Career Opportunities!

We are constantly looking for talented and passionate individuals who are willing to make a difference in the lives of the people of the Greater Elgin Area.

Family Service Association of Greater Elgin (FSA) fosters a culture of support, accountability, and transparency. We strive to provide our employees with the resources they need to deliver the best care for our clients and thrive in the field. Our collaborative work environment and high ethical standards aid us in providing the continuity of care necessary to reach successful treatment outcomes.


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Available Positions

Type: On-Call Position, Nights, Weekends, Holidays, 8-10 shifts per month (Part-Time)
Location: Community

Summary

Screening, Assessment, and Support Service (SASS), is a 90-day intensive based program for children, adolescents and their families in crisis. SASS provides intensive mental health services for children and youth who may need hospitalization for mental health care. SASS will also provide crisis intervention, linkage and coordination of services to other community based mental health agencies for aftercare and outpatient treatment. The SASS program's main focus is to stabilize the family and maintain the youth at home and in the community. The program serves youth in all of Kane and Kendall counties.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Responsible for accepting crisis calls from the CARES line within ten minutes of the call and therein providing a crisis screening to client at location requested. As part of the assessment, the Crisis Worker must assess risk, presenting problem, social history, self-care habits, and family system. Intake forms must also be completed.
  • Responsible for providing a crisis screening to client at location requested within 90 minutes of initial CARES call. As part of the assessment, the Crisis Worker must assess risk, presenting problem, social history, self-care habits, and family system. Intake forms and appropriate releases must also be completed
  • Responsible for networking with collaterals on behalf of crisis/active clients, including: referral and linkage, facilitation of level of care determined, and the advocacy of a client’s rights within the education, legal, state and mental health systems when indicated. This includes responsibility for coordinating services with our own sub-contracted agencies
  • Must attend monthly group supervision and responsible for discussing cases with supervisor in clinical, individual and/or group supervision as need arises
  • Responsible for providing direct service to clients 50% of time worked
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all clinical paperwork for active clients and crisis clients
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all agency administrative paperwork, including: billing slips, time sheets, expense sheets and any other administrative or agency requested reports
  • Responsible for attending meetings as requested by supervisor
  • Responsible for serving on Agency and/or Program Committees when requested by supervisor
  • Responsible for educating the community regarding the SASS program in the service area
  • Responsible for facilitating positive networking relationships with community service providers and/or networks as assigned by supervisor
  • Fulfill agency requirement of training and documenting all training attended and must attend all mandatory agency in-service trainings
  • Be available to help develop materials and participate in special community education projects/presentations as requested by administrative staff
  • Pursue and maintain licensure and/or certification that is available and appropriate to educational/professional background
  • Perform incidental business related travel as needed
  • Participate in agency Risk Management and Continuous Quality Improvement activities.
  • Perform job responsibilities with a positive attitude
  • Responsible for promoting collegiality at the workplace by working collaboratively with others
  • Maintain FSA equipment

Work Environment

Work is done primarily in the community such as at client homes, hospitals, schools, juvenile detention centers, or anywhere else the client may currently be located

During training or other job duties (such as billing, additional training, team meetings), some of those duties can be complete at home with the permission of your supervisor

  • If at the office, crisis workers share a common area. Desks and seats are shared amongst other members of the team.
  • If the shared area becomes too loud, workers are allowed to utilize therapy office space downstairs (if the space is available) or there is a library area near the common space that can be used.
  • There is also computer space downstairs near the bathrooms with two extra laptops available.

Physical Demands

Workers need to be able to spend time driving. SASS’ service area is all of Kane and Kendall County, and at times it may take the full 90 minutes to get to a location.

  • Workers may be required to stand for long periods of time such as if at a hospital and they do not have a space for you to sit while you work.
  • Other physical demands include sitting, walking and carrying your equipment.
  • Use of computers/surface pros 85% of the time.

Benefits

Eligible for flexible spending plan, Simple IRA, training budget of $250/year, flexible holiday option per policy, availability of supervision toward licensure and flexible work schedule.


Requirements

Education and Experience

The candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Social Work or another related field. Bilingual (English/Spanish) strongly preferred.


How to Apply

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Spring 2021 Internships



Qualifications

Must be enrolled in a master’s level program in Social Work, Psychology, or other related field at the time of internship. Must have a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or other related field in order to qualify as a Mental Health Professional (MHP) per Medicaid rule 132 standards.


Benefits Included

Mileage reimbursement for approved travel based on Expense Reimbursement Policy.


Internship Duties:
  • Adhere to FSA policies, rules, and standards and practices as well as all applicable ethical codes.
  • Complete all necessary employee requirements in a timely manner to include submission of information to complete DCFS background investigation.
  • Establish written learning agreement with Field Instructor. Identify specific learning objectives and create a consistent schedule as well as evaluation arrangements.
  • Approach internship tasks with a positive attitude with a willingness to learn, willingness to follow direction, and willingness to apply feedback provided by Field Supervisor or Task Supervisor.
  • Adhere to field placement schedule and notify Field Instructor of any changes prior to changes being implemented
  • Notify the Field Instructor in cases of unavoidable absences or inability to come in at scheduled times
  • Manage caseload assigned by supervisor and complete necessary case management or therapy interventions in a timely manner
  • Treat all staff and clients with high level of respect and compassion
  • Responsible for networking with collaterals on behalf of active clients, including: referral and linkage, discharge planning with in-patient psychiatric facilities, and the advocacy of a client’s rights within the education, legal, state and mental health systems. This includes responsibility for coordinating services with or own sub-contracted agencies.
  • Participate in completing any required internship evaluations or meetings with school.
  • Use good judgement in all work to ensure client safety. Seek out necessary resources and practices effective self-care to enhance performance in all internship duties
  • Maintain client interactions and record information confidential per FSA policies and Illinois law

Supervision
  • Responsible for discussing cases with supervisor in clinical supervision (individual or group supervision) on a weekly basis
  • Responsible for reporting to supervisor regularly about problem cases, need for special services and resource information.
  • Responsible for discussing learning progress and experiences
  • Discuss any issues with the Field Instructor first prior to consulting with the Field Liaison.

Administrative
  • Maintain a record of field hours and assigned duties in collaboration with the Field Instructor.
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all clinical paperwork for cases, including: Mental Health Assessments, ITPs, Psychiatric Referral Forms, CIS Billing Notes, Case Closing, Childhood Severity of Psychiatric Illness (CSPI’S), SASS transfer forms, and other clinical paperwork necessary or appropriate for maintaining case files.
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all agency administrative paperwork, including: CIS Billing Notes, expense sheets and any other administrative or agency requested reports.
  • Responsible for attending staff meetings, clinical meetings and program meetings as assigned by Supervisor.
  • Responsible for participating in Utilization Review process.

Community Education/Public Relations
  • Act professionally and communicate positively responsibility when presenting FSA with clients, community contacts, and staff.
  • Responsible for facilitating positive networking relationships with community service providers and/or networks as assigned by supervisor.
  • Complete all necessary training requirements based on program assigned.
  • Maintain log of trainings completed

Training
  • Complete all necessary training requirements based on program assigned.
  • Maintain log of trainings completed

Other Duties/Special Assignments/Projects
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor to the best of interns ability.
  • Perform incidental business-related travel as needed.
  • Perform internship responsibilities with a positive attitude
  • Responsible for promoting collegiality at the workplace by working collaboratively with others.
  • Responsible for any equipment assigned to be kept free from damage or loss. Any damage or loss of equipment needs to immediately reported to Supervisor.

How to Apply

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Unpaid Internship. Must be enrolled in a Bachelor’s level program in Social Work, Psychology, or other related field at the time of internship. Must meet criteria to qualify as a Rehabilitative Services Associate (RSA) by being at least 21 years of age, be a high school graduate or have a GED certificate, have demonstrated skills in the field of services to adults or children, have demonstrated the ability to work within the Provider's structure and accept supervision, and have demonstrated the ability to work constructively with Clients, treatment resources and the community per Medicaid rule 132 standards.


Benefits Include

Mileage reimbursement for approved travel based on Expense Reimbursement Policy; Supervision; Educational Opportunities; Access to the resources and experiences of an agency with almost 90 years in the community


Internship Duties:
  • Adhere to FSA policies, rules, and standards and practices as well as all applicable ethical codes.
  • Complete all necessary employee requirements in a timely manner to include submission of information to complete DCFS background investigation.
  • Establish written learning agreement with Field Instructor. Identify specific learning objectives and create a consistent schedule as well as evaluation arrangements.
  • Approach internship tasks with a positive attitude with a willingness to learn, willingness to follow direction, and willingness to apply feedback provided by Field Supervisor or Task Supervisor.
  • Adhere to field placement schedule and notify Field Instructor of any changes prior to changes being implemented
  • Notify the Field Instructor in cases of unavoidable absences or inability to come in at scheduled times
  • Manage caseload assigned by supervisor and complete necessary case management or therapy interventions in a timely manner
  • Treat all staff and clients with high level of respect and compassion
  • Responsible for networking with collaterals on behalf of active clients, including: referral and linkage, discharge planning with in-patient psychiatric facilities, and the advocacy of a client’s rights within the education, legal, state and mental health systems. This includes responsibility for coordinating services with or own sub-contracted agencies.
  • Participate in completing any required internship evaluations or meetings with school.
  • Use good judgement in all work to ensure client safety. Seek out necessary resources and practices effective self-care to enhance performance in all internship duties
  • Maintain client interactions and record information confidential per FSA policies and Illinois law

Supervision
  • Responsible for discussing cases with supervisor in clinical supervision (individual or group supervision) on a weekly basis
  • Responsible for reporting to supervisor regularly about problem cases, need for special services and resource information.
  • Responsible for discussing learning progress and experiences
  • Discuss any issues with the Field Instructor first prior to consulting with the Field Liaison.

Administrative
  • Maintain a record of field hours and assigned duties in collaboration with the Field Instructor.
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all paperwork for cases, including: CIS Billing Notes, Case Closing, and other paperwork necessary or appropriate for maintaining case files.
  • Responsible for completion of and meeting deadlines for all agency administrative paperwork, including: CIS Billing Notes, expense sheets and any other administrative or agency requested reports.
  • Responsible for attending staff meetings, clinical meetings and program meetings as assigned by Supervisor.

Community Education/Public Relations
  • Act professionally and communicate positively responsibility when presenting FSA with clients, community contacts, and staff.
  • Responsible for facilitating positive networking relationships with community service providers and/or networks as assigned by supervisor.
  • Complete all necessary training requirements based on program assigned.
  • Maintain log of trainings completed

Other Duties/Special Assignments/Projects
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor to the best of interns ability.
  • Perform incidental business-related travel as needed.
  • Perform internship responsibilities with a positive attitude
  • Responsible for promoting collegiality at the workplace by working collaboratively with others.
  • Responsible for any equipment assigned to be kept free from damage or loss. Any damage or loss of equipment needs to immediately reported to Supervisor.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, please Click Here