Mental Health Clinical Practitioner
at Heartland Alliance

Date Posted: 7/30/2020

Job Description

About Us: The Mental Health Clinical Practitioner position at the Kovler Center Child Trauma Program (KCCTP) will provide direct clinical psychotherapeutic services to immigrant and refugee youth and families aged 6-21 years old in Category III Center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network trauma (NCTSN) center. These services are evidenced based and culturally adapted to the population served. During the period of COVID-19 these services are provided via telehealth. This center is focused on providing high quality, culturally and linguistically responsive, trauma informed clinical services and interventions to best meet the needs of families from over 25 countries who have been impacted by war, forced migration, resettlement, family separation, and/or torture. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives within the framework outlined below. This position will be 100% FTE. Spanish language proficiency strongly preferred.

Summary: The Mental Health Clinician at the Kovler Child Trauma Center will provide direct clinical psychotherapeutic services in Category III Center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network trauma center. This center is focused on providing high quality, culturally and linguistically responsive, trauma informed clinical services and interventions to best meet the needs of immigrant and refugee youth and families who have been impacted by war, forced migration, resettlement, family separation, and/or torture. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives within the framework outlined below. This position will be 100% FTE.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides direct high quality, culturally and linguistically responsive, trauma informed clinical services and interventions to best meet the needs of immigrant and refugee youth and families. This includes conducting screening, assessment, trauma-informed individual therapy, and group therapies (social-emotional learning and expressive therapy groups). Clinical services will take place at the Kovler Center, in shelters, in the community, and/or home settings.
  • Receives case assignments and establishes and implements client treatment plans to ensure that realistic goals and deadlines are met in conjunction with clinical supervisor. Will write assessment reports and notes and psychological affidavits as needed.
  • Develops and engages in professional relationships with social service, health, legal, and other governmental providers and agencies.
  • Participates in regular supervision meetings, team meetings, and in house trainings.
  • Provides advocacy, crisis intervention, and social support services and referrals when needed.
  • Participates in local and national immigrant and refugee serving coalitions and workgroups.
  • May presents and trains on immigrant and refugee trauma and child trauma across multi-disciplinary settings and with community partners. This also may include outreach for developing referrals bases.

Qualifications: A Doctoral degree (Ph.D./Psy.D) in psychology or Master’s degree (M.A./M.S.) in social work, psychology, or related human service equivalent; licensed clinician (Psychologist, LCSW, LCPC); five (5) years of related experience and/or training working with youth and families who have experience complex trauma, preferably with a refugee and immigrant population; A valid driver’s license may be required. May be required to have access to a personal vehicle and use for organizational purposed. Bilingual preferred.

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Job Type: Health Care
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 7/30/2020

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