Clinical Therapist
Little City Foundation - Palatine, IL

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Clinical Therapist

Palatine, IL

Full Time

Schedule: Varied

PURPOSE:
The Clinical Therapist oversees therapeutic programming for children and families served by the ChildBridge Center for Group Home Living, and provide mental health and behavioral assessments and intervention. Provides clinical support to Mental Health Professional staff in assigned home

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS :
A Master’s Degree in behavioral sciences (i.e., psychology, social work, and counseling) required. LSW, LPC, or BCBA required but will consider license eligible. A minimum of two years of demonstrated professional training/experience in the assessment and treatment of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, required. Must be able to obtain clinical license within two years of employment. Must have experience conducting individual, group and family therapy with children and/or adolescents who have developmental, behavioral and/or emotional challenges. Must be capable of transporting children; possessing a valid driver’s license.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Reviews pre-admission records, conducts pre-admission interview and assessment of the child, and participates in pre-admission staffings.
2. In conjunction with the placement staff, assists in coordinating admission into the home by establishing immediate clinical consultation and service, and initiating the Mental Health Assessment, Individual Treatment Plan, and referral for other clinical services (if applicable).
3. Assesses the therapeutic needs of the children and families served by Little City Foundation and provide services according to these needs.
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4. Works in conjunction with schools, parents/guardians, and external agencies for the needs of each individual child in assigned home. Attends IEPs and advocates for children in the school system as required by supervisor.
5. Assists in maintaining a safe living and working environment. Immediately reports any safety issues and concerns to his/her supervisor.
6. Attends psychiatric consultation of each child on caseload and medical appointments as requested by supervisor.
7. Creates and implements therapeutic programming in collaboration with Home team for assigned home.
8. Attends and participates in clinical supervision.
9. Maintains clinical skills through trainings and review of professional literature.
10. Reviews each individual’s progress toward ITP/RSP goals, including gathering information from home staff, running staffings, conducting crisis assessments, and by reviewing progress notes, Unusual Incident Reports and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention reports.
11. Conducts individual, group and family therapy (as assigned) in home, office or natural family settings, schools, etc., as necessary to facilitate treatment process.
12. Provides ongoing clinical training to staff as requested by supervisor.
13. Be available by cell phone throughout on-duty hours and 24 hours a day when on call to provide crisis assessment and intervention as needed, unless other arrangements are made with supervisor.
14. Produces daily progress notes in accordance with Medicaid regulations and Little City Foundation benchmarks.
15. Assists in conducting behavioral assessments and providing consultation for implementation of recommendations
16. Attend all staffings for the assigned program as well as any other meetings related to the child for the purpose of coordinating interventions with the interdisciplinary team.
17. Oversees the implementation of all clinical services necessary for establishing an environment, which is conducive to the achievement of the ITP/RSP goals. Provides constructive feedback and training to staff members regarding the implementation of these goals.
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18. Attends department meetings and other meetings as required by supervisor. Works in conjunction with schools, parents/guardians, and external agencies for the needs of each individual child in assigned home.
19. Successfully completes Little City Foundation required training, re-training, and any additional training as required by Little City Foundation policies and practices, or as assigned by his or her immediate supervisor.
20. Provides a minimum of one annual in-service training on topic assigned by supervisor.
21. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is subject to sitting for prolonged periods; frequently walks, stands, grasps, lifts, holds, or feels objects; occasionally stoops, kneels, crouches, or crawls. Extended use of computer and typing is required. The employee frequently is required to use manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination when working and handling office equipment. The employee is subject to assist and lift up to 50 pounds with varying amounts of assistance on a reoccurring basis. The employee is required to have corrected vision and hearing within normal range and the ability to operate a motor vehicle. Generally, no occupational exposure to blood, body fluids, communicable diseases or other potentially infectious substances, but may require performing unplanned tasks (Category II). Typical office environment. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

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