News and updates for the Masters in Counseling Program (CSL) at DePaul University
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Eating Disorder Specialist
Conducts group therapy in eating disorders, self-image, family systems, relationships.
Provides individual counseling as needed to meet the resident’s treatment goals.
Maintains timely, accurate and thorough clinical records and documentation.
Provides ED assessments if needed.
Provides and monitors eating disorder support plans to assist in residents progress and safety.
Establishes therapeutic relationshipswith residents thatsupport the treatment plan.
Provides education to resident’s support system through Family and Friends Meal Support Training.
Provides training and role models to staff meal support expectation and support.
Provides meal support to the residents during the meal and snack times including exposure therapy sessions.
Collaborates with treatment team (dietitians, primary therapists and others) to help residents in interventions regarding ED denial, etc.).
Builds relationships with OA and other 12 step community.
Participates in mental health awareness weeks in planning and attendance.
Participates in curriculum development.
Attends required supervision with the program coordinator.
Monitors and records residents’ progress with respect to individualized treatment goals.
Recognizes the precursors of a potential crisis and unsafe resident behavior, and intervenes to de-escalate residents, utilizing the least restrictive yet therapeutic means of intervention. Implements restraint as a last resort to prevent harm to resident or others.
Completes all required documentation according to policies and procedures.
Facilitates active resident and family participation in the treatment process.
Reviews resident and staff satisfaction surveys, customer complaints and the results of monitoring standards. Initiates corrective action as indicated and monitors identified quality improvement.
Completes all responsibilities as assigned by supervisory personnel.
Attends and participates in regularly scheduled staff meetings.
May transport residents to appointments, activities and outings.
Participates in Quality Improvement activities.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Master’s Degree or equivalent in Human Services with licensure required
Experience providing mental health and/or substance abuse treatment services
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS
Demonstrated skill in Eating Disorders, 12-Step and Family Systems Recovery Models with Adolescent and Young Adult Women clients.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; behavioral therapy methods; the assessment and treatment of behavioral disorders; and familiarity with the principles of 12-step recovery
Demonstrates knowledge of eating disorders, chemical dependency and other DSM-IV-TR Diagnoses and demonstrates competency in providing and implementing resident care.
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics
Basic Knowledge of licensing and accreditation standards (JCAHO, Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Code, DCFS)
Skilled in communicating ideas and instructions, verbally and in writing, clearly and concisely
Demonstrates knowledge of residential policies and procedures
Attends in-service education to develop knowledge and skills in addictions, eating disorders and co-occurring disorders
Completes all orientation and cross training modules
Completes initial and annual competency requirements
Required to sit, stand, bend, stoop, walk, climb stairs and drive possibly for extended periods.
Must possess the ability to provide physical restraint to the residents.
Must have visual, hearing and learning capabilities necessary to perform the essential functions described above.
ENVIRONMENT AND SCHEDULING
Work is performed on AM, PM and weekends with consultation to overnight shifts and weekends.
Work is performed in the residential setting and activities or facilities in the community.
Duties involve contact with residents that may be threatening, aggressive, suicidal, and/or under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Requires flexibility in scheduling and travel including occasional overnight travel