Mental Health Consultant

JPA is a 118-year old social impact agency whose mission is to improve the social and emotional well-being and functioning of vulnerable children so they can reach their fullest potential at home, in school, and in our communities. This is accomplished by providing therapeutic counseling services to at-risk children and families, conducting research, sharing knowledge, and providing expert consultation and guidance to others serving these children and families. JPA partners with schools and centers across the city with the hope of sharing it’s trauma-informed, mental-health, developmentally-informed approach.

Connect 2 Kindergarten (C2K) is a pioneering program at JPA, aimed at helping teachers better understand and respond to the social-emotional and behavioral needs of Preschoolers and Kindergarteners to facilitate a successful transition to school. C2K partner schools are located in highly under-resourced communities in Chicago and many of the children have experienced multiple forms of trauma. C2K’s relationally-oriented interventions provide ongoing mental health consultation, training, and support to teachers, along with thematically related parent community groups and social emotional classroom lessons for children. In addition to services, C2K also includes rigorous program evaluation and research.

JPA is seeking to hire one full-time and one part- time (3 days/week) mental health consultant who has expertise in early child development. The C2K consultant takes a lead role in this innovative program, providing critical support to teachers and families, while also having the unique opportunity to contribute to program development and evaluation. The consultant will work in three to four of our C2K partner schools on the South Side of Chicago. The anticipated start date is mid-August 2019.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers and other school staff to provide ongoing, weekly mental health consultation in the school setting
  • Provide support, feedback, guidance, and resources to teachers, with the goal of supporting positive teacher-child interactions and relationships
  • Provide observations of individual students and classrooms, with follow-up reports/consultation to teachers and occasionally parents
  • Facilitate school-based parent community groups on topics related to child development and parenting
  • Facilitate school-based social-emotional lessons and activities for Pre-K and Kindergarten students
  • Support with management of partnerships with schools, meeting and collaborating with school administrators about your work with C2K
  • Meet weekly with C2K program director and other C2K consultants to participate in case consultation and planning for program implementation
  • Complete necessary documentation and contribute to program evaluation and research activities
  • Master’s degree in social work, professional counseling or related field required
  • LSW/LPC required, LCSW /LCPC preferred
  • Must have experience providing mental health consultation and 2+ years of professional clinical experience working with children and families
  • Must have keen ability to make clinical observations and skill at providing reflective feedback
  • Must have experience in relationship-based, trauma-informed, and attachment-focused practice
  • Experience or background in early child development and work with children under the age of 8 highly preferred
  • School-based experience highly preferred
  • Experience and understanding of urban, under-resourced communities and the systemic forces that impact them
  • Must have experience with and commitment to providing culturally responsive services
  • Understanding of and commitment to social service values and ethics
  • Must have a car

2 openings.

Benefits:

  • Weekly individual clinical supervision
  • Weekly case consultation, which includes case presentation and analysis, with clinical team and clinical consultant.
  • Opportunities to gain additional clinical and administrative experience within various JPA programs.
  • Yearly professional development stipend.
  • Opportunity to join office-based, fee-for-service group practice, New Light, for additional compensation.
  • Generous PTO package (vacation, sick and personal days).
  • Health and dental benefits (for full-time position only)
  • Family leave, if applicable.
  • 403(b) with employer matching
  • Autonomy to build your own schedule within the day.
  • Salary commensurate upon experience JPA

Please send your cover letter and resume to kgleason@jpachicago.org to apply. In the body of your email, please indicate if you have a preference for a full time or part time position.

JPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Staff Therapist

JPA is a 118-year old social impact agency whose mission is to improve the social and emotional well-being and functioning of vulnerable children so they can reach their fullest potential at home, in school, and in our communities. This is accomplished by providing therapeutic counseling services to at-risk children and families, conducting research, sharing knowledge, and providing expert consultation and guidance to others serving these children and families. JPA partners with schools and centers across the city with the hope of sharing it’s trauma-informed, mental-health, developmentally-informed approach.

Position Summary:

JPA is expanding its school-based therapy program, adding new school partnerships throughout Chicago.As such, we are currently seeking full-time clinicians to provide relationship-oriented, talk and play-based therapy for individuals and small groups for children in Kindergarten through 8th grades.Therapy takes place at one of JPA’s partnering schools in Chicago.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide individual therapy and small group therapy to children ages 4-15 years old.Caseload must meet program’s funding requirements and is subject to review by the Senior Director of School Partnerships, Director of Clinical Operations, and Clinical Supervisor.
  • Provide clinical support and guidance to clients’ parents/caregivers, as it relates to the well-being of the client.
  • Regular collaboration and consultation with school staff, as it relates to caseload and social-emotional topics.
  • Support clinical and logistical elements of maintaining on-going school partnership including, but not limited to, attending regular meetings with school administration and other relevant stakeholders.
  • As a leader within the therapeutic milieu, serve as a role model, particularly regarding treating oneself and others with respect and dignity, in a thriving learning community.
  • Adhere to ethical, legal, and the organizational expectations of documentation of clinical services, record keeping, and data collection.
  • Document all direct and indirect clinical services, and any other miscellaneous professional activities (such as school meetings), in a timely manner.
  • Attend all relevant organizational meetings, including but not limited to case consultation, clinical team meetings, and program meetings.

Required Qualifications, Skills, and Attributes:

  • Clinical approach rooted in a trauma-informed, child-development, relationship-based, family systems, psychodynamically-oriented lens.
  • Experience and understanding of urban, under-resourced educational environments.
  • Ability to travel, and must be able to travel to multiple sites if necessary during the work day.
  • Excellent communication skills that can be applied to a variety of settings.Must be able to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals and articles; write treatment plans, mental health assessments, and case conceptualizations. Able to present information to and respond to questions from key stakeholders.
  • Computer Skills Include: proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange; Windows operating systems; and other data entry required by JPA.
  • Commitment to on-going education and curiosity regarding race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, other cultural components, and issues of social justice.
  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy and a valid licensure in Illinois as an LSW, LCSW, LPC, LCPC, or LMFT.

Benefits:

  • Weekly individual clinical supervision
  • Weekly case consultation, which includes case presentation and analysis, with clinical team and clinical consultant.
  • Opportunities to gain additional clinical and administrative experience within various JPA programs.
  • Yearly professional development stipend.
  • Opportunity to join office-based, fee-for-service group practice, New Light, for additional compensation.
  • Generous PTO package (vacation, sick and personal days).
  • Health and dental benefits
  • Family leave, if applicable.
  • 403(b) with employer matching
  • Autonomy to build your own schedule within the day.

Please send your cover letter and resume to HR@jpachicago.org to apply.

JPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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1707 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Tel: 312.440.1203
Fax: 312.698.6931

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