The Social Worker provides individual, group and family social work services to students. Facilitates healing through Trauma Informed services and Positive Youth Development by utilizing UCAN’s Clinical Philosophy.
Service Delivery • Performs diagnostic tests and evaluation of students referred for services; interviews students and individuals closely related to students such as family members. • Evaluates test results; plans IEP goals and therapeutic approaches. • Effectively applies clinical knowledge to evaluate student situations and needs. • Develops clear and specific IEP goals for each student based upon his/her individual needs. • Identifies at-risk students and behaviors. • Effectively conducts appropriate social work minutes in a timely manner. • Successfully engages and develops rapport with a wide range of students. • Utilizes clinical knowledge and skills to provide appropriate and effective therapies. • Structures therapy sessions in accordance with IEP goals. • Creates a therapeutic environment by providing adequate, varied, culturally competent and developmentally appropriate activities/materials. • Maintains consistency and safety throughout the session.
Outreach and Client Engagement • Consults with supervisor, other Social Workers and school staff on details of cases and Individual Education Plans. • Contacts other social service agencies, schools, hospitals, courts and public mental health organizations; makes referrals or obtains case-related information on an as needed basis with proper consents. • Contacts caseworkers assigned to student or student’s family; discusses progress of case; obtains case-related information if applicable. • Works effectively with other team members in a multi-disciplinary setting • Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with other social service agencies, schools, courts, etc. • Provides timely information to teachers, probation officers, parents/guardians, and others as needed. • Regularly consults with parents and guardians regarding student progress. • Actively listens to others and their points of view and treats others with sensitivity.
Quality and Accountability • Notifies principals and supervisor of critical incidents, problems, concerns, and needs in a timely manner. • Clearly documents actions taken in a timely manner and in a format consistent with IEP requirements. • Completes all documentation, reports and correspondence in a timely manner. • Concisely and professionally writes clinical documentation and reports that accurately reflect clinical interventions and progress made towards IEP goals. • Delivers written information to appropriate parties. • Maintains accurate, complete and timely student records as required by Chicago Public Schools and UCAN. • Enters, updates and maintains accurate data in the Easy Trac database, as required. • Reports all possible critical incidents and unusual incidents to supervisor, management, or DCFS as required by UCAN or by mandated reporting law. • Obtains and evaluates information necessary to implement student services. • Responds in a timely manner to all written correspondence, email and phone call inquiries regarding students.
• MSW with Type 73 Certification required.
Special Knowledge and Qualifications: • Is open and respectful of cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and is willing and competent to work with a diverse client population. • Has an understanding of trauma-informed practice • Has an understanding of Positive Youth Development. • Effective verbal and written communication skills. • Working knowledge of the child welfare system. • Ability to work both independently and a part of a high functioning team. • Experience and ability to use computers for data entry, communication and report writing • Car and valid Illinois driver’s license and insurance required.
Internal Number: 15:EDU_001
UCAN builds strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education, and empowerment. Since the Civil War, UCAN has served the most vulnerable children, youth, and families, and has grown over 145 years into a premier social service agency serving over 10,000 individuals annually. UCAN programs address the impact of trauma: with a consistent presence, meaningful programs, and unrivaled organizational diversity and cultural competence. These trauma-informed programs include clinical and counseling services, support for pregnant or parenting teens, foster care placement, a therapeutic youth home, a therapeutic day school, transitional living programs, workforce development, youth leadership development, and violence prevention. At the heart of it all, UCAN’s vision is that youth who have suffered trauma can become our future leaders. UCAN is a consistent and compassionate presence in the lives of those who are most at risk. We start with the premise that communities with challenges possess strengths upon which they can build. From this premise evolves an approach to community support that fosters collaboration with existing neighborhood resources to strengthen communities,... one youth at a time. UCAN’s community efforts provide leadership development, supportive jobs for youth, individual healing, and mentoring. UCAN's founding is rooted in spirituality. In 1869, UCAN was founded by members of St. Pauls United Church of Christ (UCC) to provide a home for orphaned children of Civil War soldiers. The UCC and its predecessors have long advocated for social justice, including the struggle for the abolition of slavery and being the first to ordain African-Americans, women, and openly gay persons as clergy. Diversity is a core UCAN value, reflected in our staff, our minority-led Board of Directors, and our clients. It is vitally important that UCAN counteract the influence of discrimination on our communities, families and youth.