Trauma Counseling in Foster Homes
Are you invested in supporting children who have experienced trauma? Do you need clinical supervision as you work toward an advanced license? Child Link is seeking in-home counseling for foster children to provide placement stability and help them gain skills as they recover from trauma. This is a full time position for clinicians who will go into foster homes, assist with some family therapy when needed, and use excellent writing skills to provide timely documentation. We provide weekly supervision by an LCSW, that may be used for your requirements to take the LCSW exam.
We offer: -regular support with an LCSW, -flexibility of schedule, -full time benefits
Candidates must have: -strong communication skills (including writing), previous clinical experience working with children and teens, -clinical insight and problem-solving abilities, -reliable transportation, -a schedule that allows seeing some children outside of school hours, -a masters degree in a field related to providing therapeutic services (social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, or clinical psychology). Any candidates with an advanced license are also welcome to apply (such as LCPC, LMFT, LCSW, etc.)
Foster Care Case Manager
Provide direct management/monitoring of assigned foster parent homes (whether licensed, unlicensed or pending) who have been referred to this agency by Illinois Department of Children & Family Services or as recruited by the intake department. Participation in agency or licensee staffing is required along with scheduled in-home monitoring of residences to ensure the safe environment of homes where wards of the state temporarily reside as per DCFS standards and local area safety codes; position requires close communication with Executive Director and Intake Coordinator.
- Counsels and aids individuals and families requiring assistance of social service agency by performing the following duties.
- Interviews clients with problems such as personal and family adjustments, finances, employment, food, clothing, housing, and physical and mental impairments to determine nature and degree of problem.
- Secures information such as medical, psychological, and social factors contributing to client’s situation, and evaluates these and client’s capacities.
- Counsels client individually, in family, or in other small groups regarding plans for meeting needs, and aids client to mobilize inner capacities and environmental resources to improve social functioning.
- Helps client to modify attitudes and patterns of behavior by increasing understanding of self, personal problems, and client’s part in creating them.
- Refers clients to community resources and other organizations as needed.
- Compiles records and prepares computerized generated reports.
- Review and update service plan and performs follow-up to determine quantity and quality of service provided client and status of client’s case.
- Accesses and records client and community resource information (LAN’s)
- Secures supplementary information such as employment, medical records, or school reports for client.
- Helps clients to use agency’s services such as respite care, and other community resources.
- BA/BS degree in psychology, sociology, mental health or related field, with 2 years in social services and domestic violence related experience preferred
- Two years experience as a Case Manger in a Child Welfare Agency.
- DCFS/CWS Certified
- Must possess a satisfactory work and criminal background history.
- Must have a valid Illinois drivers license; this position requires local travel.
- Must be adept in Microsoft Word, Excel and ideally Access or a similar database. Basic level e-mail and Internet skills.
Transitional Living Program Direct Staff
The Treatment Plan Trainer for the Transitional Living Program is responsible for supporting the Individual Treatment Plans for DCFS wards between the ages of 17 and 21 Working within a team structure; the trainer establishes a positive working relationship with each client. Learns and utilizes program behavioral model to assist clients in learning how to live successfully in a community by:
- Working within a team structure, establishes a positive working relationship with each client.
- Listens to youth concerns and responds appropriately; monitors youth behavior and interactions.
- Learn and utilize behavioral model and effectively apply it with all youth
- Plan with the client for outings, shopping and attendance at special events to provide teaching and support
- Assistance with meal planning, purchasing of food, oversight of meal preparation, housecleaning and minor maintenance of house and grounds.
- Assistance in the purchase and safe administration of prescribed medication.
- Transportation as necessary to appointments and all activities outside of the home.
- Follow appropriate procedures for emergency response in the case of illness, injury, or emergency, including completion of UIRs.
- Provide feedback and input in the evaluation and revision process for each client’s Individual Treatment Plan. Help the clients to understand the goals of the ITP
- High school graduate or GED; two years of college preferred
- Current drivers license, insurable driving record and reliable transportation.
- Ability to work nights, evenings, weekends and holidays.
- Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. and climb multiple flights of stairs
- Meet all applicable employment regulations set by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Case Manager Supervisor
The Case Manager Supervisor will provide overall supervision for up to seven Case Managers including assigned specialists to insure adequate caseload coverage, adherence to all state, professional, licensing, contractual, and accreditation standards in the provision of services to foster care children, their natural families, and their foster families.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Provide regular, (bi-monthly) documented supervision to assigned workers, including monitoring of service provision and documentation, case planning, and regular required case activity.
- Assure that all necessary events are covered, including court hearings, Administrative Case Reviews, and case staffing.
- Provide mentoring and guidance to workers in case assessment, case planning, service provision, resource identification and acquisition, and permanency outcomes.
- Assure backup or primary services for uncovered caseloads, or worker absence, including court, ACR, and client monitoring and service provision, either through reassignment of case responsibilities, or temporary fill in by the supervisor.
- Maintains accurate data on assigned team caseload, including case assignments, significant dates, stages in permanency goal attainment process, and required case activity.
- Assures the completion of all required paper work such as 906’s, court reports, and case plans, home visit reports, and case notes in a timely fashion.
- Provides thorough required evaluation to assigned workers, and assures their adherence to all agency policies and procedures, initiating disciplinary action when necessary.
- Attends required agency and DCFS training, including “Train the Trainers” courses in order to help teach required skills to others in the agency. Is responsible for own professional growth.
- Provides professional role model to all line staff by adhering to all agency policies and procedures.
- Works cooperatively as a full team member in the assigned program, and in the agency.
- May be required to provide BSW/MSW intern instructions and supervision.
- All duties assigned by the Executive Director.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
- Master’s Degree in related human service field
- Minimum two years’ experience in child welfare or foster care
- CWEL, CERAP, CAA required.
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