Company Overview

Founded in 2017, Covenant House Illinois (CHIL) provides critical protection and resources for youth ages 18-24 experiencing homelessness throughout Chicagoland and across Illinois. To date, CHIL has served nearly 2,000 young people, administering tailored, wraparound services, including interim and transitional shelter, workforce and education programming, clinical case management, life-skills training, and more to help youth permanently escape the cycle of homelessness. CHIL's programs and services are youth affirming, supportive, and rooted in harm reduction and trauma-sensitive care. With a newly renovated campus on Chicago’s west side and a recently enacted three-year strategic plan outlining a comprehensive vision of program expansion and service innovation, CHIL is uniquely positioned to meet the emerging needs of young people experiencing housing instability and provide the resources and care they need to achieve sustainable independence. 

Primary Responsibilities:

This position provides individual and group therapy to Covenant House youth, as needed. This position must work interdependently with program staff in the residential program as well as the Youth Development Center to ensure high quality case management and aftercare services.

Essential Duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide therapeutic counseling services for youth, in order to resolve issues and conflicts related to their immediate crisis situations, with the opportunity for on-going supportive counseling services. These services must be rendered to youth and families in a culturally competent manner according to CHIL Mission, Principles, and Core Values.
  • Responsible for active participation in case management program functions and establishing effective work relationships with direct care and support staff, to ensure that all therapeutic counseling activities are appropriately coordinated with case planning, plan implementation, discharge, and aftercare.
  • Responsible for service provision to provide screening, therapeutic interventions, and crisis counseling. This includes accurate documentation in progress notes, gathering data, recording, analyzing, and compiling information in an accurate, understandable, and timely manner.
  • Provide individual and group therapeutic services for program participants following the completion of a mental health assessment and creation of an Individual Treatment Plan where goals are identified with youth voice.  
  • Provide additional support service to program activities, such as special group sessions and/or assistance in identifying appropriate client resources and making referrals.
  • Provide staff coverage and support within the Clinical Services department and elsewhere, when indicated by the supervisor.
  • Participate in an on-call rotation to support program and clinical needs.

Education and Experience:

  • LCSW or LCPC licensure required. Applicants close to completion of their LCSW or LCPC license will also be considered, provided they can obtain the license within three months of hire.
  • Experience in providing therapeutic counseling,
  • One year experience in case management, with one-year supervisory experience desired
  • Other qualifications include a demonstrated understanding of and sensitivity to culturally diverse populations,
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills, and
  • Computer experience desired.