For more than 100 years, the Christopher House mission has been to strengthen and empower economically disadvantaged children and their families by providing a continuum of educational and human services.
We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction. Understanding that stand-alone education interventions are not enough, Christopher House utilizes a family-centered approach that engages parents and care givers in the child’s healthy development and provides opportunities for sustained economic self-sufficiency for the whole family. Christopher House values high expectations and an educational program that leverages arts integration, project-based learning, parent involvement, celebration of diversity, and a commitment to measurable results. These values are the framework of our learning community and extend to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. These values have resulted in educational services that produce significant returns in student achievement and parental involvement.
We have built on our portfolio of early learning centers to expand this transformative culture into a birth to eighth grade school composed of an Early Childhood and Elementary School. The school is creating unprecedented collaboration between early childhood and elementary educators as well as family support programs. In addition, it will provide foundational exposure during the earliest years of life to our culture of high expectations and academic excellence
Primary Objective: Promote the emotional, social and physical growth of scholars in the elementary school.
Responsibilities: Provide social work services to scholars and families in alignment with the school’s vision to see all scholars reach high levels of academic success. Work collaboratively with a team of educators and support staff to assess students and develop strategies for success in the classroom. Provide individual, family and group therapy to children, adolescents and their families. Decide frequency, focus and duration of counseling on a case by case basis. Provide consultation to Teachers and to Christopher House staff members regarding specific children and specific treatment issues. Make home visits to clients when appropriate. Participate as a member of the school’s IEP team. Participate in required assessment planning, eligibility determination, 504 Plan, and IEP meetings as needed. Participate in staffing by making observations of the child and obtaining and sharing relevant family background information. Work collaboratively to integrate services with all departments, staff and volunteers. Provide parent educational workshops regarding topics requested by parents and common challenges among our families and scholars. Manage each case, with necessary documentation. Ensure all service delivery information is provided in alignment with scholar IEPs. Ensure timely and accurate records are recorded regarding service provision.
Qualifications: Minimum of two years experience as a school Social Worker. Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
Education: Master’s degree from accredited university in the area of Social Work and an Illinois type 73 in School Social Work.