This is a position with the Integrated Assessment Program that
involves conducting specialized clinical mental health assessments
of children birth through 18 years of age who are placed in
substitute care and their former guardians. 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. 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. This is not a time limited or temporary
position. Funding is expected to be ongoing.
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impulsivity, withdrawn behaviors, agitation).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.
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)
Specialty Factors (Civil Service)
Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)
Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)
- Conducts diagnostic substance abuse assessments and makes a
determination of the level of substance abuse intervention
required. 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.
- 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).
Current Illinois LCSW, LSW with Masters Degree, LPC, LCPC, LMFT,
Must have Masters Degree from a related field.
Must have 2 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
Additional Requirements (SPS)
Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and
internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to
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 position requires considerable typing, the position requires
the ability to type 40 words per minute.
NIU IA Clinical Screeners must be comfortable around infants and
small children and have the ability to pick up and hold infants up
to 20 pounds.
There is considerable regional travel and the position requires
that someone can drive for at least 2 hours and/or 120 miles.
Clinical Screeners who cannot drive the required time or distance,
who lose driving privileges or who cannot obtain auto insurance are
not eligible for the position.
Clinical Screeners must be able to handle a laptop and bag weighing
approximately 15 pounds.
Appointment and Compensation Details
Appointment and Compensation Details
Anticipated Appointment Start Date
Anticipated Appointment End Date
Percent of Staff Year
Standard Hours Per Week
$58,000.08 to $60,000.00
Hourly or Semi-monthly Pay Rate/Range
$2,416.67 to $2,500.00
For full consideration, please submit application and documents
through NIU online employment system by 10-15-2022
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