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Clinical Assessor, LCSW, LCPC/Clinical Psychologist, LMFT (38841)

Northern Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 12, 2023
Position Summary

Clinical Assessors conduct in-depth assessments of children and adolescents to determine whether placement in a residential treatment facility is appropriate. Successful candidates are passionate about promoting positive outcomes for children and enjoy working as part of a diverse team of professionals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Conducts highly specialized assessments of individual children and adolescents at their placement sites, which may include obtaining input from staff at the placement site who have knowledge of the individual. The assessment should provide a diagnostic impression (i.e., uses DSM -5 criteria) of the child’s 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and anxiety), thought content (e.g., illogical, homicidal, or suicidal thoughts), and behaviors (e.g., impulsivity, withdrawn behaviors, agitation);
  • Completes thorough and accurate clinical documentation and shares with appropriate entities and supervisors in a timely manner (e.g., Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths).
  • Integrates information from clinical assessments, case file review, and documentation provided by other providers into written forensic reports that are informed by Illinois and Federal statutes used by Juvenile Court Judges to make a determination on the status of a placement;
  • Takes a leadership role in IDCFS clinical meetings or court proceedings (e.g., family meetings, report staffing, court hearings, and priority clinical staffing).
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)


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Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)


Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)
  • 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;
  • 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 ). Will consider license eligible LPCs and LSWs;
  • At least there (3) years of experience working with youth 6 – 18;
  • At least three (3) years of supervised experience conducting psychotherapy or clinical mental health assessments, which included conducting mental status examinations;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the DSM -5 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.
Additional Requirements (SPS)


Preferred Qualifications (SPS)
  • Experience working in a residential facility;
  • Experience using clinical screening tools;
  • Experience providing trauma-informed care is preferred;
  • Knowledge of empirically validated behavioral health treatments;
  • Experience assessing children and adolescents;
  • The ability to conduct mental health assessments in Spanish;
  • Certification or a credential to engage in clinical work with specialty populations;
  • Experience working with DCFS or a government agency providing mental health services;
  • Experience testifying in court;
  • Training or experience conducting psychological evaluations.
Physical demands/requirements
  • The position requires considerable typing and the ability to type 20 words per minute.
  • Clinical Assessors must be able to spend a minimum of 2 hours driving per trip and 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.
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Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

For full consideration, prospective applicants should visit to apply and upload the following materials by February 15, 2023
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • List of three professional references
  • Unofficial transcripts
Applications received after February 15, 2023 are welcomed, but will be considered as needed.

For questions contact Taylor Weinheimer ( ).

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EEO Statement Summary

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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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. List of at least 3 References
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