Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School
  • 27-Feb-2018 to 28-May-2018 (CST)
  • Counseling
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Seasonal

Dormitory Counselor: Provide daily therapeutic care for severely emotionally disturbed students. Participate in the development and implementation of Individualized Treatment Plans for each of the students in the dormitory that the counselor is assigned. Provide for the well-being, care, and therapeutic and recreational programming utilizing interventions on developmental theory and counseling skills for each student.

Provide on-going monitoring of student's level of functioning in terms of their self-care and emotional, social, behavioral well-being and crisis intervention when clinically indicated, utilizing specifically tailored non-physical and physical interventions to ensure emotional and physical safety of all persons within the program. Plan and carry out daily recreational and therapeutic activity schedules that meet the requirements of the Individualized Treatment Plans and further each student's treatment goals and/or monitor overnights to ensure safety. Utilizing counseling skills, provide in the moment support and psycho-social training in interpersonal and life skills, such as, but not limited to, direct communication, self-advocacy, reciprocal interactions, affect regulation, and behavioral control. Serve as an active listener to the student's concerns and support adaptive and pro-social problem solving skills.

Attend dormitory meetings, complete all required daily documentation in atimely manner, and participate in special dormitory activities including:
birthdays, new student admissions, and graduations. Communicate observationsand concerns with members of the clinical team so that the student's strengths and weakness can be fully recognized and addressed. Maintain the physical space of the dormitories, including student's individuals areas, to ensure it is clean, neat, well-organized, and reflecting the values of the school and the goals of the children's treatment plans. As members of the therapeutic milieu, participate in and facilitate school-wide activities as assigned and serve as a role model, particularly regarding treating oneself and others with respect and dignity.


Bachelor's degree required.
Certification in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) within three months of
employment required.
Degree in related discipline preferred.
Some graduate level course work in the social sciences preferred.  


A minimum of two years of experience working in a professional capacity with
children or in a mental health program preferred.  


The Leslie Shankman School Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital or veteran status, or disability.

Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School
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