The Clinical Specialist will function as part of the TRPMI Team to assess residential treatment interventions and operations, develop quality improvement (QI) plans, and provide technical assistance regarding clinical treatment approaches in therapeutic residential (TR) treatment programs. Additionally, the Clinical Specialist will provide input and recommendations regarding treatment interventions and transition planning for individual youth. The Clinical Specialist will report to the TRPMI Team Coordinator and receive matrix supervision from the Northwestern TRPMI Principal Investigator and other TRPMI leaders from DCFS and UIC as indicated. Ability to work independently, yet collaboratively with TRPMI teams.
The Clinical Specialist must have a valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle and be able to travel within the southern region of the state of Illinois and to other locations required. (Mileage reimbursement provided.). In addition, the role must be able to work flexible/non-traditional hours (i.e. evenings, weekends, early mornings.).
*****This position is based in Southern Illinois area
Assess implementation of evidence-based, program-wide, trauma-informed interventions for assigned TR treatment providers.
Identify areas in need of improvement/development with respect to provision of clinical services in assigned TR programs.
Provide training to staff from assigned TR programs.
Conduct on-site milieu observations.
Work as part of a team to identify areas to prioritize during on-site observations, meetings, and site visits.
Attend TR treatment provider meetings, clinical staffings, Child and Family Team meetings, TRPMI team meetings, training sessions, and other assigned meetings.
Provide consultation regarding therapeutic treatment plan for individual youth in assigned TR programs.
Review data with respect to assigned TR treatment provider functioning/outcomes.
Prepare and submit reports.
Conduct assessments, administer clinical tools, and evaluate discharge planning.
Work collaboratively with TRPMI teams.
Promote Child & Family Teams, youth connections, and youth voice in TR programs.
Other duties as assigned
Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Occupational Therapy, 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.).
Licensure in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or other related field.
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.
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.
Internal Number: 34118
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.