• Social Worker - Education

    Posted: 12/19/2021

    Lawrence Hall is committed to keeping our youth and families, employees and communities safe. Therefore, we are requiring that all applicants have at least 1 dose of the COVID vaccine to qualify for hire, with the 2nd dose required 45 days after hire.


    Reports to the Director of Education. Provides direct social work services to students and their families, within agency policies, including home visits, transportation of students in agency or personal vehicle, etc. Requires good verbal communication with employees, referring agencies, community resources and students/families as well as ability to provide on-going required written documentation. Requires good computer skills. Requires knowledge of trauma exposure, knowledge of the 5 S's of trauma: Safety, Self-Regulation/Soothing, Supportive, Strengths, Self-Care, and an understanding of and recognition of the signs of traumatic stress. Must be able to effectively use both verbal and physical intervention skills with individuals five (5) through twenty-one (21) years of age. Physical intervention skills require the ability to kneel and return to standing without assistance. Flexibility to adjust to work schedule according to the needs of the program.



    • Carries a selected load of students and families as assigned, focusing on the use of individual, group or family treatment modalities
    • Implements the specified treatment process
    • Requires knowledge of typical child and adolescent development and an understanding of trauma exposure and traumatic stress signs and symptoms
    • Practice will include using strategies that support healing, recovery, and that resist re-traumatization
    • Engage caregivers, parents, family members and others by sharing strengths and challenges experienced by students
    • Conducts new student intakes as assigned
    • Provides data, information and the treatment goals to relevant employees. Works with other employees in coordination of efforts to reach the treatment goals established
    • Responsible for writing and reviewing IEP goals, including FBA/BIP, social/emotional goals, and Transition Plans
    • Assess students in need of psychiatric hospitalizations and participates in the intake process
    • Provide crisis intervention services to students
    • Works closely with other employees in meeting the needs of students under care
    • Interprets agency's services to assigned students
    • Attends agency and other professional seminars and conferences to increase professional knowledge and skills
    • Determines with the team, needs for adjunctive community programs (schools, recreation, jobs, vocational opportunities, medical, etc.)
    • Uses active and reflective listening skills and affirmations to demonstrate respect and empathy, avoiding negative and derogatory labels that foster disrespect
    • Understand that behaviors, responses, attitudes, and emotions are a collection of survival skills often developed in response to traumatic experiences
    • Maintain confidentiality of employees, volunteers, and students to provide a safe environment
    • Attend at least two trainings related to being trauma informed in a twelve month period
    • Ability to work effectively with students and family members, employees and vendors in a culturally diverse environment to support healing and recovery
    • Participates in the development and implementation of continuous quality improvement activities as assigned
    • Utilize verbal and physical intervention techniques outlined in TCI



    • Master's degree in social work and LSW or LCSW within 6 months of hire
    • Type 73 unless LCSW
    • Ability to pass TCI certification
    • Valid IL, IN, or WI drivers license with no suspensions in effect within the previous three years of hire
    • No history of child abuse or neglect



    This position meets the FLSA requirements for Exempt.

    Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V




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