Wednesday, January 6, 2016




Thursday, February 18th 2016
5:30 to 8:30 PM
Lincoln Park Student Center

Our winter forum will take a critical look at the edTPA from the perspectives of student teachers, university clinical supervisors, academic researchers, education professors, and advocates for change. Panelists will also address how pre-service teachers can best negotiate this process.

Dr. Marie Donovan will moderate the panel. Panelists include:

·         Dr. Alison Dover, Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, College of Education, Northeastern Illinois University
·         Julie Peters, Associate Director of the Teaching of History Program, UIC; founding member of the Coalition for edTPA Rule Change
·         Cheryl Witucke, Coordinator of Clinical Supervision, Division of Education, Trinity International University
·         Trisha Wickland, MA, Concordia University; 1st, 2nd grade teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School in the Austin neighborhood
·         Cassandra Creswell, organizer with More Than A Score, board member of Raise Your Hand Illinois

If you are teaching on Thursday evenings, consider bringing your class and please R.S.V.P. if you plan to do so.  Attendees will also have a chance to participate in facilitated discussions after the panel.

Please share this information with your students, as the edTPA will impact all students seeking licensure in Illinois.

For more information, contact Diane Horwitz at

Monday, January 4, 2016

Spring Break Service Learning Project

Job Posting - Assessment Specialist/Therapist - Kenneth Young Center

Provide comprehensive assessment services to clients to determine necessary client care. As an assessment specialist on the adult team, provide feedback to intake team and other assessors to assure prospective clients ease of access to Agency services. As Adult Therapist, provide individual, group and family treatment that targets improvement in functional impairments.

I.        Primary Responsibilities
A.         Provide initial intake screening and mental health assessments that identify service needs and recommend options for care
B.         Provide and/or coordinate concrete and clinical services to clients, including but not limited to:
C.         Obtaining consents, completing fee setting, and forwarding this data to IS following 1st face-to-face for assessment with new clients.
D.         Arrange for and schedule specialty assessments and evaluations.
E.         Complete comprehensive assessments for services needed to restore client’s level of functioning within 10 days of the initial intake call.
F.            Act as contact and provide support to clients awaiting assignment
G.            Attend all scheduled team and individual supervision meetings
H.            Work cooperatively with other members of the adult team to assure timely and accurate assessment of client needs
I.              Work cooperatively with other clinical and support staff to assure coordination of care
J.         Involve client and or couple in the development of treatment plan and provide individual, marital, group, or family therapy service outlined on treatment plan.                            
K.         Provide case management services to assist clients and their families with access to needed benefits and services
L.         Provide coordinated care by initiating or participating in client centered consultation with internal and external providers involved in care or services

II          Performance Requirements
A.            Work cooperatively with Adult Services team members to assure clients timely access to quality services
B.            Meet agency quality and compliance standard by accurately completing clinical documentation and service reporting in a timely manner
C.            Meet or exceed service productivity target
D.            Implement evidenced based practices to ensure use of effective and efficient treatment that best address client needs 
E.            Participation in staff training and development seminars
F.            Working cooperatively with other Center teams and programs to maintain smooth continuity of care when cases are shared across teams
G.            Become familiar with and utilization of outside resources as needed to provide comprehensive services to clients.
H.            Provides ongoing feedback to Coordinator of Adult Outpatient Services to assure that intake and assessment services are meeting the needs of prospective clients seeking care
I.              Participate in supervision with Adult Outpatient Services Coordinator and in regular performance appraisals as directed
J.             Understand the different funding sources available to the population served and the requirements for billing each of the funding sources and completing necessary authorization paperwork for the funding sources

II.         General Competencies
            A.         Promote positive image of KYC with all contacts (customers)
            B.         Exhibit high quality work
            C.         Be a productive member of the staff
            D.         Demonstrate cooperation
            E.         Take the initiative to act on own
            F.         Use excellent judgment
            G.         Communicate clearly
            H.         Make use of supervision
            I.          Contribute to development of a culture of care

III.        Core Competencies
A.            Complete comprehensive behavioral health evaluations and assessments
B.             Ability to engage and motivate clients seeking care
C.            Exhibit strong writing skills
            D.         Provide treatment/care planning and coordination
            E.         Provide treatment/care services
             F.        Provide referral and transition services including linkage and discharge planning.

IV.        Special Competencies
A.         Demonstrate knowledge of adult developmental and phase of life issues and adult psychopathology
B.         Demonstrate knowledge of adult phase of life and relationship issues and assessment of the impact of these issues on mental and physical health
C.         Provide differential treatment approaches and interventions to address phase of                                     life and relationship issues including individual, couples and group therapy
D.         Demonstrate knowledge of documentation standards and capacity to meet documentation expectations
E.         Demonstrate excellent diagnostic skills
F.         Demonstrate knowledge of mental illness and treatment options
G.         Comprehensive knowledge of internal programs and available State services

V.         Education and Experience
A.         Masters degree from an accredited college or University in Social Work, Psychology or closely related discipline and be licensed or eligible for certification.
B.         Must have supervised experience in providing counseling and/or psychotherapy services
C.         Must demonstrate knowledge in the areas of diagnostic assessment, long and short term treatment, family systems theory and group treatment
D.         Must have basic computer and keyboarding skills

VI.        Chain of Authority
            A.         Reports to the Coordinator of Adult Outpatient Services

VII.       Schedule
            A.         Full Time - Exempt
            B.         The therapist must be prepared to work a flexible schedule in response to the
needs of the target population served.  This schedule may include evening and Saturday hours.

Katrina Drummond, MA, LCPC
Adult Outpatient Services Coordinator
Kenneth Young Center
ph: 847-524-8800 x 105
f: 847-524-8824