Case Manager

United States, North America
Mar 21, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling
About The Unit: The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School is a coeducational residential treatment program for children and adolescents in need of support for profound emotional issues. The school provides young people, ages five to twenty, with a therapeutic and educational environment that recognizes their strengths and needs while challenging them to grow by achieving important developmental and behavioral outcomes. As an affiliate of the University of Chicago, the School is committed to fostering inquiry into the clinical and treatment needs of troubled children and youth. We are operated by the Leslie Shankman School Corporation which is supported by the Foundation for Emotionally Disturbed Children (FEDC). It is equally dedicated to the education and training of its staff as the next generation of clinical scholars in the mental health field. The interrelated missions of clinical care, inquiry, scholarship and training assist the Orthogenic School in creating the best possible therapeutic and educational model for its students.

Unit Job Summary: Case Manager: Oversee treatment planning for up to ten severely emotionally disturbed students within a therapeutic day school program. Act as family liaison in charge of facilitating open communication between the school and family, providing consistent family therapy sessions and supporting families become part of the academic and therapeutic process. Document treatment planning according to established mandates and assist in the transition process in collaboration with the home school district. Participate within all aspects of the school milieu and attend necessary planning and team meetings, clinical reviews, and conferences. Provide individual and group therapy psychotherapeutic services as assigned. Support educational staff and academic process as member of therapeutic milieu. Psychotherapy Services: Provide individual psychotherapy, on a twice weekly basis, to a caseload of up to ten students. Provide family counseling sessions on a regular and consistent basis. If appropriate, lead a psycho-educational group on a weekly basis. Participate in all clinical meetings, Individual Educational Plan Meetings, and treatment review meetings pertaining to those students seen in individual psychotherapy. Consult with psychiatry residents, teachers, and educational staff in monitoring students' progress. Treatment Documentation: At intake, for each student, take and/or review history with family members or referring agency. Document current psycho-social history for each newly admitted student. Supervise and/or generate internal and external reports to agencies and parents; with variable regularity to consultants and to external funding agencies, closing summaries. Maintain a contact log for all contacts with parents and other relevant agencies. Ensure the timely completion of reports for each student. Direct the development and implementation of treatment plans and complete regularly scheduled evaluation of treatment plans. Family Liaison: Develop and maintain family involvement protocol which may include but not be limited to: consistent contact with parents/guardians of students through face-to-face, phone, or electronic contact, regular maintenance of a contact log, scheduled home-visits, and therapeutic family intervention. Milieu Maintenance: Participate in the development of policies and procedures for all-school programming including clinical and educational services. Provide necessary support to teachers and adjunct personnel. Assist in crisis management when necessary and appropriate. Model therapeutic and effective interactions with the students within both the residential and day school programs.

Unit Education: Licensed Social Worker, license eligible Social Worker and/or Psychologist with a Ph.D., Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Master Social Worker, or Master's degree in a related field required. Certification in either Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and /or Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), restraint techniques preferred.

Unit Experience: n/a

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to be well organized and balance the needs of students, their families, the program, and outside agencies with efficiency and insight required. Capacity to effectively advocate for students when dealing with outside agencies and school districts required. Ability to effectively collaborate with educational milieu and adjunct service providers required. Understanding of the rules of confidentiality required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Basic computer skills sufficient for word processing and managing spreadsheets required. Physical capacity to be trained in and to utilize non-violent physical intervention techniques, and the physical ability to monitor and supervise an active group of school-aged children required.