TPAN saves lives and empowers individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and related illnesses. We provide services to over 2000 individuals and families in the Chicago area. Our services include testing, primary medical care through an onsite clinic partnership with Howard Brown Health, group and individual mental health services provide by our licensed staff therapists, case management that links our clients to insurance, prescription drug assistance programs and housing, and innovative prevention education programs tailored to those most at risk. TPAN's impact is felt across the country through its bi-monthly national magazine, Positively Aware, which provides cutting edge treatment and wellness information to over 100,000 readers
TPAN’s Positively Aging Program aims to address the isolation and mental health concerns known to impede access to care for older adults. Through the delivery of a group intervention combined with access to individual counseling, social activities, primary medical care in the onsite clinic, and ongoing peer-led support, clients will have the education, support, and opportunity to address prominent issues such as stigma of aging, trauma, depression, loneliness and isolation, and the need to be connected to medical care. The target population for Positively Aging is individuals ages 50 and over who are living with HIV/AIDS.
Under the direction of the Positively Aging Program Supervisor, the Mental Health Therapist shall conduct mental health assessments and client enrollment intakes, provide referrals as needed for clients, maintain confidential client records, assist the Community Engagement Specialist in planning and conducting follow-ups interviews, conduct individual counseling sessions with intervention and non-intervention clients, and co-facilitate group sessions for the Positively Aging Program.
Assist with the delivery of a focus group, which will gather input from the project target population to impact program design and delivery
Conduct comprehensive mental health assessments and referral sessions for participants recruited into the Positively Aging Program
Conduct individual counseling sessions with intervention and non-intervention clients (case load of at least 10 individuals who are 50+ and living with HIV)
Provide individualized life-skills guidance, support, training sessions, and group presentations to adults 50+ who are living with HIV
Co-facilitate monthly support groups for enrolled participants
Plan and attend quarterly social outings for enrolled participants
Assist Group Facilitators with implementation and facilitation of group interventions
Attend community meetings, events, forums, and agency special events and programs (i.e., workshops, festivals, health fairs, etc)
Maintain required records, files, and forms in an organized manner and in accordance with HIPAA and other State, Local, and Federal Guidelines
Participate in staff meetings and complete necessary trainings as determined by the Positively Aging Supervisor and/or grantors
Gather, process, analyze, and report program data as determined by the Program Supervisor(s), and/or Grantor (s)
Regular and predictable attendance is required and must be able to work extended hours, including weekends, early mornings, and evenings according to the demands of the role
Other related duties as assigned by the Positively Aging Supervisor(s)
Master’s degree with experience in Social Work, Psychology, Public Health, or related field
A current professional license (LPC or LSW)
Minimum of 3 years of experience working with individuals living with HIV – preferably those who are ages 50+.
Understanding of HIV/AIDS, Mental Health, and Aging issues
Strong interpersonal, organizational, and written and verbal communication skills
Strong critical thinking and reasoning skills
Demonstrated cultural competence in working with people of color, the LGBTQ community, and aging adults, as well as experience and knowledge working with those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience. The position is open until filled. No telephone inquiries.
TPAN is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve.
TPAN makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, parental status, disability, HIV status or military service. People of color, women, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, people who identify as transgender or who are gender nonconforming, HIV positive people, persons with disabilities, older individuals and veterans are all encouraged to apply.
The purpose of this job description is to signify the general nature and level of work performed by the employee within this function. The responsibilities associated with this job may change from time to time in accordance with the organization’s needs. The organization reserves the right to assign or reassign duties as deemed necessary by the direct supervisor and management
About Test Positive Aware Network
TPAN saves lives and empowers individuals by HIV/AIDS and related illnesses. We provide services to over 2000 individuals and families in the Chicago area. Our services include testing, primary medical care through an onsite clinic partnership with Howard Brown Health, group and individual mental health services provide by our licensed staff therapists, case management that links our clients to insurance, prescription drug assistance programs and housing, and innovative prevention education programs tailored to those most at risk. TPAN's impact is felt across the country through its bi-monthly national magazine, Positively Aware, which provides cutting edge treatment and wellness information to over 100,000 readers