Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS) provides vital, individualized, results-driven, therapeutic and supportive services for thousands of children, adults and families of all backgrounds each year.
JCFS is currently seeking a School Social Worker to provide direct clinical services to our K-12 Therapeutic Day School students including individual therapy, case management, and crisis intervention support, across a broad range of presenting needs, such as mood disorders and anxiety, trauma, relationship conflict, and other emotional/social or behavioral issues. The School Social Worker functions within a team of clinicians, speech and occupational therapists.
Are you someone who?
Prioritizes, plans, and manages work activities and competing demands in a strategic and thoughtful manner?
Is flexible and able to change approach or method to best fit the situation?
Is independent and comfortable exercising judgment to make decisions in a variety of situations?
Speaks and writes clearly and informatively with a diverse range of stakeholders in varying mediums?
Resilient, with the ability to establish and maintain boundaries?
Willing to advocate for, and take a leadership role in executing, steps to support clients’ needs?
Able to remain calm in high-stress, crisis situations while maintaining an understanding and supportive demeanor?
Efficient and effective time management skills?
What would you do?
Mental Health Therapy
Performs the full range of clinical duties, including the gathering and analysis of data, formulation of assessment and treatment plans, and implementation of the treatment for routine and complex cases.
Carries a diverse caseload of up to 20 clients, including all grade ranges and TDS-accepted special education categories.
Provides therapy involving any or all of the Agency’s services, including individual, family, and group treatment modalities.
Within the context of critical thinking, gathers and analyzes data, formulates a case conceptualization, collaborates with clients to create treatment goals, and implements an appropriate, evidence-based treatment plan.
Coordination and Support
Conveys students’ therapeutic needs to all members of the interdisciplinary team to achieve a social and educational benefit for the student.
Communicates and coordinates with students’ support system, e.g. parents or legal guardians.
Participates in formulation of students’ Individual Education Plans (IEP) with special education team at annual IEP reviews and triennial evaluation conferences in accordance with school district procedures.
Serves as the IEP case manager.
Provides special education case management services to students and their families.
Collaborates with other Agency personnel on specific case-related problems.
Manages and defuses crisis situations with a controlled, calm, helpful and appropriate demeanor.
Performs clinical and non-clinical administrative duties as required by the Agency, school district, and Illinois State Board of Education, including written treatment documentation within the required time frames.
Successfully completes training in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI); successfully complete all requirements to maintain certification in TCI.
Learns and becomes comfortable with using the concepts of the Collaborative Problem Solving model.
Participates in weekly individual and biweekly group supervision.
Participates in agency staff development programs, professional group seminars, committees or conferences to increase professional knowledge.
What have you done?
Obtained a Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited program.
Obtained a Type 73 / PEL with Social Work endorsement or LCSW.
Developed proficiency in Microsoft Office 2010, e.g. Word, Outlook, Excel.
Gained knowledge of or experience working with students with special education needs is preferred.
Gained experience working in a school or hospital setting preferred.
What are you able to do?
Able to successfully complete the physical and testing requirements of the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training (Agency provided).
Flexible schedule to support occasional school events, e.g. Back to School night, etc.
What does JCFS offer?
JCFS offers an array of benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Wellness, Paid sick, Chicago Public School schedule, Agency holidays, Pension, 403(b), Flexible Spending Plans, Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability, Short-Term Disability, and Long-Term Care.
Jewish Child & Family Services provides vital, individualized, results-driven, therapeutic and supportive services for thousands of children, adults and families of all backgrounds each year, facing challenges with life transitions, mental health, developmental/intellectual disability and basic human need.