POSITION SUMMARY:

Full-time therapist provides assessment, short-term (3-24 sessions) and some longer-term (25 sessions+) therapy for homeless/runaway and other at-risk youth ages 12-24, with some family intervention and consultation. This includes, but is not limited to, assessment of needs and barriers to health, individual, group and family therapy, treatment planning, referral to internal and external resources, client psycho-education, discharge planning and crisis management. Services provided will follow professional standards and ethical guidelines.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and implement innovative behavioral health programming at BYC in collaboration with the Director of Behavioral Health and BYC staff, engaging in ongoing assessment to understand evolving needs of clients and BYC.
  • Develop and provide individual, couples, family and group therapy services. Client population includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender homeless/runaway and other at-risk youth of varied ethnic backgrounds as well as HIV/AIDS impacted clients.
  • Conduct screenings, make referrals, and complete initial assessments.
  • Provide crisis assessment and intervention to behavioral health, drop-in and primary care clients, and other youth presenting in crisis.
  • Document patient contact and progress concisely in the electronic medical record in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • Provide clinical supervision to practicum/internship student(s) engaged in individual therapy and drop-in milieu intervention at BYC.
  • Potentially supervise therapy groups led by practicum/internship students, and provide clinical consultation to the Violence Prevention Specialist, Crisis Intervention Specialist and volunteers.
  • Offer consultation and support to paraprofessional staff engaged in direct service at BYC.
  • Offer in-service trainings to BYC staff on mental health, crisis intervention, documentation and other related topics as necessary.
  • Ensure highest quality of care by collaborating with other disciplines (i.e., medical, resource advocacy, psychiatry, linkage to care, outreach, drop-in workers) to improve client mental and physical health.
  • Participate in quality assurance activities including program evaluation, staff development, continuing education and outcome assessment.
  • Participate in site visits and grant development meetings for behavioral health funding at BYC.
  • Participate in required meetings, including BYC, department and program meetings, agency committee meetings, agency all staff meetings, trainings and group consultation. Participate in BYC Managers/Coordinators meeting.
  • Maintain the highest level of patient confidentiality.
  • Provide timely and succinct feedback to PCPs, resource advocates, drop-in workers, linkage to care workers and other staff regarding client condition and possible barriers to care for shared clients.
  • Provide education to youth, the general public and other professionals through public speaking engagements and workshops.
  • Meet weekly productivity standards including, but not limited to, number of encounters per week.
  • Communicate with billing, grant management and practice management staff regarding client issues as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILL REQUIRED:

  • Masters or doctoral degree in social work, counseling, psychology or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis intervention, and individual and group therapy.
  • Demonstrated experience in clinical supervision and consultation.
  • Previous experience working with LGBTQ homeless and/or at-risk youth ages 12-24.
  • Prior knowledge and experience with clients who are HIV+, and with diverse communities, particularly the LGBTQ community.
  • Prior experience working with transgender, gender non-conforming and gender queer youth.
  • Experience utilizing trauma-informed, harm reduction, and strength based approaches.
  • Must be able to demonstrate strong communication, organization and written skills.
  • Must be able to work some evenings and possibly Saturdays.

 

Preferred:

  • Current IL state licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) or as a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois.
  • Fluent in Spanish; ability to provide clinical services fluently in Spanish and in English.
  • Knowledge of health disparities, substance use and domestic violence issues within LGBTQ community.
  • Prior experience supervising interns or volunteers.
  • Deaf/HOH communication skills.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT: Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at Howard Brown are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age, FMLA status, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state or local statutes.

HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for this position, please start the application process using the link below. Applicants should submit both their cover letter and resume together as the same document into our ADP system for consideration.

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