Mental Health Counselor

  • Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School (The O-School)
  • Frankfort, IL, USA
  • Jul 14, 2019
Full time Healthcare & Medical Professional Counselor (LPC / LAC / LMHC)

Job Description

Position SummaryFull time, entry level position in the Orthogenic School's Residential Treatment Program that provides daily therapeutic care for a group of up to eight severely emotionally disturbed students through psychoeducational and recreational programming utilizing interventions derived from developmental theory and evidence-based practices. Under the direct supervision of management, plan and facilitate daily recreational and therapeutic activity schedules further each student's progress. Assist students in the maintenance of the physical space of the dormitories, including but not limited to students' individual areas, to ensure they are clean, neat, well-organized, and reflecting the values of the school and the goals of the student's treatment plan.Schedule requires afternoons, evenings, and overnights to ensure safety. Duties include but are not limited to providing on-going monitoring of students' level of functioning in terms of their self-care and emotional, social, behavioral well-being and crisis intervention when clinically indicated, utilizing specifically tailored non-physical and physical interventions to ensure emotional and physical safety of all persons within the program. Provide in the moment support and psycho-social training in interpersonal and life skills, such as, but not limited to, direct communication, self-advocacy, reciprocal interactions, affect regulation, and behavioral control. Serve as an active listener to the student's concerns and support adaptive and pro-social problem-solving skills. Utilize both verbal and written mediums (e.g. email) to effectively communicate observations and concerns with members of the clinical team (e.g. managers, therapists, psychiatrists) so that the student's needs can be fully recognized and addressed. As members of the therapeutic milieu, participate in and facilitate school-wide activities as assigned and serve as a role-model, particularly regarding treating oneself and others with respect and dignity. Weekends and holidays are required. Monthly On-Call Overnight shifts 10:30 PM 9:00 AM required. Attendance at scheduled dormitory meetings, in-service trainings, therapeutic crisis intervention training, DCFS training, 1st Aid/CPR training, and participation in special dormitory activities including, but not limited to, birthdays, new student admissions, and graduations, are required at the direction of administration. EducationBachelor's degree required. Clinical supervision available for Master's degree. Certification in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) within three months of employment required. Degree in related discipline preferred. Some graduate level course work in the social sciences preferred. ExperienceA minimum of two years of experience working in a professional capacity with children or in a mental health program preferred. CompetenciesValid Illinois Driver's License or the ability to obtain one within three months of employment required. Ability to transport students required. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required. Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Strong commitment to strength perspective, empowering families and a willingness to work in a high demanding work situation that requires flexibility and resourcefulness required. Cultural sensitivity required. Physical capacity to be trained in and to utilize non-violent physical intervention techniques required. ?Working ConditionsDirect patient contact or clinical care settingHigh stress environmentOvernights requiredIrregular work schedule Ability to bend, crouch, or stoopAbility to carry or lifts loads of 25 to 49 lbs.Ability to hear, including making fine discriminations in soundAbility to sit for up to 2 hoursAbility to sit for 2 hours to 4 hoursAbility to operate a vehicle safelyAbility to climb stairs up to 2 storiesAbility to perform strenuous physical exertion at timesAbility to push/pull objects of 25 to 49 lbs.Ability to runAbility to stand for 2 hours to 4 hoursAbility to safely defend self/or others in hostile, combative situationsAbility to Use Standard Work Station EquipmentAbility to Use Standard Office Equipment The Leslie Shankman School Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital or veteran status, or disability.

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