This is a full-time position with full benefits and not a time
limited or temporary position. Funding is expected to be ongoing.
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 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. 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.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)
- 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impulsivity, withdrawn behaviors, agitation).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
- Conducts assessments of interpersonal violence in the home and
makes appropriate recommendations for interventions, as
- 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).
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil
Specialty Factors (Civil Service)
Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)
Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)
Additional Requirements (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
- 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.
Preferred Qualifications (SPS)
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills of clinical
- 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
Appointment and Compensation Details
- The NIU IA Clinical Screener must be able to spend at least 2
hours/120 miles driving.
Appointment and Compensation Details
Anticipated Appointment Start Date
Anticipated Appointment End Date
Percent of Staff Year
Standard Hours Per Week
Hourly or Semi-monthly Pay Rate/Range
For full consideration, prospective applicants should visit
to apply online and upload the following application materials by
June 30, 2023
- Cover letter
- Unofficial transcripts
Applications submitted after June 30,2023
are welcomed, but
will be considered as needed.
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