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Children's Home and Aid Therapist (School-Based Behavioral Health) in Chicago, Illinois


Children’s Home & Aid invites you to join our team of mission-driven staff who share a common vision: an equitable world where all children and families thrive in strong communities. As a leading child and family service agency with more than 20 locations across Illinois, our mission is to advance the well-being of children by investing in families to disrupt the systemic and multi-generational cycle of racial, social and economic inequality.

Our full-time staff receive competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including a paid leave accrual rate that starts at two weeks annually and grows to more than five weeks of paid time off each year. We hold ourselves and each other accountable for fostering an inclusive work culture where we can be our authentic selves, where we create and have equitable opportunities, and where our voices are supported and encouraged.

The School-Based Behavioral Health Therapist provides clinical services to school-aged children and their families who reside on Chicago's south or west side. Individual therapy and group services are provided to children in a school-based setting, and family therapy is provided in an agency office. The Behavioral Health Program also receives community mental health referrals, allowing Therapists the opportunity to provide office-based clinical services to young adults and parents outside of the school system.

Staff are be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit proof of their vaccination status before their start date unless they have an agency approved medical or religious exemption. Staff with an exemption will need to provide proof of weekly testing. For more information about our COVID-19 safety practices, please click here ( .

What you’ll do:

  • Meet with school-aged children and their families, and other clients referred via community mental heath programs, providing trauma-informed, strength-based clinical interventions targeting individualized, collaboratively developed treatment plan goals. Services provided in schools, agency office, or via telehealth.

  • Coordinate services with other relevant providers and develop appropriate referral plans.

  • Complete thorough and timely documentation, including assessment, service notes, and other Medicaid-required service documentation, using web-based client services platforms.

Who you are:

  • You have at least a Master’s Degree in Social Work or Counseling, or a closely related field.

  • You have a valid Illinois clinical license (LCSW, LCPC, LMFT) or are licensure eligible.

  • Previous experience providing clinical services to youth, individuals, or families highly desirable.

  • Familiarity with Medicaid standards, managed care, and mandated client services preferred.

  • You are available to provide community-based services, and you have (or can obtain) a valid driver's license, insurance, and a reliable vehicle.

  • You are skilled at communicating both verbally and in writing.

  • You are an intuitive, nonjudgmental listener who easily builds relationships built on respect, trust and positive regard.

  • You are warm, flexible, and hold a strong belief that generational trauma can be healed through counseling.

  • You are detail-driven, highly organized, and enjoy working autonomously but are also excited by big-picture outcomes and the opportunity to innovate and collaborate with a team to reach shared goals.

  • You are looking for reflective, clinical supervision and opportunities for growth and training in your field.

The details:

  • Location: Hybrid (school-based/office-based/remote). Therapy services provided in Chicago schools or at assigned agency office in Englewood ( 5958 S. Marshfield Ave.), or via telehealth. Therapists may work from the office or a remote/home location between client visits.

  • Schedule: Full-time, salaried; general business hours with some flexibility for evening appointments as needed to accommodate client schedules.

  • Salary: Range starts at $50,000 for licensed Therapists and $41,000 for licensure-eligible Therapists; offers are commensurate with experience

  • Clinical licensure: Licensure-eligible therapists receive weekly clinical supervision towards licensure, and reimbursement of clinical exam registration fees.

  • Noncash benefits: Medical/dental/vision insurance, paid time off plus 11 paid holidays, supplemental insurance options, 401(k) with match (more benefits details here ( )

Where you work matters.

You’re considering a new position, so no one knows better than you that where you work matters. We believe that by building diverse teams of passionate advocates for youth and families, we can continue to show up for Illinois families, putting those families at the center of every decision, and strengthening the communities where we all work, play, and live together. (More about who we are here. ( )

We invite you to become an active member of a team that supports, inspires, and challenges each other, and grow your career in an organization that celebrates emerging leaders and provides development and training opportunities aligned with your individual goals and aspirations. If you are looking for an opportunity to do meaningful work, including raising your voice to disrupt the status quo, we encourage you to apply today.

Review our agency’s blueprint for impact:




  • Masters or better in Social Work

Licenses & Certifications


  • LCPC

  • LCSW

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)