Clinical Social Worker
The Salvation Army - Metropolitan Division 3,559 reviews - Chicago, IL

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Clinical Social Worker


To support the full mission of The Salvation Army through providing clinical services to assigned clients during his/her approved schedule.


The backgrounds of the clients served by The Harbor Light Program will manifest a variety of inappropriate behaviors. When this occurs, employees are to respond within the context of the treatment environment of the site. Employee conduct (actions, dress, etc.) and interactions (conversations, written communications, etc.) with clients must also be within the treatment environment of the facility or areas of normal service delivery related to the position.


To provide direct service to clients within clinic policies and programs

  • A strategy exists to ensure:
  • Within clinic policies, programs, and procedures, individual and group therapy to clients with substance abuse and other problems is provided; when assigned, assistance as an intake worker is provided. Emotional/behavioral assessment is provided when assigned
  • A treatment plan is formulated and implemented and client’s progress is reviewed with the supervisor.
  • The multidisciplinary team approach and the milieu therapy program at the Harbor Light Center of The Salvation Army are adhered to.
  • Staff meetings and clinic staff committees are participated in and attended. Presentations of client’s issues are made in the Review Board and notes are taken on assigned days.
  • The function of the clinic is interpreted through case-related contacts with personnel in public and private agencies and organizations.
  • An active interest and involvement is maintained in the field of community mental health and alcoholism/substance abuse.
  • Record keeping functions are performed, statistical and other required reports are prepared.
  • On-call status is acquired in the absence of the Clinical Supervisor.
  • Administrative policies and practices of the clinic are maintained and implemented with cooperation and responsiveness to the Clinical Supervisor of the Outpatient Clinic.
  • Other Duties
  • All other duties as assigned.


This position reports to the Unit Coordinator.

This individual relates to, and interacts with, a wide range of contacts both within and outside the Salvation Army. In these contacts they act as a representative of the Army and its mission.

Back-up consultation to all clinical staff of the Harbor Light Center related to dual diagnosis clients. Provides direct service to clients within clinic policies and programs; administratively responsible to clinical supervisor.


This individual will be evaluated on how effectively the outcomes of this position are achieved, as well as the timeliness, accuracy and completeness of accomplishing assigned goals.


This individual will not commit Army resources that have not been allocated or approved.

This individual will not fail to keep the Unit Coordinator informed on all critical issues relating to his/her area of responsibility.

This individual will not fail to adhere to all Army policies and procedures in carrying out the responsibilities of this position.


Exempt/RFT Location: Harbor Light/OPC Dept.


The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Mandatory Job Qualifications EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE
  • The position requires a graduate degree from an accredited School of Social Work.
  • CADC or LCSW required.
  • At least one year of experience in the addiction and/or mental health field.
Desired Qualifications COMPETENCIES

  • A commitment to the mission of The Salvation Army and an appreciation of faith-based service organizations.
  • An excellent attention to detail, procedures, processes and policies.
  • A demonstrated ability to manage projects, priorities and programs in a constantly changing environment.
  • A communication and management style that exhibits the principles and values of the Army as well as fosters team relationships and effectively communicates information.
  • A flexible style that also displays a willingness to learn.
  • Able to work as a team member as well as individually.
  • Competent in providing individual counseling, group counseling and assessments, including emotional evaluations.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with supervisor and other support and clinical staff.
  • Have an understanding of diverse populations and cultural issues.
  • Have an understanding of addiction issues and principals.
  • A “hands on” knowledge of how to effectively work with diversity in the workplace.


This position is required to do light physical work. In order to successfully perform the essential functions of this position, the employee is regularly required to use standard office equipment and PC. Must be able to walk up two flights of stairs and lift up to 25 lbs. The work environment for this position includes an office environment with a low noise level. Must be able to work with clients that have poor social skills, suffer from mental illness, and have substance abuse problems.

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