individual psychotherapy with adolescent victim-witnesses in consultation with the non-offending parent, and individual psychotherapy with adult victims. The goal of the therapist is to assess the immediate and long range needs of the client and/or client-family and utilize the most effective evidence-based trauma treatment modality to meet those needs; in order to help the client and/or client family develop an internal sense of safety and achieve a healthier level of personal and interpersonal functioning.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide therapy to a caseload of clients in the office or in the community, depending on the needs of the client. Maintain caseload and deliver quantity of direct service as suggested by program administrators and program funders.
Through in-person interview with clients and significant others assess clients’ presenting problem of domestic and/or sexual violence in terms of clients’ safety concerns, mental health status and other relevant information in order to determine the scope of the client/family need for service.
Apprise each client of services available within the agency and within the larger community that respond to the client’s needs.
Co-facilitate therapeutic children’s groups.
Participate in trauma-informed treatment development training offered through Pillars/CMH and other opportunities. , Participates in professional development or training as required by agency policy and/or licensing requirements.
Facilitate trauma-informed treatment with client-families during the program year.
Develop a treatment plan with each client-family which considers the presenting problem of domestic and/or sexual violence in conjunction with child or adolescent’s developmental stage. Develop a treatment plan with each adult which considers the presenting problem of domestic and/or sexual violence in conjunction with treatment needs expressed by the client. Review treatment plan at 3-6 month intervals with client-family, adolescent or adult client.
Inform each client-family of the members’ rights and responsibilities while receiving services at CMH.
Refer clients to outside resources as appropriate.
Provide crisis intervention for clients as needed throughout the duration of services.
Maintain collateral contacts with others as needed and only with the signed consent of the participating adult.
Document and track clinical activity in accordance with agency/program policy and in compliance with the grant-funded requirements; which include screening interview, progress notes, treatment plan, designated evaluation instruments and termination summary.
Comply with administrative and statistical reporting, which includes submitting direct service reports and time cards in a timely fashion.
Other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in social work, counseling or related field is required. Illinois 40 hour Domestic Violence Training required or willingness to complete upon hire. Experience and/or interest required in working with children/families, adolescents and adults in trauma. Ability to balance job responsibilities as a team player with the ability to work independently is essential. Ability to perform competently in a crisis situation is recommended.
Ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing in English required. Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures and governmental regulations
Ability to help clients resolve problems that are practical and emotional in nature is essential. Capacity for prioritizing demands of the job, where concern for client safety and confidentiality are the top priorities. Ability to deal with concrete variables in situations, where only limited standardization exists is required. Ability to interpret and document events that are written and spoken and/or appear in diagram or schedule form.
While performing this job, the employee must sit, talk and listen to adults and children from infancy into adolescence. Working two evenings per week until 8 or 9 pm is likely. Reasonable accommodations may be made to assist individuals with disabilities in performing the essential functions of this job.
Employees work in a facility that houses a 24 hour shelter program. Dress for this position is casual, but professional. Employee kitchen facilities allow staff members to cook and eat on site. Despite the relative informality of the work environment, employees are expected to maintain a professional and respectful demeanor with clients, people from outside the program and each other. This includes upholding the confidentiality of clients and staff.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is likely to be exposed to childhood illnesses, disturbing descriptions of physical violence, emotional and sexual abuse and to encounters with women and children who have visible injuries and bruises resulting from domestic violence.
Pillars is the largest nonprofit provider of mental health and social services in the western and southwestern suburbs of Chicago. We aspire to build healthier communities by making connections and changing lives. In other words, our goal is to connect people to the resources they need to help them stay healthy or get back on their feet.
Pillars’ main lines of service are Mental Health, Addi...ctions, Domestic and Sexual Violence, Child and Family Services, and Community Housing. We have more than 30 programs within those lines of service. Our eight office locations span the western and southwestern suburbs of Chicago, including La Grange Park, Berwyn, Hickory Hills, Summit, and Western Springs. Several of our services are also provided in community settings including homes, schools, police stations, courthouses, and emergency rooms. Many of our services are bilingual, and many of our clients are low-income and/or use Medicaid.
Learn more at www.pillarscommunity.org
Pillars is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, disability or any other legally protected status.