We are looking for licensed Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Psychologists who live in the Central/Southern Illinois regions (e.g., Decatur, East St. Louis, Carbondale, Springfield, Peoria, Bloomington, Joliet, Champaign, Marion, and Effingham areas) who are interested in serving as Clinical Screeners who conduct assessments in their regional communities. Clinical Screeners work primarily from their homes, with some travel to conduct assessments. No on-call duties. Competitive benefits package.
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, 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.