This is a position in the Integrated Assessment Program for the
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( IDCFS ) under
a contract with Northern Illinois University. The program involves
conducting specialized clinical assessments of and interviews with
children birth through 18 years of age, birth and foster parents
and other significant adults in the lives of the children. The
purpose of the program is to ensure that all clients entering into
IDCFS custody receive an appropriate clinical assessment by a
licensed mental health professional to identify any important
behavioral, developmental, or mental health problems. This is not a
position on the NIU campus. The Clinical Screener works throughout
the state of Illinois, based on case assignment. A Clinical
Screener must have a masters degree in a related field and a
clinical license ( LCSW, LCPC, LMFT, Clinical Psychology) issued by
the State of Illinois to engage in the function of an independent
mental health practitioner. The person must have at least three
years of clinical experience after receiving the license conducting
specialized diagnostic clinical assessments, psychotherapy, or
similar work. The primary function of the Clinical Screener is to
independently conduct high level clinical forensic type assessments
of human behavior and personality. The assessments will include
developing a DSM -5 diagnostic impression, an assessment of
violence potential as well as an assessment for capacity to parent.
A Clinical Screener will provide diagnostic impressions as well as
recommendations to address clinical findings. In addition, a
Clinical Screener conducts specialized developmental assessments,
which include the assessment for autism spectrum and other
disorders of infancy and childhood. The Clinical Screener completes
a specialized report of findings that will be presented in a court
of law as part of the adjudication and determination of the
permanency of the case. The work of the Clinical Screener is highly
specialized and is conducted to meet federal and state mandated
guidelines for families and individuals who are involved with state
child welfare agencies.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Conducts highly specialized trauma-focused assessments of
individuals who are at high risk of serious harm toward others; the
assessment provides a diagnostic impression (i.e., uses DSM -5
criteria) of their psychiatric state including their affect (i.e.,
symptoms of depression, mania, and anxiety), thought content (e.g.,
illogical, homicidal, or suicidal thoughts), and behaviors (e.g.,
impulsivity, withdrawn behaviors, agitation). Conducts early
childhood developmental screenings and other assessments of
severely abused and neglected infants, toddlers and pre-school age
children (i.e., those who have experienced shaken baby, head
trauma, unexplained broken bones, malnourishment, and sexual abuse)
to develop a diagnostic impression of the presence of developmental
disorders (autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay,
attachment concerns, speech delay, fine and gross motor
Conducts assessments of children and adolescents to determine
significant psychiatric and behavior concerns (suicide, behavioral
deterioration, assault, rape, homicide, PTSD, personality disorder,
psychosis); these assessments are used to inform recommendations
for treatment including the appropriate level of care (e.g.,
specialized foster care, residential treatment placements,
psychiatric hospitalization). Uses clinical information to
determine if an individual is a threat to significantly harm
(assault, murder) another individual. 5%
Conducts diagnostic substance abuse assessments and makes a
determination of the level of substance abuse intervention
Conducts parenting capacity evaluations and makes a determination
of the types of parenting interventions that are necessary.
Conducts assessments of interpersonal violence in the home and
makes appropriate recommendations for interventions, as needed.
Integrates information from conducted assessments, case file, and
documentation of other providers and writes forensic reports
informed by Illinois statutes that are used by a Juvenile Court
Judge to make a determination on the status of a DCFS family case
(i.e., determination of whether parental rights will be
terminated); these reports include the prognosis for being able to
return a child to their family in a timely fashion (based on
research in this area) and recommendations for services that should
be provided to families in order to improve functioning, if there
is a plan to return the children to the parents’ care. 25%
Completes clinical documentation and shares with appropriate
entities and supervisors (e.g., Child and Adolescent Needs and
Strengths [ CANS ], Early Childhood assessment and screening tools,
weekly case notes). Takes a leadership role in IDCFS clinical
meetings (e.g., family meetings, report staffing, priority clinical
staffing, CIPP meetings).
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)
Specialty Factors (Civil Service)
Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)
Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)
Current Illinois LCSW, LCPC, LMFT, Licensed Clinical
Must have Masters Degree from a related field.
Must have 3 years of clinical experience.
Must have a working knowledge of DSM -5 diagnostic criteria.
Must have knowledge of empirically supported clinical
Must have knowledge of social, emotional and physical development
across the lifespan.
Must possess the knowledge to make risk determinations of
self-harm, or violence. Excellent written and verbal communication
skills of clinical knowledge.
Additional Requirements (SPS)
Preferred Qualifications (SPS)
Experience using diagnostic screening tools is preferred.
Experience independently determining DSM -5 diagnoses is
Experience conducting developmental screenings of infants and
toddlers is preferred.
The ability to conduct mental health assessments in Spanish is
Certification or credentials to engage in clinical work with
specialty populations (early childhood, CADC, sexual abuse
assessment) is preferred.
Experience working with DCFS or a government agency providing
mental health services is preferred.
The ability to conduct assessments in another language, in
particular Spanish, is preferred.
Experience testifying in court is preferred.
Training or experience conducting psychological evaluations is
The NIU IA Clinical Screener must be able to spend at least 2
hours/120 miles driving.
Appointment and Compensation Details
Appointment and Compensation Details
Anticipated Appointment Start Date
Anticipated Appointment End Date
Percent of Staff Year
Standard Hours Per Week
$58,500.00; $2,437.50 PP
Hourly or Semi-monthly Pay Rate/Range
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