Join Our Dynamic Culture

Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Will County Children's Advocacy Center's team.

Culturally diverse and bilingual (English-Spanish) individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Current full-time, exempt job openings:

TO APPLY: Please email a resume and cover letter to lmlas@willcountyillinois.com and include the position title in the subject line. NO PHONE CALLS, NO IN-PERSON VISITS. All positions open until filled.

Trauma Therapist

JOB SUMMARY:  Provide evidence-based, trauma-specific, individual, family and group therapy and case management to clients within agency policies and procedures and practices.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Essential understanding of National Children’s Alliance standards and implementation of best practices.
  • Provide evidence-based, trauma-specific individual and family therapy to an average caseload of 18 – 20 clients.
  • Provide evidence-based, trauma-specific group therapy as needed and agreed to by therapist and Behavioral Health Coordinator.
  • Complete a comprehensive written assessment of assigned cases within the guidelines established by the Behavioral Health Coordinator.
  • Perform a variety of casework duties, including obtaining, analyzing and evaluating data necessary to implement client service.
  • Develop and implement written treatment plans for each assigned case.
  • Actively participate in reflective, clinical and administrative supervision with the Behavioral Health Coordinator at a frequency to be determined by the therapist and supervisor together.
  • Provide linkage to other appropriate resources within specific referral procedures, as needed.
  • Maintain accurate, complete and timely client records as established by the Behavioral Health Specialist.
  • Conduct crisis assessments and respond to client crisis needs.
  • Participate in local training opportunities.
  • Communicate effectively and function in a collaborative manner within all levels of the organization, with participating agencies and within the community.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality and cross-cultural awareness in the performance of all duties.
  • Attend local, out-of-town, or overnight specialized training or peer review meetings as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or added to the scope of responsibility for the position.
  • Represent the CAC in employee, volunteer and intern recruitment and retention activities.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Master’s degree in psychology, counseling, social work, or related field. LPC or LSW required. LCPC or LCSW preferred. Two years of professional experience providing trauma-focused evidence-based therapy to children and adolescents, preferred. Flexibility in schedule based on the needs of clients is required. Evenings and weekends required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of child development, diagnoses, impact of sexual abuse and physical abuse on children, PTSD, and trauma.
  • Knowledge of trauma focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) required.
  • Strong problem-solving, organizational, written, oral, and communication skills needed.
  • Demonstrated awareness of multiple cultures and cultural impact on the delivery of service a must.
  • Bicultural and bilingual (English-Spanish) strongly preferred.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must perform duties independently, proactively, and with a variety of people.
  • Position involves sensitive and confidential information about child abuse victims and partner agency personnel at all levels. Strict confidentiality must be maintained.
  • Successful clearance of child abuse and police background checks.
  • Must provide written documentation of licensure.
  • Must maintain a policy of liability insurance for services provided.
  • Participate in ongoing continuing education, as assigned.