Reports to Associate Director of Mental Health and Community Initiatives
Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
At Gads Hill Center we envision a community in which all children benefit from healthy, financially stable households that support their early learning and growth. We invest in the potential of children and families through early childhood education, youth programs, and mental health supports. Ultimately, Gads Hill Center builds a community where all families can help their children have access to quality education in order to succeed in school and life.
The role of the Mental Health Clinician is multifaceted. This Clinician’s focus is on providing comprehensive multi-tiered counseling, crisis management, and resources and referral to youth in an alternative school-based setting. for students (ages 16-24) and their families. The goal of these services is to target the social-emotional factors affecting school success. The other main component of this role is community-based. This position is responsible for building partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and facilitating capacity building workshops for community members.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides individual and group therapy services to students and their families.
Plans, coordinates, and implements treatment services and other clinical activities for identified clients, while being cognizant of cultural, ethnic, and environmental differences.
Facilitates psycho-educational workshops for parents and students to support healthy family functioning.
Increases staff capacity to implement trauma-informed and culturally-informed practices in the classroom through consultation and facilitation of professional development workshops.
Supports the social emotional health of students and families by conducting home visits or phone calls and offers follow-up services to identify barriers to social and emotional functioning and help address needs in the community.
Maintains required case notes and documentation on services rendered.
Provides comprehensive case management to clients and refers families to resources that meet critical needs including food, educational opportunities, immigrants’ rights, tenants’ rights and housing or clothing assistance.
Engages in crisis intervention with clients/family members, including the development and implementation of safety plans.
Maintains a working knowledge of policies affecting the communities served by Gads Hill Center and facilitates advocacy initiatives.
Builds and maintains relationships with local organizations, leaders, and affiliates.
Facilitates workshops for community members on topics related to mental health.
Supports Associate Director in developing a mental health support structure for internal Gads Hill Center programs.
Provides leadership in the areas of clinical practice, education, health services, program evaluation, program development and training.
Implements research and evidence-based best-practices for program design, staff development and client therapeutic services. Maintains a working knowledge of childhood education, development practices and standards and principles of applied behavioral analysis.
Performs record-keeping functions and other administrative duties, as required by the agency.
Remains “on-call” for crisis intervention consultation for all programs at Gads Hill Center, even after regular work
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all Gads Hill Center employees are responsible for the following:
Participating in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participating in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside (if applicable).
Participating in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advancing parent leadership development.
Performing other duties, as assigned.
Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or related field required
Bilingual (Spanish/English) strongly preferred
LCSW, LCPC or LMFT strongly preferred
Experience working with adolescents and adults
Advanced knowledge of and experience in the mental health treatment field
Dynamic self-starter with a passion for working with children, adolescents, and their families
Experience with multicultural programming preferred
Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills
Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check
A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center
Mental health, human services, and provider systems
Child and adolescent development needs/behavior
Individual, group, and family therapy methods
Child and/or adult psychopathology and the DSM-5
Motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy
Culturally competent approaches to mental health service delivery
Strong organizational, time management, and documentation skills.
Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team to organize tasks, problem solve, and make sound decisions while handling multiple priorities.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills demonstrated by the ability to communicate effectively and foster good relationships with parents, children, clinical staff and providers, and community referral representatives.
Ability to translate the latest evidence-based models into practical counseling and therapy skills.
Demonstrated awareness of, sensitivity to, and competence in dealing with cultural and socioeconomic diversity in a client population.
Entry Salary Range: Mid 40s (depending on experience)
Status: Salary Range
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by email to:
Human Resources Manager
Additional Salary Information: Health insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, and a Retirement Plan is offer plus Paid Time Off.
About Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STEM-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.