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Counselor

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois

Location

Decatur, IL

End Date

31-10-2022

Job description

Lutheran Child and Family Services of IllinoisWhat We Do

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois improves the well-being of people across the state by protecting children, strengthening families and building futures for those who have experienced trauma. We do this as a leading provider of a variety of child welfare services. LCFS is a welcoming organization serving children, individuals, families and communities of all faiths, races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender expressions and gender-identifications.

 

Who We Are

·         Champions in supporting children, youth and families throughout Illinois so they are able to reach their full potential.

·         Dynamic and innovative leadership who believe in collaboration with their team of professionals and are revolutionizing the impact on services to families.

·         A community which embraces and is committed to being WIDE (welcoming, inclusive, diverse and equitable).

·         Impacting the child welfare community by addressing institutional racism and implicit bias to increase positive outcomes for children and families of color.

·         Creating a culture focused on supporting families and ensuring all children find safe, loving permanent homes, particularly by reuniting them with their families.

 

Join the professional team providing excellent services to children and families!

 

Counselor

 

In all aspects of their work, each employee’s goal is to be a role model to others and behave in a way that actively supports Lutheran Child and Family Services as a welcoming community, promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and collaborates with others to further equity and dismantle barriers to a more inclusive experience of community.  Toward this end, each employee participates annually in identifiable professional development and/or advocacy regarding inclusion.  Methods of achieving this goal includes taking a relevant course through Relias learning or other websites or courses, submitting evidence of advocacy work, etc.
Meets productivity expectations.

·  Demonstrates flexibility in scheduling, providing times and locations for appointments with those served which meet their needs and the needs of the Agency.

·  Completes all required documentation including high quality assessments, treatment plans and billing in the required timeframe.

·  Fully engages those served in a collaborative problem-solving partnership that is youth guided and family driven.

·  Is an effective member of the child and family team, advocating for those served and working closely with other identified team members to meet the goals of those served..

·  Secures and maintains evidence of expertise as a trauma-informed clinical service provider.

·  Serves as an expert on trauma informed treatment for those served and all other team members

·  Maintains required statistics, using the appropriate Agency forms and turns them in by the required deadlines.

·  Meets annual expectations for training.  Acquires ongoing skills and knowledge through participation in the supervisory process, and attendance to meetings and conferences both within and outside the Agency.

·  Effectively provides, documents and bills for Medicaid services.

·  Meets with and provides clinical supervision to students or staff as assigned by the Supervisor of Counseling or the Director of Counseling, meeting all requirements of the student’s placement.

·  Participates in clinical program quality improvement processes.

·   Develops a working knowledge of community resources which may be beneficial to those served.

·  Demonstrate knowledge of, and adherence to, Agency policies and procedures.

·  Provides professional presentations as requested or required.

·  Adheres to the ethics standards of their profession.

·  Develops collaborative, ongoing professional relationships with other professionals both within and external to the Agency, who are involved in the welfare of those served.

·  Performs all other duties as assigned.

 

EDUCATIONAL/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Must meet the qualifications of a Qualified Mental Health Professional as defined in Rule 132 of the Illinois Mental Health Code.  One of the following:

 

A licensed social worker (LSW) possessing at least a master’s degree in social work and licensed under the Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act [225 ILCS 20] with specialized training in mental health services or with at least 2 years’ experience in mental health services;

 

A licensed professional counselor possessing at least a master’s degree and licensed under the Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counselor Licensing Act [225 ILCS 107] with specialized training in mental health services or with at least two years’ experience in mental health services;

 

An individual possessing at least a master’s degree in counseling and guidance, rehabilitation counseling, social work, vocational counseling, psychology, pastoral counseling, or family therapy or related field, who has successfully completed a practicum or internship that included a minimum of 1,000 hours of supervised direct service in a mental health setting, or who has one year of clinical experience under the supervision of a QMHP.

Any individual meeting the minimum credentials for a LPHA under this part is deemed to also meet the credentialing requirements of a QMHP. Experience working in a child welfare agency preferred.  Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle.

PHYSICAL AND SPECIAL DEMANDS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties listed in the job description satisfactorily.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, or controls; reach with hands and arms. Objects include a computer and keyboard, calculator, typical business machines such as a fax machine and copier. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus. The employee may work in and/or visit Agency offices throughout Illinois, as well as provide services in the community and must be able to transport him/herself to these sites. The employee is required to have a valid driver’s license and must be able to safely operate a motor vehicle.  The work environment characteristics include a noise level which is usually low to moderate.

 

LCFS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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