Clinical Assessor, LCSW, LCPC/Clinical Psychologist, LMFT-Northern/Cook Region (38831) EXTENDED

Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 11, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Primary Function

This position will be located in Northern/Cook region of Illinois.
This is a position in the Congregate Care Assessment Program ( CCAP ) of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( IDCFS ) under a contract with Northern Illinois University. CCAP Clinical Assessors conduct independent assessments of youth in care to determine if a Qualified Residential Treatment Provider ( QRTP ) placement is appropriate. Children placed with a QRTP have significant emotional and behavior concerns. These children are considered to be at high risk of serious harm toward self or others.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

The CCAP Clinical Assessors will conduct the required QRTP independent assessments in conjunction with the Child and Family Team within 30-days after the placement is made, utilizing the Illinois Medicaid – Child Adolescent Needs and Strengths tool (IM- CANS ). The assessor will complete required documentation of the independent assessment. In addition, the assessor will prepare the required report for the 60-day Court Approval.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

Master’s degree from an accredited university in a clinical or related area of study, such as social work, counseling, clinical psychology, or community counseling.

Clinical Assessors must have an active clinical professional license issued by the State of Illinois that allows for independent clinical practice; Licensed Clinical Social Work ( LCSW ), Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor ( LCPC ), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy ( LMFT ).

Clinical Assessors must have at least three years of experience working with youth 6 – 18.

Clinical Assessors must have at least three years of supervised experience conducting psychotherapy or clinical mental health assessments, which included conducting mental status examinations.

Clinical Assessors must possess and maintain a working knowledge of the DSM -5 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)

Education and Experience Preferred

Experience working in a residential facility is preferred.

Experience using clinical screening tools is preferred.

Experience providing trauma-informed care is preferred.

Knowledge of empirically validated behavioral health treatments is preferred.

Experience assessing children and adolescents is preferred.

The ability to conduct mental health assessments in Spanish is preferred.

Certification or a credential to engage in clinical work with specialty populations is preferred.

Experience working with DCFS or a government agency providing mental health services is preferred.

Experience testifying in court is preferred.
Training or experience conducting psychological evaluations is preferred.

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills are critical.

The position requires considerable typing.

The ability to type at least 20 words per minute proficiently is a must.

Clinical Assessors must be able to pass a background check.

Clinical Assessors must have knowledge of MS Word and ability to use email and general office equipment is a must.

The position requires considerable regional travel. Clinical Assessors must possess a valid driver’s license and auto insurance while employed.

Working Hours
8:30 am - 4:30 pm Mon to Fri, some weekends and evenings
Minimum Pay Rate (Hourly or Monthly)
Commensurate with experience and internal equity; position includes eligible benefits.
Hiring Rate Information

Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to eligible applicants.

Posting Date
Closing Date

Priority Review Date
Special Instructions to Applicants

Required Applicant Documents
Cover letter

For full consideration, applications should be received by March 28, 2021. Application submitted after this date will be considered as needed. For questions contact Shelby Savoree (

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Physical Demands

The position requires considerable typing; the position requires the ability to type 20 words per minute.
Clinical Assessors must be able to spend a minimum of 2 hours driving per trip and/or the ability to drive a minimum of 120 miles per trip.
Clinical Assessors must be able to handle a laptop and bag weighing approximately 15 pounds.

EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education ( AAEOE ) at .

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Military Discharge Documents ONLY (DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256)

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