Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School
  • 26-Nov-2018 to 25-Jan-2019 (CST)
  • Counseling
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Full Time

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 a timely manner, and participate in special dormitory activities including: birthdays, new student admissions, and graduations. Communicate observations and 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 individual's 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.  


Valid Illinois Driver's License or the ability to obtain one within three months of employment required. Ability to transport students required. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required. Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Strong commitment to strength perspective, empowering families and a willingness to work in a high demanding work situation that requires flexibility and resourcefulness required. Cultural competency required. Physical capacity to be trained in and to utilize non-violent physical intervention techniques required.  

Working Conditions

Direct patient contact or clinical care setting

High stress environment

Irregular work schedule  

Ability to bend, crouch, or stoop

Ability to carry or lifts loads of 25 to 49 lbs.

Ability to hear, including making fine discriminations in sound

Ability to sit for up to 2 hours

Ability to sit for 2 hours to 4 hours

Ability to operate a vehicle safely

Ability to climb stairs up to 2 stories

Ability to perform strenuous physical exertion at times

Ability to push/pull objects of 25 to 49 lbs.

Ability to run

Ability to stand for 2 hours to 4 hours

Ability to safely defend self/or others in hostile, combative situations

Ability to Use Standard Work Station Equipment

Ability to Use Standard Office Equipment


 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.

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