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Clinical Counselor

Req ID: 7977
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
Shift: 1
FT/PT: Part time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule: Schedule 3
Job Notes:


The Violence Recovery Services Safe from the Start Clinical Counselor will specifically work with children exposed to violence between the ages of 0-5 in the Chicagoland area. The Safe from the Start program provides free, confidential services to children zero to five and their families who have been exposed to violence or trauma.


Populations served will vary by program but may include: children; adults; families; immigrants; refugees; and individuals impacted by human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault and community violence, people with mental illness, HIV/AIDS and/or substance abuse issues.           Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  •       Assess and provide crisis counseling and intervention support and safety planning to those impacted by multi- victimization, including domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking and other types of violence.
  • Provide an explanation of victim rights, legal protections under state and federal law.
  •       Coordinate victim care within the agency and with other agencies to expand the range of services available to victim such as legal services, shelter/housing, entitlement income, and medical services
  •       Advocate on victim’s behalf with a third party after execution of necessary release of information. Includes advocacy with DCFS, victim’s employer, housing provider, IDHS, etc.
  •       Provides comprehensive clinical case management services to program participants through a year-long case management model
  •       Receives case assignments, establishes treatment plans, complete case progress notes and determines case closure through the supervisor of the assigned program.
  • Provides individual and group counseling to address motivational and psychosocial issues of clients.
  •       Provides clients with counseling and concrete assistance to support increase or restore client’s capacity for self- sufficiency.
  •       Establishes and maintains therapeutic and professional relationships with clients to facilitate the receipt of services.
  •       Develops service plans, which outline a specific plan of action with each client under the regular supervision of the supervisor of the assigned program.
  •       Completes a comprehensive psycho-social assessment in collaboration with the treatment team with special emphasis on participants’ current functioning, strengths and abilities.
  • Makes referrals in accordance with service plans to other Organization units and external providers.

Uses the knowledge of the public assistance agency requirements for benefits and entitlements to advocate on the behalf of clients.

  •       Assists Supervisor in developing, monitoring and enhancing professional relationships with social service, health and governmental agencies.
  • Participates in coalition meetings with network of providers supporting people who have experienced trauma.
  • Provides individual and group counseling and or facilitation as assigned
  •       Participates and contributes in regular supervision meetings, multi-disciplinary team meetings, in house training sessions and conferences.
  •       Accurately completes in a timely manner all necessary forms, case recordings and statistical reports for organizational and contractual purposes.
  • Participates in program and operational planning.
  • Assists supervisor in developing, implementing and reviewing social groups and curriculum for clients of the


  •       Maintains the volume of work designated by contractual standards and utilizes the mental health theory and concepts integrating in clinical practice. On an ongoing basis assimilates the knowledge of resources available to implement the clinical concepts.
  • Assumes all clinical responsibility for clients.
  • Manages and participates in all project meetings and maintains the minutes of meetings on a rotating basis.
  • Presents clinical cases for review.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with outside providers, case managers and hospitals.
  • Maintains clinical licensure in Illinois and any associated certificates and licenses.
  • Oversees training for graduate level clinical interns as needed.
  • Consults with the Psychiatrist regarding treatment reviews.
  •       Adheres to professional standards as outlined by governmental bodies, NASW (and/or other appropriate professional associations), private funding sources, Organization plans/policies and Unit guidelines. Participates in periodic evaluative reviews and/or in-house and external staff training to ensure that he/she understands and continues to adhere to such standards. Initiates requests for assistance from Supervisor to address new issues or complex concepts affecting adherence to professional standards.

Other duties may be assigned.



Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  •       Education and/or Experience: Master’s degree in clinical social work, counseling or clinical psychology; and one to two years of clinical experience providing mental health and substance abuse counseling services.
  •       Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) or must attain within 3 months of employment. CADC preferred.
  • Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance

instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Fluency in a second language may be required if mandated by funder or regulatory agency.

  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers,

common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent.

  •       Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  •       While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  •       Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.



Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.

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