Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School
  • 07-Jan-2019 to 01-Mar-2019 (CST)
  • Counseling
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

General Summary:

Therapeutic Dorm Manager: Oversee and manage all aspects of a therapeutic dormitory designed to provide care for severely emotionally disturbed children. Facilitate and monitor the level of care provided to, and well-being of, each student utilizing therapeutic interventions based upon developmental theories and established clinical concepts. Assist in overseeing and providing clinical supervision to the counselors assigned to that dormitory and foster a committed and caring culture among them. Oversee the planning and implementation of all aspects of the daily activity schedule, convene regularly scheduled clinical review meetings, ensure all required documentation is completed in a timely manner, and facilitate communication with family members and relevant collateral contacts. Conduct family therapy with students and their parents on an at least biweekly basis, with at least one session being on-site and in person, unless the family resides out of state, then the meetings can be teleconferences. As members of the therapeutic milieu, serve as a role model, particularly regarding treating oneself and others with respect and dignity. Participates in clinical supervision with a licensed clinical professional.  

Essential Functions:

40%     Program Supervision:  Provide guidance and direction to counselors.  Review and develop therapeutic and recreational plans for activities with a strong emphasis on transitional experiences and community based activities.  Serve as the clinical expert to counselors to help them understand and resolve difficult interactions with and between students; including becoming directly involved in the implementation of the therapeutic interventions or conflict resolutions if need be.   Review staffing schedule (sick, vacation and personal holiday) to ensure adequate monitoring and support to provide for therapeutic and safety needs of students.  In collaboration with the Residential Director and Senior Staff, interview and select dormitory staff.  Assist in new residential staff orientation and developing and implementing on-going in-service training programs. Complete regularly scheduled performance evaluations for counselors. Manage and oversee a budget for one dorm, which may include planning expenses for outings, activities, and school related events.  May transport students to doctor's appointments and outside activities.

20%     Family Therapy Services: Provide family therapy sessions, or family meetings, on a bi-weekly basis.  Participate, in clinical meetings, Individual Educational Plan Meetings, and treatment review meetings pertaining to those students within an assigned dormitory.  Consult with psychiatry residents, teachers, and dormitory staff in monitoring students' progress.

15%     Treatment Documentation:  At intake, for each student complete a thorough and current psycho-social history that results in an Admission Note, Individualized Crisis Management Plan, Mental Health Assessment, and Individualized Treatment Plan within their mandated time frames.  Generate subsequent internal and external progress monitoring reports to agencies and parents and closing summaries. Documentation should be well written with a strength based focused and thorough.  Maintain a contact log for all contacts with parents and other relevant agencies.  Ensure the timely completion of quarterly comprehensive progress reports for each student.  Direct the development and implementation of treatment plans and complete regularly scheduled evaluation of treatment plans.

15%     Family Communication:  Maintain contact with the parents/guardians of students through face-to-face, phone, or electronic contact on a weekly basis, if not more frequently as needed.  Maintain a contact log of these interactions.  Schedule and review all visitations with students and their families. 

10%     Milieu Maintenance:  Participate in the development of policies and procedures for all-school programming and individual dorm programming. Model therapeutic and effective interactions with the students.


Master's degree or higher in a mental health or child welfare field required; certification in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) required within three months of employment;  valid Illinois Driver's License or the ability to obtain one within three months of employment preferred; strong organizational  skills,  proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required; excellent oral and written communication skills required; a strong commitment to strength perspective, empowering families and a willingness to work in a high demanding work situation that requires flexibility and innovativeness required;  cultural competency required; physical capacity to be trained in and to utilize non-violent physical intervention techniques required.  Preferred qualifications include previous experience working with transitional age youth conducting supervision and family therapy.

Mental Demands:

Ability to be well organized, task oriented, and capable of completing a number of responsibilities at one time.  Ability to make long-term programmatic plans and budgetary projections and the ability to problem solve and implement short-term solutions. Ability to supervise the counseling staff in their dormitories that will involve balancing both the needs of the program and of the employees to ensure the presence of an efficient and effective work environment.  Must possess psychologically sophisticated understandings of mental health issues and their interventions, not only so that they can provide mental health services as assigned but also to train the staff. 

Physical Demands:

Stamina is necessary to help supervise and run an around the clock treatment program.  The physical capacity to be trained in and to utilize non-violent physical intervention techniques, and the physical ability to monitor and supervise an active group of school-aged children required.  


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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