Thursday, March 31, 2016

Job Posting: BAM Counselor


Youth Guidance is a school-based non-profit social service agency that creates and implements school-based programs that enable at-risk children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, to succeed in school and in life.

Position Title:                         Becoming a Man (BAM) Counselor

Essential Functions: 
1.                  Provide direct counseling and/or support services to clients within agency policies and programs.
2.                  Participate on a team and helps formulate team programs.
3.                  May work at multiple sites.

Duties and Responsibilities: 
Provide BAM group counseling to assigned clientele.  Perform all necessary functions to develop BAM program in assigned schools.  Provide clinical assessments of each client.
Provide individual, family and crisis intervention work, as needed.
Participate in staff development programs.
Participate in teacher training and school in-service presentations.
Perform required functions (statistics, record keeping, research, etc.) and special administrative assignments.
Perform public relations assignments as requested.
Participate and provide in-service training to the school community.
Serve on Board or Agency committees as requested.
Collaborate and/or coordinate services with the LSC, Parent Programs and the Pupil Personnel Support Team
May assume additional responsibilities that support broader based functions and goals of the agency.
May be required to supervise, develop or coordinate programming, based on client needs.
May be involved in facilitating whole school change.
May supervise other BAM workers, Youth Development Specialist, interns or volunteers.
Participate in Team Meetings, Committee Meetings, and All Staff Meetings.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:
Masters Degree in social work, counseling or a related human service field from an approved accredited university is preferred.  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is required.
Must successfully complete both approved BAM training and an approved Manhood training curriculum.
Must demonstrate knowledge of advanced psychological concepts.
Must have at least two years experience providing supervised group counseling.
Must be committed to work with at-risk youth.
Must successfully pass a DCFS background check.
Must be committed to the continuous improvement of service quality and the organization’s mission.
Must function well in group and team settings.
Must possess interpersonal skills that excel in cultural sensitivity and respect for differences.
Spanish bilingual preferred.

Reporting Relationship:       Supervised by Program Manager or designated staff.

Classification Status:             This is an exempt position.

Contact:                      Anthony DiVitorrio, LCPC, Program Manager
                                    Youth Guidance
                                    1 North LaSalle Street, Suite 900
                                    Chicago, IL 60602
                                    No Phone Calls Please
                                    Fax:  312.253.4917


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Positions Available

America Needs You Illinois - Program Coordinator

Additional Note:  Anyone wanting to nominate someone other than themselves should contact Illinois Executive Director Tiffany McQueen by the end of this week at 312.848.5744 or

2.  Ladder Up -- Financial Aid Program Manager

Note:  All letters and resumes to: Jeanne Olivieri (

Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring Quarter Deadlines Including Add/Drop

CSL Students,

Please be aware of the following deadlines:

Sunday, April 3, 2016 is the last day for students to add a class within the add/drop window.  After this date, students will not be added to classes even if they have been attending the class (with very few exceptions).  Also, students must appear on your roster in order to be officially enrolled in your class, so beginning week 2 of the term, any student not on your roster should not be attending.

Sunday, April 10 is the last day to drop a class without penalty (no tuition charge and no record of the class on transcripts).  Students who withdraw between April 11 and May 15 will receive a “W” grade and will be responsible for applicable tuition charges.

Sunday, May 15 is the last day to withdraw from a class and receive a “W” grade.  After this date, students should receive whatever grade they earn for the class.

Monday, May 30 will be a university holiday.  The university will be closed; instructors of affected courses will need to accommodate this in your course calendars. 

These deadlines can be found on the University Academic Calendars posted here:

Working for the Common Good

Dear DePaul Students,

Save the Date!  Join us for our event, Working for the Common Good!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
5pm to 7pm, Cortelyou Commons

Given the strong response of last year’s event, “Working for the Common Good” is offered again this spring!  This event is a professional development and networking event brought to you by the DePaul Career Center which will provide opportunities to participate in round table discussions and “Open House” conversations represented by seasoned social service professionals at the event.  Representatives will be joining us from different settings including non-profit organizations, associations, schools, government agencies, research centers, clinics, cultural institutions, and more to share their perspectives! We will have over 30 professionals joining us to participate in the event!

Specifically, this event will provide opportunities to:
§ Participate in roundtable discussions ranging in topics from social justice, community outreach, advocacy, research, school counseling, etc.
§ Participate in “Open House” conversations in which professionals highlight their organization work cultures, understanding the range of entry to seasoned roles and key competencies needed
§ Network with fellow DePaul alumni about best practices, trends, and marketability
§ Be active by learning about participating student organizations and how to be a part of various projects!

This is a great opportunity to meet and talk to new and seasoned professionals in all areas of social service to learn more about their unique roles and path, best practices, and ways to be marketable in your field. 

Check out the “Sneak Peek” PDF document to get a list of the topic roundtables, guests attending, and some of the organizations represented by guests participating in the event!

To register, please go to at  Once you login, go to “events” then and then go to “search” and find “Working for the Common Good” to sign up. 

We hope to see you there!

DePaul Career Center


Now that we have returned for the Spring quarter, I wanted to share with you our CACREP progress. We continue to move forward. I've included a recap of our Fall activity in case you missed that earlier post and the new information is in bold. A very special thanks to student and graduate assistant, Breanna Jones for all of her help on our CACREP initiative!

In the Fall we received approval to hire a consultant as part of the pre-application process. This involved collecting much information about our program faculty, courses, enrollments, graduates and more, to determine if we were in a position to be eligible to apply for CACREP accreditation. The consultant reviewed all of the materials and provided the necessary feedback at the end of the quarter. Based on this feedback, we made the decision to pursue accreditation and have again hired the consultant to support us in the process.

In our first meeting of the Winter quarter, the CSL faculty reviewed a timeline for the accreditation application that will take us through the remainder of the academic year. The goal by the end of the 15-16 year is to submit to the consultant a draft of our application, and at that point, we will again, await her feedback in order to determine next steps. We anticipate working monthly on various tasks of the application, breaking things down into manageable steps. This is a new venture for us so we are unsure what challenges may lie ahead but we are thankful to have a consultant assisting us along the way.

NEW: Also during the Winter quarter, our consultant visited with us for a full day on February 22nd. She provided an overview of the accreditation process, answered questions of faculty and helped us determine how to proceed with some smaller working groups on the more challenging areas of the application: program evaluation and student assessment. Much of our curriculum is in alignment with the CACREP standards but we need to develop more systems to collect data from stakeholders at various points, and to ensure student success throughout the program. The consultant provided helpful feedback after her visit that we are now using to continue our work. I continue to have monthly conversations with the consultant to ask questions that arise.

As the lead of our CACREP initiative, I anticipate taking all that we have done and will do during the remainder of the year, and working to draft our self-study during the summer. This is no small task as self studies can range from 200 to 1000 pages. As long as we remain on track with our monthly goals from the work plan, it is my hope that we will have a draft of the self-study for the consultant to review during the latter part of the summer. From there, she will be able to advise us on our readiness for submission, perhaps by the end of next Fall quarter. There will still be multiple steps in the accreditation process even after we have submitted the self study. 

There is no guarantee of accreditation and nothing I can share at this point about expected dates of accreditation approval. The process is complex and involves multiple steps and phases. You may ask faculty any questions you have and/or you may consult this student FAQ page on the CACREP website.

General Registration for Going Off(Shore): A Learning Symposium is Open

The general registration for Going Off(Shore) is now OPEN!

Going Off(Shore): A Learning Symposium is a half-day program designed to gather students, educators, scholars, and professionals across Chicago in collaborative dialogue to share their personal research prompts and ongoing work  in reimagining curriculum and learning. 

Come join the conversation on Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m - 2:30 p.m., SAIC, LeRoy Neiman Center 1st floor. Limited places, register today! 

Breaks and lunch will be provided.

This event is a collaboration with Student Museum Coalition and SAIC NAEA Student Chapter. It is generously sponsored by Office of Graduate Dean, Department of Art Education, Department of Arts Administration and Policy, and SAIC Student Government and Student Programming Board. 

Part Time work available for Students