Behavioral Health Professional
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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BSD PED - Section Administrator: Infectious Diseases - Mental Health

About the Department

The Pediatric and Adolescent HIV/AIDS Program, Care2Prevent, in the section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases works under the direction of the Principal Investigator and Clinical Director to provide patient care, case management, behavioral health services, and prevention and outreach programs for people living with HIV and those who are most vulnerable to HIV infection. Care2Prevent is committed to building a culturally diverse team committed to providing care and services in a multicultural environment where differences are valued and respected.Minorities, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and intersectional individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is wholly funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Manager of Behavioral Health Services, the Behavioral Health Professional provides brief and long-term psychotherapeutic interventions from a variety of treatment approaches for individuals living with HIV and those most vulnerable to HIV infection. The role provides treatment for a variety of stressors and diagnoses, including C-PTSD, acute stress and managing stigma following a new HIV diagnosis, co-occurring psychological diagnoses and substance use, psychosocial stressors, and family/relational systems conflict. Collaboratively creates treatment plans with clients and interdisciplinary teams, and reassesses growth towards identified goals over the course of treatment and modifies treatment plans as necessary. Provides emergency and crisis intervention services as needed. Provides rapid intervention in Care2Prevent's HIV specialty clinic one evening per week. The Behavioral Health Professional attends interdisciplinary team meetings, mandatory trainings, case conferences, participates supports outpatient medical clinics, and participates in multidisciplinary client/community education efforts.


  • Provides direct clinical services, including but not limited to individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, family psychotherapy, facilitation of weekly psychosocial groups, and brief intervention/behavioral health support and specialty medical clinics and a few rapid intervention clients (24-28 clinical hours).
  • Clinical documentation of services rendered including timely note-keeping of client encounters and completion of all reporting responsibility outlined by various funding sources. This includes completion of all contact efforts, screens, and a mental health assessment for long term psychotherapy clients.
  • Works closely with Manager of Behavioral Health Services on the development of behavioral health-related trainings and presentations for in-house staff and affiliated community agencies and partner organizations. Assists with data management pertaining to services rendered and provides writing and research support for grant/funding-related tasks and research initiatives.
  • Requires evening availability at least two days a week and availability for infrequent (2-3x a year) weekend work for special events.
  • Must be able to travel locally to various off-campus locations including community partner organizations, on the Comer Mobile Medical Unit, and clients' homes.
  • Has a solid understanding on counseling with an emphasis on prevention.
  • Interprets treatment activities or approaches as needed to comply with changes in clients' status.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Advanced degree in social work (or equivalent) from an accredited institution (e.g. MSW, AM); advanced degree in counseling/clinical psychology (or equivalent) from an accredited institution (e.g. MA, MS); or advanced degree in marriage and family therapy (or equivalent) from an accredited institution (e.g. MA, MS).


  • Minimum of two years' experience delivering behavior health or psychosocial services (internship/externship experience can be counted toward this qualification).
  • Two years' experience working with LGBTQ+ persons, individuals living with HIV, and/or substance use recovery work (internship/externship experience can be counted toward this qualification).

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Licensure in State of Illinois as an LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC, or LMT/LMFT.
  • CADC.

Preferred Competencies

  • Familiarity with trauma-responsive practices.
  • Ability to honor therapeutic confidentiality while communicating goals and needs on an interdisciplinary team.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Somatically oriented therapist.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong degree of professional flexibility.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skills.
  • Strong knowledge of Chicago social service resources.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Creativity to solve problems and challenges.
  • Ability to receive constructive feedback and sit with different ways of approaching solutions.
  • Ability to manage stressful situations.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Applications, including but not limited to Outlook, Excel, and Word.
  • Ability to travel to various community venues across the metropolitan area.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • References (3) (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Healthcare & Medical Services

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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