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Milieu Therapist

Posted on Aug 17, 2019 by Mercy Home For Boys & Girls

Chicago, IL 60643
Health Care
30 Jul 2019
Annual Salary

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has helped more than 30,000 neglected, abused, and homeless children over its 130-year history. At the core of our services is our residential program, which provides a safe home, therapy, and educational support to hurting children at our two Chicago campuses.

Mercy Home has been voted one of Chicago's Top 100 Workplaces in the Chicago Tribune poll since 2013. We are always looking for passionate, driven, and eager coworkers to join our team and make a positive difference in our children's lives. Our organization is 99.7% privately funded, and we are committed to the development of both our kids and coworkers. With the support and resources we provide, our coworkers turn around the lives of needy children while building their own careers as advocates and leaders.

The Therapist provides therapeutic services within the milieu, supports and implements the policy and philosophy of the program and the Agency, participates in all supervisory meetings appropriate to the job function, works collaboratively with other Youth Program departments.

We have 2 full time positions open in Chicago, one at our Walsh campus (11600 S Longwood) and one at our West Loop Campus (1140 W. Jackson Blvd).

The schedule for this position is: Monday - Friday or Sunday- Thursday with at least two evenings until 9pm, some weekends as needed

Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • Master's Degree in psychology, social work, counseling, or a related clinical field.
  • Clinical experience working with troubled youth, preferably in a residential clinical setting.
  • Ability to work a minimum of two nights per week, until at least 9:00 m.
  • Ability to work as a team member on an administrative and interdisciplinary level, and work within a team approach model.
  • A valid Illinois driver's license, ability to drive a van, maintain a clear driving record, and retain driving approval through the Department of Children and Family Services.
  • Regular and predictable attendance.
  • Ability to work both independently and as an active team member.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Maturity and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences.
  • Ability to maintain professional demeanor while exercising judgment and discretion in work.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, and professional journals.
  • Ability to write reports and correspondence.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as the ability to become proficient in other software packages and programs.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to attend required Agency trainings (including CPR/ First Aid and Crisis Prevention Institute Training) and maintain necessary training compliance. Flexibility to attend daytime trainings or sessions outside of regularly scheduled hours
  • Promote, support and role model the use of Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) theory and practice for all co-workers in de-escalating situations.
  • Promote, support and role model the use of Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) theory and practice for all co-workers in de-escalating situations.
  • Commitment to the mission, values, and goals of the Agency.


  • Be responsible for individual, family, and group therapy.
  • Be responsible for the implementation of each Youth's Individual Treatment Plan.
  • Promote and support educational, employment, and treatment goals of the Youth.
  • Be responsible for timely and accurate communication within Program, i.e. ITPs, discharge-transfer summaries, log entries.
  • Be responsible for (or accessible to advise on) the use of de-escalation and behavior management techniques as outlined in CPI protocol.
  • Provide supervision of Youth and space (milieu/grounds as appropriate).
  • Be able to read, analyze, and interpret professional periodicals, professional journals, or governmental regulations.
  • Employ all aspects of de-escalation and behavior management techniques as outlined in CPI protocol.
  • Learn, align with, and execute the treatment philosophies, modalities and practices of the Agency.

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Reference: 739149805

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