Enhanced Clinical Community Support (ECCS) is an innovative new program offered by Kaleidoscope to serve youth in foster care who are receiving inpatient psychiatric care by supporting their transition to community based services and stabilization in a home setting.
Our team specializes in trauma informed care, targeting the caregiving system surrounding the youth and breaking down systemic barriers to providing high quality mental health care. Our goal is to increase the trauma informed capacity of all adults in a caregiving role with the youth, while coordinating long term service providers for the family that will support stabilization throughout the individual's life.
The Therapeutic Activities Coordinator will oversee a team of Therapeutic Respite Providers, who will offer a variety of wrap-around services to meet the holistic care goals of the youth on their caseload. This will include activities such as mentoring, recreational activities, skills building, and social enrichment. In addition, the Therapeutic Respite Provider team may provide periodic monitoring of youth when caregivers are unavailable, as well as transportation to appointments and attendance at Family Team Meetings. It is expected that the Therapeutic Activities Coordinator will provide direct services when a Provider is not available.
Kaleidoscope values a highly trained team, and provides many opportunities for professional development and clinical growth. The Therapeutic Activities Coordinator will be provided training in trauma informed frameworks such as ARC, TFCBT, and SPACE, and will receive weekly clinical supervision to promote integration of these models in their daily work. In addition, the Coordinator will participate in consultation groups and case presentations with seasoned clinicians to provide additional reinforcement of clinical skills, trauma informed work, and systems advocacy.
The ECCS program is grounded in a community based framework, providing services in the home and other settings that are most convenient for the families we serve. The Therapeutic Activities Coordinator will spend a significant portion of their time in the field, and will be expected to travel throughout Cook County on a daily basis.
Founded in 1973, our mission today is to empower children, youth and families impacted by abuse and neglect to build resourcefulness, resiliency and supportive relationships through innovative, individualized case management and clinical services. Our vision is that all children and youth have the opportunity to enjoy safe and healthy lives nurtured by responsive adults.
At Kaleidoscope, we stake our reputation on providing the highest quality child welfare services to children, youth and families involved with the Department of Children and Family Services. The work we do is both challenging and rewarding. To accomplish this high level of success, we place the utmost value on our employees and seek to provide them with opportunities for professional growth through supportive supervision, ongoing attachment and trauma-informed clinical training, small caseload ratios, flexible work schedules, competitive pay and excellent benefits.
Minimum Degree Required: Bachelors degree in social work or social service related degree
Licensure: LCSW or LCPC licensure preferred
Information Technology Skills Required: Microsoft Office Proficiency
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication and time management skills
Full time use of minimally insured, operating automobile and valid driver’s license
About Kaleidoscope Inc.
Kaleidoscope is a nonprofit, charitable organization that helps Chicago youth cope with the consequences of abuse and neglect within their family system.