ChicagoCAC employees are expected to perform their job duties and act in a manner consistent with the Core Values of the organization.
Provides individual, family and group therapy and case management to clients in the home setting within agency policies and procedures and practices. Assesses for social service needs of clients and makes appropriate referrals.
Provides direct individual and family therapy to a minimum caseload of 15 clients including comprehensive evaluation, treatment planning, effective treatment implementation, and discharge planning within the guidelines established by the Family Hope Center in the client’s home.
Facilitates a minimum of two to four therapy or psychoeducational groups (child, parent, combined child and parent, or family) per year (e.g., Hope and Healing, ICDP).
Performs a variety of casework duties, including obtaining, analyzing and evaluating data necessary to implement client services.
Actively participates in reflective, clinical and administrative supervision with the clinical supervisor at a frequency to be determined by the therapist and supervisor together.
Actively participates in Family Hope Center department meetings and case consultations.
Actively participates in peer consultation process.
Participates in Family Hope Center file reviews.
Provides linkage to other appropriate resources, including intensive case management services, based upon the needs of clients and families.
Maintains accurate, complete and timely client records as required by the Family Hope Center and ChicagoCAC.
Conducts crisis assessments and responds appropriately to client crisis needs.
Participates in Family Hope Center community events and actively fosters supportive community environment within Family Hope Center for clients and families.
Promotes trauma resiliency among the Family Hope Center team, ChicagoCAC staff, and MDT staff by participating in and contributing to projects to foster the trauma informed environment, e.g., Breathing Room.
Facilitates trainings for Family Hope Center students.
Performs other duties as assigned.
The therapist has a mid-level range of discretion and independent decision-making.
The therapist has no direct supervisory responsibilities.
The therapist works closely with the clinical supervisor, Family Hope Center team, advocacy department team, intensive case managers, and manager of PATHH and intensive case management.
Minimum requirement of a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or another human services related field. Home visiting experience preferred but not required. Must be licensed LCPC, LCSW, or PsyD. Minimum of three years of experience providing trauma-focused evidence-based therapy to children and adolescents. Strong problem-solving, organizational, written, oral, and communication skills needed. Demonstrated awareness of multiple cultures and cultural impact on the delivery of service a must. Flexibility in schedule based on the needs of clients is required. Evenings and Saturdays may be required.
About Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and our partners are the front-line responders in Chicago to reports of child sexual abuse. We also respond to reports of child physical abuse, witness to violence, and other serious maltreatment. Since opening our doors in 2001, we have served more than 34,000 children.
ChicagoCAC is the city’s only not-for-profit organization that coordinates the efforts of child protection staff, law enforcement professionals, family advocates, medical experts and mental health clinicians under one roof. Our staff:
facilitates our partners’ collaborative response;
arranges families’ visits to the center, including provision of support services such as
transportation and child life;
conducts forensic interviews;
provides family advocacy and crisis intervention services;
provides mental health therapy
All of our services are aimed at reducing trauma so that children and families may begin the healing process. ChicagoCAC’s services are free of charge to every client.
Uniting public, private and community p...artners to ensure the safety, health and well-being of abused children.
Our shared vision:
To eliminate the suffering of abused children in Chicago.
Our core values:
Freedom from abuse and exploitation is a basic human right.
The center is a safe place for everyone who enters its doors.
The collaborative process is the best approach to prevent and respond to child abuse.
Our children and families deserve to receive the highest standard of care available.
Best-practice interventions can restore lives.
Our approach is based on a nationwide model of child advocacy centers, and we are accredited by the National Children’s Alliance. ChicagoCAC believes that a multi-disciplinary approach is the most effective way to protect children and prevent abuse.
ChicagoCAC was founded by former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in 1998. The city, county and state provided seed money and additional resources to build our center, which opened in 2001.