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Therapist-Internal Programs

Arden Shore Child and Family Services


329 N Genesee Waukegan, IL 60085

End Date


Job description

Position Requirements

Master’s Degree in counseling, social work, psychology, or other human service field. Licensed or license eligible in Illinois as indicated by program. Experience with schools, courts, and child protection in DCFS or similar systems preferred. Ability to work some evenings and Saturday morning. Ability to function independently, to coordinate with other professionals, and to synthesize material from a variety of sources. Ability to respond appropriately to the cultural differences present among the agency’s service population. Meets all applicable employment regulations set by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and other regulatory agencies. Ability to communicate in Spanish orally and in writing strongly preferred.


General Job Description

Provide in-office counseling and/or therapy services to the youth and adults involved in Arden Shore’s child welfare programs, including a 7-bed group home for teenage boys, children in foster care and their biological parents and the children and parents involved in DCFS intact services. Additional clients may also come from surrounding communities, including the Latinx community. Services include individual, group and family counseling. Additionally, therapist will provide clinical perspective and support to the group home milieu team and participate in facilitate educational groups. Counselor must be conversant with and observe professional ethics, privacy practices and Council on Accreditation standards.


Specific Duties

  1. Participate in all phases of intake, referral, and assignment process as requested
  2. Complete assessments/evaluations/testing that will form basis of a client centered treatment plan.
  3. Develop, review and modify Medicaid-compliant treatment plan in coordination with client and, as applicable, program staff, no less than every 6 months in English and Spanish when it is required.
  4. Provide individual/group/family counseling to children and families referred for service.
  5. Provides case consultation services as indicated by contract and funding source.
  6. Conduct and prepare client/family assessments.
  7. Prepare Medicaid-compliant contact notes, discharge summaries, and progress reports for courts, DCFS, etc., as required by program and funding source and maintain client case files.
  8. Perform crisis intervention and crisis counseling.
  9. Participate with Group Home management in interviewing and assessing potential clients to determine appropriateness for the program.
  1. Participate in weekly team meetings with Group Home management and milieu staff.
  2. Participate in discharge planning and treatment plan review meetings as part of the client’s multidisciplinary treatment
  3. Facilitate and implement discharge planning, transition linkage and after-care for group home clients.
  4. Participate in pre-service, in-service training including Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, CPR and First Aid and other trainings as assigned.
  5. Act as liaison with DCFS and other agencies regarding clients.
  6. Attend court hearings, as needed.
  7. For group home clients, participate in DCFS meetings, hospital staffings, school staffings and other meetings as needed.
  8. For group home clients, attend as needed psychiatric appointments and inform psychiatrist about clients’ progress, current functioning and response to medication.
  1. Participate in agency staff meetings, peer consultation, fund raising activities, and ad hoc committee assignments.
  2. Use opportunities for professional development and supervision to expand understanding and skill in providing assessment and treatment and in recognizing personal strengths and challenges.
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