The Clinical Specialist will function as part of the Therapeutic Residential Performance Management Initiative (TRPMI) Team to assess, develop quality improvement (QI) plans, and provide technical assistance (TA) regarding clinical treatment approaches in residential treatment. Additionally, the Clinical Specialist will provide input and recommendations regarding treatment interventions for individual youth. This staff will report to the TRPMI Team Coordinator with matrix supervision to DCFS, UIC, and/or NU as indicated.
Please Note: This position may require hours in the evening and weekends
Assess implementation of effective program-wide trauma informed interventions for assigned therapeutic residential providers.
Identify areas in need of improvement/development with respect to provision of clinical services in assigned therapeutic residential programs.
Provide training to staff from assigned therapeutic residential provider programs.
Conduct on-site milieu observations.
Consult with Monitors in the TRPMI Teams and identify areas to prioritize during on-site observations, meetings and site visits.
Attend therapeutic residential provider meetings, staffing’s, and training sessions.
Provide consultation regarding individual youth in treatment with assigned providers.
Review data with respect to assigned therapeutic residential provider functioning/outcomes.
Prepare and submit reports.
Conduct assessments and administer clinical tools.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or other related field.
At least two years of experience in child welfare
Experience working in a residential treatment setting, psychiatric hospital, group home, or other site with child & adolescent milieu.
Training in evidence-based and evidence-informed trauma care and service delivery.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Familiarity with Microsoft Office Applications (i.e. Excel, Outlook, and SharePoint.)
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Licensure in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or other related field
Ability to work independently, yet collaboratively with TRPMI teams.
Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
Able to travel within the region to all locations as required. (Mileage reimbursement provided.)
Must be able to work flexible/non-traditional hours (i.e. evenings, weekends, early mornings.)
Experience administering the Child and Adolescent Services Intensity Instrument (CASII) preferred
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Intermediate experience using Microsoft Office Excel, Outlook, and SharePoint.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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