Behavioral Health Specialist (LCSW) Job Description
SisterHouse is seeking a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to provide therapy and case management services to women recovering from addiction, mental health issues, and the long-term effects of poverty.
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Exempt
This is a dynamic, hands-on position where you can be instrumental in helping to change the lives of women by assessing their mental health status, implementing a treatment plan, conducting individual and group therapy sessions, and providing a variety of case management services.
Primary job responsibilities:
• Conduct mental health assessments
• Develop individual treatment plans for clients
• Provide group and individual therapy
• Provide crisis intervention and counseling
• Meet with clients weekly to set goals, provide strategies to overcome addiction & review progress
• Coordinate and manage individual interventions
• Assists the Executive Director in designing and implementing quality programs and services to meet the needs of the clients
• Provide referral services to clients when necessary
• Ensure continuity of care by optimizing communication between referral agencies and other health care professionals
• Complete monthly Medicaid billing
• Complete monthly outcome reporting
• Provide case management services
• Master’s degree from an accredited School of Social Work
• A valid, unrestricted LCSW license
• Experience working with individuals with addiction, mental health, and co-occurring problems
To be successful in this position you should have the following skills and abilities:
-A strong desire to help others and make a difference.
-An outgoing personality and the ability to solve problems and provide guidance.
-Ability to make sound judgment calls.
-Ability to convey information clearly and effectively communicate with staff and clients.
-Ability to perform job responsibilities with limited supervision.
-Ability to help maintain a safe, therapeutic environment that respects the rights of all.
-Knowledge of chemical dependency and behavioral health dynamics.
-Knowledge of the 12-Step recovery process and how to articulate it to clients.
-Knowledge of the Chicago-area network of agencies that provide wrap around services and resources for clients.
-Excellent organization skills and attention to detail.
-Experience in conflict resolution strategies and crisis intervention.
-CADC certification preferred or willingness to obtain.
-Experience using Microsoft Office software.
-Experience with Medicaid/Medicare billing*
● Creates a welcoming and calming atmosphere
● Models eﬀective conﬂict resolution
● Accurately completes all required paperwork
● Assumes responsibility for being knowledgeable about client rights and the procedures governing them
● Creates a safe, therapeutic environment that respects the rights of all clients
● Handles crisis situations in a calm, quick and eﬃcient manner, de-escalating conflict using crisis intervention strategies while maintaining order; when necessary; calls the Executive Director, 911 or the appropriate authorities as the situation demands
● Consults and builds relationship with staﬀ from referral agencies
As a sponsored ministry of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, SisterHouse educates and empowers women to lead sober and fulfilling lives by providing a safe and structured spiritual living community. Since 1982, SisterHouse has been a shelter and recovery program for women who are struggling with addiction, untreated mental illness, and chronic homelessness.
Our mission is to support women in the process of establishing wholesome, productive and drug-free lifestyles by helping them:
● Achieve sobriety and maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol
● Obtain treatment for mental health conditions
● Learn basic life and financial literacy skills
● Remove themselves from domestic violence situations
● Improve the quality of their relationships and reunite with their children
● Become employable and gainfully employed
● Secure permanent housing upon program completion
● Maintain sobriety and independence by staying connected
● Relates to all participants and accepts personal diﬀerences in values and opinions including sensitivity to SisterHouse service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and treatment needs
● Maintains appropriate professional and personal boundaries with clients at all times
● Maintains regular, reliable and ﬂexible attendance
● Complies with and supports others in complying with the Policies and Procedures of SisterHouse
● Works cooperatively with the Executive Director and other staﬀ members
● Attends ALL required staﬀ meetings and trainings
● Knows and follows conﬁdentiality and ethical procedures and policies
● Learns and applies new knowledge and skills quickly to keep pace as the job evolves
● Able to lift and move up to 25 pounds
We are located on the grounds of St. Lucy/St. Catherine’s parish in beautiful Oak Park, Illinois and have the capacity to house 16-18 women at a time.
This job description is not all inclusive.
The Behavioral Health Specialist is expected to adhere to any reasonable additional duties as required.
Oak Park, IL